Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Stormy Week-end

Florida Keys-high 84, low 74 – LOTS of rain

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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.  Smile

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.


  1. Our last two storms that rolled through actually kind of went around us instead. We got a little rain off both, but nothing disturbing. The last one brought a cold front - it's 55 outside right now. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm still in Texas ;-)
    Hope it won't be too bad for you.

  2. Thinking about y'all. Stay safe.

  3. Hope you don't get the storm bad, it is probably a good idea that you stay put. Sure love your new header picture.

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    Kevin and Ruth

  4. Just keep an eye on the weather and you should not have too many surprizes. Staying put until it passes is what we like to do unless the storm is putting us in danger.

  5. Growing up in the mid-west, I'm a big scaredy cat when it comes to bad weather. Seen too many near misses! Stay safe.

  6. Hoping you guys battened down the hatches and found some cover. Will be relieved when we see your next blog post or an update to this one?

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  7. That sounds kind of scarey. Storms seem worse in our RVs, but before you know it, it will have passed. Try to get some sleep tonight. :)

  8. Good luck with the storm and hope you stay safe.

  9. We were supposed to have a really bad storm in Flagler Beach last night, but it missed us! Looked nasty on the radar. Hope it wasn't too bad for you. We just worry about the wind. Good for you for keeping the weather radio on, we've got one in the coach and haven't used it in two years! Shame on us!


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