27 Aug '11, 10am

Good Morning Irene

Good Morning Irene

Hurricane Irene Beaufort, North Carolina Coordinates: 34°43′15″N 76°39′9″W It’s 4AM on Saturday and I’m up early. When you can’t go back to sleep in the 21st century you turn the on computer, then the news. According to NOAA, and verified visually on Google Earth, Hurricane Irene is centered at 33.7N and 77.5W which puts it in position to munch Beaufort, North Carolina just a degree or so north and west at 4°43′15″N 76°39′9″W according to Wikipedia. A degree of latitude is about 69 miles and NOAA tells me that the Lady is moving north at 12 knots, which means landfall in a few hours. As you can see, this is a monster of a storm stretching up the east coast from the Carolinas to New York and beyond. Not much more than a century ago my knowledge of such an event would have been constrained by distance (I’m in Southern Ohio over 500 miles away) and time, I would have to wait ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/27/good-morning-irene/

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