Outspoken hurricane scientist Ivor van Heerden cut loose by LSU

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 12:38 PM GMT on April 14, 2009

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Louisiana State University (LSU) will not renew the contract of controversial hurricane scientist Ivor van Heerden, according to nola.com . Dr. van Heerden has been stripped of his title as deputy director of the LSU Hurricane Center, and will lose his job in May 2010. The Director of the LSU Hurricane Center, engineering professor Marc Levitan, resigned from that post in protest over the firing of van Heerden. LSU has given no reason why it is removing Dr. van Heerden, but said it was not because of his performance. Van Heerden, who holds a Ph.D. degree in marine sciences from LSU, was one of the most outspoken scientists on the vulnerability of New Orleans before Katrina struck in 2005. He worked extensively with FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and political figures at the local, state, and U.S. Congressional levels to try to improve New Orleans' disaster readiness. In the aftermath of the storm, he provided support for the search and rescue efforts and plugging of the levee breaches, then headed one of the teams assigned to figure out what caused the levees to fail. PBS's NOVA did a nice story on him in 2006, featuring interviews before and after Katrina. He was highly critical of the Army Corps of Engineers and politicians at the local, state, and federal level for allowing the Katrina disaster to happen, and for their abysmal response to the storm's aftermath.

It is no surprise that van Heerden has been fired, as he has also been very critical of the LSU administration. His May 2006 book, The Storm: What went wrong and why during Hurricane Katrina--the inside story from one Louisiana scientist, (see my review), tells of a case in November 2005 after Katrina where two LSU assistant chancellors told him to stop talking to the press, because it was "hurting LSU's quest for federal funding across the board." Van Heerden further remarked:

A balanced view on research is lacking at many universities obsessed with competing for the big brownie points, where upper administrators' egos and boasting rights are more important than solving problems to the benefit of society at large. You would think that our work before, during, and after Katrina might have turned some heads at LSU, but not really. Witness the gag order placed on me by the school during the levee investigation a couple of months later (soon rescinded with apologies)

Van Heerden is a big proponent of building a flood protection system that will protect Louisiana from a Category 5 hurricane. He proposes doing this by restoring wetlands, building armored levees, and installing huge flood gates on Lake Pontchartrain, similar to what the Dutch use to protect their country from the North Sea. I especially like his emphasis on the importance of doing good science. He is not a fan of what politicians and business leaders do with good science:

The science is the easy part. The hard part is overcoming the narrow-mindedness and selfishness of politics and business as usual. For decades the two have undermined plan after plan to restore wetlands, build new ones, and thereby protect people and property. They have played hell with improving the existing levee system. We must do better now, or we can kiss it all good-bye for good. I was not exaggerating in the introduction when I said that politics and business as usual in Louisiana will eventually put everything below Interstate 10 underwater. Science and engineering can save the day, but not if they're censored or manipulated. If that's to be the case, just shelve them and start packing. It's over.

According to an article in The Nation, Dr. van Heerden is scheduled to testify in a trial that begins in federal court on April 20. Judge Stanwood Duval will rule on a claim by six homeowners that the Corps failed to heed environmental laws in building and maintaining the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet shipping shortcut, which they claim led to the catastrophic flooding of New Orleans during Katrina. A second trial will begin shortly after that--a large class action suit seeking hundreds of millions in damages from the Corps. When Dr. van Heerden was first asked to testify at these trials in spring 2007, LSU's then-president, Sean O'Keefe, told plaintiffs' attorneys that if van Heerden testified against the Corps he would be fired (O'Keefe had served as head of NASA under George W. Bush between 2001 - 2005, and stepped down as LSU chancellor in January 2008). According to van Heerden, the LSU president said "nobody from LSU was going to embarrass the Bush administration or upset the major Republican companies that benefit from Corps of Engineers contracts." LSU has officially blocked Dr. van Heerden from testifying as an "expert witness" in the upcoming trials, but he can still testify as a "fact witness".

Regardless of where he winds up next, I'm sure Van Heerden will continue to voice his valuable views on the science of what is best for Louisiana and New Orleans. In an interview with the Associated Press, Dr. van Heerden said Friday he would appeal the college's decision and was considering legal action. "Before going that route, I hope LSU will recognize the signal they've sent to the world is that academic freedom does not exist at LSU. The folks who are going to lose in this is LSU, not me. I will find a job rather easily. There have already been some offers."

Less politics and better science would go a long ways towards reducing our vulnerability to hurricanes. Ivor van Heerden has been a much-needed critical voice in advocating this, and I applaud his tenacity in calling it as he sees it. Louisiana very much needs Dr. van Heerden's input over the coming decades on how to move ahead to protect the vulnerable coast of the state against the twin threats of hurricanes and rising sea levels. The move by Louisiana's flagship university to silence his voice should concern everyone in the path of the next Katrina.

Jeff Masters

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705. BahaHurican
1:40 PM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting HadesGodWyvern:
Bangladesh Meteorological Department
Special Weather Statement


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You thought India had a hard time writing advisories.. Baha LOL
LOL Hey, at least they're writing them, and putting up those flags. . . . I am mindful of the difference between Bangladesh's massive decrease in cyclone-related deaths over the last several years. It seems they are taking their preps a bit more seriously. BIG contrast to Myanmar. . .
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704. TampaSpin
1:01 PM GMT on April 17, 2009
New Blog posted!
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703. TampaSpin
12:52 PM GMT on April 17, 2009
I just read Dr. Bill Grays 31 page 4-9 Tropical Atlantic Forecast. Summary is interesting!

Summary:
a) The SST's in the Atlantic are running below normal
b) We are currently in a Weak state of La Nina but, could go nuetral or Weak El Nino during the Season.
c) Low Shear values currently but, could increase if El Nino kicks in!
d) Weaker than normal Azores High which could lead to Warmer SST's if continued!

Translation is Slightly above average Tropical Outlook!
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702. tornadofan
12:50 PM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting beell:
Post-smart maybe. Better to be pre-smart with tornadoes


True - got to know when to set up your cameras and camcorders ahead of time.
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701. beell
12:42 PM GMT on April 17, 2009
Post-smart maybe. Better to be pre-smart with tornadoes
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700. TampaSpin
12:42 PM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting tornadofan:
That Beell is pretty smart.


Yep dam good.
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699. tornadofan
12:37 PM GMT on April 17, 2009
That Beell is pretty smart.
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698. Orcasystems
12:32 PM GMT on April 17, 2009
Complete Blog Refresh, with New Weather/CritterCam
Mirror Site
Current Home weather station data.

Daily Area of Interest
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697. beell
12:29 PM GMT on April 17, 2009
Nice combination of features last night over the TX panhandle. Wish I could claim I saw them all. End result-at least 11 tornado reports.

A nearly stationary dryline in W TX with an eastward bulge near Lubbock.
A southwestward moving outflow boundary (OFB) intersecting the dryline bulge.
ADDED: also a bit of a surface low S of this area.

Enough increased surface convergence and low level shear to fire off the first of several supercells. Initiation of each of these cells confined to a small area near the slow moving dance of these boundaries. As the OFB ran out of steam, the marine boundary took over or added continued convergence.

One of the last visibles from yesterday afternoon:
5:31PM CDT
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Storm Reports
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696. TampaSpin
12:25 PM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting ftpiercecane:
Any thoughts on that plug of moisture in the gulf. Forcast for my area today is only partly cloudy. Looks like the gulf is telling a different story.


Should move in the general direction toward Texas.
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695. ftpiercecane
11:57 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Any thoughts on that plug of moisture in the gulf. Forcast for my area today is only partly cloudy. Looks like the gulf is telling a different story.
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694. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
9:32 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
India Meteorological Department
Tropical Cyclone Bulletin Number TWENTY-ONE
Cyclonic Storm Bijli (BOB01-2009)
11:30 AM IST April 17 2009
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Sub: Cyclonic storm, ‘BIJLI’ over northwest Bay of Bengal:

Yellow message (West Bengal and Bangladesh)


Ay 06:00 AM UTC, Cyclonic Storm BIJLI over northwest Bay of Bengal moved northeastwards and lays centered at 21.0N 89.0E about 160 km east-southeast of Digha, 160 km southwest of Khepupara, Bangladesh and 350 km southwest of Chittagaon, Bangladesh. The system is likely to move in an east-northeasterly direction and cross Bangladesh coast close to the south of Chittagaon, Bangladesh around midnight of today/early morning of tomorrow (India Standard Time)

Under its influence, rain/thundershower at many places with isolated heavy falls is likely over coastal areas of West Bengal during next 24 hours and over Mizoram & Tripura during next 36 hours. Rain/thundershowers is also likely at many places over coastal areas of north Orissa during next 12 hours.

Gale force winds speed reaching 60-70 km/h gusting to 80 km/h are likely along and off West Bengal coast during next 24 hours and north Orissa coast during next 12 hours. Sea condition will be very rough to high. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea along and off these coasts.

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Whee spamming, j/k
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693. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
9:18 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Bangladesh Meteorological Department
Special Weather Statement

THE CYCLONIC STORM “BIJLI” (WITH ECP 988 HPA) OVER NORTH BAY AND ADJOINING AREA ADJOINING MOVED SLIGHTLY NORTHEASTWARDS AND NOW LIES OVER THE SAME AREA AND WAS CENTRED AT 12 NOON TODAY (THE 17 APRIL 2009) about 405 kms southwest of chittagong port, 375 kms SOUTHWEST of cox’s bazar port and 255 kms south-southwest of mongla port (near lat.20.2 0 N and long.88.8 0 E). iT IS LIKELY TO INTENSIFY further AND MOVE in a north/NORTHEASTERly direction AND MAY CROSS BARISAL-CHITTAGONG COAST NEAR MEGHNA ESTUARY BY EARLY NIGHT/MID NIGHT TO NIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WIND SPEED WITHIN 54 KMS OF THE CYCLONE CENTRE IS ABOUT 70 KPH RISING TO 90 KPH IN GUSTS/SQUALLS. SEA WILL REMAIN VERY ROUGH.

MARITIME PORT OF CHITTAGONG HAS BEEN ADVISED TO LOWER DANGER SIGNAL NO. SIX BUT INSTEAD HOIST DANGER SIGNAL NO. SEVEN (R) SEVEN.

THE COASTAL DISTRICTS OF CHITTAGONG, NOAKHALI, FENI, LAXMIPUR, BHOLA, BARISAL CHANDPUR AND THEIR OFFSHORE ISLANDS AND CHARS WILL COME UNDER DANGER SIGNAL NO. SEVEN (R) SEVEN.

MARITIME PORT OF COX’S BAZAR HAS BEEN ADVISED TO KEEP HOISTED DANGER SIGNAL NO. SIX (R) SIX.

THE COASTAL DISTRICTS OF COX’S BAZAR AND OFFSHORE ISLANDS AND CHARS WILL COME UNDER DANGER SIGNAL NO. SIX (R) SIX.

MARITIME PORT OF MONGLA HAS BEEN ADVISED TO KEEP HOISTED DANGER SIGNAL NO. FIVE (R) FIVE.

THE COASTAL DISTRICTS OF PATUAKHALI, BORGUNA, PIROZPUR, JHALOKATHI, BAGERHAT, KHULNA, SATKHIRA, AND THEIR OFFSHORE ISLANDS AND CHARS WILL COME UNDER DANGER SIGNAL NO. FIVE (R) FIVE.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE STORM, THE COASTAL DISTRICTS OF COX’S BAZAR, CHITTAGONG, NOAKHALI, FENI, LAXMIPUR, BHOLA, BARISAL, PATUAKHALI, BORGUNA, CHANDPUR, PIROZPUR, JHALOKATHI, BAGERHAT, KHULNA, SATKHIRA, AND THEIR OFFSHORE ISLANDS AND CHARS ARE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE HEAVY RAIN ACCOMPANIED BY SQUALLY WIND SPEED UP TO 120 KPH WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE STORM.

THE LOW-LYING AREAS OF THE COASTAL DISTRICTS OF COX’S BAZAR, CHITTAGONG, NOAKHALI, FENI, LAXMIPUR, BHOLA, BARISAL, PATUAKHALI, BORGUNA, CHANDPUR, PIROZPUR, JHALOKATHI, BAGERHAT, KHULNA, SATKHIRA, AND THEIR OFFSHORE ISLANDS AND CHARS ARE LIKELY TO BE INUNDATED BY STORM SURGE OF HEIGHT 7-10 FEET ABOVE NORMAL ASTRONOMICAL TIDE.

ALL FISHING BOATS AND TRAWLERS OVER NORTH BAY MUST REMAIN IN SHELTER TILL FURTHER NOTICE.

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You thought India had a hard time writing advisories.. Baha LOL
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692. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
9:04 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Published at 0600 UTC (1130 IST)

Bangladesh gears for evacuation after raising storm alert

DHAKA (Reuters) - Disaster-prone Bangladesh braced on Friday for a cyclone gaining strength in the Bay of Bengal, raising the storm warning to signal number six and ordering fishing boats back to shore.
The storm "Bijli", packing winds up to 90 kph (55 mph), was around 480 kms (300 miles) from Cox's Bazar on Friday morning, meteorology officials said. It was about 520 kms (325 miles) from the main port Chittagong and around 360 kms (225 miles) from Mongla, they said.

"Bijli is gaining strength as it continues to move towards the shorelines and may hit the coast by Friday night or Saturday morning," a meteorology official in Cox's Bazar, around 350 km (220 miles) from the capital, Dhaka, told Reuters.

Coastal districts have been experiencing medium to heavy rain since Thursday night, local officials said.

Bangladesh grades storms with signals ranging from 1 to 10, and authorities start major preparations when the signal is raised to five or beyond.

Red Crescent volunteers, police and other security forces are also on alert to deal with any emergency, including a possible tidal surge, one official said.

Storms and cyclones batter Bangladesh almost every year, killing many people and causing huge damage to crops and property.
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691. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
8:57 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Previous news from thursday
published at 1500 PM UTC (2030PM IST)

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh asked ports to raise warning signals higher on Thursday as cyclone Bijli advanced towards the coast from the Bay of Bengal, the meteorological department said.

Authorities also ordered all fishing boats and trawlers to remain close to shore as the storm was churning menacingly, packing winds up to 80 kph.

It was about 800 kms southwest of the country's main Chittagong port at 0900 GMT on Thursday.

"Cyclone Bijli is likely to intensify and move in a north- northeasterly direction," said a statement from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

Meteorologists said Bijli, which means lightning, was likely to make a landfall late Saturday or early Sunday at Bangladesh's Chittagong-Cox's Bazar coastline.

Bangladesh grades storms with signals ranging from 1 to 10, and authorities start major preparations when the signal is raised to five or beyond.

"The ports have been asked to hoist warning signal no. 3, until further notice," the BMD statement said.

The government in Orissa state in eastern India also issued alerts to all coastal districts and warned fishermen not to put out to sea.

Storms batter Bangladesh, a poor south Asian country every year. Cyclone Sidr ravaged its coasts in November 2007, killing nearly 3,500 people and displacing some two million.
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690. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
8:54 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
India Meteorological Department
Tropical Cyclone Bulletin Number TWENTY
Cyclonic Storm Bijli (BOB01-2009)
8:30 AM IST April 17 2009
=====================================

Sub: Cyclonic Storm BIJLI over northwest Bay of Bengal

Yellow message (West Bengal and Bangladesh)


At 3:00 AM UTC, Cyclonic Storm Bijli over northwest Bay of Bengal moved eastwards and lay centered near 20.5N 88.5E, or about 150 kms southeast of Digha, 240 kms southwest of Khepupara, Bangladesh and 400 kms southwest of Chittagaon, Bangladesh. The system is likely to move in a east northeasterly direction and cross Bangladesh coast near Chittagaon, Bangladesh around midnight (April 18th, India Standard Time)

Maximum 3 minute sustained winds near the center is 40 knots with a minimum central pressure of 996 hPa. The state of the sea is very rough to high around the system's center.

Storm Surge Guidance Based on ITT Delhi Model
===========================================
Storm surge with height of about 2-3 meters above astronomical tide is likely over Bangladesh coast near land point at the time of landfall.

Satellite imagery shows broken intense to very intense convection over Bay of Bengal north of 19.0N and west of 91.0E. The lowest cloud top temperature due to convection is around -60C. The Dvorak Intensity of the system is T2.5 and is expected to remain at that intensity of the next 24 hours.

Vertical wind shear of horizontal wind over the region is between 5 to 10 knots. 24 hours shear tendency is negative around the system. The system lies on the northwest periphery of an anticyclonic circulation over the east central Bay of Bengal. As a result, the system is likely to move in an east-northeasterly direction and cross Bangladesh coast to the south of Chittagaon between 1800 UTC and 2100 UTC, today (17 APRIL).
Forecast and Intensity
======================
Current: 20.5 88.5E - 40 knots (Cyclonic Storm)
3 HRS: 21.0 89.0E - 35-40 knots (Cyclonic Storm)
9 HRS: 21.5N 90.5E - 35-40 knots (Cyclonic Storm)
14 HRS: 22.0N 92.0E - 35-40 knots (Cyclonic Storm)
21 HRS: 22.5N 93.5E - 35-40 knots (Cyclonic Storm)
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689. Patrap
4:55 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
ESL by LSU
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688. Orcasystems
4:48 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting Patrap:



662. Patrap 2:01 AM GMT on April 17, 2009 Hide this comment.
When using Dr. Masters' blog, please refrain from posting material not relevant to the discussion of tropical weather, or the topic of the blog entry itself.
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687. Patrap
4:45 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
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686. Patrap
4:25 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
100 Items That Disappear First in a Disaster
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685. Patrap
3:51 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Outstanding Taz..

"Lifejacket"

Lifevest or 2 maybe to help another.

Thanks for that reminder.

I'll add that to my Blog items.
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684. Tazmanian
3:27 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
671. Patrap 7:15 PM PDT on April 16, 2009
Now is the time to Restock and check ones Cane Seasonal Supplies,

Water
Food
Fuel
Cash
Insurance Papers
Video of Possessions, etc,etc,etc
lifejacket
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683. Orcasystems
3:24 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting Ossqss:
Orca see what you did.

Tampa, gotta go, and feel this may be appropriate. :)



ROFLMAO... I love it :)
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681. TampaSpin
2:48 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting PresidentialElection:


Hey, Tim!


JFV is that you
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679. TampaSpin
2:38 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
677. Ossqss 10:30 PM EDT on April 16, 2009
Orca see what you did.

Tampa, gotta go, and feel this may be appropriate. :)


Thanks i needed that!

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678. hahaguy
2:34 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
There's nothing like Monty Pyhton.
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677. Ossqss
2:30 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Orca see what you did.

Tampa, gotta go, and feel this may be appropriate. :)

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676. tillou
2:29 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Got some spinners in the panhandle of Texas tonight. Keep those people in your prayers tonight.
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675. TampaSpin
2:27 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:


Umm I can see what you have, but there is nothing to tell us how you got it? A mathematical formula requires variable and constants.. you don't show how, where or even why the ratings are the values you put in?


Apparently you did not read the comment section.

The formula above is spread on an Excel Spreadsheet. If anyone has better ideas let me know. Not sure what values are correct for the current ratings in place. I will analyze those next week and give everyone my best prediction for the upcoming Tropcial Season.

Yes they are subjective just as every predection is. It would be great to make it totally with known Variables. If you can tell me where i would find such things for everything i would love to plug them in. I would love the help. Thanks.
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673. tillou
2:23 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Don't forget the cards for peedro and maybe some chips for poker.
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672. hahaguy
2:17 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting Patrap:
Now is the time to Restock and check ones Cane Seasonal Supplies,

Water
Food
Fuel
Cash
Insurance Papers
Video of Possessions, etc,etc,etc.


Pat you forgot the beer. but I got all of my supplies ready , but still need a few flashlights.
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671. Patrap
2:15 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Now is the time to Restock and check ones Cane Seasonal Supplies,

Water
Food
Fuel
Cash
Insurance Papers
Video of Possessions, etc,etc,etc.
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669. hahaguy
2:14 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Vortex i havent seen that clip in a long time , it's such a crappy movie lol.
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668. Patrap
2:13 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Already ready for Calamity.
I have everything I need and Plenty-o-fuel stashed to go.
Calamity can come any Day. Even in Spring.
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667. Ossqss
2:11 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting Patrap:
When using Dr. Masters' blog, please refrain from posting material not relevant to the discussion of tropical weather, or the topic of the blog entry itself.



J/k


Well,... It doesn't look any different than any other Tropical Weather forecast this time of year :)
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662. Patrap
2:01 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
When using Dr. Masters' blog, please refrain from posting material not relevant to the discussion of tropical weather, or the topic of the blog entry itself.



J/k
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661. hahaguy
2:00 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting Ossqss:
Forgive me Tampaspin, but Orca made me do it ª¿ª



LMAO
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660. Ossqss
1:58 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Forgive me Tampaspin, but Orca made me do it ª¿ª

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659. Orcasystems
1:53 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting Ossqss:


Hmmmm :)


Ahh I forgot about that :)
There is the Variable (Trajectory) and the two constants (Dart & Board), the the unknown (dull dart bouncing off the board)

See, you do know complicated math :)


BRB off for a MRI
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656. Ossqss
1:46 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:


Umm I can see what you have, but there is nothing to tell us how you got it? A mathematical formula requires variable and constants.. you don't show how, where or even why the ratings are the values you put in?


Hmmmm :)
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655. Ossqss
1:41 AM GMT on April 17, 2009
FYI, blog folks, no kidding, if you have a desktop PC, open the cover and blow the dust out of it. Heat accumulates via the dust like a blanket and cooks the boards and pressures the fan bearings/bushings, in particular if your power supply fan or processor fan has any accumulation of dust on them. Think of it like a propeller on a plane, you don't want anything to interfere with its performance. Use compressed air, don't try to wipe them off. I thought I ran a clean ship and was suprised at the crapola in my case on the mother hen PC. Consider it part or your hurricane prep work :)

Homework if you will.
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