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Tangle Refresher 110 – Featuring a look at Hurricane Season and our current advisory for TS Erika

Tangle Refresher!Well my friends, it’s that time of the year in Florida. “In the Northern Atlantic Ocean, a distinct hurricane season occurs from June 1 to November 30, sharply peaking from late August through September; the season’s climatological peak of activity occurs around September 10 each season.” – Wikipedia

It’s been 10 years since we’ve had to be seriously concerned about a Hurricane here, however that “drought” record is about to change.

Labor Day weekend is typically the height of the Hurricane Season and we’re not far off that, with a storm heading in this direction called Erika that’s had us anxiously scratching our heads all week. We’ve been monitoring its progress through the 8 daily advisories (5 AM, 8 AM, 11 AM, 5 PM, 8 PM, 11 PM Eastern) on the National Hurricane Center’s website.

On Tuesday the forecast track had the eye of then-predicted Hurricane Erika heading directly for Palm Beach County, arriving sometime after midnight on Sunday. By yesterday the storm’s strength had downgraded to a Tropical Storm and its projected track had the eye aiming further north towards the Treasure Coast.

Then late last night the advisories had Erika’s track dropping much further south and this morning it now looks like TS Erika is aiming towards Homestead, south of Miami and from there straight up the center of the state towards Jacksonville by Wednesday morning.

The forecast tracks have been as confusing as can be as Erika has willfully changed her mind about where she’d like to sight-see and what strength she will arrive at — Tropical Storm or Hurricane.

So you could say that the entire east coast of Florida has been in a state of anxiety all week as we try to figure out WHO will be the eye’s target and at what point in time we need to take action to protect ourselves and our property.

Fortunately there’s some thought in the monitoring community that the storm will dissipate completely and Florida will simply get a whole bunch of very heavy rains for 3 days straight when she arrives early Monday. That would be the best case scenario. For now we monitor the advisories, hope for the best, and pray for the folks in the islands who are dealing with her heavy rains right now.

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Forecast Cone for Storm Center as of 8 AM Eastern 08/28/2015.

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Forecast Cone for Storm Center as of 8 AM Eastern 08/28/2015. “This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). The orange circle indicates the current position of the center of the tropical cyclone.” For more explanation for this image, visit the National Hurricane Center site by clicking on the graphic.

Ah, life in the tropics … Have a great weekend!!

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Buried Treasure from a year ago
Zentangle pattern: Eke. Image © Linda Farmer and Eke
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Zentangle pattern: Forest. Image © Linda Farmer and Forest
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6 comments to Tangle Refresher 110 – Featuring a look at Hurricane Season and our current advisory for TS Erika

  • Stay safe. We’ll all be thinking about you during the storms.

  • Hi Linda,

    I am hoping for the best for you. Living in CT we watch the course of the storms and having lived her almost 70 years I know personally how devastating they can be. It is a waiting game, isn’t it? And for this storm the weather people don’t know what to expect either. They are watching it closely and hoping for the best, too!

    Good time to tangle and get our nerves under control. :o)

    Ciao for now,

  • Melena

    YIKES! Linda, I think of you every time you get those intense storms there. I’m glad we don’t have hurricanes here in California. It would be nice if you could send some of that water over this way though. 😉 Everything is soooooo dry here. That may change this winter, but no one really knows until it happens. Good luck to all those on the East Coast that could be impacted by these storms.

  • Chrissie

    Sending best wishes from the UK, I do hope everyone is safe and I won’t moan about our weather again, it’s only rain and doesn’t cause damage.

  • Sue Zanker

    Yep, I know just where you are coming from, as we live on the tropical coastal area of Australia and usually cop at least one cyclone ( north of the equator they call them hurricanes) per season crossing the coast ‘somewhere’ and boy, they are surely very erratic on their path to destroy! Our season here doesn’t start until about late November, so we still have a bit of breathing time before we start haunting the forecast sites!
    I wish your WHOLE coastline well, that you get some nice rain, but no damage, shall keep my fingers crossed for you Linda!

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    If you’ve been following yesterday’s Refresher story, thanks for all your good wishes. They are most appreciated and today it appears that we’ve been spared from Erika because this morning’s advisory no longer even show a storm track and I’ve never seen anything like that before. The storm seems to have completely broken apart over Cuba at 9:30 AM.

    We may still be in for some rains in the next few days, but this beautiful Saturday morning there is plenty of sunshine. So much to be thankful for!!

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