It’s a busy day here at the Main Campus, so this will be brief. (More)

That big nasty thing in the photo is Hurricane Irma, a couple of days ago. All of the forecasts have her headed for South Blogistan, and the current track puts her eye about 75 miles east of the Main Campus on Sunday afternoon. She’s expected to make U.S. landfall as a Category 4 storm and she’ll pass over the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee on her way north. Hurricanes feed on warm water the way squirrels feed on nuts, so they don’t expect her to weaken too much until she gets north of us.

In other words, she’ll probably be at least a strong Category 2 or even a Category 3 as she passes the Main Campus. If the current track is accurate, we won’t get the worst of her. But she’s a huge storm – the size of Texas – so we’re preparing as if we’ll get a Cat 2 strike, with 95-110mph winds and torrential rain.

The Main Campus was built to withstand a Category 3 storm and it’s not in a flood zone, so we’ll shelter in the mail room. But Mrs. Squirrel and the kids need help carrying everything down from Árbol Squirrel and inside. I think squirrels and pack rats are distant cousins. It sure feels like it.

Anyway, that’s why I didn’t wade into the news dumpster this morning. We’ll update you through the weekend in Campus Chatter and Campus Question, unless we lose power. See you again soon.


Photo Credit: ABC News


Good day and good nuts