Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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One of the most beautiful parts of the Texas Coast, which for such a huge coast line doesn't have a hell of lot of beautiful coast line, is the stretch from Port Aransas to Harligen. The reason why is simple, hurricane after hurricane comes ashore here each year, so you can't build refineries, raise cattle or do much else in a development kind of way. But it has it's good points - The area is full of wildlife and pristine naturalness, and is a photographer's delight, but I wouldn't want to be around when the old 'cane hits. Since the area is given over to the hurricanes and there is little in the way of public drainage projects, the flash floods are horrendous, the mosquito-ridden aftermath is a soggy mess, and the roads, and everything else are pretty much all under water. I think ole Ike is headed right for that area. The only populated area is Corpus Christi, but those people know when to GTFOOT.
Houston and Galveston see few hurricanes, but when they hit, they are usually mofo's. The hurricanes naturally want to head due west, but weather patterns can cause them to curl north, which means they will spend their last hours over the most shallow part of the Gulf of Mexico as the follow the coastline north, and shallow water is warmer than deep water, and the heat increases the intensity of the hurricane.
We have one disaster scenario that would be positively devastating for both the populace and the US economy - if the eye of a hurricane came in over the area known as The Jetties, which is where two penisulas meet to form the gateway to Galveston Bay, the surge would litterally lift up Galveston Bay, which is only about ten feet deep, and push it up into the three major rivers that empty into it, areas where millions of people live and where the heart of US gasoline production is located. After our murderous war in Iraq, if their is a God, we better hope he's not Allah.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address