Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin Hitting The U.S. East Coast: What Is In The Name?

Hurricane Joaquin will receive a lot of coverage within the next few days. So I will not even attempt to do the job of the scientists who track it in terms of reporting. Thus far it is deemed as a category 4 Hurricane and we will see Joaquin in my area within the East Coast of the U.S. sooner than later. Remnants of Joaquin have already begun.

What Joaquin Is Doing Thus Far...
(The Weather Station)

  • Hurricane Joaquin's center is located about 70 miles south-southeast of San Salvador in the central Bahamas.
  • Maximum sustained winds are estimated at 130 mph, a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
  • Joaquin has undergone rapid intensification from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane in less than 36 hours, and may still intensify further into Friday.
  • This system is moving slowly to the southwest and this is expected to continue through Thursday before turning north Friday into Saturday.
  • Hurricane watches and warnings are in effect for a large part of the Bahamas, where life-threatening conditions are occurring in some areas.
  • Joaquin may directly or indirectly affect the East Coast late this weekend or early next week, and a landfall is still possible, though the probability of that is diminishing.
  • Moisture and/or energy associated with Joaquin could enhance rainfall along the cold front in the Northeast late this week. Regardless, the East Coast will see significant impacts from the larger scale weather pattern taking shape.

Origin Of Name JOAQUÍN

USAGE: Spanish

Joaquín is the Spanish version of the Biblical name Joachim which translates to ‘God has established’ or ‘he whom Jehovah has set up’. In the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, Jehoiachin was a late 7th century BC King of Judah (from the House of David) but was defeated by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II and exiled to Babylon. However, Joaquín is more commonly associated with Saint Joachim who became  established as the father of the Virgin Mary in medieval tradition. Joachim and Anne (Mary’s mother in Catholic tradition) are not mentioned in the actual Bible but rather in the Gospel of James which is an apocryphal Gospel (i.e., from the “hidden books” claiming to be historic accounts of Jesus’s life which the Roman Church deemed functional but not necessarily divinely inspired as the rest of Scripture). Legends developed around St. Joachim and St. Anne in the Middle Ages which served to spread and popularize their names. Saint Joachim was considered a “forebearer of God” as the grandfather of Jesus. San Joaquín is simply the Spanish equivalent of Saint Joachim. The name is still quite common in Spain, but sees more success in Latin America, specifically the nations of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

How To Be Safe During A Hurricane:

  • Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the home (an interior room, a closet or bathroom on the lower level).
  • If flooding threatens a home, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
  • If a home loses power, turn off major appliances such as the air conditioner and water heater to reduce damage.
  • Do not use electrical appliances, including your computer.
  • Do not go outside. If the eye of the storm passes over your area, there will be a short period of calm, but at the other side of the eye, the wind speed rapidly increases to hurricane force and will come from the opposite direction. Also, do not go outside to see "what the wind feels like." It is too easy to be hit by flying debris.
  • Beware of lightning. Stay away from electrical equipment. Don't use the phone or take a bath/shower during the storm.

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