Our vintage hand made whale weathervane that we purchased while visiting New England in the middle 1970s. I made the solid white oak base to properly show off his elegant profile.
Carol and I continue to downsize our collections of things and it’s time for Wally the Whale to swim to another home. Maybe yours? He’s available in my online camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com
Our house at 28A Nimitz Drive at the height of the storm. The image was taken by our neighbor from the safety of their house across the street.
Hurricane Hugo thirty years ago today. The eye of powerful Hurricane Hugo swept over the central U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern coast of Puerto Rico on the morning of September 18, 1989. Here’s our house at the height of the hurricane as the winds whipped to a nearly sustained 100 mph with gusts to 120 mph. The house sat on the highest hill in base housing on the Naval Station Roosevelt Roads (Ceiba, Puerto Rico) overlooking the Carribean Sea. At this point of the storm, our carport roof had blown away (as did the backyard porch roof) and the living room window on the side had blown in. Our tan GMC Jimmy and blue VW bug somehow managed to make it through the storm with only minor paint damage from the sandblasting of the winds. The upstairs front window blew in a little bit after this picture was taken when the winds shifted around as the eye passed.
Of course, many areas of the base were heavily damaged or completely destroyed but the islands of St. Croix, Vieques and Culebra were essentially leveled. Hugo went on to deliver a powerful hit to South Carolina a few days later.
Our daughter had just turned six months old in September so we had evacuated to Florida less than 36 hours prior to landfall (actually the last flight out on American Airlines from San Juan to Miami).
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As of the 1:30 PM radar update, Hurricane Dorian’s center is now just south of due east of Amelia Island and some of the strongest outer bands of precipitation are now just approaching our coastline. The yellow and red areas on the radar more than likely contain 40-50 mph sustained winds with gusts to 65+. This dance between the northward movement of the storm and the movement of these outer bands will be a close call for us.
The wildfire which was sparked by a lightning strike in the refuge on April 6, is still out of control and is growing. As of today, the fire has consumed nearly 130,000 acres of the Wildlife Refuge which is located along the Georgia-Florida border in southeastern Georgia. The last visible satellite image for today clearly shows the extensive smoke plume streaming to the southeast across much of northeast Florida and out over the Atlantic Ocean.
Visible satellite image from May 8, 2017
Compare this image from today with the image from Saturday when the low level winds were much stronger.
Stronger winds produced a much longer smoke plume.
Conditions are favorable for the wildfire to continue in the short term as hot, dry weather will continue for the remainder of the week. At this point in time, the only way for the wildfire to be extinguished is by a long soaking rain event such as with a tropical wave, storm or hurricane.
Some mammatus clouds associated with a cumulonimbus cloud (thunderstorm). As seen in south central Florida during a moderate thunderstorm. No reports of tornadic activity and lightning strikes were only occasional. Since this was observed in late March, the freezing level was probably around 12,000 feet or so. Lightning normally occurs whenever the top of a cumulonimbus cloud reaches at least 10,000 feet above the freezing level. So the top of this cell was around 22,000 to 25,000 feet – not likely a severe weather event producer as it was nearly stationary and not associated with a front. Contrast that with the atmosphere during the summer – a thunderstorm cell in this area would reach 50,000 feet or more and be more likely to produce severe weather.
Altocumulus (Ac) clouds progressively invading the sky. Real meteorological definition. Not often seen this dramatically in Florida. The late winter sun was at just the right angle which made for some interesting lighting. Typically these clouds would be about 6,000 feet above the ground this time of year and they are found in what is called the middle etage (Mid 5) of the atmosphere. There were no cirrus clouds above which added to the drama of the lighting.
Now a bit of fun with the clouds…
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