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(Washington Post)   Arecibo radio telescope on Puerto Rico threatened by hurricane Maria, contact lost at 4am today. Help not expected to arrive for another 50,000 years   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
    More: Followup, SETI, historic Arecibo Observatory, early Wednesday afternoon, massive radio telescope, slams Puerto Rico, second-largest radio telescope, astronomer Robert Minchin, National Science Foundation  
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2017-09-20 03:48:42 PM  
No power in PR, so no communications.  Except for some hams, perhaps.
 
2017-09-20 04:23:43 PM  
Use the Primer.
 
2017-09-20 05:20:45 PM  

dittybopper: No power in PR, so no communications.  Except for some hams, perhaps.


Nah, people do have generators (sad to say, power cuts are not that unusual on PR, given their creaky infrastructure). The governor has thought it expedient to communicate by social media confident he will be seen and heard by most residents.

This looks to be the next Maria thread, so here's the highlights of the 5pm advisory.
Good news---smashing PR took more out of Maria than expected. After her eye cleared PR, Maria was down to Cat 2 (110mph) and pressure up to 957mb.

She's expected to re-strengthen into 120mph over the next 24 to 48 hours, but probably not much more than that, thank goodness. (Of course, the NHC have been strong about how rapidly she can strengthen before.)

Hurricane warning finally discontinued for US Virgin Islands. San Juan winds are no longer hurricane force but could stay above 50 knots well into the night tonight.

Grand Turk's chance of hurricane force winds down to 44 percent (most likely tomorrow).

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Cape Hatteras' chance of tropical storm force winds has dipped back to 10 percent between now and Monday afternoon. By then Maria's maximum wind speeds should be down to around 90mph, a Cat 1 (110mph and Cat 2 at most).

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From the discussion of the NHC's 5pm advisory for Maria:

We would like to thank the crew of the latest Air Force Reserve mission for their incredible service today. After beginning their mission this morning before the center first moved onshore, the crew went above and beyond, returning to Curacao to refuel, and then heading back to Puerto Rico to catch Maria's center when it first moved back off the coast. The data collected by the crew was incredibly important for us to analyze Maria's intensity and structure after moving across the island, and we are grateful for their effort.
 
2017-09-20 05:20:54 PM  
Charlie Sheen to the rescue?

/not obscure
//global warming is not man made!
///winning
 
2017-09-20 05:29:35 PM  
I wonder if it takes serious damage it will be used as the final excuse to shut it down?  NSF has been considering ditching it for a while- it's a unique instrument, but it's really expensive to run.

They've already defunded the Green Bank radio telescope in WV, and that's a lot newer.
 
2017-09-20 06:26:24 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I wonder if it takes serious damage it will be used as the final excuse to shut it down?  NSF has been considering ditching it for a while- it's a unique instrument, but it's really expensive to run.

They've already defunded the Green Bank radio telescope in WV, and that's a lot newer.


And now there's a bigger one in China.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/china-worlds-largest-radio-telescop​e​-1.3778881
 
2017-09-20 06:36:05 PM  

dittybopper: No power in PR, so no communications.  Except for some hams, perhaps.


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I am powerless to resist.
 
2017-09-20 07:01:57 PM  

MikeyFuccon: From the discussion of the NHC's 5pm advisory for Maria:

We would like to thank the crew of the latest Air Force Reserve mission for their incredible service today. After beginning their mission this morning before the center first moved onshore, the crew went above and beyond, returning to Curacao to refuel, and then heading back to Puerto Rico to catch Maria's center when it first moved back off the coast. The data collected by the crew was incredibly important for us to analyze Maria's intensity and structure after moving across the island, and we are grateful for their effort.


I'm surprised the Hurricane Hunter aircraft can take off, with the weight of all those brass balls (and brass vayjays for the women?) Whenever someone brings them up I have to mention this video:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5ih0xf

NOAA mission not Air Force, but still very hairy.
 
2017-09-20 07:19:55 PM  
I visited there a few years ago.  Was a cool place.
 
2017-09-20 07:43:42 PM  
Things are not going well in PR

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2017-09-20 08:24:49 PM  
abhorrent1:

Heartbreaking
 
2017-09-20 09:07:24 PM  
I'm not saying it was aliens but...
 
2017-09-20 10:49:53 PM  

Gleeman: and brass vayjays for the women?


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The point about vayjays for women is that they don't need to be brass to be tough. Nature built 'em that way.

/serious note: 1/4 of my coworkers are worried about their families in Mexico, another 1/4 worried about family in Carribean. I try to make sure work is as bearable as I can make it. :(
 
2017-09-20 11:32:12 PM  
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11pm advisory out. Hurricane warning discontinued for Puerto Rico, though tropical storm force winds could continue in the west of the island till morning.

Maria is clocking 110mph and is now 55 miles from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The north coast of DR will probably be spared hurricane force winds (Puerto Plata 5% probability).

Next port of call, Grand Turk (49% probability), most likely tomorrow night.

By late Monday/Tuesday Maria should start turning northeast. Probability of TS force winds on continental US slightly lowered (Cape Hatteras 9%).

That's not to say landfall on the continent is out of the question. One well-regarded model has Maria make landfall in Nova Scotia next week. I'll keep an eye on her a little longer after she clears Grand Turk.

For now, that's all from Met Fark for this thread.
 
2017-09-20 11:56:24 PM  
Can we still continue to broadcast our general bodily shape, or what?
 
2017-09-21 12:38:52 AM  
🎵How do you solve a problem like Maria?🎵
 
2017-09-21 10:13:00 AM  
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2017-09-21 10:59:11 AM  
I'm sure the Tralfamadorians will guide the course of human civilization to create replacement parts just as soon as they're able, subby.

/obscure?
 
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