Bad news is that rain is not a real dominant feature in our forecast. Good news is that it will be fairly decent weather…still pretty warm but the humidity will be limited for a time. So, what is of interest in the weather? Well, there is a little system trying to develop about 450 miles east of the Windward Islands. A hurricane hunter will probably go investigate. On the satellite it looks like its getting its act together but I’m not seeing too much showing up on the models yet, though there may be one hinting at it being a southern guy like Dean was. But, it will take a while for the other models to pick up on it so we’ll have a better idea in the coming days. If it becomes a named storm, which is possible, it would be Felix.
On This Date In History: Really, it was fairly significant in many regards but the one that jumps out at me is the coincidental mark of progress for African Americans. In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the nations first African American Supreme Court Justice. Marshall had a distinguished career marked by his influence upon rulings regarding civil rights. On August 30, 1983 U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford became the first African American astronaut as he was a mission specialist on the 8th Space Shuttle flight, the first launched at night. Bluford was a graduate of Penn State with an Aerospace Engineering degree and later flew 144 combat missions in Vietnam. After flying in 3 more shuttle missions and logging over 700 hours in space, Bluford left NASA and became the vice president of an engineering firm in Ohio.
On August 30, 30 BC, Egyptian Queen Cleopatra took her own life. She had an incredibly sordid life that involved all sort of murder and mayhem as well as affairs with such luminaries as Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. Perhaps the cruelest blow came to Antony. Seems the future Octavius Caesar was on the march and had Antony on the ropes. Cleo fled to hide in a mausoleum. Someone goes and tells Antony that she was dead. Distraught, Antony falls on his sword. As he lay dying from the self inflicted wound, a messenger arrives and says “uhh…General…we made a mistake…Queen Cleo is not dead, she’s just hiding.” In the words of Maxwell Smart, the guy probably said, “sorry about that Chief.” So, what does Cleo do? When Octavian arrives on the scene, she tries to seduce him! Well, that tactic worked with Julius and Marc, but perhaps she had passed her prime because Octavian would have none of it. So, she killed herself.
The photo above is from a 1917 film titled Cleopatra. Clever name. It was a silent movie starring the pictured Theda Bara as Cleo and the unforgettable Thurston Hall as Antony, also pictured above. She is considered to be Hollywood’s first “fabricated” star as studios made up all sorts of stuff to boost her popularity. They said her name was an anagram for “Arab Death” as she often portrayed vampiress-like roles. If anyone cared to look it up they would find she in fact was raised in a rather humble Jewish household in Cincinnati. She was the first to deliver the line “kiss me, my fool” though it has been misquoted in popular culture as “kiss me, you fool.”
As you can tell…boring weather brings forth all sorts of randomness of useless information.