Hurricane Ike Before and After Photos; Ryder Cup Begins In Louisville(while I still have no electricity)

Hurricane Ike Radar Image At Landfall

Hurricane Ike Radar Image At Landfall

I’m not certain how much longer I am going to be updating Hurricane Ike Damage and such.  I’ll probably start limiting this to more interesting or new developments.  But, the map above should give those of you who are not familiar with the area and idea of where the hurricane struck and where the big surge was.  You’ve seen me post photos(Link..scroll down for all the pics and videos) from Crystal Beach, Gilchrist and High Island on Bolivar Peninsula and I’ve related how the eye of the storm went over the east end of Galveston Island and up Galveston Bay with the eye staying just east of Downtown Houston. The presented the area just to the east of the eye passage the maximum storm surge and winds.  Here are USGS Before and After photos from Bolivar Peninsula.  The contrast is stark and is a good illustration of the power of water.  Note the absence of even pilings from the houses.  From the damage photos, I have speculated that it is quite possible that not only did they get a 10-15 foot storm surge, but also a lot of wave action on top.  There are stretches where nothing is there. (Graphical Map of Crystal Beach Detailing Devastation) This area will be under inspection for quite some time, not just from structural and civil engineers trying to figure out how best to rebuild the area, but also by meteorologists.  The National Hurricane Center did a fly over of the region and all the way over to Lake Charles, LA to get a birds-eye view.  The SW Louisiana coast, about 100 miles east of landfall, in many cases reported higher surges than that experienced by the much stronger Hurricane Rita in 2005.  Here is the story about the NHC fly-over.

In the aftermath of the storm, there are scenes and stories that are pretty familiar.  Folks complaining about FEMA and other government agencies.  People are being blocked from returning to Galveston and there are still people on Bolivar Peninsula who refuse to leave. No water, no electricity, no food, no services and in many cases, no other buildings around.  Yet…they stay.  Not sure what they’re trying to prove.  Here is a link to a pile of videos of the latest stories coming out of Houston/Galveston.

Numerous videos from Houston/Galveston Aftermath of Hurricane Ike

In Louisville, we’re making progress.  By 5pm on Thursday, 180,000 customers had been restored their power while 121,000 remain in the dark.  Snow White and I remain in the stone age.  We spent the day sculling up the Ohio River.  The weather is just perfect.  Winds were nearly calm when we started and then picked up a bit from the Northeast.  But the wave action wasn’t too bad and there weren’t too many boats on the river….though the barge that came by was a challenge…one we both met as not only I beat the barge back to the refuge of the creek, but Snow White also muscled her way back to the friendly confines.  Actually, its the smaller run-about boats that cause the bigger wakes that present the problems.  The barges are usually of perhaps greater amplitude but much longer wave lengths.  Here is the story about 300 National Guard Troops who have now come to aid Louisville.  Here is access to links to some of the latest photos and stories cocerning the efforts and damage in the Louisville area.  Here is a story of how the storm affected agricultural interests.

The forecast for the weekend and the Ryder Cup looks great.  The mornings will be in the low 60’s and the highs in the mid 80’s.  Fair to partly cloudy skies will reign. 

The Ryder Cup: We’ve been talking about the Ryder Cup for some time now as it visits our fair (and partly dark) city.  I keep on waiting for the official sponsor to be Ryder Truck Rental. I mean, if the horse Big Brown could be sponsored by UPS, why not?  Corporate sponsors are everywhere messing up traditions.  But this tournamment is not so much about money as it is prestige.  It means about $115 million to the Louisville economy, which explains why the power needs of the tournament were quickly made whole…while I’m still in the dark.  But there is no prize money for the players who are used to playing for big paychecks.  It’s kinda nice to see professonal athletes playing for pride of country.

The history of the tournament is a bit muddled.  It is played every other year.  Originally it was a match between teams of the United States and Great Britain.  But, in the early 1970’s the tourney lost some of its luster because there were so many more top players from the US than the UK.  So, Jack Nicklaus came up with the idea that instead of having players born in the US and the UK, instead make it between players born in the US and Europe.  That made it much more competitive and in recent years, the Europeans have been dominating. 

There is one story that the original idea to pit the best American professionals against the best British professionals came from Inverness Club President Sylvanus P. Jermain in 1921.  Another says that it was first proposed by Golf Illustrated’s James Hartnett in 1920.  Either way, the first informal match took place in 1921 in Gleneagles, Scotland.  Another took place in 1926 before the British Open. In both instances, the Americans were trounced.    One of the spectators was English seed merchant Samuel Ryder.  He had tea after the 1926 match with some of the team members from both sides and it was decided to make the tournament a regular event and Ryder was assigned the duty of coming up with a trophy.  He donated a solid gold cup worth 250 pounds designed by the Mappin and Webb Company.  Ryder insisted that a golfing figure be put atop the cup with his friend and then world class British Golfer Abe Mitchell.  So that’s a good trivia question.  Jerry West was the model for the NBA logo, who was the model for the golfer atop the Ryder Cup? 

As for the name?  I suppose if you donate the cup, you get to name it for yourself.


One Response

  1. You are a veritable fount of useless information, sir! I’m kidding. I love trivia although I’m not much on golf to be honest.

    So, I guess the surge was much bigger and broader than anticipated if I am understanding correctly? You had been saying that the size of the storm would cause a surge over a larger area though before it even hit. Right again, Mr. Symon!

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