An ill wind

So, I know that weather-geeks like Walt (probably) spent much of the weekend glued to the weather channel watching Southern CT get slammed by a wicked-serious storm on Saturday. (My in-laws drove all the way up the East Coast from Florida with it.) Well, Having spent much of the day indoors (hoping that I wouldn’t ship water in my basement again), I missed quite a bit of it, but for reasons that pas understanding, we had to go out last night (after much of the high winds were over), but as we drove two towns over (in the dark), we did get to experience some of the aftermath of the event.

Well, we had to detour around a few fallen trees a few times to get where we were going (and then a few more times before we got back — at one point even calling in a 911 call to report a downed tree that had taken down a power line which was arcing and had started a small fire).

When we finally got home (to discover a dry basement), all was well (except that we had no land-line, internet, or cable; requiring me to fall asleep in front of a DVD, before getting up and going to bed). This morning I did venture out again to discover a few more fallen trees (this time in my own neighborhood). These trees included:

One in my back yard (that fell into the woods behind my house, thus causing no real damage or mess).

A second that had fallen across the street and was precariously leaning on the high-tension wire.

And a third that had fallen across a street leading to my house.

There were more, (much more), this is just what I was able to snap from my house.

Isn’t the weather fun?

The Perfessor

The backwards hurricane Ida

All indications are that Tropical Storm Ida will turn into a hurricane as it enters the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, slowly approach the tip of the Mississippi Delta by Monday, take a right turn along the Gulf Coast and head east. This will keep the hurricane force winds (yes, there will be some sections of this storm that reach hurricane strength and then some) to the WEST side of the storm. Normally, the Northeast side of the storm will pack the higher winds, but not this time. This is an odd hurricane to be certain.

The storm will head EAST, current predictions have it, from the Mississippi coast to the Florida panhandle and then —

Get this —

UPDATE SUNDAY AM: Current predictions are that the storm will actually make it onshore, crossing the coastline of Alabama/Florida and THEN stall and break apart in Southern Georgia. Then the remnants would travel southeast.

Travel SOUTHEAST. This would have it track along the Florida coastline as well. That’s right. Current predictions Saturday afternoon have the thing rimming the entire eastern Gulf of Mexico, something I only thought Lindsey Lohan would be able to do.

Ida once it moves down the coast would then break up over Tampa and quickly move across the peninsula of Florida and into the Atlantic. A lot of rough surf is in the forecast, but at this point there’s little need for anything more than preparation.

No need to evacuate just yet

Here are your forecast wind speeds for the next few weather forecasts. This is the time of year when the Weather Channel makes all their money.

Winds greater than 39mph for Tropical Storms Ana, Bill and Claudette for 8/17-8/22

Sometimes I wonder if the Weather Channel raises their ad rates during Hurricane Season.

And yes, Ana is following Claudette’s path into the Florida Panhandle, just six days from now.