Archives for September 4, 2006


Rain is one of those all-or-nothing phenomenon here and we’re finally getting a little of it here in North Texas.  After a ridiculous number of dry days, and an even more ridiculous number of consecutive days greater than 100F, we’ve been given a reprieve by the Rain Governor: water is falling from the sky.  Temps are down, sanity has begun to return in the ED (okay, it’s relative there).

Oh, our reservoirs are still fantastically behind, and the ground looks like Apollo 11 moon dust  when trodden upon (just like it does in Fort Stockton; story some day), but at least we’re getting some water.

Weird how the end of a drought can make your week.

(picture from the WeatherBug)

Steve Irwin Dies

The Crocodile Hunter died, and not by a croc.  By a stingray barb:

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Steve Irwin, the Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was killed Monday by a stingray during a diving expedition, Australian media said. He was 44.

Irwin was filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Queensland state when the accident occurred, Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on its Web site.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. said Irwin was diving near Low Isles near the resort town of Port Douglas, about 1,260 miles north of Brisbane.

A helicopter carrying paramedics flew to the island, but he died from a stingray barb to the heart, ABC reported on its Web site.

Pericardial tamponade is the diagnosis that jumps to mind, though there are several others. 

Update: Dr. Rangel has the analysis covered here. (via Kevin, MD)