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August 15, 2004

Charley’s Death Toll At Least 16; Earl Forecast To Become Hurricane; Weather Postpones Olympic Rowing; Chilly Houston WX; Sgt. Sees Son’s Birth 10,000 Miles Away; Auroras Tonight; Rare SoCal Twister; Sites OK As Charley Hits; Washington Post Story Mention (The Drudge Report For Weather?)

Charley’s aftermath: For Florida county’s retirees, paradise lost… Most reports have Charley’s death toll at 16, but The Boston Globe reported Sunday a death count of 17 from Charley, who hit Port Charlotte as a Category 4 hurricane with 145 mph winds. Story: Post-Hurricane Relief Efforts Under Way. A weakened Charley with 35 mph winds headed toward Maine Sunday. Get the latest news stories on Charley’s aftermath via Google News.

Earl headed for Gulf: Tropical Storm Earl rakes across eastern Caribbean islands, forecast to strengthen to hurricane. According to the National Hurricane Center’s updates, Earl had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph at 11 p.m. EDT Sunday.

Quick update on other weather news: Bad weather postpones Monday’s racing at the Olympic rowing regatta | Weather may decide Sri Lanka’s hopes

Enjoy the brisk mid-August weather, Houston: Temperatures dipped to 65 degrees at Bush Intercontinental Airport just after 6:30 a.m. Saturday, breaking a 73-year-old record low for the day. Story

In the world of webcams, a great story: Sergeant witnesses birth of son 10,000 miles away

From SpaceWeather.com: High-latitude auroras are possible tonight. See some great pictures now in the August Aurora Gallery

Back to weather… Rare twister touches down briefly in Southern California

Top Weather Sites Manage Traffic from Hurricane Charley… While I’m nowhere near as popular as these sites, I must give kudos to my web host, HostMyStie.com, for smooth sailing through it all…

Published!: Taking a break from Charley updates for a moment, it’s always nice to get quoted in a major newspaper, and it’s been a while (The Detroit Free Press in Nov. 2002 to be exact). Today’s editions of The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com have an article on weather bloggers in the front page of the Style section by Rebecca Dana, and I am included:

Bill Young, 31, maintains “what I like to think of as the Drudge Report for weather,” which right now serves as a weblink clearinghouse about Charley, from his home in northern Texas.

Boy, now I guess I have to live up to that quote… Anyway, if you are here for the first time due to Charley or The Washington Post article, I welcome you to this weather blog that I started 18 months ago this coming Thursday as an extension to my primary weather and webcams site.

… The Charley weblink clearinghouse follows:

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