Heat and Hurricanes

September 1, 2016

BW photograph of strong shadows against a brick wall.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

According to NASA, July 2016 “…was warmer than any other month on record.”  (The italics are from the original source, which is available via the link.)  The only connection between the photograph and content herein is that the photograph was made this past weekend during a brilliantly sunny, hot, day.  It takes a very bright, direct light source to create such clearly defined shadows.  It was, in fact, the depth and pattern of the shadows that captured my attention.

Meanwhile, Hurricanes Madeline and Lester are in the Pacific, while Hurricane Gaston is spinning in the Atlantic.  You can read more about these storms and watch NASA video via this link to an NPR report, while this is a useful primer on the manner by which such storms develop.   (As per the NPR link, those in the Gulf Coast area are watching Tropical Depression 9, which may become yet another hurricane.)  There is a profound beauty to the aerial view of a fully formed hurricane as the bands of weather circulate and extend outward from the eye-the International Space Station a useful platform for achieving such a perspective.  That beauty very quickly disappears once lives and property begin to be destroyed, though.  Those in Hawaii are getting prepared.

UPDATE:  The above was written yesterday afternoon and there have been changes to the above:  Hurricane Madeline has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm and Tropical Depression 9 is expected to become Hurricane Hermine as it heads toward Florida.

When it comes to weather, a day can made a great deal of difference.

Take care.

 

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