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One hundred days which changed the lives of so many

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:30 PM GMT on December 22, 2008

The following is a guest blog from Paul Timmons, Jr. (Presslord), leader of the portlight.org charity. Thanks to the efforts and donations of the Weather Underground community, the portlight.org charity has made a major difference in the lives of hundreds of under-served victims of Hurricane Ike:

Sunday September 14, 2008, was supposed to be, for me, an intentionally uneventful day. I had even made a point of going to mass the previous evening, so that I'd have no obligations on Sunday. For a variety of reasons, I needed a day of rest and relaxation. So there I sat Sunday morning, in my living room recliner, having walked the dog and fed the cat, ready for a day of nothing. Some cable news program was on the television as background noise, reporting the aftermath of Hurricane Ike and my laptop was in...well...my lap, as I read Dr. Masters blog and the comments on the same subject. Just your average, garden variety lazy Sunday morning.

Then a fellow by the name of Patrick Pearson (y'all know him better as Patrap) posted a comment which would profoundly and positively transform my life...and the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people.

It's a story about the fundamental goodness of the human spirit and the power of community...and the Internet as a tool to facilitate great works.



And it goes something like this.

Pat posted that he was putting together a truck load of relief supplies to take to Texas, as repayment for the generosity shown by Texans toward his beloved New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. I, and several others, e-mailed him to ask where we might send donations to help defray expenses.

Then, it occurred to me that I was on the board of a small non-profit, tax exempt 501c3 organization called Portlight Strategies, Inc., which might be able to help. This group was founded in 1997 to facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief projects. I suggested to Pat that we run donations through this group, as it would enable people to deduct their contributions. He agreed...and set up a PayPal account to accept donations. Portlight Strategies, Inc., would then reimburse his expenses. It was a win/win situation for everyone involved. I expected we'd raise about $1500 from a handful of folks, Pat would make a run to Texas...and that would be the end of it.

There is simply no way I could have been any more wrong.

What ensued throughout the rest of that day...and the following days and weeks...can best be described as a nuclear explosion of human generosity. The blog filled quickly with posts from virtually all of you wanting to help the Ike survivors. My e-mail and WU mail boxes filled up with notes from people wanting to help. Ideas were flying around like (I know this is lame, but it kinda fits)...debris in a hurricane. And the PayPal button was on fire.

Volunteers, money, and ideas began rolling in. Crashing in. It was astonishing...and a bit frightening...and overwhelmingly gratifying. Within a day or two we had collected over ten times what I expected in contributions.

At some point on that Sunday, I called my friend John Wilbanks (Stormjunkie) here in Charleston (it's in the Carolinas), and told him what was happening...and he agreed to meet me at my office the next morning to help sort through things and come up with a plan. As Dr. Masters has noted, hurricanes cause chaos. And in my conference room that Monday morning I handed John a big old bag full of chaos...and asked him to begin sorting it out.

(By the way...this is a good time for me to address a very important point. Literally hundreds of you are integral to this wonderful story. It has truly been a grassroots phenomenon...and we all share equally in it. To mention everyone would likely shut down the WU servers. But three people have been critical: Patrick Pearson, John Wilbanks and Jeff Masters. Without the vision, focused effort and support--in that order--of these three, we couldn't have accomplished a fraction of what we've accomplished.)

So...John got busy. By the end of the first week he had made contact with people in the affected areas outside of Houston and we began to get a sense of what their needs were. Meanwhile, members of the Weather Underground community were continuing to communicate their thoughts and ideas with us, and plans were coming into focus. Dr. Masters got wind of all this and began mentioning it in his blog entries. Thanks largely to input from a variety of WU faithful, we realized that the most pressing needs were in the rural and small town areas away from Houston; additionally, people with disabilities throughout the area needed help. Thus we began to plan our efforts to assist the un-served, under served and forgotten people.

Supplies were secured to fill specific requests. Trucks were arranged. People were recruited. Funds were budgeted. And by the next week we were rolling. Into Houston...into Anahuac...into Winnie...into Bridge City...onto the Bolivar Peninsula.



The stories of the devastation we heard from our crews were unimaginable...and heart wrenching. The stories of the gratitude expressed to our crews by the Ike victims they met were heart felt...and heart warming.

"We thought the world had forgotten us," said one tearful Bridge City official.

"I don't have the vocabulary to adequately thank you all", said a Houston official.

A poor mother at a shelter in Winnie broke into sobs when handed a box of diapers. A box of diapers.

Other truck loads of supplies were delivered to the area in a second wave of relief about a month later. Thanks to some brilliant WU minds, much of our effort can now be seen and heard in real time via webcam at www.portlight.org. Many of you "rode in the back seat" and saw first hand the destruction of the Bolivar Peninsula on one of these trips.

Additionally, a significant amount of specifically requested supplies--from clothing to medical equipment--have been freighted into the area to contacts we made.

Also, we've facilitated ramp building for disability service organizations, arranged a scholarship for a college student with a disability, repatriated WU blogger BillyBadBird to his home on the Bolivar Peninsula, hosted a pizza party on the Bolivar Peninsula for survivors and relief workers. And we put on a big Christmas party with gifts for children in Bridge City on December 20th which was attended by WU members from around the country...and which was webcast at www.portlight.org.

And our work isn't done. Sometime early next year we are going to begin making small financial grants to groups in the Ike affected area.

At this point, we've raised about $40,000...and delivered over $500,000 in goods and services.

So, we now turn our attention to the future. Ike will hardly be the last hurricane to create chaos on our shores. But out of the chaos of Ike came some great revelations.

There are certain populations which are simply not well served by the large institutional and government relief infrastructure. It's a niche which Portlight Strategies, Inc., has filled in relatively small ways in past disasters. And which this community has filled in a big way since Ike. We are deeply committed to filling this niche in the future.

We are working now to establish several permanent staging areas along the East and Gulf coasts, so that we can respond to the needs of un-served, under served and forgotten people in an efficient manner. A series of grants we are scheduled to receive will begin to fund this. We are also working through budgeting and planning for the future. We are committed to having a reserve fund of $100,000 by June 1 of next year.

John is planning a Valentine's online auction to help raise funds. And I am working on a multi-city Walk A Thon which will raise awareness and funds. Shortly after the Holidays, we will unroll details on all of this. We're gonna need y'alls' help with all this. In the meantime, if you have any money laying around that you don.t know what to do with.the PayPal button at www.portlight.org still works nicely. Or checks can be mailed to: Portlight Strategies, Inc. 2043 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412.

OK...I got the shameless plug for money out of the way...so I'll wrap this up.

Each of you owns an equal share of all this. You...I mean YOU...made this happen. Hundreds of people have come together in a spirit of community to help people in desperate need. And next year, any one of us could find ourselves in the exact same situation.

This can be one of two things:

1) A one shot deal that did a lot of good for a lot of people.

or

2) The beginning of an ongoing transformational process that makes us all the better for it for the rest of our lives.

I'm casting my lot with the second choice. And, based on what I've seen in the last 100 days, I'm pretty sure you will, too. We should all be proud of ourselves..and grateful for the opportunity to serve.

Paul Timmons, Jr.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

Reader Comments

Most of us were here those days that you are talking about, and all wanted to help. The three of you made it a reality, and have done a wonderful job. Along the way many people have donated their time, and many more their money.

When that first truck arrived, and the pictures were posted, I showed them to my husband and kids, and said this is the difference that we can all make.

What a wonderful entry for Christmas week.
Thank you Pat, Paul, John and Dr. Masters for the opprotunity for us to get involved with this outstanding effort.
Amazing things you have done. Kindness beyond words. Thanks for all you have done for those folks who continue to have challenges. I think a good percentage of us WU'ers gave and should dig a little deeper. Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays!
2) The beginning of an ongoing transformational process that makes us all the better for it for the rest of our lives.


I'm casting my lot with the second choice. And, based on what I've seen in the last 100 days, I'm pretty sure you will, too. We should all be proud of ourselves..and grateful for the opportunity to serve.



I'm with you on the second choice as well.

Thanks Paul for the great posting.

Thank you Dr. Masters for allowing this to happen on the WU!

Thank you to everyone that have found it in their hearts (and wallets) to support this worthwhile and uplifting effort!

Great blog, Press. :)
Let me clarify my mention of these staging areas....

These grant funds are specifically to meet the post disaster needs of people with disabilities....but what it affords us is a structure from which we can serve some of the other populations we have discovered ...

so...the plan is for us to use these as a springboard to facilitate our broader efforts....thus, the need for reserve funds....we want to be in a postion of being able to act ....rather than react...
Grass root efforts get it to those in need the most. Thank you to all involved. A job, while incomplete for future storms, has been a job very well done thus far!
I find it all pretty amazing... Just amazing.
So very cool y'all!! It all seems to come down to rekindling people's hope in the future because when any of us lose all hope, none of us can go on. We've probably all been down that road a time or two, and it's only when we can grab back onto the hope within ourselves that we can start putting one foot in front of the other again. But once we've gotten our hope back, watch out world! Amazing things can happen, and do! :-)
Y'all did a lot of good!
Presslord thank you for the humanistic and inspirational update, that blog speaks voulmes beyond any other blogs I read on here, Happy Holidays WU and a Happy New Weather year.
Wow. Bravo to everyone. Outstanding work...
PRESS LORD-It is good to see that people will reach out to others even when times are tough.
With so much depressing and disturbing news these days,your blog is an uplifting story,especially this time of year. Congrats to all of you the did so much work in reaching out to so many people.
Dear Paul;

Count on extra help in the future. Thanks for being a beacon of Light.
I cast my lot on the second choice also. Its odd how out of disaster something wonderful can happen that shows how much good is still left in the world.
Oh yeah, He's a real Beacon of Light...in a DRESS!
ROFL


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I am proud to know each and every one of you and consider you a part of my family!!!
I'll always remember Rog and Rainman
comin down my street with that hope in a truck!

Blessed season to all.

From all of us in Texas.
Come on Press...tell everyone the back-story on the dress photoshoot!

for another five grand Vort wll take down the dress picture...

OK...here's the back story on the dress...

We did this on a Saturday morning...my wife, my 19 year old daughter and my 17 year old son...and we really had a blast...we took the pictures in my study at home...my wife had taken a few shots...but my daughter wanted a few for herself...so while she was trying to find her camera, I went out on the porch and lit up that cigar....and my loving family locked me out of the darned house....and called several of our neighbors to come take a look

"All for many,..many for all".. is the best of Human character.

Im humbled as can be to have been associated with such a fine effort.
Im thankful for Paul and all he has done along with SJ,and many others.
Hopefully the need wont arise again.
But if it does,..I know that more unselfish act's will follow this effort in the future.

Thanks to the wunderground and Dr, Jeff Masters for the avenue and media here that allowed such effort.And for all those along the world wide web that linked us too.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all here and around the Globe.
Especially those affected by the Great Cyclones of 2008...from Myanmar to Galveston,and all others.



portlight.org Link
Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Advice Number FORTY-ONE
TROPICAL CYCLONE BILLY
3:55 AM WDT December 23 2008
=====================================

At 3:00 am WDT, Tropical Cyclone Billy, Category One [990 hPa] located at 16.6S 122.8E or 26 kms south-southwest of Cape Leveque and 165 kms north-northeast of Broome has 10 minute sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts of 55 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west-southwest at 7 knots.

TC Billy is currently located near Cape Leveque on the northwest Kimberley coast and is moving steadily west southwest at around 13 kilometres per hour. GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are likely about the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome this morning possibly extending north to Kuri Bay and then may extend southwest to Wallal tonight. GALES may extend along the Pilbara coast to Roebourne later on Wednesday or Thursday morning particularly if Billy takes a more southwest track.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
==================================
A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal and island communities from Kuri Bay to Wallal.

A Cyclone WATCH is current for coastal areas from Wallal to Roebourne.

Tropical Cyclone Technical Bulletin
====================================
12 HRS: 17.2S 121.7E - 55 knots (CAT 2)
24 HRS: 17.4S 120.6E - 60 knots (CAT 2)
48 HRS: 17.4S 118.0E - 75 knots (CAT 3)
72 HRS: 17.1S 115.5E - 80 knots (CAT 3)

Remarks:
Billy was located by radar and by surface observations near the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, moving at a steady 10-14 km/h. While proximity to land may be hindering development, both recent radar and IR imagery suggest an improving degree of organisation. However, the curved band analysis of 0.5-0.6
is highly subjective. Dvorak FT of 3.0 supported by MET.

Intensification is forecast in the next 24 to 72 hours as Billy moves over warm open waters in a reasonably favourable shear environment. Being a compact system, Billy is likely to be very responsive to changes in the environment
including relatively moderate amounts of shear. There has been evidence of a southerly tilt on the inner core as ascertained by comparing satellite imagery, and radar imagery at a range in excess of 200 km [and hence above 15000ft], with subjective observations from people on Cockatoo Island some 6-12 hours ago. Model guidance is consistent with a steady WSW track to 24 hours than W'ly track
in the 24-72 hour timeframe, off the Pilbara coast, under the influence of a mid-level ridge to the south. However, motion is partially dependent on the erosion of the peripheral ridge by the system currently in the Gulf of Carpentaria, hence the risk of a Pilbara coastal impact can not be dismissed.
Hmm, Billy is expected to reach cat. 1 on the SSHS, what is expected after that? Anyway the forecast here is no longer predicting a cataclysmic snowstorm for the weekend. The models, however, seem to be predicting a low drifting south from the Azores in about a week.
Good job Patrap, Presslord, Dr. Masters, Stormjunkie, Portlight, and everyone else involved. The work isn't over yet, but it has been shortened greatly by you guys.

From the last blog, I posted this, but everyone was gone, so I would like it to be on here. Here it is:

Quoting nrtiwlnvragn:


The archive directory in the ATCF database has a lot of information. One subdirectory, non-developing-depressions-1967-1987-atl.txt may contain the data you are looking for.


I WANT TO GIVE YOU A HUG!!! I HAVE SPENT A LONG TIME LOOKING FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS!!!
THANK YOU!!

Okay, now that I'm done with that, how do I read the data?? I don't know how to decipher this data... if someone could help it would be greatly appreciated!!!
11440 9/ 7*286 780 25 0*298 785 30 0*310 787 30 0*323 786 30 0*

this is what it looks like

Wait, does it mean that it is at 28.6N 78.0W with 25 kts?? And then 29.8N 78.5W with 30 kts?? thank you!!!

Does anyone know where to find tropical depression data for the Eastern Pacific in the same time period??
Astro: 80 knots from BOM sounds like it could reach 95 knots 1 min (Cat 3 SSHS)
merry christmas Pictures, Images and Photos

Merry Christmas to you and your family.
25. hurristat

I have not been able to find a document that has the decoding for that file, but I think you have it correct, date followed by lat/long and strength for each synoptic time (0Z, 06Z, 12Z, 18Z).

They have a subdirectory for East Pacific tropical storms and hurricanes but I haven't seen one for depressions.

You also can look at data on the AOML website, Re-Analysis Project.
Thank You to all those who helped out in the days, weeks and months after the storm. Without a doubt you have made Christmas better for many, who probably would not have had one otherwise. Once the house gets fixed I will join Press, Pat, SJ and all the others for the next round in person (I wish their did not have to be another round). I dread the thought of another human being going through this ever again.

On a side note, it looks like my family and I will be moving back into our house around the middle of January, it will be the best present any of us have ever (or will ever) receive. Especially when we look around and just see most of our neighbors having FEMA trailers delivered and not even set up yet. Not bad.... four months for four feet of water and three pine trees on the roof top
Darwin Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
TROPICAL LOW (03U)
5:26 AM ACST December 23 2008
=======================================

At 3:30 am CST, Tropical Low [1002 hPa] located over the Roper-McArthur District near 14.6S 134.9E, or about 55 kilometres west northwest of Port Roper, moving west at 14 kilometres per hour. The low is expected to continue to track towards the west or southwest, further inland south of Katherine.

Damaging wind gusts up to 100 km/h with thunderstorms are expected in the Arnhem and Roper-McArthur districts this morning, extending into the Katherine region later today.

Large waves and abnormally high tides are expected along the coast between Port Roper and the Queensland border this morning, slowly abating. Heavy rain currently falling over the northeast Arnhem and northern Roper-McArthur districts is expected to extend into the Katherine region during today causing localised flooding and significant stream rises in these districts.

The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should secure loose outside objects and seek shelter when the conditions deteriorate. Driving conditions may be hazardous - avoid flooded roads and watercourses. Abnormally high tides could cause minor flooding at the coast.
Paul,

Thanks for writing this blog and thank you all that were part of this great accomplishment.
And Thanks to Dr Master's for publically supporting this effort while help a lot.

So many were involved in a really big way, and I appreciate all you have done. This made me so proud.. I told many about this.

and I thank you all allowing me to be a very small part of this wonderful group of caring WU family!

Thanks for organizing this helpful hand for many.

I love the faces in the pictures on Emmy's blog.. such a wonderful Blessing this Christmas Season.

Gams
Gams




wow - What a blog - there are no words : )
Thank you Gamma....

It really is a heck of a story....I hope a good number of folks get to read it...
FOR THOSE IN SETX
WE DO HAVE WEATHER MOVING
IN TOMORROW - PLEASE
STAY ON TOP OF THE SITUATION

NOW BACK TO REGULAR PROGRAMMING :-)

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
342 PM CST MON DEC 22 2008

AUSTIN-BRAZORIA-CHAMBERS-COLORADO-FORT BEND-GALVESTON-
GALVESTON BAY-HARRIS-JACKSON-LIBERTY-MATAGORDA-MATAGORDA BAY-
WALLER-
WATERS FROM FREEPORT TO THE MATAGORDA SHIP CHANNEL 20 NM TO 60 NM-
WATERS FROM FREEPORT TO THE MATAGORDA SHIP CHANNEL OUT 20 NM-
WATERS FROM HIGH ISLAND TO FREEPORT 20 TO 60 NM-
WATERS FROM HIGH ISLAND TO FREEPORT OUT 20 NM-WHARTON-
342 PM CST MON DEC 22 2008

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL BE DEVELOPING OFF THE LOWER TEXAS
COAST. AS THIS LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM DEVELOPS STRONG WINDS ALOFT
WILL SPREAD INTO THE AREA DRAGGING GULF MOISTURE NORTHWARD INTO THE
REGION. TOWARD SUNRISE THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF STRONG TO SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS IN THE OFFSHORE GULF WATERS WITH WATERSPOUTS BEING
THE PRIMARY THREAT


I remember the night it all came together -- the Eureka Moment -- I must have know it was going to be something - I even printed out the page because I was SO Moved... ,, for some reason I wasn't cynical..... watching this unfold has really re-booted my thinking platform about how we can accomplish direct aid to people in need. The "can do" and the "get 'er done" portlight.org is a REAL MISSION ACCOMPLISHED With a Future of doing good for the people in need/
LOL... I have now burned dinner -- oh well --later
Thanks to all who labored to transform a gang of wish-casting-weather-weenies into a force for hope and reconstruction. Though the road was as rough as the ones traveled by the trucks the results speak for themselves.

Ivan Shantz
AKA: ShenValleyFlyFish
Did we get the Five Grand yet Press???


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If I had the 5 large the photo would be long gone. No such luck. Oh my aching eyes.
OMG -- I jump in for a minute and I am blinded by........ a southern floozzy -- someone pay the booty LOL
this is the ultimate in narcisism...I'm atttracted to myself....
ya know there is something about those eyes that looks familiar --- got to check those Portlight.org Christmas party pictures on StormJunkie's blog..........might be S----?
I knew you were sick Press....

Just stay away from me please!
(((((((((((((vort)))))))))))))))
Back off Press!

ROFLMAO!

Hey,,,we need a Band dont we? Link


Just remember y'all: bikini season is just around the corner....
It just goes to show how many WUnderful people there are on WU.

Thanks Ya'll...and thanks Dr. Masters for putting it in the 'limelight'!!!

You all did some good work and I'm glad to have been able to SEE my money at work.

God Bless.
Quoting presslord:
Just remember y'all: bikini season is just around the corner....


Lord help us!!!!!
Quoting presslord:
Just remember y'all: bikini season is just around the corner....


I can see were Portlight will be even more urgently needed in the coming hurricane season.... things are tough right now -- and the devastation from a 'cane will really put people in some bad places.
Just remember y'all: bikini season is just around the corner....


Yeah, yeah...Promises!

Quoting vortfix:
Just remember y'all: bikini season is just around the corner....


Yeah, yeah...Promises!



DON'T encourage him Vort!!!

My eyes still haven't recovered from the dress...
Quoting presslord:
Just remember y'all: bikini season is just around the corner....


LOL. Hopefully not to your sentiments
Please Presslord - the thought is painful -you may get pushed off the plank for that one....

Still think you'd make a mighty fine Pirate and then you could sell the poster.........
Quoting surfmom:
Please Presslord - the thought is painful -you may get pushed off the plank for that one....

Still think you'd make a mighty fine Pirate and then you could sell the poster.........


Good idea, thanks Surf!!!

A "Pirates Of the Wunderground?"
uh I have standards with my crew.....


Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Advice Number FORTY-TWO
TROPICAL CYCLONE BILLY
9:55 AM WDT December 23 2008
=====================================

At 9:00 am WDT, Tropical Cyclone Billy, Category One [988 hPa] located at 17.2S 122.2E or 85 kms north of Broome and 55 kms west-southwest of Beagle Bay and moving southwest at 8 knots.

TC Billy is currently located north of Broome on the northwest Kimberley coast. Billy is expected to begin to move away from the Kimberley coast today and take a more west southwest track.

GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are likely about the Dampier Peninsula including Broome today before easing this evening. GALES may extend to the Pilbara coast east of De Grey during Wednesday, particularly if Billy takes a more southwest track than forecast.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warning
==============================
A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal and island communities from Cockatoo Island to De Grey.

A Cyclone WATCH is current for coastal areas from De Grey to Mardie.

The Cyclone WARNING between Cockatoo Island and Kuri Bay has been CANCELLED

Tropical Cyclone Technical Bulletin
==================================
12 HRS: 17.8S 121.1E - 50 knots (CAT 2)
24 HRS: 17.8S 119.9E - 55 knots (CAT 2)
48 HRS: 17.6S 117.0E - 70 knots (CAT 3)
72 HRS: 16.9S 114.8E - 75 knots (CAT 3)

Remarks:
Billy was located by radar and by surface observations near the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, moving at a steady 10-14 km/h. While proximity to land may be hindering development, both recent radar and IR imagery suggest an improving degree of organisation. However, the curved band analysis of 0.5-0.6 is highly subjective. Dvorak FT of 3.0 supported by MET.

Intensification is forecast in the next 24 to 72 hours as Billy moves over warm open waters in a reasonably favourable shear environment.

Model guidance is consistent with a steady WSW track to 24 hours then a W'ly track in the 24-72 hour timeframe, well off the Pilbara coast, under the influence of a mid-level ridge to the south. However, motion is partially dependent on the erosion of the peripheral ridge by the system currently over the Top End, hence the risk of a Pilbara coastal impact can not be dismissed.
uh I have standards with my crew.....


Thank you Emmy.

ROTFL Emmy -- standards are necessary for the crew -- I could get past this fashion faux pas -- but I gotta see some burly pirate to erase the memory
I have standards....

they're very low....but

I do have standards...
Hades thanks for keeping us on track here....still a chance for a second landing I see
Yes I remember you wouldn't wave the Jolly Roger!
I happen to like that a lot Southern Lady - Pirates of WU -- makes a great calender! Pictures of Hurricane Ike with a WU Pirate for each month LOL If the FL geriatrics can do it......
The power of not being seen......




excellent vort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vort you are a HOOT!
press nice write up i ennjoyed reading that I still think thta you in that dress was great yous hould try selling that lol I was happy to be a small aprt of that HAppy holidays to you and everyone sles NLIMBO
I'm signing off - another big barn day - cool weather making them frisky and they're needing lots of track work to keep them focused on game.

Surf had a small bump today in the Gulf - 63 degrees water temp -- just too much work and too cold to grab a quickie. waiting for spring and warmer temps. Maybe a 1-2ft swell Tuesday late afternoon, Wednesday AM --gotta keep an eye on it. the East coast of Florida has got some action -- so if your desperate and got gas $ go East.....
Night Presslord StormJunkie Patrap & all those other helping hands and hearts --thanks for opening our eyes to who we are and what we can do
"A poor mother at a shelter in Winnie broke into sobs when handed a box of diapers. A box of diapers." This is the kind of thing that really hits home. I sent money to the Red Cross during Katrina, not quite sure where it went. I never doubted it was abused, but now I have seen where the Portlight donations have been sent after Ike. You guys are definitely right to be pro-active. You can bet there will be another storm or two.
P.S. Don't let Sports Illustrated get a hold of your bikini shot! lol
Thanks to all of you for not only the work you have done and continue to do, but also the inspiration you are to others.
Good evening everyone......Merry Christmas....
Thank you nlimbo for your dedication and hard work for Portlight.

Sorry that all the people involved were not mentioned in Paul's comment in the header of this blog!

Good evening all! And Merry Christmas! It seems like I can say that over and over and not get tired of it.
Quoting presslord:
I have standards....

they're very low....but

I do have standards...


LOL, Press!

Thanks for filling us in. I'll be looking forward to hearing more about future plans.

Hi Presslord, Storm Junkie, Patrap, Drak, Hades, Surfmom, Sugarsand, Ike, Bonedog: I am new here and will rarely post about the the weather(I do not know enough!!) but I am hoping to be able to show some pictures here and there!

This is a great community, and you should all be proud of what has been accomplished!!!

Surfmom: I have been praying for your son!! One of my son's best friends is named Gabe, which makes me think of you!!

Merry Christmas to you all
"Sorry that all the people involved were not mentioned in Paul's comment in the header of this blog!"

I have spent a lot of time thinking of how to recognize everybody...am thinking maybe something like a "Hall of Fame" on the www.portlight.org website...

Any thoughts?
My thoughts are that you should not have started mentioning anyone in particular Press!

Once you embark on that path you inevitably piss other people off if you do not mention them!

Nice pic Sugar - see you figured it before New Year!
Thanks for everything you do.
Keep us informed of your locations. I would love to show my cub scout den your operations if you have a headquarters near Pensacola.
No scantily clad relief workers though please. ;)
Quoting vortfix:
2) The beginning of an ongoing transformational process that makes us all the better for it for the rest of our lives.


I'm casting my lot with the second choice. And, based on what I've seen in the last 100 days, I'm pretty sure you will, too. We should all be proud of ourselves..and grateful for the opportunity to serve.



I'm with you on the second choice as well.

Thanks Paul for the great posting.

Thank you Dr. Masters for allowing this to happen on the WU!

Thank you to everyone that have found it in their hearts (and wallets) to support this worthwhile and uplifting effort!


I updated my Weather Blog today and also completed the Christmas Songs list that some requested.
There are 47 songs on my blog and it plays continusly for over 2 hours of playing. Hope some of you enjoy it....

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My thoughts are that you should not have started mentioning anyone in particular Press!

Once you embark on that path you inevitably piss other people off if you do not mention them!
Quoting vortfix:
My thoughts are that you should not have started mentioning anyone in particular Press!

Once you embark on that path you inevitably piss other people off if you do not mention them!


Good deeds should not be about getting recognized, they should be about doing the good. But I understand the point. Human nature I guess.
Anyone who can read that story and be "piss(ed) off" about anything relative to this experience has no heart....
Quoting vortfix:
My thoughts are that you should not have started mentioning anyone in particular Press!

Once you embark on that path you inevitably piss other people off if you do not mention them!


I think you are right Vort!!
Good evening press.
Its not snowing :)

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orca....Congrats!!!!!! How much ya got?
You have made your political point Press.

I'm sure Dr. Masters wanted you to mention Patrap in your posting.

As most of us have observed and learned since...Patrap is not one you can trust!

But yet you chose to lead with whatever.

That's where you chose to exclude many who have worked hard for you!

You should know better than to do that.

Evening all

Good to see ya David

Vort, everyone has been thanked imho. In different ways, but thanked just the same. The point of the whole thing is the folks that attended the Crystal Beach pizza event, or Billy, or the over 1000 Bridge City residents that had a wunderful time.

Just my two cents.

And let me say, thanks to everyone that has been involved! It was amazing to see how much we accomplished so far, and personally I think there is huge potential to accomplish even more in the future. Which I would assume is the point.

Night all, back to baby :~)
Quoting presslord:
orca....Congrats!!!!!! How much ya got?


Almost 2 feet at the house..
I am tired of shovelling :(
Thanks for stopping by SJ. Always good to see ya. Take care of that kid... he's a cutie.
Gawd orca....stop shovelin'....and start drinkin'....
Presslord is one of the "angels" that walk on Earth! As a newly elected gov. official in a small town in PA that had 25% of our homes devastated by the effects of Hurricane Ivan in 2004, I have seen these "angels" in person! It is a wonderful thing to experience the selflessness and generosity of people who decide to help their fellow humans in times of need. I applaud your efforts and thank you and those who are assisting you!
Quoting presslord:
Gawd orca....stop shovelin'....and start drinkin'....


Because that's what you are supposed to do when you are in this blog... don't you know? LOL...!
Quoting vortfix:
You have made your political point Press.

I'm sure Dr. Masters wanted you to mention Patrap in your posting.

As most of us have observed and learned since...Patrap is not one you can trust!

But yet you chose to lead with whatever.

That's where you chose to exclude many who have worked hard for you!

You should know better than to do that.



Curious, why do you only appear to be happy chatting when your stirring it? To make remark like that, which may or may not be justified has no business being made in a public blog.
It irresponsible and probably legally liable.


Someone WU mail me when the subject changes.. it seems every time this stuff gets mentioned in the blog it goes into the crapper for a day or two.




The point is SJ...once you mention one...you can't not mention all!

It was ridiculous of Paul to even mention one!

That's the problem.

Good night all! Please stay positive, its Christmas:)
Thanks David :~) Sad for the little guy, he has to get shots tomorrow.

Vort, how big of a problem is it really? In light of what we have accomplished? Pictures of some and not others have made it in to the blogs. It just sort of seems trivial to be concerned about who gets credit when; everyone has got it one way or another. Be it a letter, email, phone call, picture, or mention in a blog. Thanks have gone out many times, many ways, and by many people.

Ok, really got to go before Hana kicks my...

Night all
Whatever happened to giving anonymously?
Does anyone have a personal weather station on here.. I think I am going to get one for myself for Christmas. Can I put it on my blog? do you have to empty the rain collector.. or is it self draining somehow?
Geez - someone always has to throw the *(*( in. Don't listen to them - I think it was a great blog & so do lots of other people.

Glad it quit snowing Orca.
Quoting zoomiami:
Geez - someone always has to throw the *(*( in. Don't listen to them - I think it was a great blog & so do lots of other people.

Glad it quit snowing Orca.

Quoting presslord:
Gawd orca....stop shovelin'....and start drinkin'....


It's called multitasking...LOL
It'll keep the beer cold, that's for sure...
Quoting John2008:
Whatever happened to giving anonymously?


I'm raising money for the Houston Humane Society through active giving... details on my blog. You can most definitely give anonymously if you want! LOL...
Quoting Orcasystems:
Does anyone have a personal weather station on here.. I think I am going to get one for myself for Christmas. Can I put it on my blog? do you have to empty the rain collector.. or is it self draining somehow?


I do, or at least my parents do. It's on WU. You can most likely put it on your blog, but I do not know how. About the rain collector, depends what type. The type I have you dont have to empty, but there is no rain in the winter, so there is a good 6-7 inch stack of snow on it, when it melts it will spike the rain rates... but no, i have never cleared mine.

Modification: Oh, I see what you mean. Most, if not all, weather stations have a drainage device.
Quoting hurristat:


I do, or at least my parents do. It's on WU. You can most likely put it on your blog, but I do not know how. About the rain collector, depends what type. The type I have you dont have to empty, but there is no rain in the winter, so there is a good 6-7 inch stack of snow on it, when it melts it will spike the rain rates... but no, i have never cleared mine.

Modification: Oh, I see what you mean. Most, if not all, weather stations have a drainage device.


They have a good one on sale for $99 bucks.. same one listed on a site connected here for $179. So.. I think I will grab one.