The Miracle

To understand the miracle that saved Ozzie and his two friends, one must understand a little bit about atmospheric disturbances on planet earth.

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Earth’s wind is caused by differences in atmospheric pressure, resulting in air movement at various speeds. On a rotating planet, air will also be deflected by the Coriolis Effect.  Globally, the two major driving factors of large-scale wind patterns are the differential heating between the equator and the poles and the rotation of the planet.

Wind direction is expressed in terms of the direction from which it originates. For example, a northerly wind blows from the north to the south… etc.

Easterly winds, on average, dominate the flow pattern across the poles, westerly winds blow across the mid-latitudes of the earth.

The trade winds are the prevailing pattern of easterly winds found in the tropics towards the Earth’s equator.

The Prevailing Westerlies are the  winds in the middle latitudes that blow from west to the east.

That being said, Ozzie and his two compatriots had to face the Westerlies head on at velocities of 8 to 20 knots, in their attempt to reach Puerto Rico.  The wind direction at this latitude does not change; essentially never changes direction due the Coriolis Effect and unchanging temperatures at the poles.

With all the news about Russia invading Ukraine, Syrian atrocities, Obama Care, Vanishing jetliners, Entitlement attitudes, etc… I am sure many of you missed the news of earth’s latest volcanic eruption.

Tourism to Guatemala’s famous Pacaya volcano cancelled due to powerful eruption

PUBLISHED: 08:06 EST, 3 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:48 EST,

March 3, 2014.

I would send you the link, but it is so full of ads. I’m afraid they may start popping up on your computer.

Now look at Google Maps.

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As you can see Guatemala is exactly 2,138 miles due west of Ozzie and friends.  Look at the date line of newspaper report.

So, what do you think happened? Can you explain the “miracle” that saved Ozzie, Veronica and Victor?

Of course.  The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere this day (30 billion tonnes) March 3rd reached the North Pole four days later, increasing the ambient air temperature 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 36 hours.  Plus the heat generated from the eruption warmed the air due west from our desperate friends, creating a pressure gradient that not only negated the Prevailing Westerlies but actually shifted the wind direction to the east.

“It was like a miracle”, reported Ozzie.

“A cool Zepher gently touched my tail feathers, caressed me and lifted my wings like a guardian angel coming to the rescue”.

“We made it to San Juan in 8 hours.  Don’t tell me there is no such thing as miracles”.

Ozzie has good LUCK!

About Harriett Raptor

Eight-year-old mother of five, fluent in telepathy, a possessor of genetic memory, a genius and scholar. Harriett holds the equivalent of a PhD in philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and the Homo sapiens’ concept of the humanities. Her understanding of mathematics and logic are beyond Homo sapiens’ current comprehension. Harriett is a thinker, a wise osprey, especially distinguished for her expertise in the Homo sapiens problem.
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