Wunder Travel Recap for Sept. 2nd

By: Jess Parker and Kari Kiefer , 5:30 PM GMT on September 03, 2010

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Hey Travel Buds!

Thanks for tuning into this week's show, we really appreciate your support! If you missed the show, feel free to check out this week's airing at the Weather Underground Broadcast homepage and listen to our podcasts, or search the iTunes store for Weather Underground podcasts.

Here are some of this week's highlights!

Weather News Around The Globe

U.S.
The biggest story this week was major Hurricane Earl and it's affect on the eastern half of North Carolina and the Outer Banks.

Hurricane Earl was barreling toward the East Coast Thursday with winds swirling at around 145 mph. North Carolina widened mandatory evacuations across new areas of the state's low-lying barrier islands, affecting all residents and visitors throughout Dare County as well as the popular town of Nags Head. Mandatory evacuations, similar to those already in effect for Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island, were also ordered for the beach communities at Morehead City.

The North Carolina National Guard deployed 80 troops to help and President Barack Obama declared an emergency in the state. The declaration authorized the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts. The governors of North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland have all declared states of emergency.

Some interesting facts:
1. No storm has threatened such a broad swath of the U.S. shoreline — the densely populated coast from North Carolina to New England — since Hurricane Bob in 1991. (National Hurricane Center)
2. The last Category 4 to approach the Outer Banks was Helene in 1950. (NBC News Meteorologist Bill Karins)

For more information on Earl and other tropical storms, please visit our Tropical and Hurricane page. Also check out hurricane guru, Dr. Jeff Masters' Wunderblog.

Elsewhere
Thus far, the monsoon floods in the Indus River Basin of Pakistan inundated about 22 percent of Pakistan, displacing more than 20 million people and killing thousands official death toll stood at 1,600). Flooding also destroyed some 1.2m homes, damaging at least 3.2m hectares of farmland (14% of Pakistan’s cultivated land). Reports said millions remained at risk from waterborne diseases, as well as food and clean water shortages.

This Week's Best and Worst
**Disclaimer: The following locations are based on OUR opinions...they're not the, "official best & worst" so relax!

National

Worst: Coastal areas of North Carolina through the New England.
Why? Hurricane Earl...Enough said.

Best: Southern California, specifically inland San Diego.
While cooler conditions are expected throughout California into next week, as high pressure heads east, daytime highs across inland San Diego will remain comfortably warm through the Labor Day weekend. Expect highs in the mid-70s to 80s and lows in the 60s. The rest of the forecast period, through the mid-week, will be pleasant as well, with temperatures in the mid-70s. The only concern for the area is patchy morning and night fog.

Global

Best: Norway.
A ridge of high pressure will build into the country, bringing sunny skies and highs in the 60s through the weekend.

Worst: Indonesia.
Mount Sinabung had a second, more powerful eruption. The volcano spewed smoke and ash to a height of about 1.5km a.s.l. through Saturday. Authorities have evacuated up to 15,000 residents living near the volcano.

Mount Sinabung is one of Indonesia’s 130 active volcanoes, and had last erupted about 400 years ago. The head of Indonesia’s vulcanology center was quoted by Reuters as saying, “This is the first time since 1600 that Sinabung erupted [although there are no activities recorded] and we have little knowledge in terms on its eruptive patterns and general forms."

Travel Spotlight: Indonesia

First, CONGRATULATIONS ORIGNALLT!!! OriginalLT was the first person to correctly guess this week's Travel Spotlight. He will receive an amazing Wunderground Prize Pack, filled with amazing goodies. Want to know what's in a Wunderground Prize Pack? The only way to know is to WIN ONE! So check back next week for the next Travel Spotlight game. The first person to CALL IN ON THURSDAY'S SHOW and guess the Travel Spotlight from the given image will win a prize pack. Good luck Travel Buds!

This week's travel spotlight was chosen because our fellow met Tim Roche will be visiting there within the next couple of weeks. Check out the Wunder Travel podcast to hear why he's going and to learn more about Indonesia.

Some quick facts:
Indonesia consists of 17,508 islands, about 6,000 of which are inhabited. These are scattered over both sides of the equator. The five largest islands are Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of Borneo), New Guinea (shared with Papua New Guinea), and Sulawesi.

Indonesia's location on the edges of the Pacific, Eurasian, and Australian tectonic plates make it the site of numerous volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. I ndonesia has at least 150 active volcanoes, including Krakatoa and Tambora, both famous for their devastating eruptions in the 19th century. The eruption of the Toba supervolcano, approximately 70,000 years ago, was one of the largest eruptions ever, and a global catastrophe. Recent disasters due to seismic activity include the 2004 tsunami that killed an estimated 167,736 in northern Sumatra, and the Yogyakarta earthquake in 2006. However, volcanic ash is a major contributor to the high agricultural fertility that has historically sustained the high population densities of Java and Bali.

The archipelago of Indonesia is split by Equator thus ensuring a tropical climate all through the year. The coastal plains in the country averages an annual temperature of 28°C (82°F). The inland highlands are somewhat cooler, with an average temperature of 26°C (79°F).
The land of Komodo dragon’ usually experiences a relative humidity of 70 to 90% with moderate and mostly predictable winds. The monsoon winds in Indonesia mostly blow from the south and the east in the months of June to September bringing the dry season. The monsoon changes direction during the months of December to March when it blows from the northwest direction.

The Best time to go to Indonesia is April and October- the humidity is relatively less and weather is pleasant at this time of the year. Though travel in the wet season is possible in most parts of Indonesia, it can be a deterrent to some activities.

So what does one do in Indonesia?

Outside of surfing, experience one of the highest ranked environmentally friendly resorts in the world: The Misoole Eco Resort.

Every single piece of lumber used to build this small haven has been milled from salvaged driftwood and free-fallen timbers collected in Raja Ampat and the nearby island of Seram. Carpentry is done locally. The cottages use natural thatch roofing, made locally and serves as an excellent insulator. The cottages have deep verandas and low roof lines, decreasing the amount of solar heat which enters the building. The steeply pitched roofs and open eaves create a natural ventilation system. Cavity walls are insulated with coconut fibers and treated with borax, a natural termite deterrent.

The resort does it's best to minimise our consumption of fossil fuels. They use low consumption appliances such as air conditioners, fans, and lights. Energy is supplied by wind turbine, solar panels, and bio-diesel. They'll soon start using locally produced coconut oil.

For more information about the Misoole Eco Resort and it's dedication to being eco-friendly check out they're mission statement.

Contact Us - We'd love to hear from you!
Yes, YOU! If you would like to submit an inquiry for a travel forecast or share any of your own travel stories, shoot us an email at travel@wunderground.com. If you would like to offer location suggestions for our Travel Spotlight segment send us an e-mail at travel@wunderground.com, with subject, "Travel Spotlight."

Throughout the course of the show we intend to showcase charitable organizations that have been at the forefront of helping with most recent natural disasters. If you would like to have your charity featured on our show, once again, send us an email at travel@wunderground.com, with subject, "Charity."

Until next week,
Your Travel Mets

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3. Hoynieva
8:51 PM GMT on September 06, 2010
Yeah, congrats, LT...what's inside? haha.
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Congrats OriginalLT, haha!
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1. originalLT
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Thank you again, Jess and Kari. LT
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