Yes, I was prepared for Ernesto, the tropical storm that hit Florida yesterday and the day before. Oh, Ernesto is again a tropical storm, and still influencing our weather. It came right over Florida, entering around the everglades and exiting around Cape Canaveral. But it did not have the predicted punch. Predictions for my area of 4-6 inches of rain with spots of up to 10″ gave way to 3-5 inches, then 2-4, etc. I got about 3/4 of an inch. Predictions of tropical force winds ended up with 8-10 mph steady winds. I think I had one gust here of near 20. Woo-Hoo.
So, I have to admit, Ernesto turned into a “non-event.” I know one friend of mine who will be exceedingly glad for this. And I am too. Well, I wanted the rain, but not any damage. Instead, though we had no damage, we had nearly no rain, too.
So now I will spend a few moments putting patio furniture back on the porch, and undoing a few other preparations I’d made. But, next time a storm threatens, I’d do the same things. It’s always best to be prepared, and I will be, every time!
Now, I must admit, I’m a bit obsessed by the weather. I have my own weather station. You can find my weather station on the web here. Additionally, my weather data is published on weatherunderground.com. And I follow all sorts of weather sites, keeping an eye on the weather. Yes, I love weather, and love following it, knowing what it’s doing, what’s going on. And I have an amazing awe for the weather, as it is so hard to predict, and impossible to control. Ernesto was a nice shot to my obsession. I got to watch it grow, develop, change, and ultimately do what it wants. Kind of like life, in a way. You just can’t control some things. Thanks, Ernesto! And bye!