Dean slipped farther and farther south on its trek across the Caribbean…at least the forecast did…it really moved almost due west as the ridge over the SE US, the same one that’s heating us up, expands and gets fatter. As it does, it prevents the storm from turning right. Its a strong high and has to be to some degree for it to overcome the Coriolis force. I should think its about at equilibrium because the storm has pretty much gone due west meaning that its attempt to turn right is met with an equal force from the right and the result is a straight line in between. All bodies moving on a fairly large scale in the northern hemisphere want to turn right..that is a result of the Coriolis force which is brought about by the spinning of the earth. The water going down the drain is not affected by the Coriolis force….its too small of a scale. Dean should regain some strength and go to Vera Cruz. It wont be a big bopper again but will still be formidable. The Mexican government has removed some 14000 oil field workers from the Bay of Campeche but I guess that the global markets didn’t know there is a significant supply of oil from the Southern Gulf because the oil prices don’t seem to be affected too much. ..but I bet local gas stations will react accordingly.
On This Date in History: Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959…but the new flag with the 50th star wasn’t official until 1960. Guess the Betsy Ross’s of the day were a bit slow. In 1920, Christopher Robin was born. Not the character but the kid who was the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh’s buddy. He was the third child of AA Milne and Daphne Milne born in London. In 1925, they bought a farm in Sussex, UK next to a 100 acre wood and about that time, Christopher had accumulated a number of stuffed animals to go along with his first, a small bear that he received when he was about one. This inspired AA Milne and he gained great success as a writer. Now, my mother had visions of me being like Christopher Robin. I always thought the portrayal on the TV specials was like a girl. We lived in California and we had a canyon with rattle snakes and coyotes. We played there and dug underground forts, played war and had dirt clod fights. I don’t think Chris could have hung with me and my friends.