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Fire prevention

Fire! It's a scary enough thought while ashore. Just imagine cowering in the cockpit of your boat, staring down the companionway as ugly black smoke starts to pour out. What do you do now? If you don't have an answer,…

Weather, April 2021

In the last newsletter I speculated on the possible retirement of hurricane names over the past two Atlantic hurricane seasons. Recall that it is the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) that generates the lists of names that are used for tropical…

Weather, January 2021

The 2020 hurricane season was one for the history books. For just the second time in modern times, the list of Atlantic storm names was exhausted, requiring the use of the Greek alphabet. The last time this happened was in…

Weather, December 2020

Bomb storms Given the right conditions, low-pressure systems can sometimes experience rapid intensification. This is called explosive cyclogenesis. It is driven by an extremely rapid drop in pressure within an extra-tropical cyclone. Generally, an explosive low or “meteorological bomb” designation…

Wireless cellphone chargers

Charging a cellphone, for most of us, requires jamming a tiny electrical contact into the base of our phones and hoping the…