Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Key West Images Available

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Irma Prompts Postponement Of Planned Rocket Launch From Vandenberg AFB

Hurricane Irma isn’t just impacting the southeastern U.S.   The hurricane prompted the postponement of a planned rocket launch from Santa Barbara County.  The United Launch Alliance delayed its planned Thursday launch of an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The rocket was set to carry a classified military payload into orbit.  ULA officials say some key members of the launch team are from Florida, and they wanted them to be able to be with their families. Some team members also helped secure the company’s launch facilities at Cape Canaveral in Florida in advance of the hurricane.
 We live in an increasingly connected world.  Almost all for the good. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Precision vs Accuracy & Considering Confidence

The weather people are doing their best.  They are doing good.  They aren't perfect.  This time they are even on the edge of being called wrong.  That is not criticism.  It is the nature of both science and prediction.  The upper picture shows the Thursday projection and the storm now is not where it was supposed to be or when it was supposed to be.  Amazing job nonetheless.  We need more GEOS satellites.  We need more funding for weather research. 

Friday, September 08, 2017

Twofaced Napolitano

The University of California filed a lawsuit Friday against the Trump administration charging that the federal government’s efforts to sidetrack an anti-deportation program for young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally unconstitutionally violates the rights of the university and its students.

SacBee breaking story.  

“Neither I, nor the University of California, take the step of suing the federal government lightly, especially not the very agency that I led,” said UC President Janet Napolitano, former President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security director for four years.
Translation: "I should know better but this has never been about rule of law."  

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Oroville Finger Pointing Begins

The team of forensic experts, commissioned by the state Department of Water Resources to study the February crisis, issued a report saying the spillway failure was likely caused by long-standing problems with the drainage system underneath the dam’s concrete flood-control spillway. The experts said the once-a-year visual inspections of the spillway weren’t sufficient to find these flaws.
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