One of the indicators as to how serious a hurricane’s effects are is how local businesses respond. FEMA administrators have found that Waffle House provides a pretty good indicator of how serious a storm is. There’s several reasons for this, not only does Waffle House stay open 24/7, they have thousands of stores and many of them in the Southeast United States, which is where hurricanes frequently make landfall. FEMA refers to an informal metric as a shorthand to gauge how serious a hurricane is. If Waffle House is fully operational, the area is green; yellow if there is a limited menu, and Waffle House is closed, code red means it’s time to panic. Beyond the immediate indicator of danger when the restaurant that never closes… closes, it’s an index of how the supply chain is coming along in the recovery of a storm. More restaurants closed means more area needs recovery. Waffle House may be open on a limited menu, which indicates that not all systems are up and running: and there’s a way to go to get back to green. Waffle house even has their own storm center to track severe weather.
The fivethirtyeight story from a few years ago has the best breakdown. And here’s a video clip for people who like that:
Somebody found this great image of a weather radar that appears to be a dinosaur heading for Ohio. I saw it on Facebook, so I don’t know when it was snagged, but it’s too good.
It reminds me of the dinosaur, and the creepy skull images from Hurricane Matthew last year…
Zachary Reynolds on YouTube
A robot T-Rex caught fire at a Colorado theme park, and the footage is spectacular. I feel bad for the park to lose such a cool attraction- it burned down to the wire frame. At least we can watch as it goes down in flames!
Here’s the story on CNN.
We have a lot of dangerous wildlife in Florida- there’s probably more things that can kill you here than anywhere but Australia! And when dangerous critters get together, there are winners and losers! A recent study was published in the Southeastern Journal documenting the frequency of alligators eating sharks. There had been some anecdotal evidence before, but the new research indicates it is much more common than realized. Sharks frequently come into brackish fresh water, and while alligators don’t live in saltwater, they can tolerate it. Naturally, when a larger predator comes into contact with a smaller critter, even if it’s also a predator, the smaller critter runs the risk of becoming lunch. I’m sure a large shark would make a meal of a smaller alligator, if given the chance. Gators certainly have learned that can make a meal out of sharks and rays!
They aren’t the only predators willing to go after sharks. A couple years ago, a man named John Bailey snapped a pic of a shark being fished out by a bobcat near Vero Beach. Like I said, there’s a lot of nasty critters in Florida!
You might recall that SkyNet is the program in Terminator will become sentient and cause the machines to rise up and try to kill their human overlords. Remember that… bad thing! So, the military is contracting with a company to create a weapon dubbed SkyNet, but good news- it’s actually a weapon that shoots nets into the sky instead of an artificial intelligence program that will wipe us all out! That program is likely already underway…
SkyNet is an attachment that will fit onto a shotgun and be used to shoot small drones out of the sky. Small drones are an increasing, inexpensive threat that enemies would deploy against us. So SkyNet may be a good thing… until it starts getting targeting programming, then learning at a geometric rate until it becomes sentient and the military tries to pull the plug, but it’s too late. SkyNet fights back. We are past August 4, 1997, so we should be ok, right?
An orange gator was sighted in South Carolina this week, and some people have dubbed it ‘Trump A-Gator‘. Those people are wrong… the gator is clearly a just a fan of the National Champion Clemson Tigers, who won the college football playoff this year. It’s obvious!
Nobody knows why the gator is orange, but it’s probably not natural. An orange gator was spotted in Florida a few years ago… perhaps its a rare color morph. More likely it was colored by something in the environment, such as iron oxide in the water or some orange paint (perhaps a few rambunctious college students got carried away.)
You aren’t seeing things…
This is a screen capture from footage taken by a Paradise Tours helicopter during an eruption last July. The still is cropped and rotated for the full effect of the grin!
So, I just realized, this…