adventure stop largely devoted to Pearl's Ashes. We first visited New Zealand in the 1970's when I was the reservoir engineer for the Hawaii Geothermal Project. They were our mentors, with Hank Ramey of Stanford, so I went to Aukland, then Waireki, where in 1958 this location became only the second geothermal plant in the world. #1 was Larderello, Italy. That collaboration began during World War II when New Zealand engineers visited the totally destroyed Italian geo-system. NZ returned in 1948 to observe 282 megawatts of operating and in-construction geothermal operations. I was particularly intrigued that their geo-resorts in Rotorua, 45 miles away, advertised the sulfurous smell as therapeutic.
The eye of Typhoon Hato at 100 MPH passed south of Hong Kong by 37 miles, caused a range of problems, killed 3 on Macao and just made landfall at noon in the Pearl River delta city of Zhuhai:
There are two other ocean storms in the East Pacific and Gulf of Mexico, but neither will attain hurricane strength. However, Tropical Storm Harvey will make landfall near Corpus Christi tomorrow.