Tropical Storm Maria 9/13/2011 5:00 am

Colleagues, No change in forecast. FORECAST: Tropical Storm MARIA with winds of 50 mph, moving NNW at 4 mph is now about 170 miles north of eastern Dominican Republic. It will slowly accelerate to the north and miss all lands, even islands and be north of Maine by the weekend.

NEXT FORECAST: Tomorrow morning , Monday (but little change expected all next week)

Blog has serious problems and will be down for two weeks getting fixed. I am very very sorry. Next posting will be on storm surge and the following one will be on my observations following my trip to China with a few pictures. None of the Great Wall, I am afraid..

for that.

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