Wednesday, August 30, 2006

“It’s Nothing”

As I write this, it is 4 o’clock in the morning and I’m in a tropical storm. One thing is missing, there is no wind and little to no rain. I awoke a bit ago to an alarming quiet. There are no howling winds or pounding rains. What kind of storm is this?

Yesterday Mr. Pop and I beat ourselves up mentally over whether to put up the hurricane shutters or not to put up the hurricane shutters. The local yokel weather people were on TV all day with their “up to the minute” storm reports. Meanwhile, yesterday afternoon the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore in Miami said, “ I’m not going to hype this thing. It’s nothing.” So was it nothing or was it, as the local weather guy was saying, comparable to Hurricane Wilma? Let me clue you in on Hurricane Wilma. That storm was a blistering bitch of a hurricane. I watched the winds of that baby lift up my neighbor’s car on it’s shocks. It’s tires didn’t leave the ground but the car lifted up as high as it could go without leaving the ground.

About five o’clock yesterday afternoon we decided to leave the shutters in the garage and take down anything outside that might blow around. Okay, decision made and cocktail hour began. We’re watching the reports and feeling pretty damn smug that we hadn’t taken the, we’re all gonna die, bait. So what’s the next thing we hear? Our next door neighbor’s drill as they are putting up their shutters. Ut oh! A moment of did we do the right thing, raises it’s questioning head. Another cocktail tells us we did.

Still, with that silent question floating around in our head, we call our friends across town and inquire about their shutter decision. Yep, friends have their shutters up and they’re all snug inside. Oh no! Have we screwed up? Second guessing our decision becomes the subject that is not spoken.

Well here it is, early Wednesday morning and my potted plants that I put out to get drenched in the “tropical storm rains of ten inches or more” aren’t yet soaked and not a leaf is stirring outside.

Later today things weather-wise may go to hell in a hand basket, but as of now, Mr. Cantore was right not to hype this thing because, “It’s nothing”. It was wetter outside the night I put the hose in the pool to add some water and forgot about it until the next morning. Now that was something!

28 Comments:

Blogger cul said...

Yeah, its pretty much a rain storm here in Polk County even though the local weather people are still trying to hype the tropical storm angle.

August 30, 2006 4:00 AM  
Blogger blueINdallas said...

Cocktails? Manual labor? Cocktails!

At least you didn't have to move the space shuttle in and out of its hanger.

Glad you dodged it.

August 30, 2006 5:02 AM  
Blogger L>T said...

I'm interested in this storm (even tho I'm on the West coast)because my daughter & her boyfriend just arrived in Florida yesterday. They drove across country to get there & they sure don't need to arrive in a Hurricane.

August 30, 2006 5:11 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Glad to hear that the roar turned into a whimper. Stay safe and have a bloody Mary to start the day.

August 30, 2006 5:22 AM  
Blogger PaxRomano said...

Glad to hear you are ok!

August 30, 2006 5:32 AM  
Blogger Sammi2u said...

PHEW~ glad it missed you, and now you get to rearange the stuff from the yard ;op

August 30, 2006 5:34 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Snug & smug - a great combo. Now get some sleep.

August 30, 2006 5:41 AM  
Blogger Walt said...

They've canceled the Tropical Storm warnings in Polk County, and right now I see just overcast skies from my window, with hardly a breeze stirring the trees.

Still, the preparations I made (testing the generator, etc.) were a good dress rehearsal for future emergencies.

August 30, 2006 5:58 AM  
Blogger Richie McWhite said...

So, this Tropical Storm's DNA didn't match the DNA in JonBenet's panties, either?

August 30, 2006 6:06 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Glad to hear you made the right decision and everything is OK. Looks like this storm was over-hyped as a result of the Katrina anniversary; another example of "responsible media behavior".

August 30, 2006 6:12 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Glad to hear that all is Ok over there POP.

August 30, 2006 6:29 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Same here. Daughter Kate and I were watching the early morning weather and they were saying things like, if the storm doesn't turn to the East, then we (Tampabay) could still get big trouble. Our interpretation is: Fear, worry, you still have a chance to die in this thing if you play your cards right! Silly people. We're getting rain bainds right now and they are mild, no problem.

August 30, 2006 7:34 AM  
Blogger Gort said...

Having lived through a couple of bad storms I have to agree with Walt. Pratice for the big one during whatever the weather whores say.Even a tropical storm can send stuff flying through the windows. Stay safe Patricia.

August 30, 2006 7:37 AM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

My biggest issue with Ernesto is whether the damn thing will force the family fishfry indoors this weekend. We are having a big family gathering at my uncle's house on Pawleys Island, SC. While it would be cool to sit on the deck drinking beer as the wind blows but I will not have my shrimp and hushpuppies rained on.

August 30, 2006 7:43 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

beach bum,
If TWC is right, I'd plan on an indoor affair. Looks like NC/SC may take a harder hit than FL did. Then again, who knows? With all the advances in satellite imagery, doppler radar, storm chasing planes and all the rest, they can predict the future of a storm just as soon as it has happened.

August 30, 2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger Trial.Lawyer.Richard said...

POP: All Ernesto gave me was an aching back....from putting up shutters. You know, this is a welcome feeling, given the experience of Wilma, Frances and Jeanne in the past 2 years...

Rich

August 30, 2006 8:31 AM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Did you get to wear a PDF?

August 30, 2006 10:02 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

POP, glad you're safe and sound. But Richie McWhite just made me spew mah sweet ice tea all over the place.

August 30, 2006 11:25 AM  
Anonymous karena said...

Richie McWhite is a hoot. Now I have to go see if he has a blog!

PoP, I am on my way out to the deck for the cocktail hour, and here in this drought, we are hand watering all night long. I may have to try your trick and just stick the hose in the pool and leave it on over night. They say in Texas that the drought is sooooo bad that only a flood will break it. I guess I could at least start the flood myself.

Really, we only handwater the oldest trees and the potted plants. Lots of things have dried up and the lawn, well forget about it, but it is still better than a real flood, and I'm glad you dodged Ernesto.

August 30, 2006 3:08 PM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Good to see you dodged the bullet. It is always agonizing to make the prepare or not to prepare decision. You spend a lot of time thinking about how stupid you will feel when and if it turns out you made the wrong decision. It is always interesting to see the thinking behind peoples' decision making process in these situations.

August 30, 2006 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

Mary, the worst thing I heard for y'all is to not worry right now because it's a depression moving out into the Atlantic but then it's going to swirl back up with even greater gusto and head back for Florida. I just said at that point, "no more bong hits for the weather man before he starts talking." I am thinking good thoughts for everyone!

August 30, 2006 6:08 PM  
Blogger glenda said...

Take care, PoP. Things can change rapidly...

August 30, 2006 8:05 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

It's supposed to be headed for us I guess (SC), although it's just a tropical depression now. I'm a newcomer to hurricane country (1999), but the best advice I've been given so far has been "mute the sound, check the facts, and make a common sense decision." We're far enough inland, that unless it roars up to a Cat III, we're ok other than a little rain and maybe some wind. But the local stations....."May build strength over open water"....."...open water will build this thing up"...."If it gains strength over open water it will be dangerous..." Well, no shit!! I've only lived here seven years and I already had that figured out - in fourth grade science class!! But......something has to sell the cars and the excercise benches and the Ladies products and....(:

August 30, 2006 8:09 PM  
Blogger azgoddess said...

i wish you luck - please write and let us know you are ok...

i'm off the check the national weather service...

August 30, 2006 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Glad it missed you and you guessed right about the shutters. Much more fun to sip cocktails than schlep shutters.

August 30, 2006 9:34 PM  
Blogger Turtle Guy said...

Tropical storms are just unheard of here in the Canadian prairies. I "shutter" to think of your perplexing debate over storm doors!

As for the weather around HERE, the more-true-than-funny saying is "If you don't like the weather in Calgary, wait a minute!"

Stay warm, dry and safe, OK?

August 31, 2006 12:53 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Yeah...stay safe and drink one for me.

August 31, 2006 2:33 AM  
Blogger JBlue said...

Glad it was nothing.

September 01, 2006 4:27 PM  

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