Hurricane Arthur

July 4, 2014

BW photograph of house and trees during thunderstorm.

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Hurricane Arthur is the first hurricane of the 2014 season-a period that runs from June 1 through November 30 for the Atlantic Ocean region.  As Arthur moved up to North Carolina last night, it strengthened into a Category 2 storm as classified by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Inland off the coast of Maryland, there were some strong thunderstorms and periodic heavy rain.

BW photograph of a black truck driving in the rain.

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This link provides an overview of the methodology by which NOAA bases its predictions for a given hurricane season, the 2014 season in this case.  The NOAA website is a useful resource, especially for those in areas prone to severe weather.  The areas at risk certainly seem to be expanding.

BW photograph of a Royal Farms store sign.

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Those thunderstorms from yesterday led to much cooler temperatures and much less humidity for the 4th of July in central Maryland, which makes for a very pleasant holiday here.  However, even though it weakened (Category 1), Arthur did leave some damage behind in North Carolina before moving on.  Fortunately, that damage was not as bad as it could have been (which is always easy for someone who did not experience the problems to say).  Unfortunately, there is a long hurricane season ahead and time will tell if NOAA’s predictions come to fruition.

Take care.

 

Happy Birthday America

July 4, 2014

United States flag in a garden with tomato plants as background.

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In 1776, the United States enacted the Declaration of Independence separating America from England-July 4 is the day honoured as our birthday, so Happy Birthday to all who celebrate.

The concept of independence is a cultural universal held by many around the world.  India, for example, achieved independence from British rule on August 15, 1947 and South Sudan is the world’s newest country, having gained independence on July 9, 2011.  The right to participate in the democratic process free from threat is one to be desired and celebrated.

Take care and be safe.