1216/2480 pages traversed (49.03%)
13.8 dips taken (more or less.)
Megball finally make it, only to find that their group have split up to scavenge further. Uh oh. Time for a plan, and Megan delivers. It might be too late. But then our lovely Chekhov's Sandcastle fires now, and La Petite shows up piloting the boat which our protagonists are hopefully going to outrun the Flood on. Good luck!
On a personal note, past-past me drifted away from the One True Comic while it was in progress, and eventually went on a vacation to northern Cheeselen, where is it nice and cool, on the shore of a lake (not as big as the Sea.) Browsing wikipedia one night, I somehow came across the article on the Messinian Salinity Crisis, and on the bottom--a reference to the OTC, added by Eutychus. After going "oh mustard, it's still going and this happened in it?", I immediately opened the Book of Geekwagon and caught up to the latest frames. By that time, it might have e**ed. Who knows? I forget.
Of course, other people mention the problems with heat in the bottomlands. Upon reflection, and given my calculations above, they're not quite as bad as I feared, and probably not the 80 C you'll find in the lowest depths of the salt lakes. For the record, the worst combination of heat/humidity ever recorded on Modern Day Earth was in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on 8 July 2003: 42 C air temperature with a dew point of 35 C. This corresponds to a Tw of about 37-38 C, which is supposedly above lethal limits. Good news for Megball?
Although Dhahran and eastern Saudi Arabia were mostly uninhabited prior to the oil boom, these sorts of high temps are usual all along the Persian Gulf--Bandar Mahshar, Iran hit a similar value in 2015. Given Megball live around another shallow sea of this type, temps like this can be expected.
Another main topic was the mechanics of how the OTC Flood took place. A lot of people were suggesting that inertia effects and a very high Reynolds number were going to cause sloshing and inundation even above present Atlantic sea levels. But other people suggested otherwise due to the large scales involved, and I would tend to agree with them. (EDIT: With the caveat that full 3D numerical simulation has still not been performed due to problems with numerical stability.) As big as the Alboran River is, the Sea is Bigger. According to the 2015 paper I looked up by mumblemumble, the three-stage inundation proposed by Pfhorrest is basically correct--with a rise of about 10 m/day. So the Forty had better not make landfall too early, or else they'll be flooded by the second rise.
There was a lot of discussion during this period of my blitz (especially the dam-the-Med project), and some other stuff, and a lot of song manips. Pretty impressive! Thanks are also due to all the newbies who joined at that time. They're cool too.
One final thing:
CasCat wrote:Time to RUN. Not time to think about running. Time to RUN. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200. Run. No, RUN.
Indeed... this is leaving me on the edge of my seat. Run Megball Run!
Also, since I'm apparently Vatican Milliner's Perfect Customer, tell me about the weather. Preferably in 1324 format.