IRENE Update, as if I’m even concerned, but FOR the concerned:
“NASA removed all doubt by posting this full-disk image of Earth on Flickr, taken by the NOAA GOES-13 satellite at 10:45 a.m. EDT Friday. As you can see, the Category 2 hurricane is relentlessly bearing down on the East Coast.
According to NASA, satellite data shows Hurricane Irene’s current diameter at 510 miles, “roughly 1/3 the length of the US Atlantic coastline.” The GOES-13 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) is parked in ageostationary orbit, positioned over the equator at an altitude of 22,236 miles.” (original source)
The good news? The U.S. National Hurricane Center lowered the storm from Category 3 to 2 as its winds have slowed from 115 mph Thursday night to 105 mph on Friday when this picture was taken. The hurricane is moving toward the north at 14 mph.
Think we can continue slowing her down with social media? I think we can. It can be like a force, conjuring a wizard-y Patronus charm on her…
…made of trending tweets, hashtags, posts and conversations!
Jokes aside, I guess there is a high chance the hurricane will hit hard. In that case, please do all you can to be prepared, hope you actually did this yesterday, because when MY family and I went to the Supermarket last night, this is how much was available for purchase:
If you haven’t yet, here’s a pdf by the Red Cross, to be Red Cross prepared for a hurricane. And, for the hell of it, let’s start conjuring that Patronus charm, tweet alla: