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Drive south

I always think of my friend Aaron when I hear this song, because he did a killer cover. John Hiatt:

Don’t get me wrong

The Pretenders:

September

Earth Wind & Fire:

Better things

The Kinks:

Leonard Pitts Jr.’s column was headlined “Democrats need to stand up to tea party.” I couldn’t agree more, but the semi-apologetic tone of his piece left me wondering what Pitts meant by “stand up…”

September gurls

Big Star:

Born this way

Lady Gaga:

Weather

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.
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It gets better

I don’t know if I’m the reason this got done, but I sent a request from a gay fan to my relative who works for the Phillies, she passed it along and now they’ve done it. Yay!

Zapped

Anyone can change voter files now — and they frequently do. Wheee!

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