Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Weather: Hurricane
Well, unless you have been living under a rock (like Norma), then you know that Hurricane Sandy is getting ready to pay the Mid Atlantic and New England a visit.
Its a bit of the first for the Husband and I as it is the first Hurricane in our new house, in our new city of Baltimore. And for once, dear Jason over at the Night Is Half Gone doesn't have to ride out a major storm!
Because husband works in the energy field, he gets hourly weather updates (or is it bi-hourly?) and he started getting a bit concerned earlier in the week.
On Tuesday, the models had it going every which way imaginable, but what got the husband concerned was the "European" model which looked as if it was taken dead aim at the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) region. Later in that day the model came out that had Sandy coming on shore just to the south of Baltimore.
The latest that we have heard, as for tonight is that Sandy is slowing down, gathering strength and it now appears that she'll make landfall to the north of here - in the vicinity of Cape May, New Jersey, and the head for New York City.
Thats the good news, for us. We've had plenty of time to get ready, and we're on high ground. No need for sandbags. We have plenty of batteries, bottled water, canned goods that can be heated easily and a couple logs that can be burned for heat, and a horde of Halloween candy meant for the neighborhood moppets.
If things get dire (and they won't), I suppose we could eat the dogs. Or they could eat us.
And we know not to throw our lot in with C. Aubry Smith by taking refuge in a masonry church with all sorts of high waves crashing into the shore. At least Felix will get that obscure reference.
Now the bad news - the weather front to the west of us is going to combine with Sandy and it's going to send Stormzilla into Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and points north and east. Weather forecasters are saying parts of West Virginia could be in for more than four feet of snow, with winds.
And that means power could be disrupted. And going into the final few days before the election it could be disastrous if votes can be cast.
So, I am asking, over the next few nights before you get ready for bed, please think of the people in the path of storm. If it isn't bad, well then, you can call me an alarmist. And if it is bad, well, these folks will need all the good karma in the world.