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Don't trust any storms whose name begins with the letter

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Once upon a time, the local weatherman said that there was a tropical low forming to the west of Africa, but "don't worry about it, he'll watch it for us". Well, he did!! He watched it and he kept telling us that it didn't look like much of a problem. One day more than a week later, he said, "you know? That little low could be a problem...it's only packing winds of 35-40 mph and it still has to go 'over the mountains of Haiti, Hispanoiia and Cuba'...by then it could just peter out!

Day after day, we heard the same story. He even got all his friends on the other local TV channels to repeat the same Mantra..."I'll keep an eye on it, doesn't look like much".

Seeing that I'm an "old, experienced Yankee TV watcher" and grew up with Don Kent as my weatherman forecaster (he taught all us Bostonians about the weather and you could tell by the smile on his face during a storm just how much he loved his occupation. Where does someone do a job that no one can judge and get paid for it??), I couldn't help but feel that my bones told me that this could be a problem.

One morning, this "local Florida TV scientist" told me "the low has been named Isaac and we're watching it as it comes towards land here...it may just 'nudge' the shores of Key West." Seeing how far the Key is from my home, I figured...okay....soooo???

As time progressed, it became obvious that this "Isaac" was going to be nasty, just like all those other storms with names beginning with the letter I, and sure enough. This "little" tropical low, now becoming a storm was going to reach Southern Florida and might even get to reach out to me and mine.

The rest is history...we got a rainstorm...only Noah could not have built an ark to withstand the amount of rain that fell. Fortunately, it came in bursts. The thunder and lightning told me that 'someone' was "very angry" at the world!! Seems that Isaac decided to turn to the left and move out into the Gulf of Mexico, which means we should be out of the woods quickly.

NOT ON YOUR LIFE!!!! The rains came in a line streaming from Cuba all the way up the coast of Florida.

When I awoke Monday morning, there was a "little" problem. The retention pond behind my house, which is usually a nice, serene, pretty picture was now so huge that it was within a 2-3 foot distance from my house!! The street and sidewalk in front of my house has disappeared, replaced by a RIVER!!! This river also crawled up my driveway--at least 6 feet into my driveway!!

I kept looking out the windows all day...first to the front of the house, then to the back! It rained all day Monday and even at night and a little misty this morning, although we have sunshine right now. Could the end of it be at hand??

Only time will tell.

In the meantime, I pray for better treatment for New Orleans, for Mississippi and Alabama and wherever this storm decides to turn. Check with your local weatherman for more details!


NOTE: By noontime on Tuesday, the street had dried out and the driveway was walkable... the retention pond in the back is slowly shrinking and the ducks are swimming...along with some baby duckies that I've never seen before.... As a reminder, we just had a clap of thunder that put my computer and the lights out...just for a brief moment. A sprinkle...just a sprinkle. Let's hope that's it for today (would you believe that if it was a promise from the weatherman??
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    Yeah it is always that way no matter where you live and they are on all day talking about what they don't know about.
    2025 days ago
    they seem to guess at what the weather is going to do . they say one thing and it does another .
    2026 days ago
    I don't know the percentage our weathercasters "get it right" and I know who controls the weather. But Hubby says if we didn't do any better in school than the forecasters do, we would flunk. Many of them are long-term anyhow and still get fooled! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2026 days ago
    That sounds like a familiar Florida summer story. I'm glad you didn't say your power was out and would be for days. That's when those storms get real miserable. Best of all you're OK and that's good news.
    2026 days ago
    Yeah, Isaac has been a busy boy! Hope the water is receding by now!
    2027 days ago
    We didn't get much rain here yesterday - only 1/2 inch. But I spent a lot of Saturday getting ready for a siege after the storm. No I'm just leaving everything the way it was - put a way and buttoned up.
    2027 days ago
    I'm glad you made it through the rough "little problem". I'm with you - I want the job where I could be wrong mos of the time and still get paid. Meanwhile, I'll keep listening to my body.
    2027 days ago
    You said a mouthful
    2027 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    Yeah - Can you share some of that rain? The corn and cows need it!

    Just kidding, of course. We are all glad you weathered the storm so far. I hope the water drains quickly and you do not have damage.
    2027 days ago
  • RFJSJ50
    Oh, my! I hope things are still okay at your house.
    I live in NE Ohio and we're hoping we get some of the moisture/rain left over from Issac. We've had a really hot, dry summer and it would be welcome - just not as much as you got!
    2027 days ago
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