On This Date in History: Tourism has been a staple of business for centuries. Today, it’s even the basis of many smaller country’s economies. People from the United States go all over the world and people from all over the world come visit the USA. Lately, there have even been a few folks who have ponied up about $20 million to take a vacation on the International Space Station. Who says that the Russians aren’t capitalists. Anyway, as I said, it’s been a popular trade for quite some time. But, sometimes, it doesn’t go so well as planned. I’m sure everyone has a story from their worst vacations ever.
Well, as it turns out, lousy vacations aren’t new either. Perhaps the worst idea of tourism began on this date in 1536 when British sea captain Richard Hore organized a new pleasure cruise and set sail. At that time, cruises to the Mediterranean and other warm climates were fairly common, though sometimes they disguised these little excursions as pilgrimages. I guess they had to pull one over on the church or the king or something. Anyway, these cruises gave Captain Hore a great idea. If people liked to cruise to the Mediterranean, just think how much they would like to take a pleasure cruise to the New World! Talk about a man ahead of his time….Columbus had just
discovered America 38 years before and the first English settlement wasn’t established in Jamestown until 1607. The Mayflower didn’t land at Plymouth Rock until 1620, though the Spanish and Portuguese had been running around the Caribbean. But never mind all of those details….Captain Hore was the first to see potential profit in getting people to visit a newly discovered continent. A chance to get away from it all!
So, Hore hired two ships, William and Trinity, and announced a sightseeing tour all the way across the Atlantic. If you’ve ever seen the size and accomodations of the ships of the day, then you know it hardly would compare to pleasure cruises today. In fact, I’m not sure what would be pleasurable about sailing on such ships with a bunch of strangers for so many days as you are packed in like sardines with so little privacy at the privee or anywhere else. Nevertheless, 120 people took the bait and forked over prices set so high as to make Captain Hore a Pirates Treasure. Among the 120 were 30 “gentlemen.”
It didn’t start out too well as when they got to New Foundland, one of the ships ran out of provisions. The passengers, who paid all of that money, began to starve along with the crew. So, they tried to live off of the land and scavange herbs and roots. Some pleasure cruise, huh? Then one guy went and killed another one so that he might have a little feast….yes, a cannibal was on board. (here’s more details from a scholar) I guess others thought it was a pretty good idea or the one cannibal told the others what a tasty meal it was because, one by one, others began to mysteriously disappear.
Captain Hore found out and decided it was time for a sermon, which he preached concerning the deplorability of cannibalism. He concluded by asking everyone to “please abstain from it in the future.” That night, a French ship unwittingly made its way into the harbor. The Englishmen promptly climbed aboard and seized the ship like so many Somali Pirates.
When they got back to Europe, none of the survivors faced any punishment. King Henry VIII paid the French for the hijacked vessel after the marooned Frenchmen somehow made it back in the rotting English ship. They had been left behind with no provisions. Yet..again…no one was charged with piracy or anything. And another thing that is curious is that none of the survivors, including Captain Hore, ever explained why they could not have survived on New Foundland’s waters that teemed with fish nor why they could not have subsisted on the abundant game, instead of each other. In any event, I think tourism to the New World was probably set back a century or two following the first “pleasure cruise.” No word on whether any of the tourist got a refund.
Weather Bottom Line: Looks like officially we had 1.21″ of rain on Sunday and the rain in the morning I think did what I had thought might happen which was to sap the energy from the atmosphere and there just wasnt’ enough dynamics or any forcing to speak of to create the storms that the GFS was insisting upon. Looks like to me a pretty fair chance for rain on Monday and Tuesday with at the very least scattered showers and t’storms. I should think that the stuff on Monday afternoon would have the best chance for erupting into something of note, especially if we get any amount of sunshine. The air aloft will be pretty cold so even though we may only get to the low 60’s, that may be enough to destablize the atmosphere. Should that occur, some gusty winds may be drawn down in storms with maybe even some small hail. I think the biggest change in what I’m looking at is that the rain chances should come down a bit earlier than I had earlier thought…probably before sunrise on Wednesday. After that we slowly come out of the bucket with low to mid 60’s on Wednesday up to near 80 by Friday.
DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK CORR 1
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1246 PM CDT SUN APR 19 2009
VALID 201200Z – 211200Z
…THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS MON AFTN ACROSS PARTS OF THE
MID/SOUTH ATLANTIC COAST STATES…
CORRECTED FOR TYPOS
MODELS REMAIN CONSISTENT WITH AMPLIFICATION OF UPPER FLOW PATTERN
INTO DAY 2…MAINTAINING A RIDGE IN THE WEST AND LONG WAVE TROUGH
OVER THE ERN HALF OF THE U.S. THE ERN TROUGH WILL DEEPEN ON MONDAY
WITH A CLOSED LOW FORMING ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES/OH VALLEY AS
ADDITIONAL MID LEVEL IMPULSES DIG SEWD THROUGH THE UPPER MS VALLEY.
COMPACT SHORT WAVE TROUGH…CURRENTLY LOCATED ACROSS THE OZARK
PLATEAU…IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN SIGNIFICANTLY ON MONDAY AS THIS
FEATURE TRACKS NWD FROM OH INTO ONTARIO. MEANWHILE…AT LEAST WEAK
HEIGHT FALLS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE SRN AND MIDDLE ATLANTIC COASTAL
STATES AS THE ERN TROUGH UNDERGOES DEEPENING.
IN THE LOW LEVELS…A SURFACE LOW IS EXPECTED TO TRACK NWD FROM ERN
IND/WRN OH INTO LOWER MI. TRAILING COLD FRONT WILL MOVE EWD
REACHING WRN PARTS OF VA/NC/SC DURING THE AFTERNOON…AND THEN
PROCEED TO ERN PA AND TO FAR ERN NC BY 12Z TUESDAY. NAM REMAINS
CONSISTENT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SECONDARY LOW ALONG THE WRN
PIEDMONT REGION OF SWRN VA LATE MONDAY MORNING/EARLY AFTERNOON.
THIS LOW WILL TRACK NEWD TOWARD SERN PA ALLOWING AN E-W BOUNDARY
RESIDING OVER NRN VA TO DELMARVA EARLY IN PERIOD TO RETURN NWD AS A
…MID/SOUTH ATLANTIC COAST STATES…
MODELS REMAIN CONSISTENT WITH THE SCENARIO FOR DAY 2 ACROSS THIS
REGION AS A MID LEVEL DRY SLOT SPREADS EWD RESULTING IN CLEARING
SKIES IN THE WAKE OF MORNING CLOUDS/PRECIPITATION. THIS WILL ALLOW
FOR CONSIDERABLE SURFACE HEATING ACROSS THE PIEDMONT OF THE
CAROLINAS INTO VIRGINIA…AND POSSIBLY SWD INTO SERN GA. MODEST
RETURN FLOW OFF THE ATLANTIC WILL CONTRIBUTE TO LOW-LEVEL MOISTENING
ALONG AND EAST OF THE DEVELOPING LEE SURFACE TROUGH/APPROACHING COLD
FRONT. THIS COMBINED WITH THE SURFACE HEATING BENEATH STEEPENING
MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES WILL SUPPORT MLCAPE 500-1000 J/KG ACROSS THE
WARM SECTOR. TSTMS WILL BE POSSIBLE ALONG THE LEE TROUGH AND COLD
FRONT WITH STORMS MOVING NEWD ACROSS THE SLIGHT RISK AREA THROUGH
THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. STRONG DEEP LAYER SHEAR WILL BE
SUPPORTIVE OF ORGANIZED STORMS WITH SUPERCELLS POSSIBLE.
THIS OUTLOOK HAS EXTENDED THE SLIGHT RISK WWD INTO THE WRN PIEDMONT
REGIONS OF SWRN VA/WRN NC DUE TO GREATER SURFACE HEATING AND TIMING
OF COLD FRONT INTO THIS REGION. SIMILAR EXTENSION WAS ALSO MADE
SWWD INTO SERN GA.
…EAST OF THE MID MS VALLEY INTO THE LOWER OHIO VALLEY…
LOW LEVEL MOISTURE WILL BE GENERALLY WEAK ACROSS THIS REGION ON
MONDAY. HOWEVER…SURFACE HEATING…COUPLED WITH STRONG MID-LEVEL
COOLING /500 MB TEMPS COOLING AOB -28C/ IN THE EXIT REGION OF AN
APPROACHING 70-90 KT NORTHWESTERLY 500 MB JET STREAK…ARE EXPECTED
TO CONTRIBUTE TO WEAK DESTABILIZATION/CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT. THE
PRESENCE OF A DEEP MIXED BOUNDARY LAYER WITH CAPE EXTENDING THROUGH
THE FAVORABLE MIXED PHASE LAYER FOR CHARGE SEPARATION SUGGESTS TSTMS
WITH SMALL HAIL AND STRONG WIND GUSTS ARE POSSIBLE. SOME OF THESE
COULD APPROACH OR BRIEFLY EXCEED SEVERE CRITERIA.