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  1. Whoa! I've introduced politics because we live in an era when everything is political. Cable news ratings are going through the roof and football ratings are dropping like a rock. I can understand people criticizing me for bashing someone like Rick Scott. My comments were incendiary especially considering the fact that most users on this board are white males and white males in the United States are overwhelmingly Republican. But you my friend are playing the race card. People in Jacksonville, North Carolina know what to do when a hurricane approaches or threatens the North Carolina coast.
  2. I have tremendous respect for Josh and all his peers like Mike Theiss. Without their images and reportage I wouldn't be able to make such a declaration. I'm not necessarily downplaying Maria. I'm just saying that in terms of sheer power as far as Puerto rico is concerned it's not comparable to Andrew
  3. It's a tough slog to get Maria or any hurricane to the Northeast coast. We are due however since there have been only three landfalling hurricanes to strike the Northeast directly in the last 57 years. We don't have accurate records, so perhaps this is historically outside the climo norm.
  4. Josh Morgerman is one of the most experienced hurricane observers on planet earth. He was covering the hurricane for satellite weather provider Weather Nation. In the footage he provided and in his narrative reports I do not see evidence of well built structures being totally destroyed as was the case in south dade county during Andrew. I stand by my assertion that Puerto Rico was hammered by the affects of a strong category 3 hurricane. I expect the Caribbean metropolis of san juan to weather this hurricane quite well and I don't see a devastating effect on tourism.
  5. The most experienced hurricane chasers in our hemisphere were on the ground there and their reports and footage suggests CAT 3 damage from my vantage point.
  6. The folks in Coral Gables at the NHC need to learn this as well. I want everyone to take a moment and watch clips of Dr. Bob Sheets during Hugo and Andrew and remember what a strong leader and communicator he was. Someone needs to go in and take control of the NHC and be able to go on tv during a major hurricane and be able to articulate a message.
  7. Forward speed also plays a role which you've mentioned before in reference to the fact that Charley packed a strong punch over Orlando in 2004 because it was moving relatively fast. Wilma packed such a strong punch in the south florida New York 6th boro counties in 2005 because it was moving fast. Edouard fell apart in 1996 off Nantucket because it was moving so slow. We don't have much satellite evidence but the forward speed of the 1938 new England storm of the century played a role in the devastation in southern new England.
  8. The ratings are in and CNN's numbers went through the roof on Sunday. The 25-54 age demo is the only metric cable news advertisers care about and CNN had more viewers than FOX and MSNBC combined in this demo. FOX and MSNBC were close with FOX finishing second. Wow, how the mighty have fallen. It wasn't too long ago when FOX was dominant in all categories. I haven't seen the numbers for TWC but they were sure were greedy. The three cable news nets were limiting commercials and TWC for most of the day was running a lot more spots.
  9. Not true. Damage in the keys is consistent with cat 2 damage. Reporters have been surveying the keys from top to bottom and they're not seeing any evidence of widespread damage to well built structures. Key west is the wealthiest city in the Florida keys and it escaped with cat 1 damage and minimal structural damage. The low pressure was a lagging indicator. Irma played pepper with Cuba for 18 hours and emerged a shell of herself.
  10. He's whip smart and very provocative but there's more money for him to be a tool of the far right while he aligns himself with a right wing think tank. Cato isn't paying him to forecast the weather. They're paying him to minimize the effects of climate change and take cover behind his PhD. I applaud him for distancing himself from bastardi however. Sean Hannity is the least respected broadcaster in the history of cable news and the bastardi Hannity association is an example of two gentlemen who reside at the bottom of their professions.
  11. Please stop with the self righteousness and stop condemning people on an anonymous weather board when millions of people watching on television shared similar sentiments. A hundred thousand people a day usually watch the weather channel. During potentially catastrophic weather events these numbers spike to over 3 million and CNN's numbers were going through the roof and they weren't tuning in for paddy cake wind gusts to 50 in your back yard.
  12. It's outrageous there are multiple high level vacancies but in a republican controlled government destined to prove that big government is a bad thing no one should be surprised. ole Rick Scott all of a sudden loves big government especially since it's a ticket to try and win a 2018 Senate seat a race in which he's the clear under dog.
  13. Despite my criticism nhc provides a great service and even though I liked Neil Frank and Bob sheets in 1985 Gloria and 1991 Bob none of us civilians could access their data or discussions. Times sure have changed. Within one minute during a hurricane anywhere in America we're able to access coverage from just about all the local television affiliates in the affected areas. Great coverage, great access.
  14. If people don't listen, or understand the forecast nhc needs to appoint a director who has the communication skills to make them understand. I'm not just busting on them for a bad forecast. Bob sheets and Neil Frank were better communicators. The nhc needs a strong leader.