Remember Apollo 11? Iceland Won’t Forget Bertha, Media Won’t Forget Cristobal, Texas Shouldn’t Forget Dolly.



It still looks to be hot for the next couple of days, though rain chances will increase. There will probably be a few storms roaming about in the heat of the day today and more numerous tomorrow in the afternoon and more pointedly in the evening and overnight when a front eases through. The front will take the temperatures down a peg or two and also will flip flop around the region for much of the week, bringing us rain chances for several days. Here are the thumbnails for the Sunday and Monday SPC outlook. The northern fringe is in the slight risk for today with the entire area included from Monday morning through Tuesday morning.

On This Date In History: On this date in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin landed on the moon. Michael Collins was left behind in the command module (Columbia) orbiting the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin had landed in the Lunar Module (LEM) called the “Eagle” with but 1 second of fuel remaining. It was nearly a catastrophe. “Houston” was the first word ever spoken from the moon…a point of pride for Texans. The first seven words were, “Houston, Tranquility Base, the Eagle has Landed.” They had landed in the “sea of tranquility” on the moon, a name given to a region that appeared to have few craters or boulders. I’ll spare you more details and let you look it all up yourself.

But consider this….the earth spins at 1100 mph. The moon is 243,000 miles from the earth and rotates around the rotating earth in 28 day cycles. Space is 3 degrees Kelvin, or 3 degrees above absolute zero which is when all molecular activity stops. There is no atmosphere. It is the most inhospitable place for any human. There were no micro computers and not even calculators. In order to pull it off, calculations had to be extremely precise. The burning of the engines had to be down to the millisecond. All angles had to be exact as well as speed and acceleration. Any slight mishap would spell disaster. Engineers relied on slide rules and theory. Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin as well as all astronauts, even today, are extremely brave frontiersman. It is absolutely unimaginable what happened on this date in 1969. By all rights, it shouldn’t have happened. It is one of the few times that “Yankee Ingenuity” truly lived up to its billing. If you know physics, you know how remarkable this was…if you don’t…take my word for it, it was unbelievable.

Perhaps more unbelievable, my daughter was born on this date on the 25 year anniversary of America’s greatest triumph.

Is Dolly Developing? Maybe. Same story as previous. Here’s the latest on the guy in the Caribbean.

THE STRONG TROPICAL WAVE OVER THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA CONTINUES TO PRODUCE NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH WINDS TO GALE FORCE IN SQUALLS. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME INCREASINGLY FAVORABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT…AND THIS SYSTEM APPEARS LIKELY TO BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION OR A TROPICAL STORM WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS IT MOVES WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AT 15 TO 20 MPH TOWARD THE SOUTHERN GULF OF MEXICO. AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT IS SCHEDULED TO INVESTIGATE THIS SYSTEM LATER TODAY. REGARDLESS OF DEVELOPMENT… LOCALLY HEAVY RAINS WILL AFFECT PORTIONS OF WESTERN CUBA AND THE CAYMAN ISLANDS TODAY…AND THE YUCATAN PENINSULA TONIGHT AND MONDAY. INTERESTS IN THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE YUCATAN PENINSULA SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM. UPDATE:  Yes…we now have Dolly.  Dolly Discussion.

Bertha Looks to Bisect Iceland: Bertha is losing some steam and some tropical characteristics but not all that quickly. That is probably the most remarkable thing about this storm is that it is over water that is but 65 degrees and yet, still is somewhat tropical in nature. It is not overly remarkable that its going to Iceland. Storms often end up in mainland Europe but there’s a big fat high there that is preventing it from turning east so, Iceland it is! Here’s the discussion.

Cristobal To Bring Big Surf to Big Tony: Look for Cristobal to get some big headlines and a place in the national news. Not for it’s ferocity but for the fact that it will be along the east coast. It’s good to scare people in the media these days. Don’t be surprised to hear “what if this was a major storm” stories. Well, it’s not…probably won’t make hurricane. It will kick up the seas from Maryland to Maine and that’s about it. Maybe they’ll be surfing on the Jersey Shore with Pauly Walnuts and Tony Soprano hanging ten.  Here’s the discussion on Cristobal.

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