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Tangle Refresher 61

Tangle Refresher!As those of us who live in hurricane-prone parts of the USA are familiar, each year tropical storms are given names following the letters of the alphabet beginning with A and ending up, we pray, not too far into the alphabet.

Today we have reached the letter K, with Tropical Storm Karen currently crossing the Gulf and aiming somewhere between Pensacola FL and New Orleans LA, arriving at landfall tomorrow.

Forecast cone for Tropical Storm Karen

Graphic courtesy of and the National Weather Center. Click image to visit the National Hurricane Center’s page for more on TS Karen’s path.

Naturally when we hear the words “hurricane” and “New Orleans” in the same sentence, we flash back to Hurricane Katrina and her devastation in August of 2005. Karen is predicted to briefly reach hurricane strength when she reaches landfall and considerably below the devastating wind strength of “storm of the century” Hurricane Katrina.

Not many people outside of South Florida realize that Hurricane Katrina first wrought mayhem on the southeast coast of Florida (see her complete track here). On Thursday, August 25th, with winds of 75-80 MPH the eye of Hurricane Katrina came ashore just south of Fort Lauderdale where Robert and I lived at the time. As I recall, the “blue roof” syndrome (so called for the blue tarps fixed over homes to act as roofs until they could be repaired) lasted as a constant visual reminder in the landscape for a couple of years. And we were out of power (ie. air conditioning, cooking, food refrigeration, TV, internet) for many blisteringly hot and humid Florida summer days.

After striking South Florida and crossing the upper Keys and lower Everglades, Katrina moved through Florida Bay into the Gulf of Mexico to gain strength and level catastrophic devastation to New Orleans when she arrived 4 days later on Monday, August 29th. [See The National Geographic for a full time-line and video animation.]

Thankfully the 2013 storm season which lasts until December 1st has been “mild” with only two of the 11 storms reaching hurricane strength so far. And the letter K, unlike Katrina in August, has come along 6 weeks later into the season. Let’s all pray Mother Nature keeps it that way and that all the folks who are affected by Tropical Storm/Hurricane Karen this weekend and the days to come remain safe from harm.

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The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, highlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of patterns you might not have used for a while or introduce you to patterns you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Zenful tangling!

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Buried Treasure from a year ago
Official Zentangle pattern: Betweed Betweed
Zentangle pattern: Cayke Cayke
Zentangle pattern: Stained Glass Stained Glass
Zentangle pattern: Sparkle Sparkle
Zentangle pattern: Botie Botie
Revist the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 33

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2 comments to Tangle Refresher 61

  • Sue Zanker

    Hello Linda, and to all those tanglers who live under the shadow of summer hurricanes.
    I live in North Queensland in Australia, also under the same dreaded summer shadow, except down here in OZ, what you call ‘hurricanes’ we call ‘cyclones’, but they are the same thing, terrible whirling storms coming in off the sea! Our cyclone season is just about to begin, so we are all hoping, they will again pass us by and stay out to sea. Two years ago we were hit by a HUGE cyclone “Yasi” which caused billions of dollars worth of damage over most of the North Queensland coast, so I can commiserate with all of you ‘waiting and wondering’ how “Karen” will behave. Unfortunately, the weather is one of the few things we cannot control, but I wish you all well and I will be thinking of you as I tangle.

  • Pumpy

    Thanks for these oldies but goodies, they are lovely. xxx

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