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Hurricane Jeanne Survival Lessons
Posted Update 3 below (See all my hurricane entries here.) We have had way too much adventure around here (Orlando) recently. Three hurricanes in a six week period is pretty much enough for everyone for the next decade or so. At work, we joke about going around to all the "Florida - The Sunshine State" signs at the state welcome centers and changing them to read "Florida - We're Over It" instead. You really come to appreciate the small comforts of life when your bathroom fan has no power. As with ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 29, 2004 6:52 PM

Plylox Clip Installation/Removal Tips
I still do not really like these things as I describe in my Frances Survival post, but I have learned a few things about putting up large plywood shutters using Plylox clips. (See all my hurricane entries here.) Since I have not had time to implement my barrel bolt plan, I had to refine my installation technique. Putting up a large shutter is cumbersome. I have four that are large. Installation is greatly eased if you add a handle to the outside of the shutter. My simple handles consist of a length ......

Posted On Saturday, September 25, 2004 9:32 PM

Hurricanes Just Keep Coming
OK, enough now. Our little slice of Florida here near Orlando will shortly be hit by our third hurricane of the year. The outer rain bands are moving across the area now. We got hit by Hurricanes Charley and Frances, then were faked out by Hurricane Ivan. We were sorry (in a sickly happy way) that the Florida panhandle got whacked by Ivan. Now, we have Hurricane Jeanne approaching. The sad fact is that many fewer people are evacuating for this storm than for previous ones. I hope those staying are ......

Posted On Saturday, September 25, 2004 4:44 PM

Long-term Hurricane Lessons
After the storms, we have come across some additional long-term lessons. Update 1: Test your computer UPS batteries. One of mine failed quickly during the first hurricane and did not let me do a controlled shutdown. They have all been replaced. Update 1: Do not underestimate the effects of stress. Florida has been the 2004 target, and people are beginning to think every hurricane is going to try to fit through their window. The easiest thing to ease this appears to be simply talking about it and ......

Posted On Thursday, September 16, 2004 6:55 PM

Nautical Terminology: Splice the Main Brace
A sailing ship's rigging was a favorite target during sea battles, since destroying the opponent's ability to maneuver or get away would put you at obvious advantage. Therefore, one of first the things tended to after a battle was the repair of broken gear, and the repair of the sheets (lines - not "ropes" - that adjust the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind) and braces (lines passing through blocks and holding up sails). The main brace was the principal fore-and-aft support of ......

Posted On Saturday, September 11, 2004 10:44 AM

Clippy Resurrected

Oh ... my ... God --- please save us!

Clippy has a blog.  ;-)

Posted On Saturday, September 11, 2004 10:26 AM

Welcome to the Hurricane Blog
Well sort of, but I have been distracted by external events for the past couple of weeks. Check out all of my hurricane related posts here. Work and weather defense has been keeping me away from almost everything else. Now, a third hurricane (Ivan) is approaching. This too we shall survive, but I wanted to make some comments for those of you who are not in the state. I would not necessarily accuse the news media of lies, but they exist to attract your eyeballs, so they tend to exaggerate and sensationalize ......

Posted On Friday, September 10, 2004 10:10 PM

Hurricane Terminology: Then and Now
The Orlando Sentinel (subscription required) staff has too much time on their hands and has again created yet another comparison of experiences in our hurricane-drenched world. Four weeks ago today Hurricane Charley swept through Florida, and the tropics have remained in attack mode ever since, in the form of Frances and Ivan. Can anybody remember what life was like B.C. (Before Charley)? For sure, the last month has changed our view of certain things in our blustery world. Spare batteries Then: ......

Posted On Friday, September 10, 2004 9:24 PM

Hurricane Frances Survival Lessons
Added Update 4 below. See more hurricane entries here. When you have two hurricanes in three weeks, you are bound to come across new challenges. We are preparing for Hurricane Ivan at the moment. While Charley and Frances made it “X makes the spot,” Ivan will make it an “asterisk.” (Update 3: I was wrong about the location, since Ivan whacked Pensacola instead.) My post on Hurricane Charley Survival Lessons is a good place to start your reading. Here are some additional items ......

Posted On Thursday, September 9, 2004 8:49 PM

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