Thursday, September 2, 2010

well it HAS been awhile

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
But being about as predictable as baby chicks in a hailstorm, hurricanes can do strange things, both weather-wise and human wise;  people respond in  different ways:  one group hunkers down after cleaning the store shelves of candles (which they never use),  radio batteries, toilet paper, and beer;  another gets ready to party hearty all night long or go surfing, regardless of what cooler heads are suggesting,  one set bundles in the car heading for the beach to "watch the waves come in", and the rest of us just bring in the lawn furniture and hope the roof holds up.

2 comments:

  1. I think I would be one of those that brings in the lawn furniture and hope the roof stays on. Good Luck thru Earl, I think its over exaggerated like everything else the press covers.

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  2. what happens is, people get so used to these things they tend to write them off as just another big rainy mess. We havent had a seriously damaging hurricane in this area for at least twenty years (and I may be wrong about that, too)--but as people during Katrina found out, and the people during a lot of the Texas hurricanes discovered, what looks like a pretty straightforward event sometimes takes a really bad hop and causes amazing devastation. Ive been through enough bad ones to respect them.
    So when one starts aiming itself at the east coast with recorded winds of 140 mph, NOAA tends to run with that, and issue warnings.
    If you check that little url I posted, you can see how much it's downgraded in the past 36 hours.

    It isnt the press I rely on, it's the NOAA website, since they are pretty conservative in their predictions.

    But there is no absolute path any hurricane can take, all you can do is hope you guessed right.

    We do need the rain. I will admit that.
    And I did bring the porch stuff in, even a 30mph wind can muck about with furniture and plants.

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