Waiting game

Winds bellow, rains rage A storm’s coming, where or when It’s a waiting game I live on the Florida Panhandle and am watching Hurricane Irma’s track very closely. Current forecasts have the storm skirting around where I live, so I think we’re safe. Hopefully, she’ll continue moving more east-northeast into open water, and away from […]

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100 Word Challenge: Weather

tropical storm Lee

Today, June, 1, is opening day for the 2016 Hurricane Season. Living along the Gulf Coast, I am intimately familiar with these tropical storms. After 20 years in Florida, I’ve seen apocalyptic devastation, and have weathered ferocious wind and rain with my camera to get that perfect storm shot. I’ve already pulled a link into […]

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Season salt

tropical storm waves

Florida has three seasons – Spring, Summer and Hurricane. From June 1 through November 30, conditions are right for the formation of hurricanes. More than just a little wind and rain, hurricanes can rip the siding off houses, and upend boats then deposit them in the tops of trees. Storm surges, the rising level of […]

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Storm chaser

Tropical Storm Lee

I am fascinated by storms. – the more violent the better. When I lived in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, I loved watching lightning storms rolling across the sky. It was magical. Electricity crackling above me, the tingle of rain hitting exposed skin, and the acrid smell of sulfur, was like hell […]

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Just a little rain

Double red flags during Tropical Storm Lee

Winds howl, oceans surge Angry and wild, tempests churn Offspring nom de plumes The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season opens this Sunday, June 1. The unsurprising weekend forecast for my stretch of the Florida Gulf Coast is rain, and thunderstorms, through at least Tuesday. At the beginning of the 2013 season, Tropical Storm Andrea tracked from June […]

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Wave riders

surfer in Gulf of Mexico

The Atlantic Hurricane season opens next month, June 1. Over the past several years, the Florida Gulf Coast has been fortunate in that no major storms have made landfall on our shores. We have experienced the effects of a few tropical storms – rain, wind, floods, storm surges – but nothing like our northern East […]

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Beach Break: Tropical Storm Karen

Tropical Storm Karen surfer

I received a sweet email this week from my friend Kir, she was concerned for my safety since news reports were forecasting a Tropical Storm in the Gulf. First I heard of it, but initially it kind of worried me. A little over 18 years ago, only three weeks after we moved into our home, […]

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