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March 2008

Tropical cyclones WikiProject Newsletter #14

Number 14, March 1, 2008

The Hurricane Herald

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Storm of the month


Cyclone Ivan formed on February 7 and subsequently executed a loop to the west-southwest. Encountering favorable conditions, it strengthened to attain peak winds on February 17 before striking northeastern Madagascar. It degenerated into a remnant low pressure area as it crossed the island, and briefly re-organized into a weak tropical depression before dissipating on February 22. Ivan caused heavy damage in Madagascar, leaving 190,000 people homeless and causing over 83 deaths.

Other tropical cyclone activity

  • In the South Pacific ocean, Cyclone Gene persisted from the previous month; a tropical depression also occurred in the month.
  • Tropical Cyclone Nicholas was the only named storm during the month in the Australian region, which struck Western Australia. Two tropical lows occurred during the month, the latter of which later formed into Tropical Cyclone Ophelia.
  • Four storms occurred in the Southwest Indian Ocean, including two from the previous month and the aforementioned Cyclone Ivan. Cyclone Hondo became the strongest cyclone worldwide in the month, and after becoming extratropical it regenerated over ten days later about 1750 miles (2800 km) to its west-northwest.

Member of the month

The February member of the month is RattleMan, for his lasting dedication and continual support of the project. During February, the user worked on improving the timeline articles for the previous season. RattleMan often updates the sections on storms in season articles, and helps to maintain the southern hemisphere articles.

Main Page content

Storm article statistics

Grade Nov Dec Jan Feb
  FA 31 33 33 36
  A 8 9 9 8
  GA 109 112 114 123
B 82 86 99 96
Start 211 208 214 216
Stub 6 6 3 6
Total 447 454 472 485
ω 3.01 2.98 2.98 2.96
Less than B
48.5 47.1 46.0 45.8
GA or better
33.1 33.9 33.1 34.3

Improvements During the month, a total of 15 new articles were added, though the net increase in start or stub articles was only three. The highest quality set of articles for a basin is for the Eastern Pacific Ocean, of which half of its articles are either a good article or better; all of its retired storm articles are good or better. However, the basin has a lower total number of articles, and the Atlantic basin has a higher overall total of good articles.

There is a drive to increase the number of featured topics, which is located on the project talk page.

♬♩ Hurricanehink (talk) 05:06, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

Red links.

I prefer the category to be red (I don't mind it's deleted), and my userpage template is very complicated (when I transclude it to my main userpage, the red links become the portal-like boxes). Cheers, · AndonicO Hail! 12:55, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

Hey <name>, Please help!

<name>, hi, I really need help with this. It says the page I created: Demo 2007 (Courtesy Blush) is like going for Speedy Deletion or something. Can you help me so that it won't be deleted, please!

Thanks! мιІапэџѕ (talk) 04:00, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Happy First Day of Spring!

Courtesy Blush

You only put sufficient links on the article to prove this basement band is no more notable than my basement band. and so on are not acceptable sources for a serious online encyclopedia - all they prove is this band has been trying to promote themselves online. While some may now argue that the band is notable according to WP:MUSIC because it's asserted the band has played outside Canada, this article still won't survive an AfD because people there typically hold articles to the higher standard of WP:N. Any lengthy interviews on MuchMusic, feature articles (not gig shouts) in Exclaim, anything in a real magazine, any mention in an actual book? That's the standard that's officially adhered to at Wikipedia, partially to protect us from turning into a spam farm. I hope you can find that level of sources. AllGloryToTheHypnotoad (talk) 21:44, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Re:Regarding Astrophotography

The reason to remove an external link to a "how to" is contained at WP:EL#Links normally to be avoided item #1:

Any site that does not provide a unique resource beyond what the article would contain if it became a Featured article.

i.e. a "how to" would be beyond what an article would contain if it became a Featured article, Featured article's do not contain "how tos". That means that wikipedia guidelines would reffer to links as well as articles. I noted in edit that a link to Wikihow would be ok since it is a sister project specificaly for "how tos". I will look again at the link and will and probably revert it, unless there is something I am missing here. (talk) 13:42, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

External links are for linking information that could be:
"further research that is accurate and on-topic; information that could not be added to the article for reasons such as copyright or amount of detail (such as professional athlete statistics, movie or television credits, interview transcripts, or online textbooks); or other meaningful, relevant content that is not suitable for inclusion in an article for reasons unrelated to their reliability (such as reviews and interviews)."
So we should avoid "Any site that does not provide a unique resource beyond what the article would contain if it became a Featured article". I think that is self explanitory, and "how-to" links do not provide any resource mentioned in the first quote. Also we have #13 "Avoid sites that are only indirectly related to the article's subject". The subject of the articel is "Astrophotography", and how it can be described encyclopedicaly. A how-to contains no description at all re: history, technilogical description, social or scientific significance, ect.
As to WikiHow, it is the place for "how-tos", Wikipedia is not. Same as Commons is the place for image repository, ect.
Yes this may be a good one to bring up at WP:ELs talk page. I will try to comment there, even though I am on a beach right now (and therefor under an IP). (talk) 21:31, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
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