Follow us: Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Google+ Follow us on Linkedin Follow us on Tumblr Subscribe to our RSS or Atom feed
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Southern Weather Radar


Our Writers

  • Adam Peck
  • Alan Gordon
  • Alex Kearns
  • Alex Seitz-Wald
  • Alice Murray
  • Allison Korn
  • Alyssa Cagle
  • Amanda Marcotte
  • Amanda Peterson Beadle
  • Andrea Grimes
  • Andrea Lee Meyer
  • Andrew Bowen
  • Andy Brack
  • Andy Kopsa
  • Andy Miller
  • Andy Schmookler
  • Ann Marie Pace
  • Ann Woolner & Leonard Ray Teel
  • Anna Dolianitis
  • Anna Forbes and Kate Ryan
  • Annelise Thim
  • Anoni Muss
  • April Adams
  • April Moore
  • Ariel Harris
  • Armando
  • Arthur Blaustein
  • Austen Risolvato
  • Austin McMurria
  • Barry Hollander
  • Bert Roughton III
  • Beth Ostlund
  • Betsey Dahlberg
  • Bill Caton
  • Bill Hamm
  • Bill Mankin
  • Bill Montgomery
  • Bill Moyers & Michael Winship
  • Bill Phillips
  • Bill Semple
  • Bill Tush
  • Billy Howard
  • Bob Bohanan
  • Bob Pritchard
  • Booth Malone
  • Bootsie Lucas
  • Boyd Lewis
  • Brad Clayton
  • Braden Goyette For ProPublica
  • Brandon Collins
  • Brett Martin
  • Brian Randall
  • Brianna Peterson
  • Bruce Dixon
  • Bruce E. Levine
  • Burton Cox
  • Candice Dyer
  • Carl Kline
  • Carol Carter
  • Carson M. Lamb
  • Casey Hayden
  • Cathleen Hulbert
  • Center for American Progress
  • Chantille Cook
  • Charles Finn
  • Charles O. Hendrix Jr.
  • Charles Seabrook
  • Charles Walston
  • Chelsea Toledo
  • Chelsey Willis
  • Chris Bowers
  • Chris Kromm
  • Chris Wohlwend
  • Christopher Burdette
  • Chrys B. Graham
  • Chuck Collins
  • Cliff Green
  • Cody Maxwell
  • Collin Kelley
  • Craig Miller
  • Crissinda Ponder
  • Dallas Lee
  • Dan Kennedy
  • Daniel Flynn
  • Daniel K. Williams
  • Daniel Palmer
  • Danny Fulks
  • Dante Atkins
  • Darby Britto
  • Dave Cooley
  • Dave Johnson
  • Dave Pruett
  • David Bradford
  • David Evans
  • David Harris-Gershon
  • David Jenks
  • David Kyler
  • David Parker
  • David Roberts
  • David Rotenstein
  • David Swanson
  • Dean Baker
  • Deb Barshafsky
  • Debbie Houston
  • Deborah Chasteen
  • Denise Oliver Velez
  • Dennis McCarthy
  • Desiree Evans
  • Dian Cai
  • Diana
  • Diane Rooks
  • Dina Rasor
  • Dindy Yokel
  • Doc
  • Don Lively
  • Don O'Briant
  • Donnie Register
  • Door Guy
  • Doug Couch
  • Doug Cumming
  • Dr. Brian Moench
  • Dr. Dorothy Ann Boyd-Bragg
  • Dr. Nick De Bonis
  • Dr. Ravi Batra
  • E. David Ferriman
  • Earl Fisher
  • Eden Landow
  • Eileen Dight
  • Eleanor Ringel Cater
  • Elizabeth Shugg
  • Ellen Brown
  • Elliott Brack
  • Erin Kotecki Vest
  • Fatima Najiy
  • FishOutofWater
  • Francisco Silva
  • Frank Povah
  • Fred Brown
  • Frederick Palmer
  • Gadi Dechter, Michael Ettlinger
  • Gail Kiracofe
  • Gaius
  • Georgia Logothetis
  • Gib Ennis
  • Gina Williams
  • Gita M. Smith
  • Glenn Carroll
  • Glenn Overman
  • Gordon Anderson
  • Gregory C. Dixon
  • Gryphon Corpus
  • Hamp Skelton
  • Harriet Barr
  • Heather Boushey
  • Henry Dreyer
  • Henry Foresman
  • Hollis B. Ball III
  • Hugh
  • Hyde Post
  • Ian Kim
  • Ian Millhiser
  • Isabel Owen
  • Ivy Brashear
  • J.A. Myerson
  • Jack deJarnette
  • Jack Wilkinson
  • Jacklyn C. Citero
  • Jake Olzen
  • James Hataway
  • James Marc Leas
  • James N. Maples
  • Janet Ward
  • Jasmine Burnett
  • Jason Palmer
  • Jason Parker
  • Jay Thompson
  • Jaz Brisack
  • Jeff Cochran
  • Jeff Davis
  • Jeff Rayno
  • Jeff Spross
  • Jeffry Scott
  • Jennifer Hill
  • Jesse Harwell
  • Jessica Luton
  • Jim Allen
  • Jim Bentley and Jeff Nesmith
  • Jim Clark
  • Jim Cobb
  • Jim Fitzgerald
  • Jim Newell
  • Jim Stovall
  • Jim Walls
  • Jim Warren
  • Jimmy Booth
  • Jing Luo
  • Jingle Davis
  • JL Strickland
  • Joan Donovan
  • Jodi Jacobson
  • Jody Wegmueller
  • Joe Earle
  • Joe Shifalo
  • Joel Groover
  • Joey Ledford
  • John A. Tures
  • John Dembowski
  • John Hickman
  • John Hickman with Sarah Bartlett
  • John Huie
  • John M. Williams
  • John Manasso
  • John Sugg
  • John Tabellione
  • John Yow
  • Jon Sinton
  • Jonathan Grant
  • Jonathan Odell
  • Joni Hunnicutt
  • Jonna Pattillo
  • Joseph B. Atkins
  • Joseph Gatins
  • Josh Dorner
  • Josh Sewell
  • Joy Moses
  • Judith Stough
  • Judy McCarthy
  • Juli Ward
  • Julian Bond
  • Julian Riggs Smith
  • Julianne Wyrick
  • Julie Ajinkya
  • Julie Puckett Fodera
  • Just Plain Will
  • Kaili Joy Gray
  • Kate Greer
  • Kate McNally
  • Katherine A. Edmonds
  • Kathleen Brewin Lewis
  • Kathleen Harbin
  • Kathleen R. Gegan
  • Kathryn Hoffman
  • KC Wildmoon
  • Keith Graham
  • Ken Edelstein
  • Ken Haldin
  • Ken Hawkins
  • Ken Peacock
  • Kevin Austin
  • Kevin Duffy
  • Kip Burke
  • Kirk McAlpin
  • Kirsten Barr
  • Kos Moulitsas
  • Kristie Macrakis
  • Lacey Avery
  • Lamont Cranston
  • Laura Clawson
  • Laura Smith
  • Laurence Lewis
  • Lawrence S. Wittner
  • Lee Leslie
  • Lee Robin
  • Leon Galis
  • Leonce Gaiter
  • Les Eatwell
  • LikeTheDew
  • Linda Hunt Beckman
  • Linda Jordan Tucker
  • Lisa Byerley Gary
  • Lisa Kerr
  • Lois Beckett, Propublica
  • Lorraine Berry
  • Louie Crew Clay
  • Louis Mayeux
  • Lovell Jones, Ph.D.
  • Lucy Emerson Sullivan
  • Lucy Guest
  • Maggie Lee
  • Maisha White
  • Mandy Richburg Rivers
  • Margi Ness
  • Marian Wang, ProPublica
  • Marie Diamond
  • Mark Dohle
  • Mark Johnson
  • Mark Sumner
  • Martha W. Fagan
  • Mary Civille
  • Mary Elizabeth King
  • Mary Kay Andrews
  • Mary Lee
  • Mary Willis Cantrell
  • Matt Blakely
  • Matt Johnson
  • Matt Musick
  • Matt Renner
  • Matthew Wright
  • Maurice Carter
  • Meg Livergood Gerrish
  • Meghan Miller
  • Melanie Rochat
  • Melinda Ennis
  • Michael Bailey
  • Michael Beckel
  • Michael Castengera
  • Michael Ettlinger
  • Michael J. Solender
  • Michael Linden
  • Michael Lux
  • Michael W. Twitty
  • Mike ”Hunter” Lazzaro
  • Mike Copeland
  • Mike Cox
  • Mike Handley
  • Mike Lofgren
  • Mike Ludwig
  • Mike Williams
  • Mimi Skelton
  • Moni Basu
  • Monica Smith
  • Murray Browne
  • Myra Blackmon
  • Nancy Melton
  • Nancy Puckett
  • Nancy Robinson
  • Nancy Rogers
  • Neill Herring
  • Nelly McDaid
  • Nikki Gardner
  • Niles Reddick
  • Noel Holston
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • Overman & Senn
  • Pamela Sumners
  • Pat Garofalo
  • Pat LaMarche
  • Pat Norman
  • Patrick Andendall
  • Patrick L. Ledford
  • Patsy Dickey
  • Patti Ghezzi
  • Paul Buchheit
  • Paul Krupin
  • Paul Rutledge
  • Paul Thim
  • Pete & Jack
  • Peter Crawford
  • Peter Turnbull
  • Phil Gast
  • Phil Noble
  • Philip Graitcer
  • Phyllis Alesia Perry
  • Phyllis Gilbert
  • Piney Woods Pete
  • Polly
  • R S
  • R.L. Miller
  • Rafael Alvarez
  • Randy Conway
  • Randy Schiltz
  • Ray Bearfield
  • Raymond L. Atkins
  • Reagan Walker
  • Rebecca Sive
  • Ric Latarski
  • Richard Eisel
  • Righton C. Willis
  • Rob Chambers
  • Rob Coppock
  • Rob Douthit
  • Robert Allen
  • Robert Dardenne
  • Robert E Hunt Jr
  • Robert Jensen
  • Robert Lamb
  • Robert M. Williams, Jr.
  • Robert Mashburn
  • Robert Weiner & Richard Mann
  • Robin Marty
  • Rodney Adams
  • Roger Gregory
  • Ron Feinberg
  • Ron Taylor
  • Rose Aguilar
  • Rose Weaver
  • Rosemary Griggs
  • Russ Wellen
  • Sam Morton
  • Sao Magnifico
  • Sara Amis
  • Sarah Ayres
  • Sarah Bufkin
  • Saralyn Chesnut
  • Scott Anna
  • Scott Borchert
  • Scott Keyes
  • Scott Wooledge
  • Sean Manion
  • Seth Cline
  • Shane Gilreath
  • Sharon M. Riley
  • Shay Dawkins
  • Sheffield Hale
  • Sheila Barnard Nungesser
  • Sigrid Sanders
  • SoniaTai
  • Sonya Collins
  • Soraya Chemaly
  • Spencer Lawton
  • Stephanie Taylor
  • Stephen Lacey
  • Stephen Wing
  • Steve King
  • Steve Krodman
  • Steve Valk
  • Stuart Liss
  • Sue Sturgis
  • Sujigu
  • Susan De Bonis
  • Susan Soper
  • Susan Wilson
  • Suz Korbel
  • Tammy Andrews
  • Tammy Ingram
  • Tanya Somanader
  • Ted Kooser
  • Terri Evans
  • The Barnacle Goose
  • Thomas A. Bledsoe
  • Tiger Liliuokalani
  • Tim Oliver
  • Timothy Freeman
  • Timothy Hurst
  • Tom Baxter
  • Tom Crawford
  • Tom Ferguson
  • Tom Millsop
  • Tom Poland
  • Tom Walker
  • Travis Waldron
  • Travis Waldron & Pat Garofalo
  • Trevor Stone Irvin
  • Tricia Collins
  • Troubadour
  • Valerie Evans
  • Viveca Novak
  • Waldron, Somanader & Garofalo
  • Walter Rhett
  • Wanda Argersinger
  • Wayne Countryman
  • Wayne Johnson
  • We The People
  • Will Cantrell
  • Will Nelson
  • William Cotter
  • William Hedgepeth
  • Yana Kunichoff
  • Yasmin Vafa
  • Zack Beauchamp
  • Zack Ford
  • Zaid Jilani
  • Zaina Budayr




  • Writer Login


    Southern Storms

    Irene: ‘He had it coming!’

    by | 5 | Aug 30, 2011

    “You’ve got a weird brain, Cantrell. You really do. ”

    I’ve heard the above quote long enough so that I am beginning to think that my accusers may have a point. Well, at least some of the time. Nevertheless —and maybe it’s just me — but now that Hurricane Irene has come and gone, my brain is (still) left with three ongoing mysteries:

    When will the National Hurricane Center learn to properly name monster storms in the Atlantic Ocean? In the three day run-up prior to Hurricane Irene (later Tropical Storm Irene) hitting the East coast, various and sundry authorities spent a lot of time urging the 65 million or so Americans in the storm’s predicted swath to “…get the hell out, Irene is coming.”

    I have an Aunt Irene and I suspect that you do too (or you have an Aunt Sophie or Aunt Betty –you get my drift.) ‘My’ Irene is a veritable angel on Earth and just hearing her name makes me instantly think of “…come on over, I’ve got some milk and cookies waiting for you” not “get the hell out of Dodge.” It seems that the NHC, rather than use nice, calm-inspiring names such as Irene or Celeste or Jimmy or Malcolm, etc., would, instead use labels that would inspire urgency or downright fear: Badass or Beelzebub or Satan or Belligerent or some such. And besides, what self- respecting violent hurricane really wants to be named ‘Jimmy’? None that I’ve talked to recently.

    I’ve been ruminating and complaining about the Hurricane Center’s naming practices for awhile now, but nobody over there is getting the message. I’m sure that Aunt Irenes everywhere would like a new and different storm naming system. (My friend Katrina is still afraid to come out of her house.)

    Irene: "Yeah, I did it. I'd warned him. The guy had it comin!"

    Why do TV reporters not affected by the weather, insist upon weathering the storm? As the crow flies, Atlanta, Georgia is located roughly 610 miles inland from Irene’s nearest U.S. point of entry. Even when Irene was just a mild breeze around Cape Verde, it was predicted that the ATL would get nary a drop of rain as a result of the storm. Yet, one of the local intrepid weather-guys (our Channel 11’s new chief meteorologist) felt the need to report on the storm to the Atlanta viewing audience live from Kill Devil Hills, N.C. For three days no less! One only concludes that all unnecessary and profligate spending is not done by the government, Kim Kardashian, or first wives, but also by local TV stations looking for some kind of an edge.

    Going outside, in the elements to take part in hurricane festivities is ‘just askin for it’ in my book –just like Siegfried and Roy, the guys who make/made their living taunting Siberian tigers and other wild animals. Every time I see someone do this, I confess that part of me wishes for a flying stop sign or a wayward, uprooted tree trunk to come whizzing by at 175 miles per hour to take the offending weather guy with it off into oblivion. One of these times, say during Hurricane Tyrone, some weatherman (women usually have better sense) will be sloshing along the beach (i.e. showing off) and will be suddenly carried out to sea by a rogue 30-foot wave. ‘Course, I’m sure that he will be the posthumous recipient of the ‘He had it Coming to Him’ Award when they do that year’s local Emmys.

    When is mandatory really mandatory? Several big city mayors as well as more than a few state governors issued mandatory evacuation orders for citizens of their designated bailiwick just prior to Irene’s landfall. “Mandatory”, one said. “Get the hell out”, said another (Chris Christie, Republican governor of New Jersey.) “Saving lives is our first priority.”

    While there is no doubt that not every one of the 65 million denizens in Irene’s path left the premises, the authorities deemed mandatory flight necessary in the name of saving life, limb and the overall health of the populace. Funny, I didn’t hear one politician say one thing about Constitutional rights being violated because of the governmental mandate. I wonder why some of the same pols so concerned about everyone’s life, good health and well-being during Irene, were (and still are) so adamant against mandatory national health insurance, whose objective is to do the same thing?

    Just sayin’. Just askin’.

    ‘Course, maybe it’s just me.

    © Copyright 2011 Will Cantrell

    ###
    Will Cantrell

    Will Cantrell

    Will Cantrell (a pseudonym) is a writer, storyteller, and explorer of the milieu of everyday life. An aging Baby Boomer, a Georgia Tech grad, and a retired banker, Cantrell regularly chronicles what he swears are 'mostly true'  'everyman' adventures. Of late, he's written about haircuts, computer viruses, Polar Vortexes, identity theft, ketchup, doppelgangers, bifocals, ‘Streetification’, cursive handwriting, planning his own funeral and other gnarly things that caused him to scratch his head in an increasingly more and more crazy-ass world.   As for Will himself, the legend is at an early age he wandered South, got lost, and like most other self-respecting males, was loathe to ask for directions. The best solution, young Will mused, “was just to stay put”. All these years later, he still hasn't found his way but remains  a son of the New South. He was recently sighted somewhere close to I-285, lost, bumfuzzled and mumbling something about “...writing' his way home.” Of course, there are a lot of folks who think that “Cantrell ain't wrapped too tight” but hope that he keeps writing about his adventures as he finds his way back to the main highway.

     

    Print Friendly, PDF & Email

     

    • Now, I know you’re just funnin’, but that “mandatory” thing is serious business. ‘Cause that provision in the ACA was inserted as a courtesy to the Republicans, who came up with the idea, and then, true to form, used it as a hook to have the whole thing declared un-Constitutional. It’s a sort of poison pill, along the same lines as the limits on citizen spending on political activities in McCain/Feingold. Those were finally deep-sixed with the Citizens United decision, after gullible and law-abiding Democrats had been complying for years, while Republicans gifted each other with impunity.
      Let’s not forget that Dubya claimed a mandate in 2004 to hand all the money in the Social Security Fund over to Wall Street, where they were obviously running out of mortgages to slice and dice into derivatives and other “innovative” products (I knew when banks started talking about “products” that we were in trouble).
      “Mandate,” in conservative speak, is obviously short for “whatever I can convince some rube to do,” preferably by just tappin’ my toes.

    • erudite_recondite_eremite

      Will, I’ve felt the same thing about hurricane names many a time. A few years ago there was hurricane Felix that caused much damage in Central America. Felix means happy in Latin and is very close to the Spanish “feliz.” Now, who is going to evacuate for a hurricane named Felix?? “Daddy, can we go down to the beach and watch Felix the Happy Hurricane come ashore?” And Irene meaning irenic or peaceful -- give me a break! In addition to the names that you mentioned, the following too might cause a better evacuation rate for a Cat Four or Five storm: Jack the Ripper or Attila the Hun, and to get those in coastal Georgia or South Carolina to really skedaddle, there’s always the name Sherman!

    • Tim Oliver

      Hurricane Jimmy is pretty funny, actually. There was a Jimmy Buffett cover band in Savannah called Hurricane Jimmy and the Cosmic Pirates, long before Buffett cover band was an operative term. Jimmy was hurricane-like only if it was a large, slovenly, and disorganized storm, that stayed in the lower lattitudes. I did love his idea of a hangover cure which was to float in a rubber raft, in the mid-morning sun, just beyond the breakers, until sleep and sweat had taken care of things.
      Great article, Will, good to see you again !

    • Meg Gerrish

      Additional names for the list: Hurricanes JosMcCarthy and DCheney, obviously Hurricanes Hitler, Pol Pot and OBLaden. There’s a million of ’em. You’re right, Will! Why pick on the Katrinas and Irenes of the world when there are so many evil creeps to choose from?

      As a side note, there is a reporter in South Florida that I’ll call “Hank Tester” who goes wherever a storm is determined to land — he being the seasoned, intrepid and brave reporter, willing to risk life and limb, etc — and wherever he goes, you can GUARANTEE the storm will veer away, leaving him in the middle of the road, leaning into the breeze with nothing to report. Although he’ll manage a few words anyway. Keep an eye out. If Hank shows up, go ahead and remove the shutters, crack a cold one, you’re good.

    • Cliff Green

      Heck, WSB-TV sent Chief Meterologist Glenn Burnes up in an airplane to give viewers a look at how hurricane hunters work. His report aired on MONDAY, a full day after Irene exited the United States and had petered out in the Maritime Provinces. Now, that’s news!

  • Worthy of Comment






  • Health Care: U.S. vs. Canada



  • 'L-G-B-T' - James Corden
    Sings for Transgender Troops



  • "The Elections Are Rigged" Arnold Schwarzenegger On Trump, Congress, Gerrymandering

     

  •  
     
     
  • %d bloggers like this: