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Sunday, August 27, 2006

A Very Painful Day

The Kentucky crash of the Comair jet has saddened me too much to write. It is too soon to really know what went wrong, but it sounds as if the recent changes in runway access were probably the major factor, because apparently the crew had a day's layover. Let's hope a comprehensive safety review is done at that airport and others nationally. Safety is not a default condition, but the result of careful structuring of circumstances to prevent inevitable confusions from becoming fatal. May God keep those lost and console their loved ones.

At least Ernesto is weakening enough to give Haiti a break tonight. Here's hoping that holds for Cuba; neither nation can afford this:
REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT
THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 50 MPH...85
KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ERNESTO IS FORECAST TO STRENGTHEN AFTER
IT MOVES AWAY FROM SOUTHWESTERN HAITI AND IT COULD REGAIN HURRICANE
STATUS BEFORE IT REACHES THE SOUTH COAST OF EASTERN CUBA TOMORROW
MORNING.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES...185 KM
FROM THE CENTER.

Comments:
ed in texas

Doing my usual compulsive following of storm tracks; then as a curiosity go over and look at the weather forcasts at the farmers almanac...how the hell does he do that?
 
The winds. They set up a pattern.

Last year was a bad year because of the polar winds the year before, with all the winds whipping around the north like that. This year is a very different pattern.
 
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