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The Sciences

Helene Reaches Cat III; My Farewell to Seattle

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneySeptember 18, 2006 8:08 AM


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Helene is getting to be a hell of a storm. Look at how well defined the eye is. Note also that the storm is taking up roughly a 5 degree by 5 degree latitude/longitude square. That's big. Winds of hurricane strength extend outward 50 miles from the center. All of which means that if Helene tracks towards Bermuda, it could cause even more trouble than did Florence. And did I mention that Helene is a Category 3 storm now? That's the second major hurricane for the Atlantic basin this year. Of course, we haven't had any 4s and 5s. Last year around this time, by contrast, we were about to witness Rita's terrifyingly rapid intensification in the Gulf. Meanwhile, I'm done with Seattle. Ravenna Third Place Books was, indeed, a good "third place": After my talk, I hung out there and did some research and writing. One of the great highlights of the event was finally getting to meet Dano, who has commented on this blog since, well, for longer than I can remember. Tomorrow, meanwhile, I'm off to Portland for one last talk on this leg of the trip--at Reed College. This is going to be different from my bookstore talks: I'm using slides, and that means lots of different material. So come on out, you Portlanders....

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