Well, there has been a lot said about this typhoon.

Brig. Gen. James B. Hecker, the 18th Wing commander, declared Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 3, or TCCOR 3, and base personnel began evacuating their aircraft July 6, in preparation for Typhoon Neoguri.

“I can’t stress enough how dangerous this typhoon may be when it hits Okinawa,” Hecker said in a message to the base community. “This is the most powerful typhoon forecast to hit the island in 15 years; we expect damaging winds to arrive by early Tuesday morning.”  What is wrong with this guy? I mean really what did  happen in Afghanistan? This kind of wild exaggeration is the bane of our time.

TIME magazine:(TOKYO) — A powerful typhoon pounded across the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday, as residents took refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges. Er, No! look at the video.

This is the Guardian. The British press is of course the best in the world. 46-feet-high-waves!  500,000 advised to evacuate! You must be kidding!

Japan pounded by typhoon Neoguri

500,000 advised to evacuate as Okinawa battered by winds of more than 150 miles an hour with 46-feet-high waves.

Typhoon Neoguri lashes Japan’s Okinawa

Hundreds of thousands of people have been urged to seek shelter as a powerful typhoon lashes Japan’s Okinawa island chain.

Typhoon Neoguri was passing over the southern islands on Tuesday, bringing strong wind and torrential rain.

Forecasters said it generated winds of up to 252 kilometres per hour (151 mph) and warned of high waves.

Holy cow, this is the BBC, a media in which I have always placed my trust! It is nothing like the way they describe.

So here is what it is really like. This is a typhoon. They happen every year. This one is nothing extraordinary. See video. I remember much worse storms as a child in Kintyre.  Do you believe what the BBC says about, er Iraq, or er Palestine or er the USA, or er anything? Long live Wikipedia.

I spend a wonderful day at home as the storm whirls around me. I learn flute tunes. The Merry Sisters has always eluded me and I am afraid they continue to do so.

The third tune is The Merry Sisters.

I practice my knots.

Figure of 8 knot

Figure of 8 knot

Anchor hitch

Anchor hitch

Buntline hitch

Buntline hitch

Sheet bend

Sheet bend

So, what to make of all of this? I pass a very relaxing day with a storm outside. I am in more danger when I cross the road.

Nothing special

Nothing special

Do not believe the news, even from the most recognized source. Oh my God, what else did they get completely wrong? Was my education in vain?

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5 Responses to Neoguri

  1. Rosemary says:

    Well I am pleased, Dileas lives to sail another day.

  2. Alan says:

    Glad the boats are OK – you too, of course!
    To be fair, those news reports were based on Japan Meteorological Association predictions and NHK reports and from a time when the typhoon was much stronger. Some parts of Okinawa seem to have produced more blowy video. . The reporter’s name on that piece should give you a smile!
    So back to work tomorrow?

    • Hi Alan – what a great name for a journalist! The reuters video is accurate. Windy, rainy, palm trees blowing around, people staying in hotel lobby cos it wet and windy. Hardly 500,000 people advised to evacuate. There are only 1.4 million on the island. I wonder where they would go? Anyway great fun all round I love these wild conditions. So it was decided to open for business this morning but many roads are waterlogged and people having trouble getting in.

  3. calder Ian says:

    A very fine figure of eight, grey here.

  4. Thanks for the tip. I think I have nailed it

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