I saw an interview the other day with meteorologist Dr. Jeff Masters, and he noted that while they had the track of the storm right, they still need to collect more data to learn how to forecast intensity – and that takes money, the kind everyone wants to cut now:
Better intensity forecasts of hurricane are possible, but it will take a large investment in hurricane research over an extended time to do that. Such an effort is underway; we are currently in year three of a ten-year program called theHurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP), funded at just over $1 million per year.
The goals of the HFIP are to reduce the average errors of hurricane track and intensity forecasts by 20% within five years and 50% in ten years with a forecast period out to 7 days. In an interview I did last fall with the leader of the project, Dr. Frank Marks of NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, he expressed to me optimism that the program could meet its objectives, provided it remains fully funded. Some of the experimental computer models developed by HFIP have done very well so far during the 2011 hurricane season, so I see reason for optimism, too. Continue Reading »
The shelter here in town has run out of funds to help clients buy furniture and housewares, so if you have anything like that you might consider calling your local domestic abuse or homeless shelter. Our local community support program has a new kitchen but no kitchen stuff – another place to think about in your community.
Volunteering labor would be great, too. Shelters have plumbing and electrical wiring and things that need to be nailed in place or tilled up or whatever.
42-year-old Michael Allison of Illinois could spend the rest of his life in prison for recording police in public. He faces five counts of eavesdropping, a class one felony. Of course, the police are allowed to video people in public with impunity.
The Illinois Assistant Attorney General has joined the case and told the judge that citizens do not have the constitutional right to record police.