It’s comin’ right for us!

Hurricane Ike predicted tracks, going right through where we live as of 20080912T100000
(Click image for’s interactive “Wundermap”…)

Actually, looking more closely at the picture there I think we may be slightly further west than it indicates, but it’s still very likely we’ll end up losing power for a while sometime tonight, but I still am going to try to get a post up for the Giant’s Shoulders blog carnival – I’ve got the paper picked out and read, I just need to do a write-up before I go to bed tonight. Currently it looks like the winds shouldn’t get TOO bad until late tonight/early-tomorrow-morning so we ought to have power long enough…

Yes, there’s a disturbingly severe hurricane “Comin’ right for us!” and I’m worrying about posting about a classic scientific paper before the blog-carnival deadline while I still have power. How’s THAT for dedication?

First we need to move stuff inside, though. I don’t want The Ascospore getting blown away…

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6 thoughts on “It’s comin’ right for us!”

  1. Yes, you are the perfect example of dedication! Part of me wishes that I could experience a hurricane like that, and the rest of me recognizes just how idiotic an idea like that is!

    Hope you make it through in one piece!

  2. I guess that means that the boat you are building goes inside as well as cars in the garage. What about your rv? What a terrible welcome to Texas! After this you should be ready for anything. Make sure you charge up your cellphones! Is your stove gas or electric? If it’s electric, I guess you’ll be eating cold dishes for a (hopefully) short time. Let us know how you survive. If you’ve got a webcam, we’d be interested in what it looks like before you lose power,of course.

  3. I was hoping to experience it just close enough to get a bunch of rain but not so close that we’d have too much wind. As it is, the current prediction on has us getting gale-force (50mph+) winds all night before tapering off sometime tomorrow afternoon.

    The Ascospore (come on, that’s a perfect name for a tandem sit-inside kayak, isn’t it?) and the pirogue-in-progress are already inside, and the stuff on the porch has been either tied down or put in the garage, and the backyard swinging chair has been taken down. We don’t have a gas stove, but we’ve got a couple of cans of Sterno® and a big bag of charcoal briquettes…oh, yes, and a substantial amount of food that at least CAN be eaten without heating (canned ravioli at room temperature isn’t ideal, but it’s palatable.)

    The RV is the biggest worry – I did go and get everything that looked heavy, useful, or valuable out of it earlier, but it’s out in the open. It’s got a school bus parked on one side of it though, and it’s moderately well sheltered by trees, so hopefully it’ll be protected well enough. I did try to get it leveled carefully to help it stay upright, so we’ll see.

    We’re taking some pictures – I’ll try to take more. I don’t think I’ll have time to set up a live webcam this time around, but I may be able to get some audio/video fun going with my digital camera. If our cable provider doesn’t go out on us before the power does (and the power doesn’t go prematurely) I may even have time to post some pictures or something tonight. We’ll see.

    I’m REALLY hoping we don’t end up with any substantial damage or mess – if there’s not much to deal with on Monday morning, I’d love to get out on the lake and paddle around to look at the aftereffects from the water…

  4. You’re insane. And a nerd. And I’m actually a little jealous.

    Be safe. No setting up lightning rods to power your house off the grid or setting campfires in the living room to heat your ravioli. And get lots of photos.

  5. You might have to watch out for debris–trees, etc. but it would be nice to see what difference if any the storm makes. It sounds like you are really enjoying the kayak. It is good to see it well used. If it wasn’t so hard for us old people to get in and out, we would probably still have it here. The canoe is easier in that respect, though. We”l be watching the news and online. Stay safe.

  6. Hurricane Ike - Satellite View
    (Click for bigger version…)

    Wind’s up to about 20mph now here. I’ll be online until power and/or cable internet goes out, at least until bedtime.

    Still want to get one last post up tonight…

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