The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : Issue XXX (August 2008)
The Military history WikiProject Newsletter
Issue XXX (August 2008)
- Project news
- The Military history WikiProject coordinator selection process is underway, to elect nine coordinators to serve for the next six months. If you are interested in running, please sign up here by 23:59 (UTC) on 14 September! Voting starts at 00:01 (UTC) on 15 September and runs until 23:59 (UTC) on 30 September.
- A new barnstar specifically encouraging and recognizing excellence in Milhist article creation and development has been introduced. Any editor who has made a significant contribution to three or more Milhist A-Class articles promoted since 1 August 2008 under the new A-Class criteria is eligible. Nominations for the medal should be made here; should list the three A-Class articles for which the medal is sought; and must be subsequently supported by three or more project coordinators, who will be responsible for making the award. Editors may nominate themselves or any other qualifying editor.
- Articles of note
New featured articles:
- HMS Ark Royal (91)
- John McCain
- Operation Ke
- Panzer I
- Warwick Castle
New featured lists:
- List of Korean War Medal of Honor recipients
- List of USAF Test Pilot School alumni
New A-Class articles:
- Harry Murray
- Horses in warfare
- Kaunas Fortress
- Kiev Expedition (1018)
- Napoleon I of France
- Operation Ke
- Panzer IV
- SS Dakotan
- SS Pennsylvanian
- TAM (tank)
- United States Naval Gunfire Support Debate
- USS Mercy (AH-4)
- Current proposals and discussions
- A new discussion about whether Milhist should adopt C-Class is underway. All comments are welcome.
- The 2008 Tag & Assess Workshop is still open, seeking input on ways to improve the efficiency, user-friendliness and organization of future Milhist drives. All comment is welcome, especially from people who didn't participate in the drive!
- Awards and honors
- Durova has been awarded the WikiChevrons with Oak Leaves in recognition of her exemplary work on military history featured pictures, sounds, and articles.
- JonCatalán has been awarded the new Milhist A-Class medal for his work on three newly-promoted tank-related articles: Panzer I, TAM and AMX-30E.
- The new Milhist A-Class medal also goes to Bellhalla for his three ship-related articles: USS Mercy (AH-4), SS Pennsylvanian and SS Dakotan.
- The Contest department has completed its seventeenth month of competition, which saw an unprecedented 54 entries. The top scorer this month is Bellhalla with a record 120 points, followed by JonCatalan with 56 points. Abraham, B.S., Cam, Ed!, Woody, David Underdown, Gaia Octavia Agrippa and Kyriakos also fielded entries. Blnguyen remains the overall leader, with 226 points in total. The Chevrons go to Bellhalla and JonCatalan gets the Writer's Barnstar. You are encouraged to submit any articles you are working on as entries.
- Thanks go to Abraham, B.S., Bedford, Benedict of Constantinople, Borg Sphere, Canglesea, Climie.ca, Dashiellx, Ejosse1, El Greco, Fusionmix, Geoff Plourde, Jim Sweeney, Judgesurreal777, MBK004, Mifter, Parsecboy, Red4tribe, Rosiestep, Suyogaerospace, and TomStar81 for their help with the 2008 Tag & Assess Workshop.
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Tropical cyclones WikiProject Newsletter #20
This is the monthly newsletter of WikiProject Tropical Cyclones. The Hurricane Herald aims to give a summary, both of the activities of the WikiProject and global tropical cyclone activity. If you wish to change how you receive this newsletter, or no longer wish to receive it, please add your username to the appropriate section on the mailing list. This newsletter covers all of August 2008.
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Storm of the month
Hurricane Gustav was a deadly and damaging hurricane which formed late in the month in the Caribbean Sea. It first struck Haiti on August 26 as a minimal hurricane, where it killed 76 people and damaged or destroyed over 10,000 houses. Gustav turned to the southwest, moving over Jamaica where it killed 11 people. The hurricane rapidly intensified to reach peak winds of 150 mph (240 km/h) before making landfall on western Cuba; in the country, Gustav damaged or destroyed over 100,000 houses, though no deaths were reported due to well-executed evacuations. In the Gulf of Mexico, Gustav weakened due to its previous land interaction, and on September 1 it made landfall in south-central Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane, where it caused heavy damage. Across its path, the hurricane caused 101 deaths, with an initial damage total of $20 billion.
Other tropical cyclone activity
- Atlantic Ocean– In addition to Gustav, three other tropical cyclones formed. Early in the month, Tropical Storm Edouard caused light damage when it moved ashore along Texas. In the middle of the month, Tropical Storm Fay formed over Hispaniola and later crossed over Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico; throughout the Caribbean it caused 25 deaths. Fay struck southwestern Florida, moved across the state, turned to the west, and moved across the Florida panhandle, making a record four landfalls on the state. The storm dropped 27.65 inches (702.1 mm) of rain in Melbourne, making Fay the fourth wettest Florida tropical cyclone. In the end of the month, Hurricane Hanna formed northeast of the Lesser Antilles; its impact will be covered in the next month's summary.
- Eastern Pacific Ocean – Four named storms developed in the basin during the month, including Tropical Storm Kika, which was the first Central Pacific tropical cyclone since Ioke in 2006. Hurricane Hernan was the strongest hurricane of the month in the basin, reaching Category 3 status while remaining away from land. Tropical Storm Iselle lasted for a few days, but did not affect land. Tropical Storm Julio made landfall on Baja California Sur, producing heavy rainfall and causing two deaths.
- Northwestern Pacific Ocean – The month began with Tropical Storm Kammuri forming and hitting southern China; the storm killed 140 people, mostly in neighboring Vietnam, and damage totaled $120 million (USD). Tropical Storms Phanfone and Vongfone lasted for a few days out at sea, before Typhoon Nuri formed and struck northern Luzon, causing 12 deaths.
- 2008 North Indian Ocean cyclone season – A depression formed and struck Odisha.
Member of the month
The August member of the month is Cyclonebiskit, who has been on Wikipedia since April. The user helped maintain the current season articles as well as storm articles. Cyclonebiskit has written one GA, and wrote much of one of the recent tropical cyclone articles.
New and improved articles
- There were eight new pieces of Featured content : Hurricane Vince (2005), Meteorological history of Hurricane Jeanne, 2005 Azores subtropical storm, Timeline of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, Timeline of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Barry (2001), Timeline of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, and Hurricane Kyle (2002)
- New Good articles include: Effects of Hurricane Charley in South Carolina, Tropical cyclone rainfall forecasting
- New storm articles include: Tropical Storm Andrew (1986), Tropical Depression Nine (2000), Tropical Storm Norman (2006)
- New non-storm articles include: List of off-season Atlantic hurricanes, Meteorological history of Tropical Storm Allison, 1967 Pacific hurricane season, List of Maryland hurricanes (1950–1979), and Effects of Hurricane Noel in the United States
This month, several of the WikiProject's articles were selected for the Version 1.0 Editorial Team's Version 0.7 static release. The article selection occurs using an automated process using WikiProjects' quality and importance assessments. For WPTC, this means that 29 articles will be part of this release, an increase from 13 in the previous release. It should be noted that these numbers are based on preliminary data that can change based on updates to the database and corrections to the selection algorithm and WP:1.0's cut-off score.
The list of articles chosen for the release can be seen here. Of the selection, almost half of the articles are already featured, and eleven are good articles. There one B-Class article (1970 Bhola cyclone, two C-Class articles (Hurricane Andrew, Cyclone Nargis), and two Start-Class articles (Pacific typhoon, Hurricane Rita). As these articles will be published in a CD, it is imperative that the project improve them quickly.
The full list of all the WikiProject's articles is also available here. According to that list, WPTC's highest-scoring article—Tropical cyclone—has a score of 1969, which is very good as Canada, the selection's highest-scoring article, has a score of 2,409. That said, Extreme wind warning is the least important article we have, with a score of 227, so we may have to improve it a little bit so it isn't that low...
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