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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    That sort of thing is going to happen when you build a city below sea level.....

    Case in point... The Galveston Hurricane.
    It wouldn't have happened at all if the levies had been properly constructed.

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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    It wouldn't have happened at all if the levies had been properly constructed.
    I dont think the levies would have caused the hurricane not to hit the gulf coast bordering states.

    Its not like the levies would have caused the storm to magically move somewhere else.

    There still would have been alot of damage... and deaths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    Really?? Tell that to the families of the 26 people that have died so far. I'll bet they think it was a pretty tragic event.
    I think u helped make his point that media was more concerned with "what if" the storm hits NY at this strength while it was hitting NC.

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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    Anyone remember Hurricane Floyd?
    As a matter of fact, I do. Hurricanes, along with tornadoes, hailstorms, windstorms, and any other type of destructive storm are how I make my living.

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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    As a matter of fact, I do. Hurricanes, along with tornadoes, hailstorms, windstorms, and any other type of destructive storm are how I make my living.
    Umbrella salesman?

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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

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    Umbrella salesman?
    No, galoshes.

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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    No, galoshes.
    ....essentially body armor for any tornado, especially an F5.

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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine
    That sort of thing is going to happen when you build a city below sea level.....

    Case in point... The Galveston Hurricane.
    Galveston is below sea level?

    Which Hurricane?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine
    I dont think the levies would have caused the hurricane not to hit the gulf coast bordering states.

    Its not like the levies would have caused the storm to magically move somewhere else.

    There still would have been alot of damage... and deaths.
    No, the levies wouldn't have prevented Hurricane Katrina, but if the levies had of held the damage and deaths wouldn't have been anywhere near as severe as it was, especially in the 9th ward.






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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    Turns out, it was essentially the prediction data that was off. The media simply responded to the information given.

    Weather forecasting is still a rather inexact science. There's an old saying that a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon can ultimately create a tornado in Texas. While that isn't entirely true, the point is that in a chaotic system such as weather, even a miniscule change in the initial conditions can have a huge effect on the eventual outcome. That's why weather forecasts more than three days out are highly unreliable, even with as much computing power as we have nowadays.

    That being said, I maintain my position that it is always better to overestimate a storm than to underestimate it.

    Just ask the residents of Vermont.
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    Re: Hurricane Irene: looking Like Major Disaster for Northeast

    The prediction data was pretty damned accurate, all told. Nailed the course, missed the intensity by about 10mph.

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