Restoring Internet in Puerto Rico
In this picture provided by Project Loon, internet service for parts of Maria stricken Puerto Rico was being launched to the stratosphere on October 18th. This a project of google's parent company Alphabet and is now giving AT&T customers with a 4G handsets basic internet access, text and e-mail.
Another Loon Balloon was launched from Puerto Rico earlier this year. It took 12 days to direct it through the air currents to get it to Peru. From there it spent 14 weeks aloft, ascending and descending more than 20,000 times to catch currents to keep it in the airspace above providing internet service after the flood disaster.
King Tides Begin in South Florida
The local flooding across Brevard County continues as the rain just seems endless. Florida Today put out an article this morning that included video of the Sheriff's Work Farm and K-9/Officer training facility looking more like a swamp than a place for inmates to grow their vegetables. They also included a video from Harmony Farms. They are a great non-profit that is underwater and looking for help.
Some of the other badly flooded areas include:
Silver Pines Estates in Rockledge
Rockledge west of Fiske Boulevard
Parts of Fellsmere
Cocoa Near the St Johns River
Below is some of the ongoing flooding in Cocoa published by WFTV earlier today.
Puerto Rico Also Continues to Flood With Continued Rain
From the Eastern side of the island, Oct 16th, 2017. Published by Roger Schreiner.
Flooding has reappeared in Trinidad as well. They do seem to be adapting..
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Hurricane Harvey hazards are still out there. A 40 year old man, Jason Courtney was walking under a bridge when he fell down 15 feet through an open manhole. The Manhole cover had most likely come off during flooding due to Harvey. He spent six days in sewage. Eventually a work crew came along, he yelled for help. They alerted emergency rescue who had him out in an hour. He was very weak due to lack of food and water and had a broken ankle from the fall. Officials are asking people to dial 311 if they see a manhole cover off.
October and November Forecast Temperature Anomalies
Figure 1. The GEOS-5 forecast temperature anomalies for October (left) and November (right). Red is hotter, blue is cooler.
Figure 2. The GEOS-5 forecast precipitation anomaly for October (left) and November (right). Blue is dries, red to gray is wetter.
SOURCE: NASA Maps can be seen larger and globally here.
Wildfires are burning out of control in California and across some of the western United States. At least 12 people have died, many more are unaccounted for. Many lives and livestock are fleeing the fire storm.
Published on Oct 10, 2017
In Defense of Animals' Nicole Otoupalik was caught in the Orange County blaze and got straight to work evacuating horses. This terrifying footage shows her leading one of the horses to safety while huge and angry smoke plumes approach the pair. Support the wildfire animal victims at this link.
Tropical Storm Nate Forms
Cheriff's Wundercam on the west side of Mobile Bay
MWEwx's Wundercam on the east side of Mobile Bay
Indian River Flooding Continues
Due to the relentless rains, gale and now the full moon the Indian River is out of it's banks again. River Road is on the west side of the river, north of SR528. Video by CyberdeckFlights
Flooding of the St Johns River in Southwest Volusia County, FL. Video is from Daytona Beach News-Journal.
With the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) camping in the area, looks like no break for the hurricane weary. 90L has been declared in the Southwestern Caribbean. Early models show that developing into a possible storm for the Gulf of Mexico over the next several days. Another area of interest is just south of Florida, being sheared well back into the Bahamas. Not many models are developing this but it looks gamely and could affect the track of 90L making the current model scenarios more uncertain.
Locally Brevard County, Florida is under a Gale Warning. Watch out for those widow makers..more rain too.
90E is active in the Eastern Pacific. It may get absorbed into the Atlantic drama or try and form as it heads up the coast.
Maria is around her closest expected proximity to the United States. The tide gauges have been up a little higher than Highest Astrological Tide at times. She may linger another day but then should move away, taking Lee with her. These two may quickly whisk off to the United Kingdom, look out for them there.
So what is next? With good atmospheric lift happening and more MJO coming the models seem to be having a hard time agreeing on where. The wave south of Cuba appears most vigorous. Look to the comment section here for model reviews.
Irmageddon came to be as supplies ran short or out. After days of preparing we were ready to ride out the storm. I stayed on the farm to tend the animals. Looked like a long storm coming. The wind picked up well before the real winds and tornadoes followed. Here is a video where I captured a vorticity traipsing through my backyard. A few minutes after this electricity in the neighborhood went out for 3 days. In the early evening, waited for a break in the higher gusts to check on the herd. The pony stalls were beginning to flood. So hung haynets in there. The cows wanted no part of the woods or the high shed there. They were standing in 4inches of water under the treefort, left hay in the rack there. Here is some haying cows in the storm.. It continued to pour rain. It seemed to be unable to flow as well as the winds had it pinned from the canal. The barn feedroom came within 3 inches of flooding. Knew had neighbors flooding.
Nearing midnight the storm was closer, winds higher and cows had moved to the west side of the barn on a high spot. They were still standing in water. It was not much longer and Penny-Moo gave out a bellow of get me out of here. So next break in the winds, opened the gate to let the herd out in the yard. The cows had no place to lay down in a sheltered area and the ponies were in water or under trees, it was the best option. The water was so deep at the gate the calf nearly had to swim out as it was. Once up on the house pad and back porch they settled into some sheltered spots and hay. As the winds were about to switch and increase Elzari, our mare insisted the boys of the herd come out of the way back and take proper shelter as well. Sometime later they sheltered in the gardens, ate all the collards, kale and decimated the okra. Skye the actual Pony spent some of it under the front porch, between the vehicles. He doesn't care for getting wet.
After the storm passed, the backside was pretty dry and blew the highest water up and out the drainage canal. By morning the sun came out. The herd wasn't ready to really leave the sheltered, mostly debris free area of high ground. The wind was still up. They just wanted more hay..
For storm damage we were pretty lucky. The roof over the feedroom needs repaired or replaced again. Lost the fog light cover for my vehicle and my refrigerator didn't comeback after the power outage. The pasture was hit by a tornado. The beautiful ear trees took a harsh beating and loss of huge limbs. We got the wood fence stood up the next day. All the building around there were missing shingles. The gas staions nearby all had severe canopy damage. This one is at the corner of Lake Washington Rd and Wickham Rd.
Heard stories of where shutters were ripped off houses. One guy in Indialantic had his sheds full of lawn equipment for his business take off to the sky to never be seen again. They think it maybe in the Indian River. Looping through town on the hunt for a new fridge we snapped these pics.
Looking at storm reports for East Central Florida. Brevard County had the highest reported winds of 93mph in Playalinda Beach. 85mph was reported in Cape Canaveral. Cocoa Beach had 83mph winds. Haulover canal had 81mph gust. Camp Holly Fish Camp near me but farther west had winds of 78mph. Orlando International Airport had winds as high as 78mph. Leesburg clocked 69mph, Sandford 75mph. The worst flooding issues were both along the coast and the St John's River. Water rescues were reported in both areas. Volusia, especially Daytona Beach east of US 1 flooded badly as did parts of Indialantic and Fellsmere. Orange county had water rescues mostly after the storm as the St Johns River came into houses.
We are waiting to take all the shutters off the house and barn. Jose is still out there. Models have been trending west on him. Probably be some effects at least in the Northeast. Some runs have had 14L hit the east coast of Florida hard. Now 96L which just became PTC15L is looking like a possible threat.. Hard forecast with those two storms so near each other..