This Week in Walt Disney World Weather — August 11, 2019

first_imgShare This!August in Walt Disney World: one way or another, you’re getting soaked!This past week in Central Florida has been one of extremes. Extreme heat: we had a Heat Advisory issued on Saturday. Extreme rain: multiple rounds of thunderstorms struck the parks on a few days this week, putting to bed our usual one-and-done storm style. Extreme quiet in the tropics: with no named storms since July 14, we tiptoe closer to a record-quiet four weeks of Hurricane Season.What has been influencing Walt Disney World weather, and what’s coming next? And what can we expect from the rest of hurricane season? A wet week around Central FloridaDeep moisture in the atmosphere has been consistent throughout the week. A westerly surface flow has also been in place, pushing early morning storms onshore along the west coast. This early start has given us some midday showers which push through quickly, leaving humid, hot, sunny conditions in their wake. Frequently we’ve seen either a line form west, near Interstate 75, and push through early, only to be followed by a second line in its wake.Nature loves a gondola. Rainbow after a heavy storm at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, August 8, 2019.We’ve also had a few afternoons with storm development taking place directly over the WDW area, causing torrential rains as weak steering currents let storms sit stationary overhead.This led to some sidewalk and street flooding around the parks. This localized flooding is just the result of overwhelmed storm drains and usually the area recovers within twenty minutes or so, but it can make getting around flooded areas of the park pretty problematic. It’s also cause for some long waits in areas that don’t have much shelter. (I’m looking at you, outpost in a galaxy far, far away.) When the rain doesn’t let up, it’s almost impossible not to give up and just head out into the downpour. Maybe save something in the souvenir t-shirt budget for this exact predicament?It also rains on Batuu. Who knew?What’s coming this week in weather at Walt Disney WorldMore of the same? Probably. A high pressure ridge aloft stretches from Texas all the way across our region. With that ridge in place, our south/southwest flow will continue to bring tropical air across the warm west coast land, popping up storms as they reach our area. Late in the week, a trough could break up that ridge and possibly bring more organized rain to the area. Look for rain chances of about 50% each day, meaning about half of Central Florida should see some rain during the day. Walt Disney World Resort’s position in the west-central half of the region, sitting just above the I-4 corridor, will be a prime location for storms to develop and strengthen as they move in from the west.Late in the week, a stalled frontal boundary could fall into the area from north Florida, and this could amplify rain chances even more for next weekend. At the moment, expect at least scattered afternoon storms in the region every day this week, with a strong chance that they’ll affect the resort area directly.These slow-moving storms will produce heavy rainfall. This time of year, expect the kind of rain that soaks you through in under a minute. Expect the kind of rain you hear coming from around the corner, slamming on the sidewalks like an approaching parade. Some advice for your park days: if the sky suddenly gets cloudy and the wind begins blowing, don’t look up and say: “hmm, might rain.” Look around you and say: “time to go inside, right now!” This rain doesn’t start with a drizzle. It starts with a downpour.As the sultry wind continues to blow in from the bathwater-warm Gulf of Mexico, temperatures are going to remain high and humidity is going to remain oppressive. The early part of the week is expected to be hotter, with highs in the mid-90s and heat index readings of 102-107. By midweek, temperatures will slip back into the lower 90s… a little bit of a break!Remember, the hottest part of the day is really mid to late afternoon if the sun is out! Five o’clock with sun shining can be rougher than noon. At night, temperatures will only drop into the high seventies, and humidity will still make it feel like the 80s.Pretty, but sultry: after two rounds of storms at Disney Springs on August 9, 2019, it was still hot and humid. At two a.m.? Still hot and humid.Despite the oppressive humidity, mornings are always going to be your best choice for theme parks. This time of year, it’s not about how comfortable the weather will be. It’s about how much of the weather you can deal with.Tropical Weather UpdateTwo apparently opposing stats pop up this week in tropical weather. First, as long as nothing completely unexpected happens, the north Atlantic will clock in just the third July 15-August 15 period with no named storms in twenty years. This is a significant stat if only because August is the typical beginning of our peak hurricane season. Right now, the Atlantic basin is quiet. The Caribbean is quiet. The Gulf of Mexico is quiet. It’s all quiet and it’s expected to stay that way through at least Thursday.And yet, something is expected to change before the end of this season. This week, The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) boosted its forecast hurricane numbers for the remainder of 2019. They’re now saying we should expect five to nine hurricanes as we enter the peak period of mid-August to late October.Their reasoning? The end of another El Nino cycle, the Pacific Ocean phenomenon which has massive influence on our atmospheric conditions. El Nino’s presence usually produces wind shear at key levels where hurricanes need room to grow. Without that wind shear, storms will be able to develop, and flourish, in the warm waters of the Atlantic.So going forward from this week, the tropical weather update might get a little more vital to your vacation planning. For now, though, everything is still smooth sailing.As long as you don’t mind rain!last_img read more

E Wants To Be The Future of Networking

first_imgIn this web-enabled world of ours, you have to wonder why business cards are still so popular. Shouldn’t there be a better way? A number of startups have attempted to address this problem with ingenious solutions that range from iPhone apps to custom URLs. Others are calling for the use of QR Codes for mobile data exchange. Unfortunately, no one service has hit the sweet spot just yet, but newcomer “E” thinks they have it figured out. Will “E” succeed where the others have failed? Or is this one industry that refuses to become digitized? You have to appreciate E’s creative URL – it’s memorable, but also makes you curious. E? What’s E?, you wonder. When I first encountered the URL, it was in a tweet which read “I’m now using E to add friends to my Twitter account. More info on” Did I click though? You bet. “E,” as it turns out, is a new spin on digital contact exchange. Instead of using paper business cards, you use your phone to exchange data. At first, you may think that sounds very much like mobile contact service Dropcard, but it’s not. The only similarity between E and Dropcard is that they both allow you to customize your profile online and share it with others, but the similarities end there. To use Dropcard, you either text or use a mobile app which emails your contact info to the person you just met. With E, you go to a mobile web URL that lets you exchange a passcode with your new contact. The passcode is simply a five-digit code which is entered into the mobile web app itself. They show your theirs, you show them yours…that sort of thing. Once connected, you don’t receive an email message with their contact info like with Dropcard. E goes a step further and actually adds that contact to all the services you’ve already integrated with E. Service IntegrationAt the moment, E allows you to integrate Twitter, PICNIC (a network for the PICNIC conference), and Soocial. However, Delicious, European social portal Netlog, and LastFM are listed as coming soon. After you integrate these services with E, when you add a contact they’re immediately added to all those other web services, too. And thanks to Soocial, an address book solution, E contact info can also synchronize with your email address book in Gmail, Highrise, your OSX address book, or the address book on your phone itself. Barriers To AdoptionE faces one of the typical problems that many web 2.0 startups do – they don’t work for you until a lot of people are using it. Just because you have a profile on E, that doesn’t mean that those you meet do. And unlike a service like Dropcard, there isn’t a way to use E without the other person’s involvement. In addition to the service itself, the developers of E came up with a crazy but interesting idea for a hardware device called the “Connector.” With this device, you can exchange contact info with others just by touching the two connectors together. While gadget junkies and shiny object collectors may find this device appealing, it could easily remain a niche gadget that ends up sitting on the shelf next to your Chumby and Nazbaztag. To cross the adoption barrier, those at E would be smart to sponsor events where everyone gets a Connector at registration. After a few high-profile events, they would have industry movers and shakers on board, and that’s always a good place to start. Sponsoring events may be just what the company is planning, though, since their site mentions that the “Connector will be released at large events in the near future.” Will It Work?At present, the E service is very basic. Twitter integration is the only service of note that works yet. (Soocial looks great, but is in private beta). The profiles themselves are also not as flexible as those with Dropcard are. You can easily add and remove services with Dropcard, but with E, I wasn’t even able to add a second company that represents my second job. The services section of the web site is confusing – it doesn’t allow you to do anything more than customize which services are connected. The actual profile information is entered under “Settings,” so you can’t specify that only personal contacts get your home address, for example. It appears to be all-or-nothing. E still has far to go to become a truly successful digital contact exchange service, but at least they’re trying something different. Because they operate via mobile URL, not an app specific to any one device, they’re better positioned for more universal adoption that a service that designates itself as iPhone-only, for example. The service is in private beta testing now, but you have the opportunity to make an impassioned plea as to why they should invite you on the signup page here. (If you get in, feel free to add me: 17975.)Check out the video below to see E in action:Hello, my name is E from Renato Valdés Olmos on Vimeo. 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