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Media Hurricanes and Real Hurricanes

After living in a hurricane prone region, many of us here have developed a new casual two-name system for hurricanes. When you see lots of clouds and rain, but no well-formed eye, you are usually in for what we call a "media hurricane" - dangerous somewhat, but mostly rain with windspeeds much lower then the exaggerated estimates of the media, who love to take the highest wind reading, many times a reading taken at three miles of altitude, and then scream it in headlines as if the entire storm was going to deliver it. The big threat is flooding, but very little of what real hurricanes do - knock buildings down and kill everything in its path.

Real hurricanes are something that is just another hurricane for the media to scream about, and it is this irreponsible sensationalism that causes the unwary to not fully comprehend the hand that fate is about to deal them, which can lead to them missing a chance to get the fuck out of town when a real hurricane is on it's way.

Hurricane Ike is a real hurricane. Unlike shitty little (and much-hyped) Gustav or pissy Hanna, it has perfect form, a driving central energy, and is the perfect picture of nature's horrendous buzz-saw form on the satellite pics. As it enters the shallow warm waters of The Gulf, it will become a monster. If you live in it's path, my advice is to GTFOT.

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After living in a hurricane prone region, many of us here have developed a new casual two-name system for hurricanes. When you see lots of clouds and rain, but no well-formed eye, you are usually in for what we call a "media hurricane" - dangerous somewhat, but mostly rain with windspeeds much lower then the exaggerated estimates of the media, who love to take the highest wind reading, many times a reading taken at three miles of altitude, and then scream it in headlines as if the entire storm was going to deliver it. The big threat is flooding, but very little of what real hurricanes do - knock buildings down and kill everything in its path.

Real hurricanes are something that is just another hurricane for the media to scream about, and it is this irreponsible sensationalism that causes the unwary to not fully comprehend the hand that fate is about to deal them, which can lead to them missing a chance to get the fuck out of town when a real hurricane is on it's way.

Hurricane Ike is a real hurricane. Unlike shitty little (and much-hyped) Gustav or pissy Hanna, it has perfect form, a driving central energy, and is the perfect picture of nature's horrendous buzz-saw form on the satellite pics. As it enters the shallow warm waters of The Gulf, it will become a monster. If you live in it's path, my advice is to GTFOT.
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Amen to that.
I've seen worse thunder storms hit Ohio and Ky than Hanna. The flooding in the barrier islands gets pretty bad. But when the Ohio river floods Cincy, and No. Ky. it's just as bad. Ike looks like it's gonna hit hard.

I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.
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The media called for high winds and 3-5" of rain,, we got 15 hrs. of an easy steady rain ,total of 1.4" and a 20 mph breeze for about 15 minute as it exited the area.


Hardly any kind of tropical storm.
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