September 15, 2018: Florence. Within a 24-hour time span the "hurricane of the century" was downgraded from category 4 to category 1, maybe from category 3 to a category 1 -- but the downgrade was fast. Within hours after the eye hit the short it was downgraded to a tropical storm -- a rain storm.
Today, it looks like lots of rain but that's about all. Lots of flooding.
It sounds like they are even restoring electricity faster than anyone thought possible.
For all the money spent on conferences on global warming, it seems cities along the coast could have spent more money on flood control. Phoenix, Arizona, and other cities in the southwest US desert are routinely hit with monsoons, and they built an infrastructure to move that water to mitigate flooding as much as possible. Even the Romans (back at the time of Christ) had emissaria (plural of emissarium).
Two days ago I was under the impression this storm was going to be one for the record books -- either a category 5 or category 4.
Nearing land, it stalled and quickly went to category 3.
Now, the eye has still not hit landfall, according to google winds, and it's been downgraded to a category 1 storm.
A nothing burger. Except lots and lots and lots of rain. And flooding.
The meteorologists will again do what they can to keep us mesmerized ...
"With this storm, it's a (Category 1) but the storm surge and the flooding is going to be that of a category 4," CNN Meteorologist Jennifer Gray said Thursday night.
She said the momentum the storm has generated on its long trip across the Atlantic won't go away just "because the winds decrease a couple miles an hour."
While wind speeds dropped Thursday, forecasters reminded people that what makes Florence extremely dangerous are the potentially deadly storm surges, the expected mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall.
One huge rainstorm.
A sea of heartbreak.
Texas A&M Ranks President Obama As 5th Best President In US History
I know you will find this hard to believe. A Texas A&M study calls President Barack Obama the 5th best president in America.
Good research work by a fine institution.
OBAMA RATED 5th BEST PRESIDENT IN OUR HISTORY
From a total of 45 US Presidents: Obama is rated as the 5th best. The A&M's Public Relations Office released this statement. " Americans have rated President Obama the 5th best President ever."
These are the details according to Texas A&M:
1. Reagan and Lincoln tied for first2. Twentyfour presidents tied for second3. Seventeen other presidents tied for third4. Jimmy Carter came in fourth, andObama came in fifth.