Florida Keys-high 84, low 74 – LOTS of rain
We are in the midst of the first front that is expected to hit Florida this week-end. The second front should hit tonight and will be worse.
It rained off and on most of the night,with occasional thunder and lightning. The wind wasn’t bad, surprisingly.
Of course the weather radio kept waking us up with marine alerts. It was mainly just for mariners, and there were no tornado watches or warnings, so we just ignored them. I really wanted to turn it off and get some sleep, but I decided that probably wouldn’t be too smart.
So….tonight we are expecting round two and this one may be more severe. I am a worrier when it comes to weather, so I’m not looking forward to this evening.
Apparently this weather pattern is some kind of very unusual phenomenon that they are comparing to the “No Name Storm” that hit Florida and then went up the entire east coast, back in 1993. Any Floridian that was around then remembers that storm, and just comparing this one to that one, makes me nervous.
We were planning on heading back to Tampa yesterday or today, but when we started hearing about this storm it appeared we were safer here in the Keys. Initially most of the weather was predicted to be in central Florida, but now it’s down in south Florida.
Fortunately our campsite is on “high” ground….or as high ground as you get in the Keys. We have no standing water around us. As long as we don’t get bad winds or any storm surge, we will be okay.
There was an annual race scheduled for today, across the Seven Mile Bridge today that was canceled for the first time ever. It would have been pretty cool to watch thousands of runners come across the bridge, but I guess it wasn’t really the best of days to hold an outdoor event.
Yesterday, we took a drive down to Key West and visited the free Eco Discovery center. It is one of the few free places, so we decided to check it out. They have lots of displays on the sea life in and around the Keys. There was a wonderful underwater video that really made me want to go diving again.
Today, will probably be movie day because I don’t think the weather will allow us much else.