What you saw falling from the sky on Tuesday afternoon is called rain. We’ll end up getting perhaps an inch of rain or so by the time this is all said and done with late Wednesday, followed by dry conditions through the weekend. It’s the first time we will have seen that much rain since the end of July. Going from North to South, the area is in an abnormally dry situation to a moderate drought to a severe drought situation. After an excess of rain from February through May, we’ve been running a deficit every month since then. It’s not too unusual for dry conditions in the Midwest and the results can be catastrophic. On This Date In History in 1871, Chicago burned.
The fire began at near 9pm near the home of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary’s home at 137 De Kovan Street. Now, the truth is that no one knows how it started. I’ve read some analysts who claim a comet is responsible. I’m sure they probably looked for evidence behind the grassy knoll. Anyway, it doesn’t matter what the truth is because Mrs. O’Leary’s cow got credit in song and lore for kicking over a lantern that started a small fire that quickly grew. The true mystery is why Mrs. O’Leary got blamed for owning the cow and not Mr. O’Leary.
Anyway, it was exceedingly dry in Chicago which goes to show that hot and dry conditions in October are not exclusive to the modern global warming time. It also shows what fire can do in dry conditions as it burned for 3 days. Firefighters from Nebraska and Kansas responded and it must have been fueled by pretty good southwesterly winds because the O’Leary’s home was in the Southwestern part of the city and within 90
minutes it was racing out of control toward the city’s center. Upwards of 300 people were killed and 18,000 buildings were razed. 100,000 were left homeless. Buildings were made of wood, the sidewalks were made of wood. The city sported a population of 340,000 and was 18 square miles. If it were some ominous comet whatever message it was supposed to be sending was ignored because by 1893, the city had grown to nearly 1.5 million people, or about 5 times as many as had been on hand for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Here’s the kicker. The O’Leary’s home was left relatively unscathed. The wind blew the fire away from the home.
Let’s hope we don’t have the Great Louisville Fire of 2008. I wonder whom would get blamed if that happened? There aren’t too many cows hanging around Louisville, except in Butchertown.
Global Warming can Kill you!!! More gloom and doom from the fight against Global Warming. Earlier this year I told you about a report claiming that Global Warming caused Delusional Behavior. (CLICK HERE) Now, this article lists a bunch of diseases that are supposed to be spread by Global Warming. (CLICK HERE) Please note…these killer diseases have been prevalent around the Globe for centuries and have been spread way before anyone know what Global Warming was even about. So far, no one has blamed Global Warming on the common cold, but there’s always tomorrow!!
Tropical Depression Marco: Tropical Storm Marco moved on shore and is fading fast. The last report that I posted noted that it covered an area about the size of Delaware. I suspect that it affected a much smaller area.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION MARCO DISCUSSION NUMBER 6
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL132008
500 PM EDT TUE OCT 07 2008
MARCO’S SATELLITE PRESENTATION HAS DEGRADED RAPIDLY SINCE THE CENTER MOVED INLAND OVER MEXICO THIS MORNING. THE INITIAL INTENSITY IS LOWERED TO 30 KT AND MARCO IS NOW A TROPICAL DEPRESSION. CONTINUED WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AS THE CENTER TRACKS GENERALLY WESTWARD OVER THE VERY HIGH TERRAIN OF CENTRAL MEXICO…AND MARCO IS EXPECTED TO DISSIPATE TONIGHT OR EARLY WEDNESDAY. STILL…THE REMNANTS OF MARCO ARE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE HEAVY RAINS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING OVER EASTERN PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MEXICO DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INITIAL 07/2100Z 19.9N 97.1W 30 KT
12HR VT 08/0600Z 19.9N 97.9W 25 KT…INLAND
24HR VT 08/1800Z…DISSIPATED
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