Internet combustible after all

I should probably show some respect for the poor folks whos lives and loved ones are in grave peril as God’s wrath consumes California. But I’m just annoyed by how its interfering with my connectivity. I’m actually keeping a DOS prompt open to manually add routes depending on which of my ISPs can send packets unsinged to my destination of choice.

I had to call Cogent the other night because 70% of our customers suddenly lost connectivity to the game. The support rep I spoke to was “aware” of some problems with “packet loss”. I noted that my, albeit quite humble, looking glass traces all seemed to be flapping around SoCal links, which he confirmed was consistent with information they had on the issue at that point and when I mentioned the fires, his “woah” seemed to indicate a leap of association he hadn’t made at that point.

I haven’t seen anything since to say it was fire related but if it was, those of us living comfortably away from the flames might not want to scoff to heartily at the poor folks in flamey peril.

I wonder, with global warming and all, if we’ll soon be naming wild fires like we do cyclones :(


I have to leave that spam trackback just because :)

Please, please tell me you were taking a jab at global warming hysterics with that comment about the wildfires….


LOL…name the fires after the arsonist.

“I wonder, with global warming and all, if we’ll soon be naming wild fires like we do cyclones :(”

Actually, in the US anyway, we name hurricanes. Cyclones of various types, including everyday baroclinics, are vastly more common and less destructive, and generally anonymous.

And yet…

Cyclones is a broad brush and it seems to be used more often these days to refer to Tropical Cyclones, which get names just like Hurricanes.

So did your calls to Cogent actually help in any way or was the person on the phone paid $6.75 / hr?

Nah…won’t be naming fires like Cyclones/Hurricanes, but instead naming them after the Arsonists what start them. What’s happening in SoCal reminds me of what happened several months back in Greece.

I have family in SoCal, my younger sister, her husband and their baby, Mik.

They actually do name fires. They name fires based on the street that the fire started on. For example, the Buckweed fire started on Buckweed street.

eh Jwilly? Where the hell did you get that info?

The terms “hurricane” and “typhoon” are regionally specific names for a strong “tropical cyclone”. A tropical cyclone is the generic term for a non-frontal synoptic scale low-pressure system over tropical or sub-tropical waters with organized convection (i.e. thunderstorm activity) and definite cyclonic surface wind circulation (Holland 1993).

Tropical cyclones with maximum sustained surface winds of less than 17 m/s (34 kt, 39 mph) are called “tropical depressions” (This is not to be confused with the condition mid-latitude people get during a long, cold and grey winter wishing they could be closer to the equator ;-)). Once the tropical cyclone reaches winds of at least 17 m/s (34 kt, 39 mph) they are typically called a “tropical storm” and assigned a name. If winds reach 33 m/s (64 kt, 74 mph)), then they are called:

“hurricane” (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E)
“typhoon” (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
“severe tropical cyclone” (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)
“severe cyclonic storm” (the North Indian Ocean)
“tropical cyclone” (the Southwest Indian Ocean)

And since I’ve actually been through a ‘severe tropical cyclone’, it was neither frequent, nameless or non-destructive.

Ummm…I quote myself: “…in the US…”

If the issue is semantics, there’s a good summarization of the language variables starting at .

Difficulty reading, jw? That link lists Hurricanes as a subcategory of Cyclones – under Nor’Easters.

Here’s the link to the first quote from Troop – – that’s the US’s National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration.

I’m fairly sure that they are, and I quote you, “… in the US…”.

They seem to think that a hurricane is a cyclone.

kfs1: “global warming” … “cyclones”
jwilly: “In the US”

So, so, so tempting to remark on that but that would just get political.


thanks for the link kfsone I forgot to post it.

Oh and they spin the the other way, just like our toilets..:D

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