A is for Agatha


The 2010 Hurricane Season took me by surprise. I had planned on fully reporting the birth, life and death of all of the Eastern Pacific Tropical Storms, but Agatha sprung up before I could say “Jack Robinson” (who was, by the way, a person living in the 1700s who paid such brief visits to acquaintances that they barely had time to introduce him before he was gone). That aside, Agatha was born just west of the Mexico/Guatemala border on the Pacific and roared ashore exactly as forecast. She has wreaked considerable violence on the area, especially, Guatemala (which is also having a volcanic eruption) and Honduras with widespread flooding and considerable loss of life and livelihood. At last report, 150 people were confirmed dead with 90 missing and 3500 hundred people living in shelters. At least 13 bridges have collapsed. At this time, there is no tropical storm activity in the Pacific although reports from NOAA indicate that the “El Nino” effect is weakening and might bring warmer waters to the Atlantic. There is no mention of how that might affect the Pacific. El Nino is a weather phenomena that allows wind shear conditions to develop, a scenario that effectively chops the tops off of storm systems before they have a chance to develop into full-fledged hurricanes. Of course, last season, after Rick (the category 5 hurricane) got his head chopped off, he still came ashore north of Mazatlan and did significant damage. The next storm’s name will be “Blas”. Watch out San Blas!

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