As powerful Hurricane Irma approaches the U.S., it is showing on seismometers — equipment designed to measure earthquakes. Seismometers have picked up “noise” from Irma on islands such as Guadeloupe, St. Martin, Barbuda and Puerto Rico. Devices in the U.S. will start to pick up the readings as well as Irma gets closer to the mainland. The noise is likely caused by high winds — which cause tiny motions in the ground — and also by trees swaying in the wind, which also transfers energy into the ground.
Meanwhile ... A petition to change Hurricane Irma’s name to Hurricane Ivanka has gathered nearly 8,000 signatures so far. It is hoping to collect at least 10,000 signatures. Of course, the petition will be ignored because hurricane names are selected months in advance and we don’t need Irma’s name to change right in the middle of this chaos — after all, we already have the bozos at Weather Channel randomly naming winter storms.
… The petition asks the World Meteorological Association to make the name change “to put pressure on members of Trump’s administration to take real a stand for the health and safety of our world and generations to come.”