Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Spooky Connection Between Vince and Christopher Columbus!

Christopher Columbus sailed off from the port of Palos (near Huelva) in southern Spain, on August 3, 1492, directing three ships: Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. He was in search for a faster route to Asia for spices. As many of you know, he ended up in the Caribbean and discovered the Americas.

Here's where things get weird. Yesterday was the day we observe Columbus Day. Yesterday was also the day that Tropical Storm Vince plowed into Spain. As if that is not weird enough, Vince was the first Tropical Storm on record to hit the Iberian Peninsula and Spain!!! It hit exactly where Columbus set sail!

Vince was not only odd because of it's location and date, but of it's behavior as well. It was one of the fastest (if not THE fastest) forming and dissipating storms ever. It formed, became a hurricane, and dissipated in just 36 hours!

Vince and it's oddities are very weird. I'm not sure what all of this means, but it is just another puzzle piece among a very weird season.

Anywho, have a great day and be safe. As you will notice, I'm taking a few days off work.


PS- We have one named storm left on the list, which is Wilma. If we pass Wilma, the greek alphabet will start. This has never happened before and many questions have come up about this uncharted water we could face. What if we had to "retire" Alpha or Beta or any of the other names on the extended list. I asked the National Hurricane Center and they said... "We'll cross that bridge if we have to". It is becoming more and more less likely to get a storm strong enough to be retired, but it was question that had to be asked!

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