Monthly Archives: April 2007

Swiss Prepared For Nuclear Holocaust

Not only do they make nice watches and tasty chocolate, the Swiss are also pretty darn good and making fallout shelters. Seriously big fallout shelters. One of those weird things you rarely hear about, but apparently Swiss law requires fallout shelters on new homes. And the municipal governments provide mass fallout shelters as well – visions of underground bunkers, full of Swiss morlocks making watches and explosive chocolates for the Mad Max overworld come to mind.

Andersen AFB Cleanup

Hey, I know about this! I know several people that work for Shaw Environmental that are working on this project. They are cleaning up this old WWII dump on Andersen that is full of airplane parts and heavy equipment. The military just pushed all this broken stuff over the cliffline at Urunao and covered it with dirt at the end of World War II. Now Shaw is leading the project to extract all these old airframes and construction equipment and restore the site. Cool.

California Eyes High Speed Rail

California officials are eyeing a high speed rail connection between San Francisco and San Diego, using France’s TGV locomotives. Cool idea, but I wouldn’t ride it. I’ve seen how Amtrak operates and I know there would be a catastrophic derailment within a week of that train beginning service.

At least the French now how to operate it. The TGV made a new speed record for railroads today.

Typhoon Passing

Looks like the typhoon is passing Guam and heading north towards Saipan and Tinian. Watch out up there guys! The latest storm track from the JTWC has Kong-Rey passing east of Saipan and heading off to the north. Here is the latest bulletin from the National Weather Service:

BULLETIN
TYPHOON KONG-REY (01W) ADVISORY NUMBER 8
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TIYAN GU
8 PM GUAM LST MON APR 2 2007

...TYPHOON KONG-REY MOVING NORTHWEST TOWARD SAIPAN...

AS OF 8 PM GUAM LST...A TYPHOON WARNING IS IN AFFECT FOR AGRIHAN. TYPHOON FORCE WINDS OF 74 MPH OR MORE ARE EXPECTED TUESDAY MORNING.

AS OF 8 PM...THE TYPHOON WARNING FOR GUAM IS CANCELLED. DAMAGING WINDS ARE NO LONGER EXPECTED ON GUAM.

AS OF 8 PM...THE TYPHOON WARNING FOR ROTA IS DOWNGRADED TO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING. TYPHOON FORCE WINDS ARE NO LONGER EXPECTED BUT TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS OF 39 MPH OR MORE ARE STILL LIKELY.

A TYPHOON WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR TINIAN AND SAIPAN.

AT 7 PM GUAM LST...0900Z...THE CENTER OF TYPHOON KONG-REY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 14.1 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 148.7 DEGREES EAST. THIS IS ABOUT 270 MILES EAST OF GUAM
235 MILES EAST OF ROTA
215 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF TINIAN
210 EAST-SOUTHEAST OF SAIPAN
380 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF AGRIHAN
335 MILES SOUTHEAST OF PAGAN
310 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ALAMAGAN.

TYPHOON KONG-REY IS MOVING NORTHWEST AT 15 MPH. THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE 75 MPH. TYPHOON KONG-REY IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY OVERNIGHT.

TYPHOON FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUT TO 15 MILES FROM THE CENTER. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUT TO 125 MILES NORTH OF THE CENTER AND OUT TO 90 MILES SOUTH OF THE CENTER.

REPEATING THE 7 PM POSITION...14.1 DEGREES NORTH AND 148.7 DEGREES EAST...MOVING NORTHWEST AT 15 MPH WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS OF 75 MPH.

AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT 11 PM GUAM LST...FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT SCHEDULED ADVISORY AT 2 AM TUESDAY MORNING.

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MIDDLEBROOKE

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Some Loose Ends

I am hoping this is not much of a typhoon. My internet is via cable now; and after the last typhoon it took six months before the cable company fixed the downed lines in Yoña. That’s a long time without the internet.

Anyway, here’s the update on the paddling thing. Been paddling a lot, and won a few medals the last couple weeks. I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I am trying out for the men’s outrigger canoe team for the South Pacific Games in Samoa. Here’s some pictures and stories related to the events.

The long distance OC-1 races are scheduled to start next Saturday with a run from Umatac to Agat. I am a little worried that this storm will curtail any training I might do this week.

And here’s a few photos of me from the GKCF sprints last weekend, courtesy of Dianne:

Gee and I paddle the OC-2

Me after winning the 1000 meter sprint

Collin and I watched the second heat of the 1000 meter sprint

That’s it. Still don’t know about the SPG paddling roster, nothing’s been said yet. And there is still some controversy over whether Guam will even send a contingent to Samoa for the the games in August.

Hokule’a Due In Palau

Just got off the phone with David in Palau. He’s waiting down in Melekau with a large crowd for the arrival of the Hokule’a and the Alingano Maisu into Palau. The two sailing canoes left Yap on Friday and are expected to arrive any minute now.

Apparently there was something here on Guam for some sailors heading down to relieve the crews in Palau last Friday. I didn’t get word until late that evening though, so I missed out. It’s sad, but I’ll survive. Now I need to go batten down the hatches for this storm’s approach.

Crud On A Stick

Well, there’s a storm coming… 01W is now Kong-Rey and heading our way. Expecting typhoon force winds by Tuesday.

TROPICAL STORM KONG-REY (01W) LOCAL STATEMENT
GUZ001-002-003-004-010500-
TROPICAL STORM KONG-REY (01W) LOCAL STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TIYAN GU
900 AM GUAM LST SUN APR 1 2007

…TYPHOON WATCH ISSUED FOR THE MARIANAS…
…TROPICAL DEPRESSION 01W UPGRADED TO TROPICAL STORM KONG-REY…

…AREAS AFFECTED…
THIS STATEMENT RECOMMENDS ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN BY RESIDENTS OF THE
MARIANAS. PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF
DAMAGING WINDS.

…WATCHES AND WARNINGS…
AT 8 AM…A TYPHOON WATCH WAS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FOR GUAM…ROTA…TINIAN AND SAIPAN. A TYPHOON WATCH MEANS TYPHOON
CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WATCH AREA WITHIN 48 HOURS.

…STORM INFORMATION…
AT 7 AM GUAM LST…2100Z…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM
KONG-REY (01W) WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 8.6 DEGREES NORTH AND
LONGITUDE 153.6 DEGREES EAST. THIS IS ABOUT
690 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GUAM
695 MILES SOUTHEAST OF TINIAN AND SAIPAN…AND
685 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF ROTA.

TROPICAL STORM KONG-REY IS MOVING WEST-NORTHWEST AT 12 MPH WITH
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 MPH.

…PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
REVIEW YOUR DISASTER PLAN AND CHECK THE CONTENTS OF YOUR DISASTER
SUPPLIES KIT. FILL UP YOUR CAR WITH GAS. SECURE OUTSIDE FURNITURE
AND OTHER LOOSE OBJECTS AROUND YOUR YARD. GATHER CONTAINERS FOR
DRINKING WATER STORAGE AND CLEAN YOUR BATHTUB FOR WATER STORAGE.
PREPARE YOUR TYPHOON SHUTTERS. CHECK SUPPLIES OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
EXPECTANT MOTHERS SHOULD MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE HOSPITAL IF
NECESSARY. MOVE SMALL BOATS TO SAFE HAVEN.

…WIND INFORMATION…
DAMAGING WINDS OF 40 MPH ARE POSSIBLE IN THE MARIANAS BEGINNING
LATE MONDAY NIGHT…WITH STRONG WINDS POSSIBLE AS THE STORM GETS
CLOSER TO THE ISLANDS.

…NEXT UPDATE…
THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY 3 PM. CONTINUE TO MONITOR
NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR LOCAL RADIO AND TV STATIONS FOR UPDATED
OFFICIAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BULLETINS. ON GUAM…NOAA WEATHER
RADIO IS BROADCAST AT 162.40 MHZ AND AVAILABLE BY CALLING 211. ON
TINIAN AND SAIPAN…LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AT 162.55 MHZ OR ON
THE LOCAL CABLE TV.

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HENDRICKS