Category Archives: Climate (TNSTAGW)

It could have been worse

Taking a look now at the track of the tornado… As bad as things are, it could have been far worse. The tornado, as far as I can tell, bore several degrees to the east as it approached the Alabama campus. If it had been even a couple of degrees less, it might have gone up Paul Bryant Drive rather than 15th Street. The latter is, or was, a main road but mostly businesses. Bryant Drive goes through the eastern part of the Alabama campus. Although the center of gravity of the campus has shifted somewhat since my day, more toward the river on the west, there are two major dorms (Tutwiler Hall and Burke Hall) and the athletic dorm (Bryant Hall, naturally) that would have been in its path.

Moreover, if it had gone just a little bit to the west, it very well could have hit Druid City Hospital, which is located where Bryant Drive merges into University Boulevard; as it was, the tornado must have almost clipped the hospital, as many of the destroyed homes and apartment complexes are all but in the hospital’s shadow. DCH is the major hospital in the area, and the only real trauma center in the county. If it had been knocked out, in addition to whatever loss of life there was in the hospital itself the city’s rescue efforts would have been crippled, with only the smaller satellite hospital in Northport available this side of Birmingham.

It doesn’t really help, I guess, but it really could have been much worse.

The city right now is kind of odd. Most of the power is back on, and most of the city is now relatively normal. But there’s a big hole in the middle of town right now. You can circle around it… but the main shopping district for the city is closed, and much of it is gone. City workers are doing a great job at something that’s really not what they were trained for. It’s going to be a while before we find a new normal.

The Fell Winter of 2010

There is water on the roads, but this is no ordinary water. No, this is melted snow, and it will use its dark powers to make us all run out of milk and bread. Soon, wolves will cross the frozen Black Warrior and feast on our frozen corpses. The snow is, of course, positive proof that there is no such thing as global warming.

One of these

Hurricane Felicia strengthens, heads toward Hawaii – CNN.com

Now, remember, while this is tragic for Hawaii, it doesn’t count. Only Atlantic hurricanes that hit the US mainland count.

Like I said, only a moderate exaggeration

Tropical Weather and Storms – Hurricane Updates from weather.com

A couple of weeks ago, I linked to an Onion video, Hurricane Bound For Texas Slowed By Large Land Mass To The South. I said that this was only “a moderate exaggeration” of how the news media reports on hurricanes. As proof, I offer this quote from The Weather Channel’s latest hurricane story:

Some of the latest model track guidance points to a potential path that would take Ike across Cuba, on a east to west track. Although this is not a good outcome for Cuba, it would be a positive outcome for south Florida and the Florida Keys. The center of Ike would stay south of Florida and the interaction with Cuba would allow Ike to weaken significantly.

Apparently, tropical storms can get drunk

Look at this storm path:

This storm is just stumbling around the Atlantic Ocean. You don’t normally see loop-the-loops like that, do you?

Here we go again

Hanna becomes hurricane in Atlantic – CNN.com

And there’s another depression behind it that’s likely to become a hurricane. It’s going to be one of those years.

It’s going to be hot!

EPA report looks at global warming’s effects on the South- al.com

Thanks, guys!

I shouldn’t complain. This is a lot more than I ever expected from the Bush “Administration”.