A while back I was whining about the 2009 Tropical Storm season ... where was it?
Apparently my whine got lost in the mail, but only for a little while, because YOWZA! The Atlantic has finally woken up.
Four systems ... pop, pop,pop, pop!
I make no apologies for loving hurricane season. It's going to come anyway, whether I like it or not. The raw energy of a tropical system is exciting, dangerous, destructive, and wonderous.
The dangerous/destructive part mainly depends on your location. Folks on the waterfront or in river flood plains probably only see these two.
I see all four, but then, I don't live in a hurricane bait home.
Pure Florida HeadQuarters (PFHQ) sits on decently high ground (for Florida) and is neither located at the beach or along any lake or river. A forest of large trees surround the open home area and act like shock absorbers when the wind roars.
Yes a hurricane spawned tornado could flatten PFHQ in a matter of seconds, but what are the odds of that?
After half a century of living in Florida and rolling along mostly unscathed through multiple tropical storms and hurricanes, I have decided that Tourist Season is a lot more dangerous than Hurricane Season.
The really neat thing about hurricane season in Florida, besides the awe and wonder of Convection Gone Wild, is this simple fact.
Claudette is a tease. So close and yet so far.
She's sliding up the coast just far enough off shore to make me ache for her touch, but I know she's got other places to go with all that amazing rain ... dang it.
We have had no rain today, only overcast skies and some occasional breezes, even as "a splendid little storm" passes by just out of reach.
Claudette IS a gentle reminder to get prepared quickly for storm season if you've put it off.
I'm not going to post about how to prepare, because there are plenty of info sources for that.
I will throw this out for thought though. This might be an especially good year to not wind up in a hurricane shelter because you didn't evacuate or prepare accordingly.
Public health officials in Florida are expecting Swine Flu outbreaks soon after school begins as summer dispersed kids are crowded into classrooms again.
School starts in one week.
So does the worst portion of Hurricane Season.
How is being crowded into a hurricane shelter with hundreds of other folks different from kids being crowded into schools?