--- Obscenity isn't the only thing that disturbs some. On Tuesday, another Saudi cleric, Munajjid, said the cartoon character Mickey Mouse should be killed. Munajjid said in an interview with a religious Web site that under Islamic law, rats and mice are considered "repulsive" and as "soldiers of Satan." ---
Eeegads. As a bumper sticker says, "Dear God, save me from your people."
Filling in for Matt Morano for a couple of days, I am. Superb fall-like weather moved in late last week, and has let us know that, yes, Virginia, there is a seasonal change a-comin'...right on cue as the Autumnal Equinox is today. Tropics tend to get quieter with these fall like patterns in place although later-season hurricanes are not only possible but can be big ones. I am reprinting part of a recent email from Jeff Orrock of the National Weather Service on one of the worst:
1954 category 4 Hurricane Hazel Makes landfall over southeastern NC and tracks across Central NC on October 15th...and the last of 3 hurricanes to ravage the state in 1954 (Carol and Edna had already hit the coast in August and September). If we had another Hazel today it would be one of our worst fears. Wind gusts of 90 mph were recorded at RDU, 120 mph wind reported in Kinston and Goldsboro and 140 mph winds in Wilmington. The inland devastation from Hazel was incredible and would be catastrophic today. Along with the wind Hazel dropped 6 to 10 inches of rain over Central NC including portions of the current day Triad and Triangle. Nearly 50,000 structures were severe damaged or destroyed from the coast all the way to the Virginia state line, and that in 1954. Hazel is a benchmark storm for NC and anytime the topic of hurricanes is raised discussions of what Hazel did to our state and what similar storm could do tomorrow are always paramount.
Right now, all we have is an area of 'high' interest plopped over Puerto Rico...whether it develops or not will be an aside to the area of low pressure expected to drift northward and increase our northeasterly breezes this week...the coast will pick up showers, and possibly by the end of the week some of those rains could make it into central NC...bears watching.