More from Mississippi

Since I have put GSFP on the back burner (for now) any posts about Mississippi will be on Info Ink at lobotero.wordpress.com…….please all you Mississippians looking for news and analysis about the state…please go to Info Ink

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Some Good Hurricane News

Expect 12 named storms, six of those hurricanes — two with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater, the nation’s best-known seasonal hurricane forecasters said Tuesday.

A weak El Nino should make for an “average” hurricane season, William Gray’s team from Colorado State University predicts.

“If El Nino conditions develop for this year’s hurricane season, it would tend to increase levels of vertical wind shear and decrease levels of Atlantic hurricane activity,” Gray said in a press release.

El Nino — a pulse of warmer-than-usual water near the equatorial Pacific Ocean — tends to create winds that shear tropical systems apart before they can become hurricanes. La Nina, the opposite cycle of cooler water in the equatorial Pacific, tends to allow more hurricanes to form.

“Based on our latest forecast, the probability of a major hurricane making landfall along the U.S. coastline is 54 percent compared with the last-century average of 52 percent,” Phil Klotzbach, lead forecaster of Gray’s team, said in the release. “We are calling for an average hurricane season this year – about as active as the average of the 1950-2000 seasons.”

The team will issue forecast updates on June 2, August 4, September 2 and October 1.

The hurrican season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 and this is good news for those of us the live in “hurricane alley”.  Any time that we have an “average” season it is good news.  And anytime that El Nino is cooler than normal it is good news, let us hope that the updates stay prety musch the same.

FLASH! WARR INDICTED!

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of a Mississippi city hit hard by Hurricane Katrina has been indicted after federal officials say he filed a false claim for disaster assistance.

Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr says the charges have nothing to do with his job and he will continue to run the city, which was heavily damaged by Katrina’s wind and storm surge in 2005.

The indictment alleges Warr and his wife, Laura, sought a grant for a hurricane-damaged beachfront house they did not live in. Gulfport is on the coast about 80 miles east of New Orleans.

The Warrs pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Charges include conspiring to defraud the federal government and filing a false claim for disaster assistance.

Brent Warr is the highest-ranking municipal official indicted for Katrina fraud to date.

MS Legislature: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

At the end of the session for the Mississippi legislature I will do a three part series entitled, see above, on the bills that were considered in the session. The ones that were a waste of time, the ones that are a good solid idea and the completely moronic.

Many years ago I wrote an op-ed for a local newspaper, The Gulfport Star-Journal, entitled “Mississippi’s Moronocracy”. I will continue my observations from this session onward. apparently, nothing changes in the Mississippi legislature. The citizens of the state are still governed by morons.

Please watch for the post, it promises to be both informative and humorous.