Monday, August 18, 2008

Hurricane Season

Today was to have been the first day of school where I live, but school is canceled.

It seems we have a storm a-comin'. Hurricane Fay is huffing and puffing much like the Big Bad Wolf did in the tale of The Three Little Pigs. You might recall that he was inept, and like him, I expect Fay is nothing but a bunch of hot air. Most often, these things turn out to be a good rain. That's all--just a good rain.

The official Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1st to November 30th. However, the folks I know pay more attention to the Caribbean saying:
June - too soon.
July - stand by!
August - look out you must.
September - remember.
October, all over.
In South Florida, we are constantly bombarded by a barrage of local weatherpersons interrupting our television and radio programs to tell us to "batten down the hatches!" I've lived here for over forty years, and I still don't know where these hatches are located! It's August, so following the Caribbean warning, I'll look out--for the hatches, I guess.

Our schools will open a day or two late. The children will have a longer summer, and my lawn will get a nice watering. I hope your day is sunny.

PS The weather guys and gals have taken over the airways (no Regis for me!) and are warning us to stay inside (all while they stand on the beach, with lovely palm trees swaying in the background).


Anonymous said...

Good Morning Sally
I didn't realize the schools in your area opened this early. Ours don't open until right after Labour Day which is the case with some of your states as well. I wonder why the difference.
I have been watching TV about that Hurricane Fay and wondering how all my blogging friends are. I hope it stays clear of your area...stays out in the water and just gently waters your grass.

You have been fortunate in that last year was a more peaceful year for hurricanes.

Enjoy this new day...

Dawn said...

I was just watching the weather man talk of Fay yesterday. We are expected to get the "fall out" from Fay next weekend.

I remember two big hurricanes here, Gloria adn Bob. Nothing like the devastation you've seen the last few years.

I hope you are only looking out!

take care,

Susanne said...

Hoping you don't have to use them "hatches". Have a nice day off from school!

Anonymous said...

I have been hearing all of the weather reports. Stay safe and keep us posted as to what is going on in your area. Carol

Justine said...

Ooh Sally, send some of that nasty weather up here to the First Coast! I LOVE rainy days! Has it started yet? It's totally cloudy here so far, but no rain. Darn!

Justine :o )

Unknown said...

I HATE when big storms come through. They frighten my son pretty bad..God be with you.

Killlashandra said...

Yeah I just heard about Faye on the radio this morning. Please take care. We had a frightening amount of hail after the horse show yesterday. I'm going to post about that scary experience tomorrow.

I'll send you that link you asked for in a little bit this morning.

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

Wow !! Up North here in Canada no such things as storms of your magnitude ,scary business.
Take care,

Whitney said...

I saw on the news where the first day of school was cancelled. I bet the kids are REJOICING! I hope the hurricane stays away from you! :)

Beverly said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I spent most of my life in South Florida, so I know exactly what you're talking about.

Good luck - I agree that it doesn't sound like much of a storm. Thank God.

Beverly said...

Oops! I forgot to tell you that the reference to Flamingo Road caught my eye. We lived in Fort Lauderdale. I have several good friends in Davie, and lots and lots of friends in the area.

Confuzzled Shannon said...

Stay Safe. By the way I posted answer or direction on where to get ARCs on my blog. Hope you don't mind that I did it that way. :-)

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you don't think things will be too bad. I was thinking about your school post and wondering how a hurricane would affect you.

How did you get to be a book reviewer?

Debbie said...

oh my goodness Sal.... hope it is all okay and it is just a bunch of hot air. Rainy days... a good time to curl up with a book?

Shimmy Mom said...

I hope that it misses you yet again and that the kids enjoy an extra day or two off. Take care anyway. You can never be too careful.

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Debbie said...

I'm not a huge Nicholas Sparks fan either, but I am a fan of Richard Gere's hair. LOL
(and it'll be quick read)

Cottage Rose said...

Sally I hope you are right about Fay. I have been watching the news about her, I pray you are all safe and sound. Boy we could sure use some rain up north. My yard is looking so brown. Have a safe week.


artis1111 said...

That is why I don't want to go back to P. R. till Feb. Hope you just get the amount of rain you need. Stay Safe > Kathy

imjacobsmom said...

Just keep one eye on the weather guy - just in case.....Our kids don't start 'til after Labor Day either. We have our "Great Minnesota Get Together" starting Thursday for the next 12 days! The Minnesota State Fair is "the" ultimate fair. It is the most attended state fair in the country. I'll keep you posted! ~ You keep us posted about Fay and stay safe! Robyn

Cathy said...

Praying for you and other friends in Florida ~

Bridget said...

Sally, I hope you are not being blown away. I haven't been keeping up with Miss Fay. I've lived through a couple of those wonderful So.FL hurricanes.
Keep us posted!

Beth Ann said...

Thanks for stopping by!!! Congrats on being a newbie!! Isn't it fun?
Would love for you to steer some our always way too dry...but not too much, or we flood...LOL
LOVE your flowers on your banner- did you grow them? Just gorgeous!

Alexandra MacVean said...

Sally, thank you so much for your birthday wish yesterday. I had a very good birthday, despite being really sick. Thank you - thank you!