Depressions, Storms, and Hurricanes

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? Tis the absence of the stormy Fay.

Hooray! Tropical Storm Fay has left the building! Though I will not be quick to celebrate--what was Tropical Depression Seven last night has this morning become Hurricane Gustav.

For those who aren't familiar with the cycle, storms that we call hurricanes start in the Atlantic Ocean, far away from Florida. A concentration of thunderstorms is called a Tropical Depression; should it become more organized with sustained winds of 39-73 mph, it is promoted to a Tropical Storm and given a name. The same storm, with just one mile faster wind speed, is a hurricane.

We are in the hurricane season.

One has only to watch NASA's satellite videos to see how massive and powerful hurricanes and tropical storms are (even TS Fay encompassed Florida as she lollygagged over it). Though weather forecasters predict many more named storms (meaning organized cyclones with sustained winds of 39-73 mph), I pray the season will be gentle to all of us and the small islands south of here.

16 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Unfortunately Gustav is bearing down now. I got Violet Raines yesterday. No chance to read it yet, of course. But it sure looks cool.

Catherine J Gardner said...

Sometimes I forget just how calm (though wet) are weather can be in England.

Wishing you and your family well this stormy season. :)

Danette Haworth said...

Charles,

I just finished reading the front section of the paper and it says that more than 400 homes in this area are submerged. And that the St. John's River has not been this high since 1924.

I either read or heard that if the storm had lingered over my county, we'd be the ones with submerged houses.

It hits home to see photos of places I know, places I've been to, and see emergency workers walking in waist high water. But every time we have a bad season, I always feel scared for people on islands over which these hurricanes pass on their way here.

And sorry for this rough transition, but thank you for buying Violet Raines! I hope you love it!

Thank you, Cate!

Angie Frazier said...

Danette, I hope your home is in no direct danger from Gustav. What a name btw! Ha! What a cool job it would be to name the storms...

Violet Raines should be arriving tomorrow! I can't wait.

Sheri said...

Good luck weathering out all the storms. Maybe you can read a good book. May I recommend Violet Raines Almost got Struck by Lightning... I hear it is excellent!

Rena said...

Stay safe, Danette. It seems the storms come one right after another. Oh, our local Borders in Kalispell, MT didn't have your book (shame on them), so I ordered it. Can't wait! :)

Rena
http://renajjones.blogspot.com/

courtney said...

I hope it's a gentle season for you too.

Kim Kasch said...

I guess I shouldn't complain about our rain in the Willamette Valley. That's usually the worst of it here in Portland, OR.

Sending good thoughts your way.

Kim Kasch said...

I finally got my copy:

http://kimkasch.blogspot.com/2008/09/its-finally-here-violet-raines-almost.html

Charlotte Moore said...

Dear Danette, I am reading Violet to my eight year old daughter. You may ask why she is not reading it herself, and the answer is because, although I am American, she was born in Italy, and her reading skills in italian are more developed. She's getting there, but she still likes to hear her mother's voice before going to bed. So I indulge her. Besides, I want very much for her to hear about true American experiences and to be able to discuss them with me. This book rings as true as you can get. I grew up in Tennessee, and I relate to so much of the tone and "stuff" of daily life here. So, I must say, that indulging her is really indulging myself. I have loved this book. Not only is there a familiarity with the South that takes me back, but It reminds me very much of exactly the way I felt at Violet's age. Watching my best friend wear lip gloss and "practice" kissing. I didn't want to go there. Not yet. I just wanted to cling to who I was. And I sense my daughter is of the same ilk. She LOVES Violet. We have two chapters left, and I guess I'm sort of writing to beg you to write another. We will keep our eye for it, and we wish you well. Your gift is a true one. Tonight we will savor the last pages. Thank you.

Danette Haworth said...

Charlotte,

Thank you for your lovely comment; it means a lot to me.

Kim Kasch said...

I have a book review of Violet Raines on my blogsite today. Check it out here: http://kimkasch.blogspot.com/2008/09/violet-raines-almost-got-struck-by.html

Mary Whitsell said...

Hope everything is settled there now! I had a lot of relatives in Florida (some of them are still there) and well remember the excitement of hurricanes, especially Camille, who everyone talked about as though they knew her -- "Back when Camille was here..." It's very scary, but providing the storm never reaches you, it can also be rather exciting in a good way. (Easy to say when you're far away and not affected yourself...)

Because of the move, I haven't bought your book yet; we're wrestling with how to get only 60 kg of textbooks sent to our new address -- which is all we can afford to send right now. But by the end of this year, I will have bought and read it -- can't wait!

Catherine J Gardner said...

I've just awarded your blog an 'I love your blog' award over at my blog.

Kim Kasch said...

Wanna come out and play? It's a game. Tag, You're it.

My answers are on my blog 9/21, post yours on your blog, if you want to play.

CJRay said...

I just want to say how proud I am of you, sweet friend! I've been away for a while, but, I'm back and building up my courage. You encourage me! Thanks! (I know that this has absolutely nothing to do with the Florida weather.) But, I had to tell you, non-the-less.

XOXO CJ