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Hoping for a Hurricane
Posted by: McQ on Friday, June 01, 2007

It is hot and dry here in Georgia. We're well into a drought which rivals the one we had here in the '80s with no rain in sight. With the official start of the hurricane season yesterday, I think we're at the point we might welcome one ... if it's a bitty one with brings lots of rain.

Down south of Atlanta, about 250 miles, the Okefenokee swamp has been burning for over 50 days. I was down there about 10 days ago and at the time the newspapers were reporting that it was only 15% contained. I drove from Waycross to Brunswick GA, a distance of about 50 miles and never once drove out of the smoke. In fact I didn't see blue skies again until I had driven out of Brunswick and 50 miles northwest to Jesup, GA.

The smoke is now a regular visitor in Atlanta, thanks to recent southwestern winds. The air quality index seems to stay over 100 on a scale of 300. Given what I saw down in Waycross and how this fairly dissappated smoke affects me, I can't imagine how the folks in the Waycross area are getting through this. It's one thing to have a wildfire that lasts a few days or a week. That's certainly bad. But almost 2 months?

People have asked how a swamp burns. Well, very low water (drought) and peat. The fires are hard to extinguish and have a tendency to pop back up again. And it's also hard to get around in a swamp. There are obviously other reasons I don't know about but suffice it to say this has been one bear of a fire.

Anyway, a rainy night (or 10) in GA would be very welcome.
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Apparently Georgia did not switch to compact fluorescents and is now paying the price.

Written By: Grimshaw
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It’s probably because we’ve been hogging a lot of the rain in Texas lately. :-)
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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One thing I’ve been wondering is whether more reservoirs are needed. Put them where we tend to have floods, and then pipe the water to where it’s needed.

Would require some investment but I think it would make the country more resilient.
Written By: Keith_Indy
Damn that Global Warming, which is causing all these hurricanes this year.

Seriously, McQ, I hope y’all get some rain soon. We had a very dry (but very cold) winter in the Sierras this year, I’m hoping the place doesn’t light up like the world’s biggest pine wood barbecue.
Written By: steverino
Didn’t you hear Keith? The wind shear caused by global warming is going to cause FEWER hurricanes...

An excuse they came up with after last year had, like, nothing making significant landfall?
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Behold the awesome power of McQ. He commands and Mother Nature obeys:
Tropical Storm Barry forms on first day of hurricane season
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You should have told me you were going to be in Brunswick, I would have met you up there and bought you a beer.
Written By: Jamie
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I didn’t stay long Jamie, I felt like a smoked ham.
Written By: McQ
Yeah, that globular warmening is a bitch. Last year it caused Oklahoma to be dry and hot, and this year it’s caused us to be cooler and very wet.

Just never know how the sneaky little bastard will strike.
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