Sunday, July 25, 2010

Southern Note: It's THAT Time of Year

It's that time again - when people in the tropics and the southern states actually pay attention to the weather.  No more boring and predictable (hot) weather - it's Hurricane Season!  Not unlike our friends in the northern climes, we now actually watch the weather on a fairly regular basis.  We hang on every word regarding the water temperature in the gulf and the effects of El Nino vs La Nina.  We listen to the predictions of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, like you can administer either one of those...) and we watch those tropical "waves" forming off the west coast of Africa and those "weather-makers" in the Caribbean that may just change into a depression, then into a named tropical storm and finally, into a hurricane.  We have our hurricane kits, our stashes of emergency supplies (and vodka), our evacuation plans, and disaster preparedness meetings at work.  Yes, from June to November each year, you can sense some vague excitement or anxiety in the air that's just not there the rest of the year.  I suspect it's because the very weather that "made" us could very quickly destroy us.  Sobering thought - think I'll go to the pool and ponder it...