HURRICANE IVAN. The trailer of Hurricane Frances is turning out to be quite a sequel. Like a wrecking ball, it's category 4 winds demolished concrete buildings in Granada (the only country Reagan's built-up military was able to vent its overwhelming capacities on during the 1980's). Ivan has his sites set on Jamaica (man!). And then, after a few days of picking up more steam in the Gulf of Mexico...who knows?
COOL CALCULATION? OR MONSTER? Of course all scientific-minded people know the course of a hurricane can be cooly calculated; it's just a matter of assessing counterveiling high pressure fronts impacted by degrees of wind shear, etc. But it's also easy to see why the inhabitants of the community that just got demolished may think more in terms of monster or finger of God.