The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ike... the aftermath, picking up the pieces...

(Above image courtesy of David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images -- "It is a single home is left standing among debris from Hurricane Ike September 14, 2008 in Gilchrist, Texas. Flood waters from Hurricane Ike were reportedly as high as eight feet in some areas causing widespread damage across the coast of Texas." ~source)Well, it seems with each passing day, stories and images of the impact of Hurricane Ike, such as the one above, which links to the source, come to light. Thanks to Jason and Mikey for sharing the link with me. Ironically, Mikey shared the same pic out of the moving collection. Ike was, indeed, a monster, at over 500 miles wide, leaving a wake of (U.S.) destruction over 1600 miles long. Look at it...Thanks to OSNW3 for sharing that link. The image was taken by NASA just as Hurricane Ike was making his second Cuban landfall as a category 1 hurricane. He made a subsequent landfall as a much larger category 2 (just 1mph short of category 3) hurricane drenching Galveston and surrounding areas in a catastrophic wall of ocean. It really is amazing. So far, Ike has been blamed for 114 deaths (74 in Haiti where he didn't even make landfall). I was personally touched by the last photograph on the photo summary of Ike, shared at the right, here... captured by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr. courtesy of REUTERS of U.S. Air Force Pararescueman Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts, assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group, receiving a hug from a resident in Galveston. It really depicts the personal impact and devastation caused by monster Ike. The good news is...Whew... time for a breather... while the Atlantic takes a little break.

Here, we are experiencing some cooler morning temps following a little cold front that pushed its way through yesterday resembling a typical fall set-up with squall line and everything. Granted, in true accord with all things weatherless, it fell apart well before my neck of the woods. The great news is that I got to enjoy some beautiful mixed skies containing both wispy cirrus and "fluffy" cumulus against an amazing blue backdrop.Have a beautiful day!


  1. Feels like Fall here as well. Fall weather always lets me know that the 2nd half to cane season is upon us. Watch the Bay of Campechee in the next 7 days. Models hinting at development and another possible Texas storm.


  2. ...don't forget the secondary severe weather season...

    7 days... perhaps, they will dry out some by then...

  3. Dew, awesome photo to finish this entry! Great cloud day... :)

  4. Those photos left me pretty much speechless. I can't even begin to feel what people in TX are going through. Heartbreaking to see. Definitely counting blessings and remembering those prayers.

    Yes... great skies and weather here. My hubby is loving these cooler temps. I, however, have already started pulling out my jackets and extra blankets! :o)

    By the way... sorry I couldn't make the 4/4/09 date work. I am flattered that you thought of me though. Thanks dearest Jenn! Have a great week!

  5. Hey Chickadew, Can u believe the storys from Ike, sad. I am in awe of mother nature and here Raw power.
    I have a link to USGS on my blog that shows before and after shots of Bolivar Peninsula. Amazing.

  6. OSNW3, Thanks!

    Courtney, My blankets will be breaking out soon... No worries about the conflict. I have fortunately found someone to take care of the pics for us. Have a wonderful week.

    Jess, It really is shocking!

  7. You might want to check out Greg Nordstrom's Ike chase account if you haven't already. Very interesting reading. It's linked on my blog.

  8. Thanks, Mike. I will check it out! I hadn't seen it.

  9. Why isn't the news in my area showing any of this devastation? I haven't seen anything like this and I had no clue Ike wiped entire communities off the ground. Also makes me wonder why people put their home on a little postage stamp of earth right by the ocean. Great pix.

  10. Ro, That's a very good question. Apparently, this story has lost newsworthiness. I don't see how that's possible, but I don't hear about it much. I have seen pics here and there on TWC, but this coverage is limited to what you can find online. It's shocking to see the situation in this way.

    As for why they live there... they love the beach and it "won't happen to them", would be my guess. I guess they were wrong about that latter point.

  11. The first picture reminds me of the song "One is the lonliest number" Sad that all the house are gone, but it is stupid to build so close to the ocean when there are hurricanes.

  12. I have to agree with you there.

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