## Re: This is a story of a hurricane

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It looks like Gainesville didn't get hit hard. Which is nice because my uncle just got a new house.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:16 PM
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Its going to roll counter-clockwise regardless. On the East coast that's north, on the west coast of Florida that's south, and on the Gulf coast that's east.

Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:16 PM
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What if we turned the Earth upside down?

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:20 PM
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2: Right. As soon as I read that, it seemed obvious. Ah well, math hard, etc.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:24 PM
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Is it obvious? What does "roll counterclockwise" mean? If it moves like a car wheel, it should go south.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:26 PM
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(on the East coast.)

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:27 PM
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What if we turned the Earth upside down?

I understand that there are parts of Australia that are, in fact, upside down, such that they get weird-ass clockwise spinning tropical cyclones.

Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:27 PM
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Is it obvious? What does "roll counterclockwise" mean? If it moves like a car wheel, it should go south.

I think a car wheel would go north, rather than south, although a hurricane isn't really like a car wheel. Rather, its a spinning blob of wind moving at different speeds. If that wind in the leading part of the hurricane will slow down when it hits land, that causes the wind circulating behind it get backed up, pivoting the center of circulation in the direction of the hurricanes spin.

Its also possible we are reading too much into a small sample size of "hurricanes we remember". When Hurricane Earl hit the east cost of Belize earlier this year, it actually rolled south a little. Under the clockwise model it should have gone north, so obviously clockwise isn't the only thing that has an effect.

Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:39 PM
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I'm pretty sure a car wheel would go south. But anyway, it sounds like you're agreeing with my "momentum of the eye" mechanism.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:43 PM
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I just rolled a round bottle cap counter-clockwise against the eastward facing edge of my desk, and it went north.

Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:48 PM
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hahaha. I had my clockwise and counterclockwise backwards for the last 30 minutes. Comity.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:50 PM
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That has a slanted side. Go take the wheel off your car and try it.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:50 PM
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So it does just roll like a car wheel. How clever of it.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:51 PM
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Rascal and I were listening to some dumb baby music about driving a car, and she kept calling the steering wheel "the handle bars".

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:52 PM
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Florida is a big flat sand bar. Except where it's a big flat swamp. Nothing for the teeth to grip.

Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 12:54 PM
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If it were actually this simple, it would be part of the models. My understanding is that hurricanes are hard to predict because there are a lot of variables. This is also why some places have more reliable weather forecasts than others - some things, like mountains, aren't quite as well integrated into the models.

Posted by: parodie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:20 PM
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They're probably just reversing clockwise and counterclockwise, too.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:27 PM
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Florida's mountains are so well integrated into their surroundings that they don't even stick out above the ground.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:29 PM
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Rascal...she

Did you switch the kids' pseudonyms or genders?

Just kidding I know you meant Ace. There's no way Rascal included enough consonants in anything he said for you to get "handle bars" out of it.

Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:41 PM
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Do you guys get these fake names mixed up with the real names in your fake/real intertwined life?

Posted by: R Tigre | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:43 PM
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19: No, Rascal and I were watching the kid on TV sing the song and she was a she.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:44 PM
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Like, the official lyrics involved saying that she was turning the handlebars of her car.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:45 PM
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This, if you hate yourself.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:46 PM
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Oh. Well, all my assumptions about your childrens' gender identities and consonant inventories are still holding up.

Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:47 PM
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Do you guys get these fake names mixed up with the real names in your fake/real intertwined life?

Yes.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:48 PM
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I like her hairdo.

Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:48 PM
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"E. Messily" comes from a real life childhood nickname, though, so I'm used to it.

Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:50 PM
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So does mine!

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:51 PM
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I didn't have a childhood nickname. I had a high school/college nickname (Hammer).

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:53 PM
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Being called "E" for short was a little weird because the family friend who started calling me Spesh (etc) has a son named Eli who generally gets called E. I've adapted now.

Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:53 PM
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Mine started in childhood and continues to this very day (not in a very pervasive manner).

Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:54 PM
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My main difficulty is a deep internal instinct to call Heebie "Heebie" in real life. Sometimes I have to think for a couple of seconds to remember what I'm supposed to say instead.

Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 1:55 PM
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Mine's a real nickname. My mother-in-law calls me Spike.

Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 2:10 PM
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Laydeez?

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 3:17 PM
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The ridiculous amateur theorizing in the OP is hilarious. Write something similar, but about politics, and you could get a job as a pundit.

Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 3:54 PM
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This is no "dinosaurs fart themselves off the ground", mind you.

Posted by: Heebie | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 4:33 PM
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I've been dropping hints around people who I think are Genius Grant scouts on that theory.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 4:38 PM
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https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-73.55,34.25,1024/loc=-76.568,35.305

There was a similar thing in black & white, what last year. The color is great.

Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 5:41 PM
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Looks like I'm going to the Bahamas in a couple weeks.

Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 6:49 PM
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Wait, I was thinking that the gear thing was the dumbed-down version of some complicated mathematical idea, like talking about combing the hair on a coconut - if it's actually more "the internet is a series of tubes", that's great.

Posted by: One of Many | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 7:41 PM
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Mine is what my 2nd grade teacher used to call me. I

Posted by: Buttercup | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 8:09 PM
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AIMHMHB, my husband calls me Robot.

Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 8:50 PM
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I don't think you have mentioned that, actually, but it's still adorable.

Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 8:52 PM
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This is a story all about how
My storm got turned away from ground.

Posted by: Local weatherman Fresh Prince | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 8:54 PM
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23 is pretty awful, but if you really want to set yourself up, introduce nearby toddlers to this. You'll never hear the end of it.

Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 10- 7-16 9:55 PM
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Is this Herbie's first Dylan reference in a FP headline?

Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 10-10-16 8:16 AM