Compiling Weather Data on Irene

I climbed the outside stairs to try to see over the neighbour’s roofs and trees to get an idea of when I could expect the afternoon storms. Obviously the line of sight isn’t all that great, but I like to look with my naked eye, before coming back inside and checking the satellite/radar. There’s no substitute for being there, but it’s incredibly useful and awesome to have technology at our disposal.

Radar extends our view, satellites even more so. We have webcams and data-transmitting buoys in the oceans. We have tide charts. There is so much information available.

As Irene approaches new locations, and I find links to webcams, I’ve been checking the tide charts and expected storm arrival time. Just out of amusement, I guess.

So, here’s the information for Nag’s Head, NC as of 10:05AM 8/27/11.

Expected arrival around 2:00pm
High Tide around 6:39pm
Webcam at Nag’s Head

Hurricane tracker, with expected path, links to webcams, etc.
NDBC and Carolina Buoys (RCOOS)
Tide Chart

Contrary To Popular Belief

Word is, google+ won’t have nothing to do with pseudonyms. Cool with me. I’ve listened to the debate with interest, as every other google (entirely free) product I use is registered under the name you see here.

I thought of all the reasons to keep it, all the reasons to ditch it, (I feel silly talkin’ to people under a pseudonym, to be honest). But, a thought came to me. I’ve got missions to accomplish, and posting what I’m doing to social media is just something I like to do. If it comes between accomplishing goals, or posting my somewhat, okay, entirely, for the most part, inconsequential statuses to a social media site, I guess I’m going to have to go with getting things that need gotten that way, done.

So, I’m here, for now, saying: Social media sites are an awesome way to connect. But since they’re almost entirely free, they are in no way beholden to you. You don’t need them.

So, here’s an awesome picture of an alligator I took on the way back from delivering medical supplies. I’m not going to change the way I get things done.

(you’ll have to click on the image to see it in all of its glory.)