how bad was the 2005 hurricane season?

Flickr image originally uploaded by dgales.

Bad. Really bad. Well, quite frankly it was the worst. Here’s a list of records broken or tied from

  • Most named storms in a season (26)
  • Most hurricanes in a season (14)
  • Use of Greek Alphabet to name storms because original 21 alphabetical names exhausted
  • Most Category 5 hurricanes (3)
  • Most intense hurricane in the Atlantic (882 millibars)
  • Most major hurricanes (Cat 3 or higher) to hit the US in a season (4)
  • Most extensive damage (over $100 Billion)
  • Third most deadly season (over 3,000 killed)
  • Most storms in the month of July (5)
  • Most unusual storm: Hurricane Vince formed the furthest north-east ever and hit Spain
  • Not to mention the name “Katrina” means so much more now.

So how does this year compare to how next year might be?

“Arguably, it was the most devastating hurricane season the country has experienced in modern times,” Conrad C. Lautenbacher Jr., the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said from Washington. “I’d like to foretell that next year will be calmer, but I can’t. Historical trends say the atmosphere patterns and water temperatures are likely to force another active season upon us.”


Scientists attribute the upswing in hurricane numbers and intensity to warmer ocean temperatures, lower wind shear in the atmosphere, and favorable winds coming off the coast of Africa — all naturally occurring conditions that come in long cycles that usually endure for 20, 30 or more years.

In other words, when those conditions strengthen, as they do every couple of decades, the Atlantic basin produces more and stronger hurricanes. When they ebb, the basin produces fewer and weaker hurricanes. And, scientists say, we’ve been in one of those active cycles since 1995.

Guess we don’t have next year to look forward to, but we do look forward to sometime between 2015 and 2025.

Sigh. I gotta get off this sandbar.

A good place to reminisce the data and maps from the 2005 Hurricane Season is here at’s 2005 storm list. Or you can check out what Wikipedia has to say — which is pretty good info too!

clemson football – a consistent winner


Jason over at CU Sporting News has done some interesting research:

Fewest losing campaigns since 1977, among present AP Top 25:
1. Michigan – 0
2. Ohio State – 1
3. Florida – 2
4. Southern Cal., Miami, Clemson – 3
5. Georgia – 4
6. Texas, Penn. St., Alabama – 5
7. Notre Dame – 6
8. Virginia Tech – 7
9. UCLA, West Virginia, Fresno State – 8
10. Texas Tech, Georgia Tech – 10

In other Clemson news, Clemson running back James Davis is named the ACC Rookie of the Year.


Right now in my headphones is the one-hit wonder “How Bizarre” by OMD. What is really bizarre at this moment is I’ve just found out there was a murder at the apartments where we used to live here in Orlando back in 99-00.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies are searching for the man who stabbed his wife, 13-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter. It happened just before 10pm Tuesday at the Cypress Lake at Waterford Apartments on Alafaya Trail.

I found out about it because Ben and Kelly live there now.

Then on top of that, I read that a blog-buddy of mine experienced a murder at the church he pastors (well, not associated with his church, the TV coverage was there — oh just read it, I’m too tired to explain it).

How bizarre.

bloglines hacks

Homer Simpson once said, “Doughnuts — is there anything they can’t do?”

I can now extend that rhetorical question to Bloglines — my RSS reader of choice. Steve Rubel published Ten Bloglines Hacks that include:

  • Getting bloglines mobile
  • Blogging straight from bloglines
  • Reading bloglines using TiVo (why I don’t know)
  • And if you read carefully, fine a tool to get bloglines into Outlook

I’m certainly going to check into this feature of getting Bloglines into Outlook. Though attensa could do the trick, I love staying with one reader.

online debating skills

Scott Adams of The Dilbert Blog shares with us the reasons I try not to get into much internet debating (besides the fact I’m not a good debater):

If you are new to the Internet, allow me to explain how to debate in this medium. When one person makes any kind of statement, all you need to do is apply one of these methods to make it sound stupid. Then go on the offensive.

  1. Turn someone’s generality into an absolute. For example, if someone makes a general statement that Americans celebrate Christmas, point out that some people are Jewish and so anyone who thinks that ALL Americans celebrate Christmas is stupid. (Bonus points for accusing the person of being anti-Semitic.)
  2. Turn someone’s factual statements into implied preferences. For example, if someone mentions that not all Catholic priests are pedophiles, accuse the person who said it of siding with pedophiles.
  3. Turn factual statements into implied equivalents. For example, if someone says that Ghandi didn’t eat cows, accuse the person of stupidly implying that cows deserve equal billing with Gandhi.
  4. Omit key words. For example, if someone says that people can’t eat rocks, accuse the person of being stupid for suggesting that people can’t eat. Bonus points for arguing that some people CAN eat pebbles if they try hard enough.
  5. Assume the dumbest interpretation. For example, if someone says that he can run a mile in 12 minutes, assume he means it happens underwater and argue that no one can hold his breath that long.
  6. Hallucinate entirely different points. For example, if someone says apples grow on trees, accuse him of saying snakes have arms and then point out how stupid that is.
  7. Use the intellectual laziness card. For example, if someone says that ice is cold, recommend that he take graduate courses in chemistry and meteorology before jumping to stupid conclusions that display a complete ignorance of the complexity of ice.

Thanks to Kerry for the tip.