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Hurricane Kiko

Hurricane Kiko was one of the strongest tropical cyclones to ever make landfall on the eastern coast of the Baja California Peninsula. The eleventh named storm of the 1989 Pacific hurricane season, Kiko formed out of a large mesoscale convective system on August 25. Slowly tracking northwestward, the storm rapidly intensified into a hurricane early the next day. Strengthening continued until early August 27, when Kiko reached its peak intensity with winds of 120 mph (195 km/h). The storm turned west at this time, and at around 0600 UTC, the storm made landfall near Punta Arena on the southern tip of Baja California. The hurricane rapidly weakened into a tropical storm later that day and further into a tropical depression by August 28, shortly after entering the Pacific Ocean. The depression persisted for another day while tracking southward, before being absorbed by nearby Tropical Storm Lorena. Though Kiko made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane, its impact was relatively minor. Press reports indicated that 20 homes were destroyed and numerous highways were flooded by torrential rains. (Full article...)

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Sir Galahad

"Sir Galahad" is a poem written by Alfred Tennyson and published in his 1842 collection of poetry. As with several of Tennyson's other works, the poem has to do with Arthurian legend; in this poem, Sir Galahad experiences a vision of the Holy Grail. Tennyson revisited this topic in his Idylls of the King.

In this illustration from a 1901 edition, an apparition appears to Galahad, urging him to continue his quest:

Then move the trees, the copses nod,
Wings flutter, voices hover clear:
"O just and faithful knight of God!
Ride on! the prize is near."

Illustration: W.E.F. Britten; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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