Have you ever seen a hurricane hold its circulation so well after landfall? The lack of steering currents is obvious. (We're at 5 inches of rain so far. It's hard to imagine 5 more days of this...)
We had an uneventful night and dawn hadn't quite come this morning before our phones both alarmed and woke us out of a sound sleep. It was for a new flash flood warning, but I actually had to read through an entire list of warnings to find out what I needed to worry about now. … Continue reading Saturday morning
I'm actually sitting outside eating a late salad, listening to planes fly out of George Bush Intl. along the clear slot between rain bands. Extremely surreal.
Well, Harvey defied all initial expectations and is now a category 4 with sustained winds of 130 mph. It's been a bizarre day. Very much a "hurry up and wait" kind of day. While our own local weather has vacillated between "boring" and "dreary", farther south down the coast people are really getting hammered. We … Continue reading Category 4
Light rain has now started. Lord have mercy on the people staying in low-lying areas and all emergency responders. We're in this for the long haul now as the flooding rains are supposed to last through next Wednesday. 23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose … Continue reading Braced
Tomorrow we're anticipating the beginning of a deluge that will last through next Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Houston to get between 15 and 20 inches of rain. Elsewhere I've seen a prediction of 10 to 15 inches, but either way, that's a heck of a lot of water. We … Continue reading Hurricane Preparations
The first named storm in 9 years to make landfall in Texas is bearing down on us. Leisurely. The recently reformed Harvey (sounds like an ex-felon) is shuffling up the Gulf toward the coast, strengthening and organizing as it goes. The concern is flooding because of the low forward speed. At the moment our local … Continue reading Harvey
In March of 1966, Dave Scott and Neil Armstrong were 180 miles above the earth carrying out the Gemini 8 mission (rendezvous and docking with an Agena rocket). During a maneuver after docking a roll thruster developed a short and was firing intermittently. For a few minutes the problem seemed corrected, then a roll rate … Continue reading One spacecraft, one system
I am once again working on illustrations for A Take of Four Cakes. Paidea Classics will be publishing the audiobook version before Christmas, God willing, and the print edition will come out whenever I can finish the illustrations.
I am really enjoying these roses! Perhaps by next year I can grow some of my own. The little ones are sick so much of my time has been consumed with holding and comforting. I keep thinking of all of the things on my huge to-do list (the long range one, not the one that … Continue reading Tuesday