Postcards from the Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference, Part I: WISDOM

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:58 PM GMT on March 04, 2009

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I'm at the 63rd Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference (IHC) in St. Petersburg, Florida this week, catching up on the latest hurricane research results and plans. About 150 scientists and administrators from all the major U.S. hurricane research agencies are here, and I'll present a few of the highlights of the conference in my next few posts.

One new technology discussed involves the release of hundreds of "superpressure" helium balloons into the atmosphere surrounding an approaching hurricane. Justyna Nicinska and Alexander MacDonald of the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presented a talk on this concept--the WISDOM project (Weather In Situ Deployment Optimization Method). The WISDOM project uses hundreds of "superpressure" balloons (Figure 1) to take data around the periphery of a hurricane. These balloons carry a 100 gram GPS receiver and satellite radio transmitter, and are launched from the ground. The balloons quickly rise to an altitude of 12,000 or 26,000 feet, where they remain for a period of 2 - 5 days. They are designed to stay at a constant pressure as they blow across the Atlantic, radioing back their GPS position every 15 - 30 minutes. This position information can then be used to derive the winds in the vicinity of the balloon. This wind information can then be fed into computer forecast models, and the hundreds of new data points over the data-poor ocean regions surrounding the hurricane should help to make improvements in hurricane track and intensity forecasts. The system was tested in November 2008 during Hurricane Paloma, when 57 balloons were launched from locations in the Caribbean and along the U.S. coast. The balloons remained in the air for up to a week, successfully transmitting their position and providing wind information. The data was not ingested in real time into any computer forecast models, though.


Figure 1. Launch of a WISDOM balloon from Miami. Image credit: NOAA.

For 2009, a full-scale test launch of hundreds of balloons into the atmosphere surrounding a high-impact hurricane is planned. Again, the data will not be ingested in real time into hurricane forecast models, but will be available for "hindcast" studies to see how the additional data helps forecasts. The balloons cost several thousand dollars each. Additional costs include the deployment of eight trained student teams (two people per team via commercial air transport) to potential launch sites:

* Barbados, Cayman Islands, St. Croix, and Mexico in the Caribbean
* Cape Verdes Islands in the far eastern Atlantic
* U.S. East Coast: Miami FL, Charleston SC, Morehead City, NC
* Central U.S.: Denver CO, Twin Cities MN, Wilmington OH, Dodge City KS
* Western Gulf Coast: Jackson MS, Corpus Christi TX

The current costs of a WISDOM deployment are similar to the costs of flying the Hurricane Hunters for two days into a hurricane. The thought is that costs will fall a factor of ten, to several hundred dollars per balloon, once the project moves into production mode. The WISDOM project is currently funded (by the Department of Homeland Security) through 2014. The WISDOM team hopes to develop a new data package which will carry a temperature and humidity sensor for future work. It is unknown how much improvement the WISDOM project might make for hurricane track forecasts. The NOAA jet can improve hurricane track forecasts by 25% when it flies one of its dropsonde missions around a hurricane, but these dropsondes provide a more 3-dimensional picture of the atmosphere than the WISDOM balloons will provide, and it is unlikely that the WISDOM balloons wil be able to affect hurricane track forecasts to that degree. Wind data similar to the WISDOM data come from cloud tracking by the GOES satellites, and this data has been shown to improve hurricane track forecasts by 7% to 24% in one model study. It is uncertain how much additional improvement might result from using the WISDOM data, since GOES is already providing some data of a similar nature.

I'll have more Thursday from the Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference.

Jeff Masters

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100. surfmom
11:44 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
54 Degrees SWFL -- this is really nice to see this morning. Now if we could get some rain -- Spring isn't looking too green so far this year.... fact is according to the drought/fire map Spring is the color of chili peppers!
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99. all4hurricanes
11:11 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
This cyclone looks like it will reach cat 1 by our standards.
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98. futuremet
10:33 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
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97. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
9:46 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Brisbane
Tropical Cyclone Advice Number ONE
TROPICAL LOW (11U) - LOW #17 from BOM
4:50 PM EST March 5 2009
==============================

At 4:00 PM EST, Tropical Low [1000 hPa] located at 12.9S 147.9E or 390 kms east of Lockhart River and 470 kms north northeast of Cairns has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The low is reported as moving southwest at 4 knots.

The Tropical Low is expected to move south southwest while deepening, and may develop into a Tropical Cyclone on Friday.

Gales are not expected to affect coastal or island communities within 24 hours, however gales may develop about coastal and island communities later.

Tropical Cyclone Watch
======================
A Cyclone WATCH has been declared for coastal and island communities from Cape Melville to Bowen.

Technical Bulletin Information
==============================

Forecast and Intensity
=======================
12 HRS: 13.7S 146.7E - 35 knots (CAT 1)
24 HRS: 14.8S 146.5E - 45 knots (CAT 1)
48 HRS: 17.1S 147.5E - 60 knots (CAT 2)
72 HRS: 19.5S 148.9E - 60 knots (CAT 2)

Remarks
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Deep convection wraps 0.55 on log10 spiral. DT is 2.5. MET supports. System is expected to continue to intensify under weak shear.

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96. Skyepony (Mod)
6:11 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
I think it's gaelic. Pulled together quick. Great divergance lacks convergance~ 5-10kts shear & falling. quickscat has missed the last 2 passes.
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95. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
5:03 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Where does the name "Hamish" come from anyway?
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94. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
5:02 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Brisbane
Tropical Cyclone Outlook
FORECAST CORAL SEA AND AREAS WEST OF 160E
2:15 pm CST March 5 2009
===============================================

A low pressure system is located over the north-west Coral Sea about 360 kms northeast of Cooktown. The low is expected to move slowly southwards during the next 24 to 48 hours. The chance of this system developing into a tropical cyclone during the next 24 to 48 hours is high
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93. CycloneOz
4:56 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
The thing I'm wondering about these balloons is that students are to release them into hurricanes...so that means they're filling them and releasing them during the storm?

Sounds dangerous.

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92. CycloneOz
4:54 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
89.

I've been mocked by better... :)

But I guarantee, you will not be able to resist the urge to hit the play button on YouTube when it's time.
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91. Patrap
4:24 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Consider a Buoyancy compensator Scuba Vest and a snakebite kit if surfing the surge.



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90. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:15 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Quoting cchsweatherman:


That just left me completely speechless. All I can say is WOW.
that happens you could come across bodies for years in the ike zone its normal for hurricanes to have such occurences even more so with a high missing count
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89. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:11 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Quoting CycloneOz:
Thank you for your postcard, Dr. Masters! :)

Here is an update about my preparations for hunting hurricanes in 2009.

I now have practically everything I need to "safely" enter and survive an extreme hurricane zone.

My safety equipment list is comprehensive. Included items are:

1) Riot police helment with face guard. The helmet will be equipped with a Cobra CBTH1 Bluetooth headset that will be fed via a Jabra Bluetooth receiver directly into the camera.

2) Safety goggles with prescription lens

3) silk undergarment with 2-layers of Kevlar undergarments over them

4) Hockey shoulder pads, lacrosse arm guards, baseball catcher chest pad and knee/shin guards, kung-fu thigh pads, and athletic cup

5) Waterproof socks

6) Waterproof backpack that will carry an air cylinder/regulator with a 20-minute air supply, water pouch, and 8-hours of tape/battery pouches

7) Motorcycle riding boots

8) Mustand 3085D inflatable life vest

9) Special edition Frogg Toggs as my outer garment, so I'll be stylin'! Frogg Toggs is one of my sponsors this year.

My technical equipment includes:

1) Canon HV20 HD Camera

2) Underwater camera housing

3) Shot-gun microphone that will also be Bluetooth enabled directly into the mic input of the camera

4) Inspeed wind guage good to +125 mph

Within the next few weeks, my team and I will begin testing this safety / technical gear using our community pool and local fire department. Both tests will be taped in HD and edited into a 10-minute show on YouTube. The premiere of the show is set for June 1st, 2009.

Also on June 1st, 2009...I will be interviewed on HurricaneCity.com and they too will debut the "Experience the Preparation for Hunting Hurricanes" show same day.

My feedback from my friends, acquaintances, and strangers have all been what I expected. Many think it's a pretty cool thing and many think that it's a pretty crazy thing.

Either way you see it, one thing is for sure. If a hurricane dares threaten the U.S. this year, there's a likely possibility that I'll be there a day or two ahead of it and ready to capture one of the most intriguing and destructive forces on Earth.

Till next time...and thanks again Dr. Masters!

CycloneOz---
you should check in to a live feed if you were in the surge i watch be kinda neat watchin ya bob around in the water make sure ya get some flashin lights on that outfit so we can find ya

lol
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88. cchsweatherman
4:03 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Quoting RitaEvac:
Man found in open casket over the weekend is found on Bolivar Penninsula with hospital wrist band on almost 6 months after IKE.


That just left me completely speechless. All I can say is WOW.
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87. hahaguy
3:53 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Quoting Beachfoxx:
Really hate to see Florida facing the possibility of losing Craig Fugate... Hey Charlie Christ, give him a raise! We need him in Florida!


I agree with ya. HE did a great job during the 04 and 05 season for us in fl.
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86. CycloneOz
3:52 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Quoting RitaEvac:
Man found in open casket over the weekend is found on Bolivar Penninsula with hospital wrist band on almost 6 months after IKE.


FOUND
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85. Ossqss
3:50 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Wow, ª¿à -- I am not sure how to, Uh, ????
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84. Beachfoxx
3:50 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Really hate to see Florida facing the possibility of losing Craig Fugate... Hey Charlie Christ, give him a raise! We need him in Florida!
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83. Beachfoxx
3:45 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
82. Ditto
Quoting RitaEvac:
Man found in open casket over the weekend is found on Bolivar Penninsula with hospital wrist band on almost 6 months after IKE.
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82. hahaguy
3:33 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Quoting RitaEvac:
Man found in open casket over the weekend is found on Bolivar Penninsula with hospital wrist band on almost 6 months after IKE.


That's creepy
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81. RitaEvac
3:32 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Man found in open casket over the weekend is found on Bolivar Penninsula with hospital wrist band on almost 6 months after IKE.
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80. RitaEvac
3:27 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
2,800 UTMB hospital employees
Shriners Burn Institute leaves Island

GONE

Businesses on Strand District

GONE

Middle class citizens

GONE
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79. RitaEvac
3:22 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
GALVESTON SCHOOL DISTRICT CUTTING ANOTHER 175 JOBS

Budget shortfall could hit $17 million. 55 jobs have already been cut.

49 Elementary teachers
44 middle school teachers
18 high school teachers

GONE

64 others such as groundskeepers,custodians,building engineers,principals,asst. principles,counslers,nurses,librarians,
secretaries, and others.

GONE

45 have already accepted buyouts and are gone

All due to Hurricane Ike....Galveston TX,
The first American city in modern times to experience a Deppression in this day and age
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78. nrtiwlnvragn
2:58 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Quoting all4hurricanes:
74 that is pretty impressive
when does the retired list for 08 come out? I know it's in spring just the date I don't know


Names will be considered for retirement at the WMO RA IV Hurricane Committee - Thirty-First session in Nassau, April 20-24. Summary of the last season in pdf format is available from that site along with region specific reports.
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77. CycloneOz
2:52 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Thank you for your postcard, Dr. Masters! :)

Here is an update about my preparations for hunting hurricanes in 2009.

I now have practically everything I need to "safely" enter and survive an extreme hurricane zone.

My safety equipment list is comprehensive. Included items are:

1) Riot police helment with face guard. The helmet will be equipped with a Cobra CBTH1 Bluetooth headset that will be fed via a Jabra Bluetooth receiver directly into the camera.

2) Safety goggles with prescription lens

3) silk undergarment with 2-layers of Kevlar undergarments over them

4) Hockey shoulder pads, lacrosse arm guards, baseball catcher chest pad and knee/shin guards, kung-fu thigh pads, and athletic cup

5) Waterproof socks

6) Waterproof backpack that will carry an air cylinder/regulator with a 20-minute air supply, water pouch, and 8-hours of tape/battery pouches

7) Motorcycle riding boots

8) Mustand 3085D inflatable life vest

9) Special edition Frogg Toggs as my outer garment, so I'll be stylin'! Frogg Toggs is one of my sponsors this year.

My technical equipment includes:

1) Canon HV20 HD Camera

2) Underwater camera housing

3) Shot-gun microphone that will also be Bluetooth enabled directly into the mic input of the camera

4) Inspeed wind guage good to +125 mph

Within the next few weeks, my team and I will begin testing this safety / technical gear using our community pool and local fire department. Both tests will be taped in HD and edited into a 10-minute show on YouTube. The premiere of the show is set for June 1st, 2009.

Also on June 1st, 2009...I will be interviewed on HurricaneCity.com and they too will debut the "Experience the Preparation for Hunting Hurricanes" show same day.

My feedback from my friends, acquaintances, and strangers have all been what I expected. Many think it's a pretty cool thing and many think that it's a pretty crazy thing.

Either way you see it, one thing is for sure. If a hurricane dares threaten the U.S. this year, there's a likely possibility that I'll be there a day or two ahead of it and ready to capture one of the most intriguing and destructive forces on Earth.

Till next time...and thanks again Dr. Masters!

CycloneOz---
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76. SevereHurricane
2:47 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
69.

LMAO!!!
That was absoulutly the worst weatherman ever!
I bet he had over the top ratings after that!
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75. all4hurricanes
2:38 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
74 that is pretty impressive
when does the retired list for 08 come out? I know it's in spring just the date I don't know
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74. Skyepony (Mod)
2:02 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
98P

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73. Skyepony (Mod)
1:57 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Here is the schedule for the confrence. What a line up.
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72. all4hurricanes
1:54 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
69 oh that guy was terrible
there was someone one the weather channel that said tropical storm Josephine made a landfall ( while mentioning the consecutive US landfall record)I got annoyed and nearly called them, he also is kind of like that guy in 69 just a little better
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71. Skyepony (Mod)
1:19 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
I'm sad to see they may take Craig Fugate from FL. It most likely would be fantastic for the rest of the country. Great speaker, wonderful job here. Not just saying it cause my Grandfather said he's a distant cousin of mine either.
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70. hahaguy
12:39 AM GMT on March 05, 2009
Geoffrey , Lmao that video is great
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69. GeoffreyWPB
11:53 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
This is my favorite..

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68. Ossqss
11:20 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Quoting SevereHurricane:
Why does AccuWeather charge 250$ for most of the products the NWS has? I thought it was about public saftey and not the money...
I bet Joe Bastardi uses some of that money to dye his hair and for botox injections.


Your money sponsers this .

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67. Drakoen
10:54 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Quoting captainhunter:
Hey Drak, Kudos on nailing the frigid temps and snow in the South this past weekend way before any of the official forecasts picked up on it.


Thanks...
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66. SevereHurricane
10:52 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Why does AccuWeather charge 250$ for most of the products the NWS has? I thought it was about public saftey and not the money...
I bet Joe Bastardi uses some of that money to dye his hair and for botox injections.
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65. captainhunter
10:30 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Hey Drak, Kudos on nailing the frigid temps and snow in the South this past weekend way before any of the official forecasts picked up on it.
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64. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
10:22 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Quoting Ossqss:


Thanks, I would really like to see one of these in a store. Do you know if they sell this brand anywhere locally? I am in Bradenton just north of you. The seller has 92 left so I would assume they will be around for a bit. Let me know how you like it upon installation. Take care. ED
from what i gather from orignal designer the unit was mainly produce for wind monitoring for purpose of setting up wind turbines in ideal locations
so this may have only just been made aval.to the general population and may have been accessible to people in the field for which it was meant for only at one time
they also inform me that this is the only weather station they make at this time
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63. Ossqss
10:04 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Link


Is this it? 3/4 down the page
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62. Drakoen
9:53 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
New Products from RAMSDIS. Though not most graphically impressive I do like the new water vapor products that analyze the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere separately. Now if they only had something like this for the tropics...
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61. firenze
9:53 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
I love your up to the minute weather. Where on the Wunderground site can I find averages and are they avalable for Europe?
June Carey
60. Ossqss
9:51 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:
if your interested put in a abest offer of $139.00 and send them a message that I sent you..they'll except it for that price then!!!,when I've got mine all set I'll let everyone know how its working as well..


Thanks, I would really like to see one of these in a store. Do you know if they sell this brand anywhere locally? I am in Bradenton just north of you. The seller has 92 left so I would assume they will be around for a bit. Let me know how you like it upon installation. Take care. ED
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59. stillwaiting
9:23 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
if your interested put in a abest offer of $139.00 and send them a message that I sent you..they'll except it for that price then!!!,when I've got mine all set I'll let everyone know how its working as well..
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58. NEwxguy
9:04 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Quoting RobDaHood:


Yeah, come on down...can't promise you perfect weather, but I'm sure it will be an improvement over what you've become accustomed to lately!


you got that right,I got my pale white skin to prove it too.
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57. NEwxguy
9:02 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Quoting Ossqss:


Here is a 7 day link, I must warn you, it looks depressing. High 80 low 60 over and over again. :)Link

ROTFL,just my luck! Thanks for the depressing news.
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56. Ossqss
9:01 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:



the sellers name is scottp1955,do an advanced search!!!


Bingo, thanks a bunch
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55. stillwaiting
8:58 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
I'm not worried about knocking the units power out its batt operated,I'm worried about it attracting a lightning strike and I'll need to ground the post I'll be installing it on...
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54. stillwaiting
8:55 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Quoting Ossqss:


Mr. Waiting, I could not find a best offer item for that unit on Ebay. Only a non-pc unit for $129 and a PC connected unit for $159 any links to the item? Additionally, if you are only using a battery powered device( no wire connection ) , grounding should not be an issue for you should have lightning rods up there already. If you hard wire power to a device like a webcam in that environment, thats a whole different senario.



the sellers name is scottp1955,do an advanced search!!!
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53. Patrap
8:11 PM GMT on March 04, 2009


Story:Link

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Wednesday tapped Florida emergency manager Craig Fugate to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency, turning to a Republican appointee who has steered the Southern state through numerous hurricanes since 2001.

In a statement issued by the White House, Obama said he plans to nominate Fugate who will help the administration "improve our preparedness, response and recovery efforts."

Obama said Fugate will travel with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Gulf Coast on Thursday to meet with local officials still struggling to recover from 2005 hurricanes.

Fugate, who faces Senate confirmation once he is nominated, has been director of Florida's Division of Emergency Management since 2001, chosen by former Gov. Jeb Bush. He was retained by current Gov. Charlie Crist. Both governors are Republicans.

Before that, Fugate was the agency's assistant director for more than four years
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52. RobDaHood
8:10 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Quoting NEwxguy:
I'm heading to Tampa on Monday,whats the long range forecasts look like down there


Yeah, come on down...can't promise you perfect weather, but I'm sure it will be an improvement over what you've become accustomed to lately!
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51. Ossqss
8:07 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Quoting NEwxguy:
I'm heading to Tampa on Monday,whats the long range forecasts look like down there


Here is a 7 day link, I must warn you, it looks depressing. High 80 low 60 over and over again. :)Link
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50. Ossqss
7:53 PM GMT on March 04, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:
just bought that weather station that keeper of the gate had linked the other day!!!!...got it for $139.00 shipped on ebay,the seller has more if anyone's interested,it has all the goodies including touch screen and auto-dump on the rain gauge,any Idea's about dealing w/lighting as I live on the 3rd floor on the beach here in sarasota, FL???.......also is there a possible nor'easter in the long range around 8-10 days????....


Mr. Waiting, I could not find a best offer item for that unit on Ebay. Only a non-pc unit for $129 and a PC connected unit for $159 any links to the item? Additionally, if you are only using a battery powered device( no wire connection ) , grounding should not be an issue for you should have lightning rods up there already. If you hard wire power to a device like a webcam in that environment, thats a whole different senario.
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