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The Season That Wasn’t

This year’s Hurricane Season was a non-event in the Atlantic Basin, while the Pacific was getting pummeled.

Two storms came ashore, Claudette and Ida, as Tropical Storms, but neither caused much in the way of damage as tropical events. The remnants of Ida were absorbed into an Nor’easter on the Atlantic Coast and created some major problems for the coastline.

The air was drier than usual, and the wind shear was tearing developing storms apart. This was attributable to a moderate El Niño in the Pacific. The sea surface temperature was plenty warm enough to support major hurricanes, but the dry air and wind shear disrupted their development.

Those of us who live on the Gulf Coast don’t really care why, just that there wasn’t much activity.

So today and tomorrow we have to put up with an extratropical storm, which is the equivalent of a weak tropical storm, but it is cold, with the lows on Saturday expected to dip to the freezing point, and the possibility of snow around Houston.


1 hipparchia { 12.01.09 at 11:49 pm }

extratropical means it got 15 degrees warmer for me! 48 degrees when i was driving home in rush hour traffic this evening and 62 when i took the dog out just now.
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2 Bryan { 12.02.09 at 12:23 am }

Enjoy it, because when the clouds clear out and the winds shift it will be colder than a welldigger’s …….

I hate the winter here. It always rains buckets just before it gets really cold, which makes preparing for it a real pain as all the plants to be moved are filled with icy water.

3 hipparchia { 12.02.09 at 12:43 am }

yep, ski suit [and ski socks] at the ready…

i always miss south texas at this time of year. you still get weather like this, but not as much.
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4 Bryan { 12.02.09 at 12:49 am }

This is a recent change. We used to get three cold spells a year, with decent fall-type weather the rest of the time. Now it seems to a constant stream of cold weather events.

5 Steve Bates { 12.02.09 at 9:40 pm }

We should have lots of fun here on Friday evening… best chance of snow; first freeze (very light). Winter here is typically not severe but very drizzly and ugly; I wouldn’t mind a little snow for a change. We get snow perhaps every five years or so.

That leads people to do weird things like scheduling outdoor musical events in the vicinity of Christmas. I played in one late December concert in Hermann Park in which it was so cold that the contractor for the job gave us permission to wear our heavy coats onstage. That did nothing for my hands, of course; I played enough clams that night to serve the whole audience with chowder. Of course, no one here knows how to make chowder…
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6 Bryan { 12.02.09 at 10:08 pm }

Just add some okra, mudbugs, spices, and whatever is turning in the crisper, and let it simmer all day. It will be filling.

I have been making some adjustments outside to give the ferals some warmer places to hole up with some light bulbs [my only use for incandescent bulbs], and have to think about moving plants and putting a tarp over my Mother’s water garden.

Today it is looking warmer than they were saying before this storm came through.