Copied & pasted from http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?prod=XXXAFDLOX&wfo=LOX:
“Our area remains under the influence of the high pressure system
to our north which is producing offshore flow to the
south and west.
I’ve been asking my dad to tell me his train stories on email, and this is one he sent today:
“I WAS AT A CONFERENCE IN RIJEKA, CROATIA WHERE I DELIVERED A PAPER. SEVERAL FRIENDS ASKED WHERE I WAS GOING NEXT, AND I
TOLD EACH – TO BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA. NO ONE SAID BOO RE A VISA.
THEN IN TRIESTE, I BOUGHT A FIRST CLASS RAIL TICKET TO BELGRADE, AND NO ONE SAID DIDLEY-SQUAT ABOUT HAVING TO HAVE A VISA. I HAVE BEEN TO ALL OF THE LEADING COUNTRIES OF EUROPE AND NEVER HAD TO BUY A VISA TO GET IN.
SHORTLY BEFORE THE BORDER THERE WAS AN
INSPECTION OF OUR LUGGAGE, WHICH WAS A SURPRISE. THEN WHEN
WE DID CROSS, IN CAME TWO SOLDIERS W/SHOTGUNS.
WHEN I WAS ASKED FOR A VISA, I SAID I HAD NONE, SO I WAS FORCED
AT GUNPOINT OFF THE TRAIN.
THEY PUT ME IN A SMALL TENT AS THE TRAIN PULLED OUT. LATER I WAS GIVEN SOME LUKEWARM SODA POP. MY QUESTIONS GOT NOWHERE UNTIL ONE OF THE SOLDIERS SUGGESTED I TAKE THE NORTHBOUND TRAIN, DUE IN SOON, AND GET OFF AT VINCOVICI.
THERE I COULD TAKE A BRANCH TRAIN UP TO VINCOVAR WHERE
I COULD APPLY FOR A VISA.
BUT OF COURSE, I HAD NO TICKET FOR THESE OTHER TRAINS. AT THE
FIRST TERMINAL, I STOOD IN LINE ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS AND
HAD STILL NOT BEEN TAKEN CARE OF WHEN THE “ALL ABOARD” SOUNDED. SO I RUSHED TO AN EMPTY CAR, GOT ON WITH NO TICKET.
SOON A CONDUCTOR CAME THRU, FOUND I HAD NO TICKET, SO I ASKED
IF I COULD BUY ONE THERE. NO, THEY WOULD NOT TAKE AMERICAN
MONEY OR TRAVELER’S CHECKS OR A CREDIT CARD. IT WAS GETTING
TO BE AROUND 1800 AND I KNEW THE CROATIAN VISA OFFICE, IF I COULD FIND IT, WAS PROBABLY CLOSED.
GUESS I LOOKED DESPERATE, SO THE RAIL CONDUCTOR TOOK MY U.S.
DOLLARS AND I RODE THE TRAIN TO ZAGREB, GOT A HOTEL, AND
POSTPONED MY WITCH HUNT UNTIL MORNING. I TOOK A CAB TO THE
EMBASSY. LOOKED LIKE A PIECE OF CAKE; BUT NO, AFTER A LONG WAIT, AN EMPLOYEE SAID THEY HAD ENOUGH VISITORS FOR THE
SUMMER AND WERE TAKING NO MORE.
Click to see winds in motion, https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-72.31,38.08,1605
I kept praying this last week that Madeline would veer farther South, Lester go North of Hawaii.
It’s not that they aren’t having high surf & wind, but that the main power of the twin storms would veer off from direct hits.
Earthquakes, hurricanes, post-tropical cyclones, remnant lows ,
it’s a reminder to get ready for ‘anything’ that might happen,
but not live in fear.