Big Bertha '96

By: FLCrackerGirl , 12:10 AM GMT on July 08, 2008

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(...She's So Hideous!!! LOL)

Just for Laughs, This is a T-Shirt Design I Did Back 1996,
The Last Time Bertha was Threatening...

Yeah, I Know Bertha Didn't Hit Florida Back Then, But She Got TOO Close.

When I screen printed t-shirts, our company used to get art & print supplies ready, in case the big one hit.
After Andrew, t-shirt printers & sporting good stores knew the only way to survive financially in the aftermath of a big storm, might be to pump out shirts with designs like this one for sale to the locals, law enforcement & clean-up crews. Only minimal electricity (if any) is needed to actually print t-shirts if you plan to be without power for a while.

Bertha '96 was too close for comfort for us on the Treasure Coast. At one point Vero Beach & Sebastian were the possible projected landfall points. But She Recurved, literally at the last minute towards the Carolinas instead.

I honestly remember putting this t-shirt design up into the production stations at 5pm. I thought if she doesn't turn tonight, this is the next job we'll be printing...in the dark, after she blows thru.

By the 8pm advisory, she started to recurve, just like the models were prediciting, away from Florida (but the poor Carolinas). Thank God! for WeatherUnderground.com's Tropical Pages (because the weather channel & local stations gave you squwat to go on.)

Our company, T-Shirt Factory, created many t-shirt designs for impending storms over the 20 years we screen printed. (espcially in the really busy years; '95 '96 & '99). Luckily, we only ever had to use the design for "I Survived Hurricane Erin 1995" landfell in Vero Beach (barely a baby cane). It sort of became our superstition that if we made a design, the storm won't hit. LOL. We always figured it was better to be prepared than not.

What about 2004-2005? I have to admit we didn't create designs those years, Beforehand. We had transitioned into embroidery only on garments & the superstitious pre-need didn't seem so important. Besides, Electronic Embroidery Machines Can't Run Without A/C & Power.
So After Those Storms when we did get power back to the shop?? Yes, indeed did we stitch shirts. 1000's of Frances-Jeanne-Wilma items for Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, City/County & even FEMA Staff need sportshirt & caps to wear.

What Did I Learn???
Make A Design to Scare Off The 'Canes Anyways &
No Power+No Water+(Heat/Rain/Humidity)=Staffers Who Need Lots of Clean Shirts=$$


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23. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:25 AM GMT on October 26, 2012
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22. hurricanecrab
3:42 PM GMT on December 23, 2009
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21. seflagamma
8:34 PM GMT on February 14, 2009
Fran,

I see Foxx brought up your blog. Do you still come around a lurk a bit?

Hope you are doing well and enjoying your retirement!!!

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20. Beachfoxx
2:49 PM GMT on February 14, 2009
zwani.com myspace graphic comments
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19. Gatorxgrrrl
1:57 AM GMT on August 20, 2008
lol Crab - windy and rainy - just want it to be over, Skye is getting nailed right now - they have over 7 inches of rain.
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18. hurricanecrab
1:56 AM GMT on August 20, 2008
Thanks Gator! How're things where you are?

Second question: will I find my answer here or on one of seven OTHER in process blogs? ha

Just like old times ;o)
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17. Gatorxgrrrl
1:54 AM GMT on August 20, 2008
Crab she posted on Bobs blog a bit ago, she was doing fine.
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16. hurricanecrab
1:51 AM GMT on August 20, 2008
{{{Fran}}} Watching Fay running your way. You be safe m'friend and give us an all clear when you are, okay?

Miss you buddy.
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15. Beachfoxx
12:49 AM GMT on July 09, 2008
Ah HA!

I see Crab is asking about WubaWear too! I wanna couple of shirts!

But I really need your advice!!!! I cannot find your business phone number. I think it is on my Desktop... which is down right now, waiting for repair!
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14. Gatorxgrrrl
12:28 AM GMT on July 09, 2008
Hey Fran, hope your doing well!
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13. hurricanecrab
11:52 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
{{Fran!}} Great to see you back! y'know, I'm somewhat rough on t-shirts.... might there be a new line o' WUBAwear in the mix?

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12. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
9:57 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
1996

Bertha was an early-season Cape Verde Hurricane that moved across the islands of the northeastern Caribbean Sea as a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir/Simpson scale and made landfall on the North Carolina coast near Wilmington as a category 2 hurricane. Bertha's one-minute winds reached their maximum value of 100 knots on 9 July, while located to the north of Puerto Rico. The last Hurricane to reach this strength, this early in the season, was Alma in 1966 (117K GIF) in the eastern Gulf of Mexico with 110 knots. Bertha is responsible for an estimated eight deaths and $250 million in U.S. damages.
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11. HillsboroughBay
9:42 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
The PREVIOUS Bertha ( your mentioned storm) ALSO became a Hurricane on JULY 7.

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10. ScarlettOHara
2:27 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
((Fran!!!))
love the design .. lol
good to see you !
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9. HillsboroughBay
1:27 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
Hi Frannie! Hope all is well.

Guess what. I am an official Karaoke NUT!.

All are welcome to come & laugh. or be surprized1

Here is the Marine expectations for Bertha!

FFSHORE WATERS FORECAST FOR THE SOUTHWEST AND TROPICAL NORTH
ATLANTIC AND CARIBBEAN SEA
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
530 PM EDT MON JUL 07 2008

OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST FOR THE CARIBBEAN SEA AND TROPICAL N
ATLC FROM 07N TO 22N BETWEEN 55W AND 65W

SEAS GIVEN AS SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT...WHICH IS THE AVERAGE
HEIGHT OF THE HIGHEST 1/3 OF THE WAVES. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY BE
MORE THAN TWICE THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT.

AMZ089-080330-
SYNOPSIS FOR CARIBBEAN SEA AND TROPICAL N ATLC FROM 07N TO 22N
BETWEEN 55W AND 65W
530 PM EDT MON JUL 07 2008

.SYNOPSIS...HURRICANE BERTHA E OF AREA NEAR 20.1N 52.1W 948 MB
AT 5 PM EDT MOVING W NW OR 300 DEG AT 10 KT. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS 100 KT GUSTS 120 KT. BERTHA IS FORECAST TO MOVE THROUGH
THE NE PART OF THE TROPICAL N ATLC WATERS EARLY TONIGHT THROUGH
EARLY WED...ALONG POSITIONS 20.8N 53.6W TONIGHT...21.7N 55.5W AT
2 PM TUE...22.8N 57.4W AT 2 AM WED...WITH CONDITIONS N OF AREA
WED AFTERNOON. LONG PERIOD NE SWELLS FROM BERTHA ARE SPREADING W
OVER THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE TROPICAL ATLC WATERS AND
EXPECTED TO REACH THE NE CARIBBEAN PASSAGES EARLY TONIGHT AND
CONTINUE INTO TUE MORNING. A TROPICAL WAVE ALONG 82W WILL
CONTINUE W AT 20 KT THROUGH THE GULF OF HONDURAS TONIGHT. A
TROPICAL WAVE IN THE CENTRAL ATLC WILL MOVE W 20 KT TO ALONG 55W
WED AND INTO THE E CARIBBEAN THU AND NEAR 77W SUNRISE SAT AND
OVER THE W CARIBBEAN SUNRISE SUN.

$$
AMZ082-080330-
NW CARIBBEAN N OF 15N W OF 75W
530 PM EDT MON JUL 07 2008

.TONIGHT...N OF 18N E TO SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.
S OF 18N E OF 80W E WINDS 20 KT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT. S OF 18N W OF
80W E TO SE WINDS 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.
.TUE THROUGH FRI...N OF 18N E TO SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO
5 FT. S OF 18N E OF 80W E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 7 TO 10 FT. S
OF 18N W OF 80W E TO SE WINDS 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT.
.SAT...N OF 18N E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. S OF 18N
E WINDS 20 KT. SEAS 7 TO 11 FT IN E SWELL.

$$
AMZ084-080330-
SW CARIBBEAN S OF 15N W OF 75W
530 PM EDT MON JUL 07 2008

.TONIGHT THROUGH WED NIGHT...N OF 11N E OF 78W NE TO E WINDS 20
TO 25 KT. SEAS 7 TO 11 FT TONIGHT. N OF 11N W OF 80W E WINDS 10
TO 15 KT. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT IN E SWELL. S OF 11N VARIABLE WINDS 5
TO 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT PRIMARILY IN NE SWELL. ISOLATED SHOWERS
AND TSTMS.
.THU THROUGH SAT...N OF 12N E OF 81W NE TO E WINDS 20 TO 30 KT.
SEAS 8 TO 14 FT. N OF 12N W OF 81W NE TO E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT.
SEAS 6 TO 9 FT IN E SWELL BUILDING 8 TO 12 FT IN SWELL SAT. S OF
12N VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT PRIMARILY IN IN NE
SWELL.

$$
AMZ086-080330-
E CARIBBEAN E OF 75W TO LEEWARD AND WINDWARD ISLANDS
530 PM EDT MON JUL 07 2008

.TONIGHT...S OF 15N W OF 72W NE TO E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 7
TO 10 FT. ELSEWHERE E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT.
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED TSTMS N OF 14N E OF 65W.
.TUE THROUGH FRI...S OF 14N W OF 73W NE TO E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT.
SEAS 8 TO 11 FT. ELSEWHERE W OF 65W E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 6
TO 9 FT. E OF 65W NE TO E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT INCREASING TO 15 TO
20 KT THU AND FRI. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT BUILDING 6 TO 8 FT IN EXPOSED
NE ATLC PASSAGES TUE AFTERNOON INTO WED AND 6 TO 8 FT THROUGHOUT
FRI.
.SAT...S OF 14N W OF 72W E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 8 TO 12 FT.
ELSEWHERE W OF 67W E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 6 TO 8 FT. E OF 67W
E WINDS 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.

$$
AMZ087-080330-
TROPICAL N ATLC FROM 07N TO 22N BETWEEN 55W AND 65W
530 PM EDT MON JUL 07 2008

...HURRICANE WARNING N OF 20N E OF 59W...

.TONIGHT THROUGH WED NIGHT...HURRICANE AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE
WINDS WITHIN 120 NM N SEMICIRCLE...90 NM SE AND 75 NM SW
QUADRANTS OF BERTHA. HIGHEST WINDS 90 KT GUSTS 110 KT. SEAS 12
FT OR GREATER WITHIN 270 NM N SEMICIRCLE...180 NM SE AND 90 NM
SW QUADRANTS. HIGHEST SEAS OF 33 FT OVER NE QUADRANT OF BERTHA.
ELSEWHERE N OF 19N E OF 61W NW TO N WINDS 20 TO 33 KT...BECOMING
S 20 TO 33 KT TUE AND TUE NIGHT THEN 15 TO 20 KT LATE WED. SEAS
8 TO 12 FT SUBSIDING TO 4 TO 7 FT WED NIGHT. N OF 19N W OF 61W
NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT BECOMING S 10 TO 15 KT WED. SEAS 8 TO 12 FT
IN NE SWELL SUBSIDING TO 5 TO 7 FT WED NIGHT. S OF 19N E WINDS
10 TO 15 KT INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KT WED.. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT WITH
IN N SWELL. NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND SQUALLS WITHIN 150 NM OF CENTER
OF BERTHA.
.THU...N OF 18N E TO SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. S OF
18N NE TO E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT IN E SWELL.
.FRI...N OF 18N E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT IN E SWELL.
S OF 18N NE TO E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT.
.SAT...N OF 18N E TO SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT IN E
SWELL. S OF 18N E TO SE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT.

$$
AMZ088-080330-
SYNOPSIS FOR THE SW N ATLC INCLUDING THE BAHAMAS
530 PM EDT MON JUL 07 2008

.SYNOPSIS...A RIDGE WILL REMAIN ALONG 30N TONIGHT AND TUE THEN
SHIFT BACK S TO ALONG 29N WED THROUGH FRI WITH HIGH PRES NEAR
29N74W SAT. HURRICANE BERTHA SE OF AREA TONIGHT IS FORECAST TO
TRACK NW THROUGH WED...THEN TURN THU TRACKING NORTHWARD JUST
TO THE E OF THE FORECAST WATERS FRI AND SAT.

$$
AMZ080-080330-
SW N ATLC S OF 31N W OF 65W INCLUDING BAHAMAS
530 PM EDT MON JUL 07 2008

.TONIGHT...N OF 27N SE TO S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
FROM 27N TO 24N E TO SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT EXCEPT
1 TO 3 FT W OF BAHAMAS. S OF 24N E TO SE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS
5 TO 7 FT...EXCEPT 2 TO 5 FT LEE OF BAHAMAS. SCATTERED SHOWERS
AND TSTMS N OF 27N E OF 75W AND ALSO W OF 77W.
.TUE THROUGH WED NIGHT...N OF 27N W OF 75W S TO SW WINDS 10 TO
15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. N OF 27N E OF 75W E TO SE WINDS 10 KT.
SEAS 3 TO 5 FT IN E SWELL. FROM 24N TO 27N NE TO E WINDS 10 TO
15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT EXCEPT 2 TO 4 FT W OF BAHAMAS. S OF 24N NE
TO E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT. SCATTERED TSTMS E
CENTRAL WATERS WED NIGHT.
.THU THROUGH SAT...N OF 27N E OF 70W NE TO E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT
INCREASING TO 20 TO 30 KT FRI...THEN BECOMING SW FRI NIGHT AND
SAT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT IN NE SWELL...BUILDING TO 8 TO 12 FT FRI AND
SAT. NW OF RIDGE S TO SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.
ELSEWHERE N OF 27N E TO SE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. S OF 27N
E OF 70W SE TO S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...DIMINISHING TO VARIABLE 10
KT FRI AND SAT. SEAS 6 TO 8 FT... SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FT FRI AND
SAT. S OF 27N W OF 70W NE TO E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT
IN NE SWELL E OF BAHAMAS SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FT FRI AND
SAT...EXCEPT
2 TO 3 FT W OF BAHAMAS. NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND SQUALLS FAR E PART
N OF 27N.

$$
FORECASTER NELSON
8. mobal
12:44 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
Hi Fran!
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7. StormJunkie
12:28 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
{{{{Fran}}}}
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6. Beachfoxx
12:19 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
Ditto # 5!!!! A lot!!!
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5. Raysfan70
12:18 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
Fran we have all been missing you.

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4. Beachfoxx
12:16 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
Oh,
I have a couple of questions for you.... do you still have my email???
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3. FLCrackerGirl
12:16 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
{{{RAYS}}}!!
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2. Beachfoxx
12:16 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
{{{Fran}}}

LMAO

Your ears were burning!!! Down on the beach today w/ a couple of Wubas.... wondering, do you still have WUBA Wear??? I am in need! LOL
Hope you are well! Miss talking to you!

Love the Bertha Tshirt!
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1. Raysfan70
12:14 AM GMT on July 08, 2008
{{{Fran}}}!!
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