Nothing irritates me more than media and government refusing to report reality. I said, before the hurricane hit Florida, due to 100% of Central Florida being less than 100 feet above sea level, the major danger is from too much rain, and except for the western edge of the state, wind would be little problem, overall. The western edge got the full brunt of a very real, dangerous hurricane which is why evacuating people there was highly recommended. But elsewhere, due to the state being flat as a pancake, extra water mainly sits where it falls, it doesn’t frantically flow elsewhere, gaining speed and power as it travels downhill. They are still reporting winds that are way too high, in areas where there is nearly no wind now.
I shall explain using maps from this wonderful website called Vendusky: https://www.ventusky.com/?p=36.7;-100.9;3&l=temperature-2m
If you click on this link, you get to play with all sorts of tools that shows various things like winds, rain, snow, etc. but also at various altitudes, for example. In this case, I spent the storm looking at various altitudes and rain patterns, etc. using this wonderful website which I visit every day, by the way, to spy on the entire earth:
At ground level over land in Florida, the hurricane has winds below 30 mph. Over sea, it is only 50 mph or less. But at high elevations, it is much faster: at 750 meters high, it is 90 mph in one small patch on the west side of the hurricane.
Our media report this air flow as if it is ground air, not high above everyone’s heads. So they can terrify people, of course. Go another 2000 meters high and we get this at 3000 meters:
The highest wind patch is now very small, nearly gone, while the east side of the hurricane which is now over the Atlantic Ocean keeps up its speed, I guess, due to being over water again. Now at 9000 meters:
Note how the place on the map where the highest winds at 1000 meters is the weakest with nearly no wind at all! What a mystery this is! The prevailing winds are sweeping along on the southern side of the hurricane and then curving northwards. Now look at this! The air above the entire east coast including right where I live on my little mountain, has the highest, hurricane force winds on earth which has a name: the Jet Stream:
It was given this name way back in the 1960’s because flying to Europe on jets and I did this in 1968, you fly super fast and it uses much less fuel than the reverse flight, Do note how this ‘powerful’ hurricane is barely a blip compared to the Jet Stream! The Jet Stream is sucking up this ‘little’ bit of wind and tearing it along with the powerful upper atmospheric winds northwards along the entire East Coast.
This is how all hurricanes in the southern waters can end up here in upstate NY.
One thing that irritates me greatly is how ground winds are mostly ignored by news media and other entities when trying to drive up some hysteria. I warned that Florida would be flooded by the hurricane and I was 100% correct. But, except for the very edge of the coast, the wind dropped off drastically, as it nearly always does, once it is over land and half or more of the storm is over dry land, not warm ocean waters!
The reports that this storm had high winds much of last night were ridiculous. It was as if the news were to report that the entire east coast is in a hurricane. Every day! Nonstop!!! Oh no, look at the entire earth complete with three big hurricanes:
Antarctica is nonstop major storms according to this wind! Major media doesn’t make much money reporting that ground level wind in a hurricane is only 40 mph. They will latch onto the government reports that the winds high above are moving at a scary 100 mph! This is why so many people ignore reports that wind will be very dangerous.
As I repeatedly said, too, the real killer in hurricanes is tidal surges. Tidal surges are very deadly no matter what triggers them. It could be wind or earthquakes, in either case, surges are very dangerous and extremely destructive. Unlike rain water, it moves fast and has force.
Floods in mountain valleys are the same; the water moves very fast and is extremely destructive, too. In both cases, entire cities can be wiped off the map by fast moving water.