Hurricane Sandy

Discussion in 'All Things Boats & Boating' started by Leo Lazauskas, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. ImaginaryNumber
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    ImaginaryNumber Imaginary Member

    Is a "met office" a dating service? Must be some sort of British gibberish. :rolleyes:
     
  2. Frosty

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    I am asked often to clarify English by people desperately trying to learn it. Its with this experience that it is often the case that it is almost stupid where no explanation can be given,--its just the way it is --dont ask why.

    I agree that confusing it further shows a lack of understanding on English speakers to sympothise with this language that is a mish mas of all European languages.
     
  3. watchkeeper

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    You missed out UK - Gales
    NZ & Aus - Gales if generated from Southern Ocean, Tropical Cyclones if generated Pacific Ocean
     
  4. Ad Hoc
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    Gales are not as powerful as Typhoon's/Hurricanes et al.

    A gale is only #8 on the Beaufort (BF) scale, wind speed = 34-40knots.

    Hurricanes are over 64knots, BF12.
     
  5. PAR
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    Gales also suffer from mixed syntax in different parts of the world.
     
  6. Ad Hoc
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    Shirley you can't be serious :p
     
  7. watchkeeper

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    Gales may not be as powerful but they still raise 30ft to 60ft seas in Southern Ocean and Tasman Sea, have sunk ships as long as ANZ recorded shipping history and cause massive landfall damage - that in my books puts gales on the same page as cyclones.
     
  8. pdwiley
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    I have been in the Southern Ocean in wind speeds in excess of 64 knots, and have the anemometer records logged to prove it.

    So, terminology arguments aside, the wind speeds do occur down there so as to justify the tag 'hurricane' or whatever, but since it's not exactly a rare event, we just used to call it a ****ing gale and wait until it blew past.

    PDW
     
  9. Leo Lazauskas
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    I thought typhoons/hurricanes rotate clockwise; cyclones rotate anticlockwise.
     
  10. Ad Hoc
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    That's what we were taught in O-Level Geography too :D
     
  11. michael pierzga
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    Atlantic Hurricanes... form from tropical revolving lows.

    Extra tropical lows also rotate.

    For me...in the english language..and english is the required language of GMDSS, even the French broadcast in english...the term hurricane indicates force 12 and above. ie not survivable for anything in its path. This is a very import term, just as Cyclone or typhoon. Nothing to do with rain, floods. All deep low pressure systems cause the sea level to rise.

    Logic says the by simply warning residents that a hurricane is coming to your neighborhood will be enough to get their attention . Additional media sound bite names like Frankenstorm or whatever simply confuse the issue.

    in future will we see " deep low approaching from the west, Frankenstorm force winds by midnight, predicted to go perfect storm " ??
     
  12. watchkeeper

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    We decided the hysteria style of CCN coverage turned a weather event that other nations live with on a far greater frequency into a tele moviedoc.

    Most interesting only interesting feature was whether the crane boom swinging in the breeze would last the distance making it to doing a follow up sequel tele movie...but then we would have to have a pre sequal spawned off the 1990 perfect storm which would need a back to the future before the pre sequal...

    I'm going for a walk on the beach
     
  13. Frosty

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    Yes and if your not sure where you are you can fil the sink with water and pull the plug out --all will be revealed if your in an anticlockwise area or a clockwise.

    So they say!!!
     
  14. Leo Lazauskas
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    Leo Lazauskas Senior Member

    Wasn't anti-clockwise called "widdershins" in your day?:p
     

  15. Frosty

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    As I don't know what your talking about then the answer to your question is -- I dont know. Never heard or seen the word before. I had a watch when I was at school. It didnt work but was still correct twice a day.
     
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