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A Little Relief

Today was the first time in the last four days that the heat index wasn’t at 105°F [40.6°C] or better because the humidity dropped. We have been breaking or tying the records for high temperature for a week. In addition to bringing much needed rain to North Florida and Georgia, Beryl reversed the wind flow drawing in drier air.

Since I came back to Okaloosa County in 1991, this is the first winter that we didn’t even have a frost warning, much less a freeze. Both March and April were very mild months.

Beryl is now a tropical depression in South Georgia, continuing to rain on parched land. It is forecast to reenter the Atlantic on the coast of North Carolina. The National Weather Service issued a statement:

… Public information statement…

Tropical Storm Beryl… which made landfall near Jacksonville Beach FL… Marks the second named storm of the 2012 hurricane season. This is the first time since the 1908 hurricane season that two Atlantic named storms have formed this early in the year. The only other year with two storms this early was 1887. As a side note… records of Atlantic tropical cyclones go back to 1851.

The Congresscritters who don’t believe that climate change is real should be bussed down to the coast of Virginia where it is obvious the sea level is rising. The effect is more dramatic in the Arctic, but there is no way of denying that it is happening within a bus ride from the Capitol.


1 hipparchia { 05.28.12 at 9:52 pm }

[yes, it’s me. also, i sent you an email, which any good spamcatcher would probably shunt directly to the spam folder…]

relief? i dunno, very late this afternoon maybe. i’ve had the a/c set on 85, and i only run it from about 8pm to 6am, so maybe i just can’t feel the difference yet. 🙂

on the plus side, it’s been too hot for the cats to feel like getting into mischief, so there is that.

2 Bryan { 05.28.12 at 11:48 pm }

When you filter yourself, you get to set the parameters for spam, so I got the e-mail and responded.

The change was noticeable here at noon when I disperse the kibble, i.e. I wasn’t dripping wet at the end of the operation. It was hot, but sweating helped for a change, and the light winds were out of the North. With the bayou to the North, the bay to the East, and the Gulf to the South, wind and humidity are tied together. The bayou is cooler than the bay, which is cooler than the Gulf. The Gulf is already in the 80s, so there is plenty of fuel for a storm if one comes into the area.

3 hipparchia { 05.29.12 at 12:17 am }


your county must have been sucking all the cool air out of my county. the heat was still pretty brutal here at 3-4pm.

4 Bryan { 05.29.12 at 4:59 pm }

When the onshore flow starts the humidity comes flowing in. We had some scattered clouds to soak up some of the sun, and Beryl’s affect was probably reduced the further West you went.