Friday, August 21, 2009

Kill Bill

That would be the best of all possible scenarios, but it looks like nothing will kill Bill before it dumps metres of rain and hurls tropical-storm-strength-winds on Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, at least.
Feh. Hurricanes we've done hundreds of times, if not thousands. Power might go out - batteries. Cash on hand. Fill up the car. Get rid of any planters or other potential projectiles in the back yard. Especially tie down or stow any patio furniture.
Interesting that in Newfoundland, where I grew up, these were always called "tailends" - tail ends of hurricanes from the south, never did much damage. In NB and NS these are not called "tailends" - they are not yet tail ends - they are usually tropical storms, and sometimes still hurricanes, and much scarier. (Google "Hurricane Juan Halifax" to understand why.)



Blogger Xtreme English said...

we had our very first taste of hurricane bill this afternoon in my neighborhood (but not downtown!). buckets of rain, strong gusts of wind. i live approx 75' from the metro exit, and i was soaked head to toe by the time i got to the front door. as this was the first rain we've had all month, it was welcome. but folks north of us have been getting soaked. i sympathize.

8:56 p.m.  
Blogger Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

An unrelated (ha!) article in today's paper said that northern ocean temperatures are at record highs. Because it was of course US-centric it stopped with Maine but if the ocean is record-setting warm there, then the slowing effect that cold water usually has will be less of a factor. I hate these storms and hope you and yours prep yourselves well for it. Thinking about you!

9:38 p.m.  
Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

Stay safe, please, ms. cat.

If you look again at the map you posted, and extrapolate the projected path of Bill clear across to the other side, you'll notice Ireland, England, and Scotland at that far end. We're not used to those islands as being targets of hurricanes, but it does happen -- rarely, but once in a while.

The most recent big one was Hurricane Debbie (1961), well before we had all these satellite gizmos that warned us ahead of time when and where these monsters would hit. Here's a post-Katrina reminiscence from a Sligoer of events seen in '61. (My favorite line is "When these abated the scene resembled a battlefield, debris carried on the wind lay piled in heaps against west facing walls and fences, buckets, barrels, cans and empty sacks were impaled on bushes and hedges, gates lifted from their hinges swung at oblique angles or lay flat on the ground, hay and sheaves of corn, carried from God knows where, were piled on top of each other in sheltered comers.

The account closes with the assertion that damage and injuries were "minimal," but more than a dozen people lost their lives in that event.

Like I said, stay safe, please, ms. cat.

12:30 a.m.  
Blogger Mike said...

What I saw on the weather last night made me think NB and Nfld would get the heavy rains but that NS could get the real deal -- again. Keep your head down anyway, eh?

8:15 a.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

Thanks for all of your good wishes. Latest reports seem to indicate that NB will get only light rain from this system - if predictions hold, we'll get a near-complete pass on this one.

NFTP, we are also experiencing record-high water temperatures (one day while we were at Kougibougouac the posted water temperature was 26c!) which is contributing to Bill being a nasty bugger to NS and NL (although St. John's, which is under water use restrictions due to lack of rainfall, is welcoming it).

Sherwood, I have to admit I had no idea hurricanes ever made it all the way across the Atlantic. I was gobsmacked by the description of Debbie. Terrible!

7:38 p.m.  

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