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Why I Stayed


This is a screenshot of the Weather Underground’s WonderMap. I resized to fit in my blog window and added a purple dot to highlight the eye and a purple star to show Miami. I’m located about where the ‘s’ in Pensacola appears on the map. So far I’ve seen 25mph winds and cloudiness. They are forecasting rain tonight and/or tomorrow. Hurricanes aren’t circular, they are elliptical. The worst of the storm is in the Northeast quadrant. The winds move counterclockwise, they will be slowed by friction from the land before they get to me. If this had come into Mississippi or closer on the West side, I might not have hung around.


1 hipparchia { 09.10.17 at 8:01 pm }

yep, nice cool breezy day here! 🙂

2 Bryan { 09.10.17 at 10:57 pm }

I don’t depend on politicians to make the right decision, and that attitude has served me well and kept me alive more than once….

3 paintedjaguar { 09.11.17 at 3:50 am }

Keeping a weather eye out for now in Panama City, but so far winds and rain are less than the usual thunderstorms. The kitties are restricted to quarters until the situation resolves. Bob, who was a neighborhood cat until he took up with my leftover kitty, wants to know what the fuss is and why he’s locked up. He’s usually happy to be indoors during nasty weather.

I did put some new tires on the camper just in case, but those were needed anyway.

4 Bryan { 09.11.17 at 4:21 am }

The storm is closer to you, but the winds still have to come over land to get there. The wind field really expanded last night so I expected more.

5 ellroon { 09.11.17 at 11:35 am }

Glad to see you are safe!

6 Bryan { 09.11.17 at 11:52 am }

I’m safe, but cold, and I refuse to start the heater in September. The average temperature for today is 88° and it is more that 20 degrees colder. I don’t like cold. I may have to move to San Francisco or Anchorage to warm up.

7 Moi;) { 09.11.17 at 1:06 pm }

I also refuse to start the heater in September. But – 68° is cold? lol We woke up to 49° this morning….. Fireplace looks very tempting. 68° is great.

Glad to hear you are out of Irma’s general direction.

8 Bryan { 09.11.17 at 4:12 pm }

It was 61° at the 7AM update, 68° is supposed to be our high. This is like an ice storm – wet, no lights, and cold. [Well, for Florida] 😉

9 Badtux { 09.13.17 at 2:11 am }

Thank Cuba. Cuba sapped a lot of the energy out of the storm, if it had slammed into Florida at Category 5 rather than as a Category 3, things could have gotten bad.

10 Bryan { 09.13.17 at 10:28 pm }

The high pressure ridge to the north at was steering Irma didn’t move when they thought and the mountains on the spine of Cuba had the ability to disrupt the storm more than anticipated. If the storm had gone up the center of the peninsula able to suck energy from the Atlantic and Gulf in equal proportions things would have been a lot worse for the Atlantic coast.

Hurricane forecasting really is multidimensional chess without a rule book because of climate change.