The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season in 4 minutes and 28 seconds. Video: NOAA Visualization Lab
Today marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, one of the busiest and costliest storm seasons in U.S. history. This season tied 2010 and 2011 for third place all time with 19 named storms, making the three-year span a rare, extended period of high activity.
In 2012, there were 19 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes and one of
which became a major hurricane. NOAA classified the year as "above normal" based on the number, intensity, and duration of all tropical storms and hurricanes, saying that 10 seasons exceeded 2012 in the last three decades in terms of the combined effect of the three previously mentioned factors. The only major hurricane of the year was
Michael, a Category III storm that died out over the Atlantic Ocean, but the storm that people will talk about when they
mention 2012 is, of course, Sandy.
“This year proved
that it’s wrong to think that only major hurricanes can ruin lives and impact
local economies,” said Laura Furgione, acting director of NOAA’s National
Weather Service. “We are hopeful that after the 2012 hurricane season, more
families and businesses all along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts become more
‘weather ready’ by understanding the risks associated with living near the
deep can an action-packed adventure movie get? A new bar has
been set, at least for teaser video and text.
the lines between dream state and reality, as you perceive the world through
the minds of many. Into the Mind contemplates the
experiences passed between mentors and peers to paint a philosophical portrait
of human kind. What drives us to overcome challenge? How do we justify risk?
What forces are at the core of a mountain addiction? Unique athlete segments
over a multitude of mountain sport genres depict the connectivity of Earth, and
window into never seen before moments. Explore how we begin our perception of
self, construct the foundations of confidence, and are ultimately led up the
path of self-actualization.
Buddha once said, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
Into the Mind is about becoming.
This week, Sherpas Cinema, the makers of All.I.Can, just
released the above psychedelic dollop so audiences could get a taste of Into the Mind, their new feature film set to debut in the fall of 2013. The ambitious new flick asks a number of big questions, and will go to some of
the most recognizable names in the adventure sports world to find answers,
including skier J.P. Auclair, climber Jimmy Chin,
snowboarder Xavier de Le Rue,
and kayaker Rush Sturges.
After trying to wrap my head around the teaser—at least that's my excuse for spending an afternoon watching and rewatching the video and reading and rereading the text—I called up and emailed co-directors Dave Mossop and Eric Crosland to find out more.
If you're looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything, consider giving an IOU note with HX-1 written on it. That's the name of toymaker Hirobo's one-person, single-seat, remote control electric helicopter, which won't be ready until at least next year. The wait is a good thing for several reasons, one being the craft is expected to hit the market with a price of $375,000. It would take a while for 99 percent of the population to save up and buy it.
The idea for the five-part B.A.S.I.C.S. series hit J.T. Holmes after a friend of his died who shouldn't have. "This person simply made a bad choice, chose an objective on a mountain
that was completely above his skill set," says Holmes. "He was doomed before even saying, Ready, set, go. The
idea to take action and found the B.A.S.I.C.S. program spurred from
wanting to prevent those accidents which can be avoided."
"Working at the Cheat
Suite." Photo: Janis LeMieux
Roughly a month ago, on the evening of October 25, master woodworker and paddlemaker Keith Backlund took his last breath in the Stalker, Pennsylvania, home
where he grew up. Since then, a stream of remembrances and condolences have rippled across the Web.
A few important things
can be learned about Backlund from the on-point obituary written by
Charlie Walbridge for American Whitewater.
He was born in the Pocono mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania. He began making
wood paddles after taking up whitewater kayaking. He founded the mainstream paddle
companies Woodlight and Viking. He made sure to share whatever he learned
with a number of apprentices. He was one of a kind. "He knew wood and
woodworking better than anyone we know and his paddles were probably the finest ever produced," wrote Walbridge.