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The above map is the graphic put out by the National Weather Service for Sunday morning. Our forecast called for an official low of 39. It would appear that they chose 36. Whatever. We’ll see who wins when its all tallied up by the final analysis on Sunday night. Anyway, what I found curious was that a frost advisory was put out for counties east of I-65. This is an extremely shallow layer of cold air but it seemed like to me that much of the area, including the west and north will fall at least to the mid 30’s which will be pretty close to the dewpoint. I’m not certain why the western and northwestern parts of teh viewing area were not included. Anyway, Sunday we’ll warm to the mid to upper 60’s, low 70’s on Monday followed by a weak front Monday night that will bring clouds but not much of a rain threat. The clouds go away on Wednesday and then a disturbance comes up from the Southwest bringing clouds and rain for Thursday and Friday.
Virgin Islands/Puerto Rico Earthquakes: While we were focused on Hurricane Omar and the danger it posed to the Islands of the northeastern Caribbean on the surface, mother nature was shaking things up from below. I was snooping on Saturday night at the geological data from around the world and came across a whole bunch of earthquakes between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It would appear that they are aftershocks from a 6.1 earthquake (AP story) on Saturday October 11. (Here is the USGS Data) It was the biggest earthquake in Puerto Rico in 20 years and was exactly 90 years since a big quake on October 11, 1918 that killed 118 in Puerto Rico’s worst earthquake. If there are any folks on the American
protectorate that have such earthquake history in their minds, I’m sure that it was a bit unnerving. Funny how that events such as this seem to fly under the news radar. Guess the press only like death and destruction. In any event, it wasn’t bad enough that these folks were staring in the teeth of a 125 mph hurricane, they were also in the midst of a bunch of aftershocks of around 3.0 rattling the nerves. Here is a link to the associated map so that you may investigate recent earthquake information, if you choose. Here is a link that tells you all about the Puerto Rico Trench and the associated Bunce Fault, on which this earthquake occurred. The trench was recently determined to be the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of some 5.2 miles.
On This Date in History: This was not a good day for European Generals. On this date in 1781, British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered his 8000 soldiers and sailors to American and French forces at Yorktown, VA to effectively bring the American Revolution to a close. (Details here) Basically, Cornwallis had had a rough go of it in North Carolina and went to the Virginia Coast so that he could try to maintain supply lines with General Clinton in New York. But, he messed up by putting his back to the James River leaving no real way to escape. General Washington took advantage of the situation by ordering the Marquis de Lafayette to position is forces in Virginia in such a way as to block any escape of Cornwallis by land. Washington took his 2500 men and joined forces with the 4000 French under Count de Rochambeau and they mounted an attack on Cornwallis. Now, Chuck was certain that a British Fleet would come to his rescue but that was thwarted by a superior French Fleet that lay in wait off the Virginia Coast. With his position completely hopeless, Cornwallis surrendered, the Americans won and the rest is history. But, Cornwallis was such a weasel that he did not personally surrender his sword. He sent his second. Upon seeing this, General Washington refused to take the sword, instead instructing his second to do the honors. Just remember this: had it not been for the French, we may still be paying homage to a King. But, lest we forget….we’ve been paying back the French our debt of gratitude ever since.
Too bad for Napoleon that the United States was in no position to help him out on this date in 1812. It was on October 19, 1812 that the Emperor began his retreat from Russia. (More detailed History-click here) He had taken a massive army to invade Russia but was outsmarted. Instead of fighting the far superior force, the Russians retreated in a scortched earth policy. When the French got to Moscow, they had expected to resupply but instead found a smoldering, deserted city. Napoleon was forced to retreat and on the way, he was harrassed by hit and run tactics. Then came the Russian winter. By the time the French got back to Paris, Napoleon had lost 400,000 men. I don’t think he spent the $15 million he got from the Americans from the Louisiana Purchase very wisely.