The meteorological history of Hurricane Ivan (2004) spans 26 days, the
tenth longest storm duration of any Atlantic hurricane on record. The
tropical cyclone developed on August 31 from a tropical wave that moved
off the coast of Africa. Tracking westward due to a ridge, it developed
into Tropical Depression Nine on September 2, gradually intensifying
until September 5, when it underwent rapid deepening and reached
Category 4 status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. At the time
Ivan was the southernmost major North Atlantic hurricane on record. It
was weakened by dry air but gradually reorganized, passing just south of
Grenada as a major hurricane on September 7. The hurricane attained
Category 5 status in the central Caribbean Sea, and passed just south of
Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba with winds at or slightly
below that. Ivan gradually weakened before making landfall just west of
Gulf Shores, Alabama, on September 16 with winds of 120 mph
(195 km/h). After weakening, crossing Florida, restrengthening, and
making another landfall in Louisiana, its circulation dissipated in
Texas on September 25.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteorological_history_of_Hurricane_Ivan>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Thomas Edison was granted a patent for the Kinetoscope, a
precursor to the movie projector.
Nazi forces, posing as Poles, staged an attack against the
German radio station Sender Gleiwitz in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia,
Germany, creating an excuse to invade Poland the next day.
Approximately 150,000 people attended the Isle of Wight
Festival, which featured Bob Dylan in his first gig since 1966.
Anti-government demonstrations were held in 66 Polish cities to
commemorate the second anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement, which
allowed the Solidarity trade union to be established.
Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed, and their
driver Henri Paul were killed in a high speed car accident in the Pont
de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(Australia, Britain) Chaotic, disorganised or mismanaged.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I have always been a Laugher, disturbing people who are not
laughers, upsetting whole audiences at theatres … I laugh, that's all.
I love to laugh. Laughter to me is being alive. I have had rotten times,
and I have laughed through them. Even in the midst of the very worst
times I have laughed.
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