Monday, August 22, 2011

Hurricane Irene

There has been a nervous tingle in Key West, but at this point Hurricane Irene seems most likely to be nudged off Florida by a building ridge of high pressure. Jolly good.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website shows a decided path toward Charleston, South Carolina, a harbor city open to the south east and doubtless not ready to absorb another storm surge on the level of Hurricane Hugo of fond memory. This is payback for a long tedious 2011 of climate change disasters across the country except in the southeast. Or not. Nothing has happened yet and nothing is promised. Perhaps the rabid capitalists of Bermuda and the peasants of the Bahamas will be the chosen tribes this time around. Or we Conchs. In the meantime life goes on as the platitude has it.


I would ask that storms not be personalized. I hate how people talk about hurricanes as "he" or "she;" they have no feelings they are caused by wind and water. Everyone should have a hurricane plan and sensible people do. Inexperienced people think they are brave until the winds start to howl and then they crap themselves by which time it's too late. Evacuate often and early is my credo but...most people plan hurricane parties instead.

Well, so far it's a false alarm for the Keys, so until next time, keep planning life as normal unless you live in Charleston in which case prepare to kiss your ass goodbye if you listen to the sadists. I prefer realism. Roll on November 30th.

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8 comments:

Singing to Jeffrey's Tune said...

Why is November 30th significant?

bobskoot said...

Mr Conchscooter:

I was looking at the news yesterday night, when they showed a map of the GULF and surmised that the Hurricane may "touch" Florida, around KW. Right then my heart sank and I started to feel sorry for you. Glad you were spared, again

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

bobskoot said...

Mr Conchscooter:

the Mayan calendar ends December 21, 2012, NOT November 30th you silly duck . Not unless you have inside information you are not sharing with us.

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Anonymous said...

"Why is November 30th significant?"

I do believe Nov. 30th marks the end of huricane season! Cheers!

salt life

Chuck and the Pheebs said...

Interesting how different a mainlander's and an islander's perspective may be. Both look forward to ends - one markedly different than the other.

2,000 miles from a continent - any continent...

Chuck.

Singing to Jeffrey's Tune said...

Well Duh! "Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th." -NOAA

Conchscooter said...

even though hurricanes respect no date as storms have been known to develop in december. mostly in the western caribb ean where waters are warmed.
The mayan calendar thing...I figure the calendar makers were interrupted by spanish speakers on horses with swrods which would explain the abrupt end.
now, if only people would take Peak Oil and Collapse with as much interest as the mayan calendar nonsense.

Chuck and the Pheebs said...

Nahh - we like to worry about the stuff that might cause pain and discomfort, as opposed to the stuff which WILL make our lives miserable. It's human nature.