Quite a storm at the moment, here’s our current weather forecast:
SOUTHERN LYNN CANAL- 400 AM AKST SAT NOV 14 2009 ...GALE WARNING THROUGH TONIGHT... .TODAY...S WIND 35 KT INCREASING TO 45 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 9 FT. RAIN IN THE MORNING...THEN RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. .TONIGHT...S WIND 35 KT DIMINISHING TO 25 KT LATE. SEAS 7 FT SUBSIDING TO 5 FT LATE. RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS. .SUN...S WIND 20 KT. SEAS 4 FT. SNOW SHOWERS. .SUN NIGHT...N WIND 20 KT. SEAS 4 FT. SNOW SHOWERS. .MON...N GALE TO 35 KT. SEAS 6 FT. RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS. .TUE...N GALE TO 35 KT. SEAS 7 FT. .WED...N WIND 25 KT. SEAS 5 FT.
Power went out around 7:30am, so decided to go tour the area. The entire town is in the dark. A power boat had broken loose in Aurora harbour and driven by the gale had pinned an also loose sailboat to the breakwater. Found a small leak at one window frame, and the cover to the stack from the boiler blew off – retrieved for safekeeping until things are calmer. Mother nature at her most powerful. Reminds me of my childhood in Oban, Scotland – same latitude, same storms.
Power came back on at 8:30am, good job AEL&P. Be interesting to find out what was the cause, and if the additional power from the new Lake Dorothy power station reduced the need to use backup diesel generators.
After watching 60 Minutes last Sunday on Sabotaging the System about the potential for hackers to get into computer systems that run crucial elements of the world’s infrastructure, such as the power grids, water works, etc., very thankful to be “off the grid” and reliant on hydro power which, given the amount of rainfall here, is a renewable resource.
No hot tub this morning – how fortunate I am to have this as my only complaint. The World Food Program states that, for the first time, a billion people are hungry and without food security. It has launched a campaign – a billion for a billion – to help raise funds for the starving.
Even though I believe that feeding hungry people is simply keeping them alive until the next crisis, and that such crises are nature’s way of controlling the human population explosion, from a humanitarian perspective how can one not contribute without being callous? The human dilemma: we can control neither our exploding population nor its consequences. Pass the word…… [Note: I earmarked my donations to “provide meals to more school children, especially girls, thus allowing them to stay in school.” It’s my belief that the best way to control population is by educating girls – not to mention ameliorating the over-abundance of testosterone that has produced our present climate of global violence.]