Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2017 04:22:52 -0500
From: "Neal McLain" <email@example.com>
Subject: How a wireless network prepares for Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey, currently a Category Two hurricane but getting
worse, is predicted to make landfall in Texas late Friday or early
Saturday. About 1.5 million people are under a hurricane warning,
residents are being urged to evacuate, and swathes of southern
Texas could be "uninhabitable for weeks or months," the National
Weather Service has said. With all that going on, keeping cell
service up and running probably wouldn't rank high on your list of
priorities. But ensuring connectivity is a vital piece of the
puzzle that can keep everything else working.
My wife and I are members of that 1.5 million people under
hurricane warning. We're in Brazoria, Texas, about 20 miles
from the Gulf. Right now (4:00 AM) steady wind, light rain.
Harvey is on its way.
As soon as my wife gets up we'll pack the car and head to Katy,
Texas to spend the duration with my daughter and family. I'm
blogging it at https://survivingharvey.blogspot.com/
***** Moderator's Note *****
Sorry to be a spoilsport, but to judge by the hype coming out of the
CBS station in Houston, which is running a crawl that says "Hurricane
Harvey Slams Into Gulf Coast", Texans are facing the demon child of
Katrina and storm-with-no-name.
Except they're not.
They ran video of the airport, showing the wind and rain - while cabin
cruisers glided by on the canal they say is about to overflow its
banks. The field reporters, trying ever-so-hard to look heroic, passed
the word that power had been out "for over an hour" and showed us a
picture of a snapped tree - while their cameras caught background
images of residents walking dogs.
The Amateur Radio Hurricane net (on 7270 KHz LSB), which I listened to last
night, had a report of a weather station on one of the barrier
islands, which said that the hurricane had - on a barrier island, mind
you - sustained winds of 75 MPH, and gusts to 130 MPH. In other words,
Harvey was back down to a category one storm (Oh, excuse me,
"Hurricane") AT LANDFALL
Harvey didn't "slam" the gulf coast: more like a brush-by pick-
pocketing. A nuisance, to be sure, but hardly life threatening. What
we're seeing here is the huge (and hugely expensive) government
infrastructure of FEMA and Homeland Security and the state's own
disaster-preparedness bureaucracy all pulling together to try to scare
everyone into getting away from the coast long before a whiff of salt
air reaches Houston or points north, and before the ordure of
post-Katrina butt-covering and overreaction reaches the national news
The TV station in Houston should be running tag lines like "REMEMBER
KATRINA!" and "BE VERY AFRAID FILM AT ELEVEN!" - or at least, an
occasional disclaimer that reveals they're doing their best to sell
soap in the face of overwhelming odds.
End of telecom Digest Sun, 27 Aug 2017