Season's first tropical depression forms

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:43 PM GMT on May 28, 2009

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Nature is jumping the gun a bit this year, with the season's first tropical depression forming four days before the official start to hurricane season. The area of disturbed weather (91L) that we've been watching, about 250 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, has developed enough heavy thunderstorm activity and spin to be classified as a tropical depression. QuikSCAT imagery from last night revealed a closed surface circulation, but top winds of only 20 - 25 mph. Satellite estimates (using a cloud pattern recognition method called the "Dvorak" technique) were saying this was a tropical depression this morning, though, so the NHC elected to upgrade the system.

The disturbance is over the relatively warm waters of the Gulf Stream (25°C) and has wind shear of 5 - 10 knots over it, and these conditions are marginally favorable for some slow development to occur until Friday, when the system will likely move over waters too cold to support intensification. TD One is not a threat to any land areas. I give the storm a 60% chance of becoming Tropical Storm Ana.


Figure 1. Latest satellite image of TD One.

Is the formation of TD One a harbinger of an active hurricane season?
Probably not. Early season storms occurring near the U.S. coast have not been shown to be correlated with an active main portion of hurricane season during August - October. However, the situation is different if we start getting June and July storms in the deep tropics between Africa and the Lesser Antilles Islands. This was the case last year, when the formation of Hurricane Bertha in the deep tropics in July presaged an active 2008 hurricane season. According to the Hurricane FAQ, "as shown in (Goldenberg 2000), if one looks only at the June-July Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes occurring south of 22°N and east of 77°W (the eastern portion of the Main Development Region [MDR] for Atlantic hurricanes), there is a strong association with activity for the remainder of the year. According to the data from 1944-1999, total overall Atlantic activity for years that had a tropical storm or hurricane form in this region during June and July have been at least average and often times above average. So it could be said that a June/July storm in this region is pretty much a "sufficient" condition for a year to produce at least average activity."

Portlight.org offering relief to Florida flood victims
Tropical disturbance 90L dropped as much as two feet of rain over Northeastern Florida last week, causing severe flooding. In Volusia County, at least 1500 homes were damaged by the flooding, and many of these were in low-income housing projects where the residents did not have flood insurance. Portlight Strategies, Inc., is now working to assist in this area by providing durable medical equipment to the disabled, elderly, or injured that have lost equipment due to the flooding. Equipment will also be provided to local shelters and other organizations working with flood victims. To help out, visit the Portlight disaster relief blog..


Figure 2. Rainfall amounts over Florida for the two weeks ending on May 27, 2009. Images credit: NOAA.

Jeff Masters

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654. Patrap
5:47 PM GMT on May 18, 2010
NEXSAT GOM OIL SPILL BONUS VIEW


CONUS SECTORS WITH OIL SPILL HIGHLIGHTED BOX
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653. vortfix
3:45 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
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652. atmoaggie
3:45 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting CatastrophicDL:
TCW, before the SUV boom, seatbelts weren't a law so big families just crammed them into whatever car they had. ;)


I personally rode cross country 30+ years ago in my play pen in the back of a van. Different times, truly.
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651. Patrap
3:45 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Er,,the Good Dr. Masters has a NEW ENTRY UP.

Ya'll posting in Space..LOL
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650. Skyepony (Mod)
3:44 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Hades~ it was such a quick glance I failed to relize the EPAC blob is less than 10N. Showing tenacity early on there. The last 24 hr loop of it sucking in the gulf blob energy is impressive. Land & time of day may have helped. GFS totally missed that.

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649. captainhunter
3:42 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
CatDL

I meant no offense with my comment to you personally or people who drive suburbans and have lots of kids. Sorry if it was taken the wrong way.
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648. SomeRandomTexan
3:42 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Marco Island...
having the oil companies dictate the economy is a different story though...

I live in an area where over 60% of the people work for the oil companies I can think of 8 of the major oil companies and many more smaller ones in my area. The night sky looks like a major city because of all the refineries and this area's very existence relies on these companies so I say what I say with complete knowledge of the business.

Back to the weather... I didn't take part in the OSSGSS contest though I wish I would have now...
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647. vortfix
3:41 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting cchsweatherman:
Just thought I'd stop in and deliver some great news in weather for once. The drought that had been plaguing Florida for nearly 8 months seems to be coming to an end. Been amazing to see Mother Nature turn the page so quickly on what had been a historic drought. By this time next week, with the active pattern still over Southern Florida, I expect the drought to be gone completely.
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/pics/fl_dm.png




Hello??
How long have you lived in Florida?
Obviously not long enough to understand the huge rainfall deficit we are still involved with:


Rain makes dent in South Florida drought; more storms expected


The last two weeks of rain matched the previous six months' worth, but it wasn't enough to wash away lingering impacts of drought in South Florida.

Link
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646. Patrap
3:41 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Psssss.

New Entry is up..this ones stale..
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645. MarcoIsland
3:41 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
634 & 632 you are exactly right. Get the government OUT of the private sector!
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644. atmoaggie
3:39 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting CatastrophicDL:

There's many different ways population could be controlled so perhaps you could be more specific with your blanket statement. If someone is able and can afford to properly care for and adequately raise several children then I don't see a problem with that. My children are well behaved, intelligent and talented - certainly not a detriment to society. If you'd like to discuss this topic more then shoot me an email.


Bzzz. Bzzz. Hornet's nest stirred.
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643. tornadofan
3:39 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting CatastrophicDL:
Sooo.... Can anyone speculate or venture a guess as to when the GFS will forecast something developing? Most of us participated in Ossqss contest. Anyone want to wager on when the next potential development will be?


Pretty safe bet it will forecast something in August.
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642. Patrap
3:38 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Media flock to island as hurricane season starts

By Leigh Jones
The Daily News

Published May 29, 2009


GALVESTON — National news crews are headed back to the island this week to mark the beginning of hurricane season on Monday.

“Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts will do live reports from Galveston during the show’s Monday broadcast.

Jim Cantore,
from the Weather Channel, also will be in town on Monday, broadcasting live in front of Murdoch’s Pier on the seawall.



City officials, including Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas, have given interviews to CNN and Fox News Channel.

The national attention is good for the island, city spokeswoman Alicia Cahill said.

“So many of us feel as though our story got lost in the shuffle of the story of the banks and the presidential election,” she said. “Unlike New Orleans, we don’t see the outpouring of news media wanting to keep up with our progress and telling the story of the island. Having those folks check in with us now reminds people in the rest of the country that Galveston was the last place to have a major storm.”
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641. MarcoIsland
3:36 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
594. hydrus 11:03 AM EDT on May 29, 2009


Yes, I agree it took a toll but adjusted for inflation our gas costs should actually be higher per gallon than they are now.

You can't blame the oil companies because you live too far from where you work.
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640. CatastrophicDL
3:36 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Sooo.... Can anyone speculate or venture a guess as to when the GFS will forecast something developing? Most of us participated in Ossqss contest. Anyone want to wager on when the next potential development will be?
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639. CaneWarning
3:35 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting cchsweatherman:
Just thought I'd stop in and deliver some great news in weather for once. The drought that had been plaguing Florida for nearly 8 months seems to be coming to an end. Been amazing to see Mother Nature turn the page so quickly on what had been a historic drought. By this time next week, with the active pattern still over Southern Florida, I expect the drought to be gone completely.
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/pics/fl_dm.png


Now we just have to hope we don't have another Fay this year. If we do, the flooding will be even worse.
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638. CaneWarning
3:34 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting SomeRandomTexan:


right on!


And I say that as someone who voted for him.
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637. TheCaneWhisperer
3:34 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Families of the future

1. Electric Mini-van
2. 1 or 2 Smart Cars for the short trips around town.
636. Seastep
3:34 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting cchsweatherman:
Just thought I'd stop in and deliver some great news in weather for once. The drought that had been plaguing Florida for nearly 8 months seems to be coming to an end. Been amazing to see Mother Nature turn the page so quickly on what had been a historic drought. By this time next week, with the active pattern still over Southern Florida, I expect the drought to be gone completely.
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/pics/fl_dm.png


Yep. Loving the green lawns. Didn't take long for them to spring back around here.
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635. stillwaiting
3:34 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting jeffs713:


I'm trying to talk both about energy conservation AND the tropics here. hehe. (nobody is listening, though)

Also... how long has Louisiana had the hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday? It would be an excellent thing here in TX. (but horribly unlikely to happen, since the Leg. only meets every other year)


Florida got rid of the holiday,now is when people need something like that most,IMO...w/the recession people just don't have the extra money for TC supplies...


also a very interesting read:Link
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634. SomeRandomTexan
3:34 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting CaneWarning:


Or banks.


right on!
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633. severstorm
3:32 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
LOL 629
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632. CaneWarning
3:32 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting SomeRandomTexan:


Ford is doing that with the FLEX...

I don't think it is a Presidents job to try to control or manipulate getting Trucks and SUVs off of the market.

Poking hornets nest here... nor is it the job of government to buyout and run an automobile company..hehehehe!


Or banks.
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631. cchsweatherman
3:32 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Just thought I'd stop in and deliver some great news in weather for once. The drought that had been plaguing Florida for nearly 8 months seems to be coming to an end. Been amazing to see Mother Nature turn the page so quickly on what had been a historic drought. By this time next week, with the active pattern still over Southern Florida, I expect the drought to be gone completely.
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/pics/fl_dm.png
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630. CaneWarning
3:32 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting CatastrophicDL:

There's many different ways population could be controlled so perhaps you could be more specific with your blanket statement. If someone is able and can afford to properly care for and adequately raise several children then I don't see a problem with that. My children are well behaved, intelligent and talented - certainly not a detriment to society. If you'd like to discuss this topic more then shoot me an email.


Agreed. People like octomom may be another matter though!
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629. StormSurgeon
3:31 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Oops, I think I accidentally stumbled in to the OPEC blog. Let me get out of here and try to find the WU blog.
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628. CatastrophicDL
3:31 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
TCW, before the SUV boom, seatbelts weren't a law so big families just crammed them into whatever car they had. ;)
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627. SomeRandomTexan
3:31 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:


Gas prices are one of the topics on the table of this new fuel efficiency goals set fourth by President Obama. Saying that gas prices may be leveraged to urge consumers to come off the super sized suv's and trucks. Of course that drew criticism, what do big families do that have no choice but to have these vehicles? What did big families do before the SUV boom is the question I would ask them. All you have to do is make the more fuel efficient mini-vans a COOL, TRENDY thing to drive and your problem is solved.


Ford is doing that with the FLEX...

I don't think it is a Presidents job to try to control or manipulate getting Trucks and SUVs off of the market.

Poking hornets nest here... nor is it the job of government to buyout and run an automobile company..hehehehe!
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626. CaneWarning
3:30 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:


Gas prices are one of the topics on the table of this new fuel efficiency goals set fourth by President Obama. Saying that gas prices may be leveraged to urge consumers to come off the super sized suv's and trucks. Of course that drew criticism, what do big families do that have no choice but to have these vehicles? What did big families do before the SUV boom is the question I would ask them. All you have to do is make the more fuel efficient mini-vans a COOL, TRENDY thing to drive and your problem is solved.


Cool and trendy mini vans? LOL I can imagine it now, going by a high school with tons of mini vans in the parking lot all pimped out. LOL
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625. severstorm
3:30 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
I'm doing great. Getting ready to leave for the outer banks today. Should be great. And thanks for all the info you gave me last year on thunderstorms i understand much better now.
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624. TheCaneWhisperer
3:28 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting Ossqss:
Oil demand is down and supply is way up, so why the high prices? A few puzzel pieces for you.

Link


Link


Gas prices are one of the topics on the table of this new fuel efficiency goals set fourth by President Obama. Saying that gas prices may be leveraged to urge consumers to come off the super sized suv's and trucks. Of course that drew criticism, what do big families do that have no choice but to have these vehicles? What did big families do before the SUV boom is the question I would ask them. All you have to do is make the more fuel efficient mini-vans a COOL, TRENDY thing to drive and your problem is solved.
623. Seastep
3:27 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
stillwaiting - as StormW showed, profits are down. Exxon stock, for example, is down 30% from a year ago.


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622. SomeRandomTexan
3:26 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting jeffs713:
Its not capturing it that is the problem. Its storing and distributing it.

Batteries take time to charge, and work best with a slow discharge. A lightning strike is a very quick, intense burst of energy. Trying to store a lightning strike would be like dumping a 5-gallon bucket of water into a garden hose. Yes, some will go through the hose, but most will be wasted.

A possible solution if we can sort out the mechanics of it would be to harness some of the energy in a tropical system. We know tidal motion generates energy, as does normal wave action. Why not harness some of that?


That is very true Jeff, hence I said "If we could build some kind of contraption" meaning the technology isn't there yet but def something they should look into.

I also agree with use of tidal flows to produce energy. I live near a nearly cutoff Saltwater lake. when the tides change everything has to come through a pass that is no more than 100 yards wide. This produces STRONG currents which would be ideal for tidal energy.
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621. stillwaiting
3:25 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
back to Wx...anything in the GOM yet???,lol...
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620. CaneWarning
3:24 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:
anyone notice when we started getting our stimulus checks last year how much more oil was vs. the yr previous&this yrs prices=all that stimulus money went to the oil companies,IMO


What stimulus check?
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619. jeffs713
3:24 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting Patrap:
When did this become the Oil and Energy Entry?

Platts on Oil has a good website.


I'm trying to talk both about energy conservation AND the tropics here. hehe. (nobody is listening, though)

Also... how long has Louisiana had the hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday? It would be an excellent thing here in TX. (but horribly unlikely to happen, since the Leg. only meets every other year)
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618. Patrap
3:21 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Social Networking Sites Provide MEMA's Hurricane Prep Info

YouTube, Twitter, Facebook In MEMA’s Tool Chest

PEARL, Miss. -- This year the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is using social networking and micro-blogging tools to reach people with important hurricane preparedness information as part of Hurricane Preparedness Week.

The agency first launched a YouTube page, a Twitter account and Facebook pages several months ago to better serve a growing generation of people who may not get information and news through traditional means.

MEMA Director Mike Womack said it is important for his agency to communicate through a variety of media to encourage people to take precautions before the start of hurricane season.
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617. stillwaiting
3:20 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
seastep:why have so many people's 401K's been tanking then???
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616. Patrap
3:20 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
When did this become the Oil and Energy Entry?

Platts on Oil has a good website.
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615. CatastrophicDL
3:19 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting captainhunter:
586. atmoaggie

Not trying to poke the hornet's nest here but if we're talking about needing Suburbans to haul all of our kids maybe we need to start thinking about not having as many kids.

There's many different ways population could be controlled so perhaps you could be more specific with your blanket statement. If someone is able and can afford to properly care for and adequately raise several children then I don't see a problem with that. My children are well behaved, intelligent and talented - certainly not a detriment to society. If you'd like to discuss this topic more then shoot me an email.
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614. jeffs713
3:19 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Its not capturing it that is the problem. Its storing and distributing it.

Batteries take time to charge, and work best with a slow discharge. A lightning strike is a very quick, intense burst of energy. Trying to store a lightning strike would be like dumping a 5-gallon bucket of water into a garden hose. Yes, some will go through the hose, but most will be wasted.

A possible solution if we can sort out the mechanics of it would be to harness some of the energy in a tropical system. We know tidal motion generates energy, as does normal wave action. Why not harness some of that?
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612. stillwaiting
3:17 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
anyone notice when we started getting our stimulus checks last year how much more oil was vs. the yr previous&this yrs prices=all that stimulus money went to the oil companies,IMO
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611. Seastep
3:17 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting StormW:


Shell reports decline in profits...Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Profit fell to $3.3 billion

Gee...wish I could make a quarterly profit like that. My heart bleeds for 'em


Bleeds for the 70% of regular Americans that own the company? Shareholders are the owners.

Full 50% of oil companies are owned by pensions and IRAs.

Just info as it seems many folks don't realize who really owns the company. Regular folks own most of them.

Not to mention all those employed in the industry.

And, finally, not to mention that, compared to other industries, their margins are actually pretty low. It's not about whole numbers it's about %. When you have a lot of volume, the number gets higher, but the company that makes $1mil with a 50% margin is "greedier" than the company that makes $1bil with a 15% margin.

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610. Patrap
3:17 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Tax break on hurricane supplies this weekend
Jay Vise Reporting

For the second year in a row, Louisiana is participating in a "hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday."

On Saturday and Sunday, all state sales taxes will be suspended for many items deemed vital to preparation for the hurricane season.

Byron Henderson with the Louisiana Department of Revenue tells WWL First News that the tax exemption requires no paperwork, and is applied immediately at the point of purchase.

"The sales tax exemption applies to the first $1,500 dollars of the sales price of each item," Henderson said.

Henderson said that the tax exemption applies to items such as batteries, flashlights, generators, tarps, and portable radios.

However, he says the legislature did not authorize the exemption to apply to gasoline or diesel.

Henderson notes that the tax exemption is not intended to apply to $1,500 total in purchases, but the first $1,500 of each purchase.

"If you purchased a $1,500 portable generator, and $1,500 worth of tarps, and $1,500 worth of storm shutter devices, your entire $4,500 transaction would be eligible for the sales tax exemption," Henderson said.

For more information on the sales tax holiday, and for a complete list of items exempt from tax this weekend, please click the following link:
http://revenue.louisiana.gov/forms/publications/STHPushCard(4.25x11).pdf
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609. atmoaggie
3:16 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:
maggie:exxon/mobile recorded record profits last yr!!!Link


And they started getting into more exploration and then saw the price fall. Too volatile to make the investments needed on domestic sources. They have had many bad years, too. Exxon/Mobil is, essentially, a new company. Records are not special when you only have ~15 years of history. Try to remember how big that one is. Maybe too big.

Right now the refiners are making very little money, if any, but looks a little better on the horizon. Some, like Sinclair, are not in the crude business, just the refining business (like the refinery here, ...visiting in Tulsa). Their profit is entirely dictated by the cost of crude and market price of gas. They have been cutting everything extra. No company picnics this summer.

I do not work for any oil companies. I just hear enough about what it takes for them to explore domestic sources, meet environmental laws, appease the locals with any project, etc. I also see how much we "care" about the Middle East and the costs, monetary, political, and human, incurred there. The solution is a less volatile oil price and a stable and substantial profit.

What if we paid $1 more at the pump, had fewer dead soldiers, had thousands more high-paying domestic jobs, and stability in our personal energy costs? Regardless of whom is profiting, that sounds fine to me.
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607. stillwaiting
3:14 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting atmoaggie:


Why? Would be a lot better to have a rig 30 miles out than your landscape covered in turbines.

Did you know that oil naturally seeps out of the ocean floor in some places?


hows about neither????,we live in Fl,flat fields of solar panels would produce copius amounts of energy w/all the sunshine and the sun angle down here,they block minimal view because they stand less than 10 ft...if we all put them on our roofs,imagine collectively how much less oil we'd be using..heck most of the time our powerbills would be non-existant...so basically we should use oil for infastructure and watch this country really start to grow again,when we become dependent on ourselves!!!
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606. Patrap
3:14 PM GMT on May 29, 2009



NOAA WX radio
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605. jeffs713
3:13 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
Quoting MarcoIsland:
who cares if gas hits $3? I have the choice to either pay for it and drive or not and run out of gas and find other means of transportation.

No one is forcing you to buy $3 gas, $2 gas, or $10 gas.

Of course nobody is forcing me to buy that gas. The fact that I need to get to work every day is forcing me. I moved close to my office so I can pay less for gas (I moved when gas was under $2/gal, 3 years ago. It REALLY paid off this last summer). Not everyone has that option, especially in larger cities. I could realistically bike to work when its not raining or a bajillion degrees outside (figure 40% of all work days). But there is no public transportation that goes between my house and my office. Also, keep in mind that for most urbanized areas, there is nowhere near enough mass transportation for the number of people who would use it. Simply not buying gas is not an option.
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604. SomeRandomTexan
3:12 PM GMT on May 29, 2009
The best energy if we could tap it, would be LIGHTNING.

IF we could build some kind of contraption in an area that gets frequent strong lightning storms we could run entire cities. The average lightning volt runs between 10 million and 120 million volts!
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