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Saturday October 7th 2017Tim Candler9


     The hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico might give us rain. It'll come up through Alabama and soon enough we'll be on the West side of the storm. Warm tropical air will mingle with some kind of colder clump type thing heading our way from somewhere near Chicago which gives us a chance at three to four inches of precipitation, and possible thunder storms, over the next couple of days, and this same clump type thing will persuade the storm to take a more easterly course toward New York State. At least that's my understanding of the Local Forecast Discussion on the NOAA page. Indeed it's so much easier just to look at the pictures, or graphics as they're called, instead of spending hours trying to get a better understanding of the bold explorations of science and new ways of imagining something that's always changing, like a restless poet it's a something that never stands still.



     Take for example Theta-E Advection. What does this mean? I'd hope to get a c- for effort on the test, but Theta-E is a prediction of the future temperature of air after it has been lifted from the ground toward the sky where the water vapor contained within it might have condensed, releasing heat and has fallen back toward sea level. Advection means a bit of air that's moved by wind rather than by changes in atmospheric pressure. So next time it's cool after a rain shower, if I can remember to, I will wax lyrical upon Theta-E predictions, and should there be anything like a hint of a chilly breeze after a rain shower on a distant horizon I'm going to go on a bit about Theta-E Advection. And no doubt there'll be those who raise the issue of "Telling it Like it Is" rather than this wishy-washy pompous liberal intellectual stuff.  But I won't care, I'll do my bit for Convective Inhibition, or quantifiable potential for a Thunderstorm, that always seems to define the political mood.



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