Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac Thursday Edition

The weather approaching Cuba and South Florida is a tropical storm right now expected to increase and hopefully decrease in intensity over the next few days. In the Keys the weather right now is perfect, a little muggy, but sunny and the winds are gentle. Sunday evening we will be close to contact with the hurricane/tropical storm and things will be different. No one knows how different because the big question right now is how much damage will Cuba's landmass do to the counterclockwise whirling of Isaac. Cyclones need warm water underneath them to feed their winds and when thy pass over land they lose their fuel. If Isaac hits Cuba while a low category hurricane there is a chance Cuba will wreck the rotation and we shall see winds and rain but only modest cyclone strength.

Tropical Storm Isaac is on everyone's lips now. A few minor preparations are underway as people start to clean their yards, drag out their hurricane shutters and start to figure out their evacuation plans. My wife says the school district has announced no closures yet but no one expects Monday to be anyway normal. I am expecting to be locked down the police station Sunday evening but at this point everyone is waiting to see what happens to Isaac this weekend.

It's been a while since we had a real hurricane scare, a few near misses in 2008 didn't prepare anyone for the real thing and I'm hoping Isaac will be strong enough to remind us all what hurricane season means without the collateral damage. I remember Hurricane Wilma all too well and the chaos that followed.

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Sunset Light

Only the need to exercise my hound dragged me out from my air conditioned couch on a ninety degree evening, snug with my book and a tumbler of iced tea.

I wasn't sure where I was going but when I saw the golden light illuminating the sky and the water I said, sod it Cheyenne, this is where we're walking.

She was amenable, as she likes fishing bridges where very often anglers drop unconsidered trifles like bait fish.

I looked out at the water glowing in the sunset.

Cheyenne ignored the boats and chased baked bait fish on the pavement. I wondered when my boat would be back in the water, with any luck running perfectly and able to carry me to private swimming holes. Hurricane Isaac has delayed launching anything this week.


The gap in the bridge isn't, just a department of transportation annoyance. It allows people with tall boats to pass under Highway One. On the other stump of the bridge people were chasing fish.

The buoys mark the no boat lane close to the houses, designed t keep the incessant ferry traffic to Little Palm Island away from the waterfront.

And then we turned to head back to the car and I saw the setting sun for the golden orb it really was.

I patted Cheyenne to thank her for dragging me off the couch.

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