Hottest rain on record? Rain falls at 115°F in Needles, California

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:19 PM GMT on August 15, 2012

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A searing heat wave rare even for the Desert Southwest sent temperatures soaring to record levels on Monday, with Needles, California tying its record high for the date of 118°F (47.8°C). The temperature might have gone higher in Needles, but a thunderstorm rolled in at 3:20 pm, and by 3:56 pm PDT, rain began falling at a temperature of 115°F (46.1°C). Most of the rain evaporated, since the humidity was only 11%, and only a trace of precipitation was recorded in the rain gauge. Nevertheless, Monday's rain at 115° in Needles sets a new world record for the hottest rain in world history. I don't think many people were outside to experience to experience the feeling of rain falling at 115°, but if they were, it must have been an uncomfortable, sauna-like experience! Thanks go to Dr. Warren Blier of the NWS Monterey office for pointing out this remarkable event to me.

It is exceedingly rare to get rain when the temperature rises above 100°F, since those kind of temperatures usually require a high pressure system with sinking air that discourages rainfall. Monday's rain in Needles was due to a flow of moisture coming from the south caused by the Southwest U.S. monsoon, a seasonal influx of moisture caused by the difference in temperature between the hot desert and the cooler ocean areas surrounding Mexico to the south. According to weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, the previous record for hottest rain, which I blogged about in June, was a rain shower at 109°F (43°C) observed in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on June 5, 2012 and in Marrakech, Morocco on July 10, 2010. The 11% humidity that accompanied Monday's rain shower at 115° in Needles was the lowest humidity rain has ever occurred at anywhere on Earth in recorded history, according to Mr. Herrera.


Figure 1. True-color MODIS satellite image of California and Arizona taken at 1:25 pm PDT August 13, 2012. Developing thunderstorms surround Needles, CA, and the line of clouds to the southwest of the city would develop into a thunderstorm that brought rain to the city at 4 pm PDT, at a temperature of 115°F. Image credit: NASA.

A "very rare" heat wave for Phoenix
The heat wave that brought Needles' record hot rain has broken an exceptional number of heat records in Phoenix, Arizona the past two weeks. According to the Phoenix NWS office, the "almost unbearable heat" of the first two weeks of August is a "very rare" event, and August 1 - 14, 2012 was the warmest such 2-week period in city history. The average temperature on August 6 - 13 was 100°F or higher each of the eight days, tying the record for most consecutive days with an average temperature of 100°. The temperature peaked at 116° on August 8, just 6° below Phoenix's all-time record of 122° set on June 26, 1990. The forecast for Phoenix call for a bit of relief--highs are expected to be a relatively modest 105° today, and down near 100° by Friday.


Figure 2. Morning satellite image of 93L over the Central Atlantic.

93L close to tropical depression status
A large tropical wave (Invest 93L) is located in the Central Atlantic about 700 miles east of Bermuda. Satellite loops this morning show a surface circulation has formed, and heavy thunderstorm activity has increased to the point where 93L should be considered a tropical depression, if the heavy thunderstorms can persist through this afternoon. Wind shear is light, and ocean temperatures are warm, near 28°C. The latest Saharan Air Layer Analysis from the University of Wisconsin shows that 93L has moistened its environment considerably, and dry air should no longer be a significant impediment to development. The 8 am EDT run of the SHIPS model predicts that wind shear will remain in the low range through the weekend, and I expect this system will become Tropical Storm Gordon by Friday. The storm will not affect Bermuda, but residents of the Azores Islands should keep an eye on 93L, which could pass through the islands as early as Sunday night. In their 8 am Tropical Weather Outlook, NHC gave 93L an 80% chance of becoming a tropical depression by Friday morning.

Elsewhere in the tropics
In the Gulf of Mexico, a fall-like cold front is expected to stall out early next week, and the GFS model is predicting something could start to spin up near the Texas/Mexico border on Monday. Wind shear is predicted to be low to moderate, and cold fronts stalled out over the Gulf of Mexico often serve as the seed for tropical storms.

Most of the models predict development of a new tropical wave off the coast of Africa 6 - 7 days from now.

Jeff Masters

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15/2345 UTC 30.7N 55.2W T2.0/2.0 08L
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Gulf Of Mexico - Rainbow Loop
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could gordon become a major hurricane?? water is warm enough
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I wouldn't mind seeing a tornado from a distance. But I agree, it would be rather horrifying to have one swirling just outside your rearview mirror. Same with lightning, really; it's beautiful to watch, but I'm terrified of the cloud-to-ground variety. Which is odd considering how fanatical I am about chasing major hurricanes. Oh well. Human psychology is something I'll never fully understand, my own included.
Lol.We're all weird Kori.As you said I can face a major hurricane but am scared of other things related to extreme weather.
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where do you get all the gfs models what wbesite?
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Quoting Hurricanes101:


not a fair comparison actually -

2006, Debby did not form until August 21st and we did not see Gordon (which we will likely tomorrow in 2012) until September 10th, we are way ahead of 2006 and even if we only had the same number of storms form this year then what formed after this date in 2006; we would still end up with 12 named storms.

In 2009, Ana didn't even form until August 11th, Bill on the 15th and Claudette on the 16th. We are way ahead of that season as well; the 7th named storm of that season (again we will likely get our 7th this year tomorrow); didn't form until October 4th. Again we would end up with 12 named storms if the same # of storms formed after this date, that formed in 2009

Add to the fact that this El Nino as of now is not as strong as the ones in 2006 and 2009 and you get your answer. This season will still be above average, but it may end early



Yep will have too wait and see how thing play out some of you may be right some of you maybe. Wrong so I Gus's will have too see how things go
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I wouldn't mind seeing a tornado from a distance. But I agree, it would be rather horrifying to have one swirling just outside your rearview mirror. Same with lightning, really; it's beautiful to watch, but I'm terrified of the cloud-to-ground variety. Which is odd considering how fanatical I am about chasing major hurricanes. Oh well. Human psychology is something I'll never fully understand, my own included.


Those don't have much lightning :p
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Tornado's scare me for some odd reason.I just don't want no swirling mass of convection coming at me and sucking me up and my body getting hammered by debris.


I wouldn't mind seeing a tornado from a distance. But I agree, it would be rather horrifying to have one swirling just outside your rearview mirror. Same with lightning, really; it's beautiful to watch, but I'm terrified of the cloud-to-ground variety. Which is odd considering how fanatical I am about chasing major hurricanes. Oh well. Human psychology is something I'll never fully understand, my own included.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I don't even know if I'd chase a Charley. Sustained winds of 150 mph is a hell of a lot to deal with, especially when you factor in frequent gusts in the 180-200 mph range.

I consider myself a daredevil of sorts. I will try anything once. But a Category 4/5 hurricane is not one of them. I know when to have fun and when to get my ass out of the way.
Tornado's scare me for some odd reason.I just don't want no swirling mass of convection coming at me and sucking me up and my body getting hammered by debris.
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Quoting Patrap:


I think of that term more of a Mental state of Bloggers. .



More like "intellectually challenged", but it appears we have the same general idea.
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No! I wanted Gordon to be 'the storm of the season'.

.____.

Guess I'll have to wait until 2018. Man I'll have my met degree by then! (hopefully...)
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

How was your first day? Most of my classes are going good with the exception of physical science...confusing as heck.
Was amazing but I am really tired physical science is one of my favorite classes I need to say but I know Pre-Calculus is going to kill me this year.
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For anyone wanting a storm to pop up in the Atlantic, I have a secret I want to tell you. All you have to do is walk outside, clothed or not, it really doesn't matter and sing this song:

I love to sing-a
About the moon-a and the June-a and the Spring-a
I love to sing-a
About a sky of blue-a or a tea for two-a
Anything-a with a swing-a to an "I love you-a,"
I love to, I love to sing!
Give me a song-a
About a son-a gun that went and done her wrong-a.
But keep it clean-a,
With a cottage small-a by a waterfall-a
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I don't want plywood coming through my window shield.XD.A hurricane the power of Charlie is the strongest I'll be in.


I don't even know if I'd chase a Charley. Sustained winds of 150 mph is a hell of a lot to deal with, especially when you factor in frequent gusts in the 180-200 mph range.

I consider myself a daredevil of sorts. I will try anything once. But a Category 4/5 hurricane is not one of them. I know when to have fun and when to get my ass out of the way.
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Quoting KoritheMan:
Interesting to see Stewart of all people call for a non-aggressive forecast to the point where he uses the words "convectively challenged".


I think of that term more of a Mental state of Bloggers. .

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Quoting KoritheMan:


I just want a chase. I respect the power of a Category 5 too much to want to be in the thick of one. :P
I don't want plywood coming through my window shield.XD.A hurricane the power of Charlie is the strongest I'll be in.
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Up in the club, we just broke up
I'm doing my own little thing
You decided to dip but now you wanna trip
Cause another brother noticed me
I'm up on him, he up on me
don't pay him any attention
Cause I cried my tears, for three good years
Ya can't be mad at me



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Quoting jascott1967:


Some people call me the space cowboy
Some people call me the gangster of love
Some people call me Maurice
Some people call me the pompatus of love

The Joker,
Steve Miller Band.
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Interesting to see Stewart of all people call for a non-aggressive forecast to the point where he uses the words "convectively challenged".
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Weak El Niño
1969 (+0.64)
1963 (+0.64)
2004 (+0.63)
1994 (+0.62)
2006 (+0.58)
1986 (+0.51)
1993 (+0.50)
1951 (+0.42)
1977 (+0.41)
1953 (+0.40)
1976 (+0.34)
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Quoting Tazmanian:



and in 2006 and 2009 both had 9 or 10 name storms


not a fair comparison actually -

2006, Debby did not form until August 21st and we did not see Gordon (which we will likely tomorrow in 2012) until September 10th, we are way ahead of 2006 and even if we only had the same number of storms form this year then what formed after this date in 2006; we would still end up with 12 named storms.

In 2009, Ana didn't even form until August 11th, Bill on the 15th and Claudette on the 16th. We are way ahead of that season as well; the 7th named storm of that season (again we will likely get our 7th this year tomorrow); didn't form until October 4th. Again we would end up with 12 named storms if the same # of storms formed after this date, that formed in 2009

Add to the fact that this El Nino as of now is not as strong as the ones in 2006 and 2009 and you get your answer. This season will still be above average, but it may end early
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anyway I'll be back later when I finish watching Bourne I may be back on around 10ish
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Baha.... yep, Bahamians in hot water again.

: )
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Quoting jascott1967:


Hmmm...I must read more. My newest book to finish reading is "In The Garden of Beasts"

A swirl of rising mists, know not where their destiny lies,
Far away, or into the skies of tomorrows, to fall as mornings placid dew.
Given a chance, a passing breeze, nothing special, nothing much, a breeze!
Aloft in air,taken far from their cresting wave,a swirl forms within them slowly,
Its chance to dance into a storm, has been borne so maybe it, can be born?
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on the other hand TD8 looks good should be TS Gordon in the morn providing that it will orgainise its self in D-MAX which I think it will
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Some people won't be satisfied until a cat 5 is roaring through the Caribbean and Gulf in order to not call this season garbage.Is that what you want?.


I just want a chase. I respect the power of a Category 5 too much to want to be in the thick of one. :P
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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:
BAHA...... Keeping warm up that way I see....






Is that what it's called? I've been using words like

BAKING
SAUTEING
GRILLING
and just plain
COOKING

Yeah, it's a little warm up here... positively toasty...

LOL
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Morning in the West Pac:

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Quoting etxwx:
Checklist for disaster first-responders: food, blankets %u2013 and wi-fi. An Irish-based aid agency has developed a wi-fi system for use immediately after a natural disaster, when communications can be near-impossible. The US Navy is testing it this week.

By Jason Walsh, CSM Correspondent / August 14, 2012

Excerpt: An Ireland-based aid agency is working with the US Navy in a disaster simulation at Camp Roberts, Calif., this week to test a local communications system in an effort to improve telecommunications in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters. When disaster strikes, whether in Indonesia, Haiti, or Japan, the aftermath is much the same: chaotic. As the government, various charities, and family members struggle amid downed telephone lines to find and communicate with missing persons, communications are notoriously slow-going and disparate.

If successful, the new system will allow NGOs, charities, other relief organizations, as well as survivors and relatives, to share communications. It would significantly reduce the chaos surrounding the aftermath of a disaster, obviating the need for separate groups to set up multiple private networks and drastically cut the time it takes to rescue and connect disaster victims.


Story continues here.



By far, comm is and will be a problem after a major calamity/MCI event.


From my personnel perspective, it remained that way for days after K in 05.


For those who were, "inside the bubble" as it was called then, Comm was everything.

My first text messages ever, were from that time.



I tell anyone thinking of remaining behind when told to get,..well have a rotary Phone for COMM as it can be the first to come back on line usually..and Jacks are everywhere.


And everything, esp after a Hurricane is done at a slower pace.

Its just that way without the comm were used to in everyday Life.

For a time it was like, do we used fuel to keep some folks cool we had brought out of the water, in the Gen to run the A/c ?, or do we use the Fuel and Oil mix for more time in the water?

Decisions can be made,but without comm, they have to be disseminated by other means.

Food for thought offered freely.










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Quoting GTcooliebai:
1997-98 El Niño Animation:

By Late June we were all ready in moderate mode.If that happened this year this blog would be facing melt down.Then again it there would be more interesting weather to track hopefully?.
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hey guys I don't but there is something going on in the W caribbean convection is building instead of fall due to D-MIN and there is a hit of circulation building upper level conditions are not bad low shear generally moist atmosphere I'm not saying it EX-TD& because the EX-TD is dead but this is some of it energy and could create something kinda like when was it like 2010/2011 when we had TS Nicole and I think it was TS Matthew after Matthew died Nicole form from it I'm not saying this will happen I;m saying it could


Quoting stormpetrol:
SW Caribbean still bears watching, convection firing, hint of a circulation and the area is basically stationary now!


yep I think you'er right
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Quoting JLPR2:


Taz, you're exaggerating the effects of El Niño, yes there will be more shear, but that doesn't mean nothing will form. Go take a look at 2006 and 2009.

Hurricanes formed in both seasons after this date and both had developing El Niño. The only way the season sould suddenly die completely, without hope for any swirl out there would be the formation of a 1997 intensity El Niño, which at the moment is very unlikely.



and in 2006 and 2009 both had 9 or 10 name storms
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These animations are really cool!

1998-99 La Niña Animation:

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BAHA...... Keeping warm up that way I see....






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Quoting Hurricanes101:


I bet by then we are on the 13th named storm



i guss will see oh is right and oh is worng
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1997-98 El Niño Animation:

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Quoting Tazmanian:




will see oh is underestimating the season when SEP 15th comes a round





I bet by then we are on the 13th named storm
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Sorry 714 if you truly love someone you well never do them harm at least as far as you know it. Once you truly love there are no requirements, it is what it is. free of judgement. IMO Judge lees you be judged.
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Quoting tramp96:

Unbelievable
In a good way or a bad way?

BTW....

These, IMO, is what we want to watch for germination later in the month... as they approach 55W... the Twaves...

...TROPICAL WAVES...

TROPICAL WAVE EXTENDS FROM 12N24W TO 20N25W MOVING W AT 15-20
KT. THE WAVE REMAINS EMBEDDED WITHIN A LARGE AREA OF ENHANCED
DEEP LAYER MOISTURE AS NOTED ON THE TOTAL PRECIPITABLE WATER
IMAGERY FROM 08N-19N BETWEEN 16W-30W. AN EARLIER ASCAT PASS
AROUND 15/1154 UTC INDICATED WEAK LOW-LEVEL CYCLONIC FLOW IN THE
VICINITY OF THE WAVE AXIS N OF 15N...AND GLOBAL MODEL DATA SHOWS
THAT THE WAVE COINCIDES WITH A 700 MB TROUGH AXIS ALONG 25W. DUE
TO A LARGE DRY AIRMASS ASSOCIATED WITH A SAHARAN AIR LAYER...NO
DEEP CONVECTION IS CURRENTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE WAVE.

TROPICAL WAVE EXTENDS FROM 10N41W TO 18N46W MOVING W AT 20-25
KT. ENERGY FROM THE WAVE CONTINUES TO STRETCH IN A NW-SE
ORIENTATION DUE TO BROAD LOW-LEVEL CYCLONIC FLOW ACROSS THE
CENTRAL TROPICAL ATLC. A MAXIMUM IN 700 MB GLOBAL MODEL WINDS
ARE NOTED ACROSS THE NORTHERN EXTENT OF THE WAVE AND CONTINUE TO
FUEL A SURGE OF SAHARAN DUST WHICH IS LOCATED E OF 54W TO THE
AFRICAN COAST. SAHARAN DUST IS WRAPPED AROUND THE WAVE RESULTING
IN A LACK OF ANY DEEP CONVECTION AT THIS TIME.

TROPICAL WAVE EXTENDS FROM 11N65W TO 18N64W MOVING W AT 15-20
KT. THE WAVE REMAINS RATHER WEAK DUE TO THE FACT THAT MOST OF
THE ENERGY FRACTURED OFF A FEW DAYS AGO AND IS TIED IN WITH
TROPICAL DEPRESSION EIGHT ACROSS THE CENTRAL ATLC. OTHERWISE...
TOTAL PRECIPITABLE WATER IMAGERY SHOWS THAT INCREASED LOW-LEVEL
MOISTURE IS LOCATED ACROSS THE LEEWARD ISLANDS AND NE CARIBBEAN
SEA WHICH SEEMS TO INDICATE THE LOCATION OF THE WAVE THIS
EVENING. ISOLATED SHOWERS ARE OCCURRING FROM 13N-17N BETWEEN
60W-63W...AND FROM 17N-19N BETWEEN 54W-68W...INCLUDING PUERTO
RICO.

TROPICAL WAVE EXTENDS FROM 14N86W TO 21N88W MOVING W AT 15 KT.
THE WAVE HAS SLOWED OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS AS IT ENCOUNTERS THE
CENTRAL AMERICAN LANDMASS AND IS EXPECTED TO TRACK ACROSS THE SW
GULF OF MEXICO IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. THE WAVE ALSO LIES NEAR AN
AREA OF DIFFLUENCE ALOFT...WHICH IS ENHANCING SCATTERED MODERATE
CONVECTION OCCURRING FROM 12N-22N BETWEEN 80W-92W. LOCALLY HEAVY
RAINFALL...FLOODING...AND POTENTIAL MUDSLIDES OVER THE HIGHER
TERRAIN ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS SOUTHERN MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA.

Quoting Patrap:




Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed


Some folks thrive on calamity, and cheering it on has become more of a spectator Sport one could say.


Stay Tuned,
Do remember the Roman Games, for which coliseums were built...
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something nasty this way comes via Daytona Beach
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Quoting JLPR2:


Taz, you're exaggerating the effects of El Nio, yes there will be more shear, but that doesn't mean nothing will form. Go take a look at 2006 and 2009.

Hurricanes formed in both seasons after this date and both had developing El Nio. The only way the season sould suddenly die completely, without hope for any swirl out there would be the formation of a 1997 intensity El Nio, which at the moment is very unlikely.


Even in 1997 cat 4 Erika formed.
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http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/gmex/rb-l.jpg

Squalls out on the Gulfstream....
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731. beell
Quoting Patrap:
Those who do not see, those who do not hear, shall not make it to the middle of the river of change.

DO NOT give in to astonishment when it happens, let go of the Bank and seek those mid stream.

All will be as promised,

As Above

So below

Something WUNDERFUL is going to Happen.



...The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that... perfect world... in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock. All necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused...
Arthur Jensen ~ Network
1976 Paddy Chayefsky.
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Quoting tramp96:
Oh the sweet refrain, Soothes the soul and calms the pain
Oh Albion remains, sleeping now to rise again



Some people call me the space cowboy
Some people call me the gangster of love
Some people call me Maurice
Some people call me the pompatus of love
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729. etxwx
Checklist for disaster first-responders: food, blankets – and wi-fi. An Irish-based aid agency has developed a wi-fi system for use immediately after a natural disaster, when communications can be near-impossible. The US Navy is testing it this week.

By Jason Walsh, CSM Correspondent / August 14, 2012

Excerpt: An Ireland-based aid agency is working with the US Navy in a disaster simulation at Camp Roberts, Calif., this week to test a local communications system in an effort to improve telecommunications in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters. When disaster strikes, whether in Indonesia, Haiti, or Japan, the aftermath is much the same: chaotic. As the government, various charities, and family members struggle amid downed telephone lines to find and communicate with missing persons, communications are notoriously slow-going and disparate.

If successful, the new system will allow NGOs, charities, other relief organizations, as well as survivors and relatives, to share communications. It would significantly reduce the chaos surrounding the aftermath of a disaster, obviating the need for separate groups to set up multiple private networks and drastically cut the time it takes to rescue and connect disaster victims.


Story continues here.

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T.D 8 is more likely to be named by tomorrow as D-min should help it out.I could see a Chris like scenario playing out in terms of intensity.People in the Azores should stick around and watch what happens over these next few days.
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Hurricane Field Program Update – Monday, August 13, 2012 3:45 PM Eastern

OPERATIONS

NOAA P-3:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

NOAA-42 is scheduled for a test flight tomorrow (8/14) with a take off time of 10AM. This flight is to test the unmanned aerial system called Gale. The Gale will be launched from the P-3. If the flight is successful, we might use the Gale in the future to sample tropical cyclones. We have an experiment in our field program plan that describes how we would use the Gale.

Link






Thursday, August 16, 2012

NOAA42 is scheduled for an Ocean Heat Content flight this Thursday (8/16). The primary goal of this flight is to sample the eastern Gulf of Mexico. There is an ocean eddy and a cold region just northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula that is of research interest. The plan is to drop ocean measuring expendable instruments such as (AXCPS, AXBTs and AXCTDs) to sample the ocean.
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726. JLPR2
By the way, I'm back! :P

How's everyone doing?

Also, our humongous TW is still at least half a day from water.

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