Sunday, June 24, 2012


Home in Port Charlotte
Raining like there's no tomorrow

The 4th named storm of the season is upon us.  This is the first time in history there have been 4 named storms in June.  Tropical Storm Debby is currently in the Gulf at 27.5 N and 87.0 W.  This puts her hundreds of miles away from us in SWFL and continuing to slowly move away.

We are, however, getting days and days of rainfall.  A wide trough of tropical low pressure preceded Debby  and has brought rain, winds, tornado's and lots of excitement to our area.  There was a touchdown in Naples yesterday, doing roof damage and putting trees atop cars but no injuries.  Another tornado was reported in Eastern Charlotte County near Babcock Ranch (not near us) this morning.  No damage reports yet.

What we are getting is rain, rain and more rain.  We are expecting 5" accumulations over the course of this weekend.  At high tide this morning the canal waterline was level with our lower dock.  We have about a foot more water in the canal than the tidal forecast and the next high tide, tonight at 6:30 is supposed to be another half foot higher than that.  Both docks could be underwater for the first time.

As I write this at 10:00 AM, the NOAA weather radio just went off for the second time today; Tornado warning for Arcadia, in DeSoto County, about 45 minutes away from us.  This is a lot of action considering Debby is so far away.  The storm continues to daze and confuse the experts.  It could make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane anywhere from Texas to the Florida panhandle.

Last week I worked in New England.  I flew up into Providence, Rhode Island and was picked up by my friend and colleague, John.  We spent Monday night at his cottage on Cape Cod.  It was my first trip onto the Cape and he gave me a little tour.  It's much bigger than I imagined.  I particularly enjoyed seeing the Mass. Maritime Academy.  Below are some photos from that trip.  Click photos for full screen image.

This bridge lowers and raises many times a day for the trash train to cross Buzzards Bay

Beautiful homes on the banks of Buzzards Bay
Mass. Maritime Academy where Captains have studied for over 100 years.

John's little slice of heaven, a block away from Onset Bay.

Onset Bay

Onset Beach

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