Tropical Cyclone Irina kills 72 on Madagascar

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:13 PM GMT on March 07, 2012

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Heavy rains from Tropical Cyclone Irina have killed 72 people on Madagascar and left 70,000 homeless, according to news reports. Irina never reached hurricane strength, but dumped heavy rains on the island over an extended period, February 29 - March 2. The area affected was remote, so the reports of the disaster only today reached the outside world. Irina is the deadliest tropical cyclone of 2012 thus far, and the second deadly storm to affect the island in recent weeks; Tropical Cyclone Giovanna hit the island two weeks ago as a Category 3 storm, killing 35 and leaving 240,000 homeless. Irina is expected to dissipate over cold waters southwest of Madagascar over the next day.


Figure 1. Tropical Cyclone Irina over Madagascar at 07:15 UTC March 1, 2012. At the time, Irina was a tropical storm with 65 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.

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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Good morning all. Special hello to Grothar.


How do, stranger?
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
Hey Gro, how much rain have you gotten this evening?


I am right on the coast, so I would have to say a couple of inches. I don't know if my gauge is accurate, but it reads nearly 2". We have had some very heavy downpours, but the are moving too quickly. As you know the coastal area is already 6" below normal for the year and I believe 28" deficit since last year.
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Good morning all. Special hello to Grothar.
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Quoting number4steel:
corporate policy = politician, dont belive what either one says, even if it is on paper


Best post ever.
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


When I was younger, yes (poor, occasionally homeless, so on and so forth). Managed to get into college through hard work and some luck, graduated, and broke out of the "poor cycle".

When you're poor (at least in the US), there are no kid-gloves. And forget it if your homeless. You might as well have ebola or the plague. :P

But my main point was that for the average kid, high-school is pretty much care free. College and real life are much less forgiving.


I couldn't agree more. That was my point, too!
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corporate policy = politician, dont belive what either one says, even if it is on paper
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What's with all the Wal-Mart hating tonight?
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Hey Gro, how much rain have you gotten this evening?
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Quoting TomTaylor:
I'm not complaining about my job. I do not work at Walmart lol.

I'm complaining about the way Walmart operates as a company, in the US and especially around the world. Maybe you misread somewhere.

And yeah, I guess I agree they are lucky to work in a factory...but African children are also lucky when they get to eat. Just because they are lucky doesn't make it right though. That is what I am trying to show you.
Lol thats is not what I'm saying at all! I'm talking about how people who work for Wal-Mart in the US dont have to work in brutal factory conditions with decent pay on a global standard. What is going on in those countries is wrong!
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Melbourne, FL .30" so far this evening. Not bad considering rain wasn't in the forecast today. HPC think nearly an 1" will fall across E C FL over the next couple of days.
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Could be even higher amounts approaching 15" across the Piney Woods of east TX.
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


When I was younger, yes (poor, occasionally homeless, so on and so forth). Managed to get into college through hard work and some luck, graduated, and broke out of the "poor cycle".

When you're poor (at least in the US), there are no kid-gloves. And forget it if your homeless. You might as well have ebola or the plague. :P

But my main point was that for the average kid, high-school is pretty much care free. College and real life are much less forgiving.

High school is NOT care free... However I doubt it's as hard as what college and real life will be like... That's why I try to challenge myself as much as possible- it's good practice for what lies ahead.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Good point. However, I don't live in a third world country, so making a comparison to one isn't exactly fair. It'd be like knowing you'll win the lotto next year. While that's all fine and dandy, it doesn't make being poor until then suck any less.
True but on a global scale the poor in America are not poor. It is still a problem but the world is changing into a global economy in which kids in china are working to secure jobs that we will also be fighting for. America's high living standard will not last forever.
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Wow thats a lot of rain!

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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
So you agree with me. I'm note sure if you missread things but I was saying you should not really complain to much about your job seeing as so many others are in a worse place.
I'm not complaining about my job. I do not work at Walmart lol.

I'm complaining about the way Walmart operates as a company, in the US and especially around the world. Maybe you misread somewhere.

And yeah, I guess I agree they are lucky to work in a factory...but African children are also lucky when they get to eat. Just because they are lucky doesn't make it right though. That is what I am trying to show you.
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On & off heavy rains streaming into Broward County.

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Quoting Bern99:


Yeah, but getting up before dawn in mid-summer sucks, which is why I'm glad we don't do the clock-winding-thing in my part of the world. Not to mention that during the daytime in summer, everyone just sits around waiting for the sun to go down and things to cool off enough to do anything.


YEAH, but daylihgt last longer! and u can complain about it being too hot! and you can....uh....hm.

Stand by.
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Quoting Grothar:


June 3rd around 2:15 PM I would estimate.


I'm gonna go with Peak Heating, say 4:57.5987567 EDT
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Quoting Bern99:


Yeah, but getting up before dawn in mid-summer sucks, which is why I'm glad we don't do the clock-winding-thing in my part of the world. Not to mention that during the daytime in summer, everyone just sits around waiting for the sun to go down and things to cool off enough to do anything.


Where are you located?
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
First world problems. Many people in China would be so lucky as to work in a place like Walmart. People are starting to lose prospective. Also I think they just buy everything overseas from other companies that do there own thing.


Good point. However, I don't live in a third world country, so making a comparison to one isn't exactly fair. It'd be like knowing you'll win the lotto next year. While that's all fine and dandy, it doesn't make being poor until then suck any less.
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Quoting TomTaylor:
Yes Walmart it is a first world problem and in third worlds, the problem is amplified.

Just because someone is lucky to work in a factory 14hrs a day, 7 days a week, for a couple dollars a day, doesn't make it right. Wouldn't you agree? Maybe you should work in the factory and let me know how it goes.
So you agree with me. I'm note sure if you mis-read things but I was saying you should not really complain to much about your job seeing as so many others are in a worse place. And yes it is a problem that needs fixing I think we might be adressing diffrent issues of the same problem.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
First world problems. Many people in China would be so lucky as to work in a place like Walmart. People are starting to lose prospective.


Starting to lose perspective? You must have been off-planet for a while or something. :D
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Quite curious - does anyone have any speculations about when this Florida's day time thunderstorms might be popping up compared to last years? Was quite pathetic the last two years.


June 3rd around 2:15 PM I would estimate.
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Tropical Cyclone Irina(14S) 010000 UTC Mar 8th 2012

CI# /Pressure/ Vmax
2.8 / 997.6mb/ 41.0kt

Raw T# 2.3
Adj T# 2.3
Final T# 2.6

Scene Type: CURVED BAND with 0.29 ARC in MD GRAY Maximum CURVED BAND with 0.48 ARC in MD GRAY at Lat: 29:04:47 S Lon: 40:19:48 E

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Tropical Cyclone Sixteen(16S) 003000 UTC Mar 8th 2012

CI# /Pressure/ Vmax
3.5 / 987.5mb/ 55.0kt

Raw T# 3.5
Adj T# 3.5
Final T# 3.5

Scene Type: UNIFORM CDO CLOUD REGION
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
First world problems. Many people in China would be so lucky as to work in a place like Walmart. People are starting to lose prospective.
Yes Walmart it is a first world problem and in third worlds, the problem is amplified.

Just because someone is lucky to work in a factory 14hrs a day, 7 days a week, for a couple dollars a day, doesn't make it right. Wouldn't you agree? Maybe you should work in the factory and let me know how it goes.
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the rains cometh
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Quoting SPLbeater:


but daylihg tlast longer and i git to play football later! and crush the neighbors at it too!!


Yeah, but getting up before dawn in mid-summer sucks, which is why I'm glad we don't do the clock-winding-thing in my part of the world. Not to mention that during the daytime in summer, everyone just sits around waiting for the sun to go down and things to cool off enough to do anything.
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Quoting Grothar:


Wow, you must have had a rough life.


When I was younger, yes (poor, occasionally homeless, so on and so forth). Managed to get into college through hard work and some luck, graduated, and broke out of the "poor cycle".

When you're poor (at least in the US), there are no kid-gloves. And forget it if your homeless. You might as well have ebola or the plague. :P

But my main point was that for the average kid, high-school is pretty much care free. College and real life are much less forgiving.
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


High school IS easy. You won't grasp how easy it is until you're older. High school is the last years of life treating you with kid-gloves. Once you get to college, those gloves start coming off. After college, life puts on a pair of brass knuckles. With spikes.

Enjoy it while you can. :)
exactly
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Welcome to the New Rome.

Have you ever seen a Wal Mart Convention?


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Quoting TomTaylor:

It really does though. Walmart is a bad company.

Around the world, Walmart employs hundreds of thousands of people to work in horrible conditions for crazy hours 7 days a week for very little money. Furthermore, since they are one of the largest companies in the world, they set the working standard for other companies looking to take jobs overseas. In the United states employees are not treated as poorly, but that is only because our working standards are a lot higher. Even with our higher standards, Walmart pays it's employees minimum wage and has been known to avoid covering health care when possible and manipulating the hours they pay their employees.

They run a tight ship, try to squeeze a profit wherever possible, and treat their employees as though they are worthless and can be easily replaced.
First world problems. Many people in China would be so lucky as to work in a place like Walmart. People are starting to lose prospective. Also I think they just buy everything overseas from other companies that do there own thing.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
The kids are gonna hate waking up earlier for school :).


but daylihg tlast longer and i git to play football later! and crush the neighbors at it too!!
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Quoting Grothar:
If it's any consolation, it doesn't get better any place else.

It really does though. Walmart is a bad company.

Around the world, Walmart employs hundreds of thousands of people to work in horrible conditions for crazy hours 7 days a week for very little money. Furthermore, since they are one of the largest companies in the world, they set the working standard for other companies looking to take jobs overseas. In the United states employees are not treated as poorly, but that is only because our working standards are a lot higher. Even with our higher standards, Walmart pays it's employees minimum wage and has been known to avoid covering health care when possible and manipulating the hours they pay their employees.

They run a tight ship, try to squeeze a profit wherever possible, and treat their employees as though they are worthless and can be easily replaced. Yes, most companies do this as well, but since Walmart is so big they can afford to do it on a much greater scale than any other company.
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The kids are gonna hate waking up earlier for school :).
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HELLO
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Quoting Grothar:


Is time travel possible?..............


We will go forward in time 1 hour this weekend. Prepare for an earlier breakfast Sunday, in some sense of the words.
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Quoting weatherbro:


Is that a UFO down at the bottom lol?


I doubt it cause of the heat. But I'm sure conspiracy theorists will jump all over it.
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Quoting Patrap:
Current Solar Activity and Heliospheric Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) Conditions



Is that a UFO down at the bottom lol?
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Had a friend who worked logistics for the US. He was stationed in GA at the time. So the story goes he had to go to meeting in Kuwait so they flew him out. It was a 18 hour flight. Atl to Germany to Kuwait. The meeting was 2 hours and they sent him back home. I could not imagine your reaction to something like that. So 36 hours on a plane (A bit less than that go to move around the airport in Germany for a while) for a 2 hour meeting. I myself would be beyond pissed.


Good to see that the military is a impervious to modern technology as they are to intelligence. At least they're consistent. :P
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Quite curious - does anyone have any speculations about when this Florida's day time thunderstorms might be popping up compared to last years? Was quite pathetic the last two years.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


Yeah, that is what we were working on. Few people knew that this was actually the last theory he was working on. ... A "Unified Theory of Everything" would be a piece of cake, once a "Unified Theory of Variables" is found. ;-)


Is time travel possible?..............
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


LOL! ... No, not really. Do you remember the time I told you that sometimes is not what you say that counts? ;-)


You're a pip, Rookie.
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


High school IS easy. You won't grasp how easy it is until you're older. High school is the last years of life treating you with kid-gloves. Once you get to college, those gloves start coming off. After college, life puts on a pair of brass knuckles. With spikes.

Enjoy it while you can. :)
One thing that will help you with that is doing well in High School. So do your best in school it will help you out later in life. I'm only a freshman but it seems to be the general story.
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


High school IS easy. You won't grasp how easy it is until your older. High school is the last years of life treating you with kid-gloves. Once you get to college, those gloves start coming off. After college, life puts on a pair of brass knuckles. With spikes.

Enjoy it while you can. :)


Wow, you must have had a rough life.
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


High school IS easy. You won't grasp how easy it is until you're older. High school is the last years of life treating you with kid-gloves. Once you get to college, those gloves start coming off. After college, life puts on a pair of brass knuckles. With spikes.

Enjoy it while you can. :)
I know thats right.Let me get a witness.
Quoting Grothar:


Only once. When Mrs. Grothar called me for dinner, and I was late.
LOL.
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Quoting Grothar:


Sounds terrible. Gee, I would never want to do anything like that. (you want to take this one, Rookie????)


LOL! ... No, not really. Do you remember the time I told you that sometimes is not what you say that counts? ;-)
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Quoting Patrap:
Anyone else have a power/cable brownout last 30 minutes?


Only once. When Mrs. Grothar called me for dinner, and I was late.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

High School is NOT easy, at least not mine. :P


High school IS easy. You won't grasp how easy it is until you're older. High school is the last years of life treating you with kid-gloves. Once you get to college, those gloves start coming off. After college, life puts on a pair of brass knuckles. With spikes.

Enjoy it while you can. :)
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Quoting Grothar:


All things being equal.


Yeah, that is what we were working on. Few people knew that this was actually the last theory he was working on. ... A "Unified Theory of Everything" would be a piece of cake, once a "Unified Theory of Variables" is found. ;-)
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