I’ve sorta ignored Hurricane Rick simply because I knew it was being puffed up by the media. Yes, it was the 2nd strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Eastern Pacific and yes it was a category 5 hurricane. But, if you’ve ever been to Acapulco, then you know how cold the water is. There is a little thing called the California Stream, which much like the Gulf Stream, is an ocean current. The Gulf Stream takes warm water from the Gulf of Mexico and transports it all the way to England. I believe the Gulf Stream was first discovered by Ben Franklin. Well, the California Stream takes cold water from near Alaska and transports it equatorward and is why the waters off the California coast are so chilly. It tends to hug the Baja California coast and then down along the Mexican coast. The warm water is offshore. At times, hurricanes do travel north from off the Mexican coast and when they do, they run into the cold water and immediately start falling apart. If they are moving rapidly, they can still have a good kick to them at landfall in Baja or in Northwestern Mexico.
But, the once Mighty Rick was not moving all that fast and so as it moved across colder water, had no chance of survival as it was.As it stands now, the National Hurricane Center is issuing a discussion for Tropical Storm Rick. In any event, it will still be problematic for areas that it runs over, expecially with heavy rain. I would think that flooding in resorts and impoverished areas of Mexico alike will be the gravest threat. Now, moisture from Pacific hurricanes often makes its way into Texas, the plains and even the Ohio Valley of the US. But, in this case the moisture should get wrung out over the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico and any residual moisture will get swept up in a big trof that will dig deep into the nation and some may end up in south or east Texas..maybe the US Gulf Coast, but nothing overly significant, I should think.
On This Date in History: In America, it is said that sport has become a religion. When I lived in Birmingham, I went into an art store and saw a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest for $550. The busts of Jesus and Robert E. Lee went for $600. If you wanted one of Bear Bryant, you had to let go of $650. Now, in a number of churches you will often find stained glass windows. They can be quite beautiful and often depict scenes of religious significance. Sometimes a church may devote a section to the history of that particular church or something else related to the community. I’ve seen one Episcopal church with a whole series of windows showing the progression of the early history of the United States. But, I have never heard of a stained glass window devoted to the holiest of activities in America: sports.
Well, on this date in 1951, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral unveiled their stained glass window devoted to sports. In 1924, the daughter of the Episcopal Bishop of New York became enthralled with the Olympic games of that year. She somehow talked her father into devoting an entire window to…”the glory of sport.” Now, that may be a stretch regarding the term “glory” as it relates to divinity so it was no doubt a tough sell when trying to raise funds to install the grand window at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. So, who better to turn to than famed sports writer Grantland Rice. So, Rice did his best of persuasive prose when he wrote, “One of the main objects of both (sports and religion) is to build up the spirit of fair play, square dealing and clean living.” That argument seems a little thin to me.
Apparently it took a little more than hyperbole to raise the cash because the original design was altered. The modern sports figures captured in glass were shrunk to just a small area with the larger depictions reserved for biblical “athletes” like Elijah and Samson. To cap it off, the window was dedicated to Saint Hubert, who is the patron saint of hunting. Try to think of what sports figures of today would earn a place in your devine stained glass windows. I bet that NASCAR fans would insist upon Dale Earnhardt.
Weather Bottom Line: Another great day for Wednesday with temperatures moving into the low 70’s. On Thursday, a front approaches and clouds start to increase. Rain chances crescendo on Thursday night into Friday followed by dry but cool conditions again for the weekend with highs in the 50’s.