Hurry Cane stories

No, not the sensational, yellow-journalism of “Storm Stories,” Geez. remember when the WC used to report just the weather? Kinda like how MTV used to run music videos? Well I guess reality-type, over-exaggerated, TV dramas sell. Gotta feed the need. OMG.
Oh and I bet many small towns in America think Jim Cantore is the angel of death.

angel of death

When I was a kid, Publix printed up hurricane tracker charts on the paper bags. (ya’ll in the North, it’s pronounced “Pub Licks.”) We used them to track hurricanes in Cub Scouts, back when the National Hurricane Center used to report air pressure systems and fronts. INFORMATION. Before news went all kattywompus. Tears are used as a hook and I heard from the mouth of a TV reporter at KING 5 “If we don’t come back with video of someone crying, the segment producer gets snippy.”


We had radio broadcasts and updates in fact form only. Not all the speculation and projected bla-bla-bla that sound bytes have morphed into.

The 1967 season was the only year during the period in which a storm did not affect the state. That was the year Charlie was born. (Hurricane Charley was later)


In the period between 1975 and 1999, Hurricanes Eloise, David, and Opal hit Florida and the gulf coast region as major hurricanes.

Andrew was in 1992. Homestead took it the hardest! Also there was the Storm of the century in 1992, an unpredictable storm that caught everyone off guard and created night flooding in New Port Richey. (where we lived!) Opal struck Bama 1995. Took down trees in Brewton, where we were living at the time.


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The strongest hurricane to hit Florida during the aughts was Hurricane Charley, which was the strongest hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Andrew. Additionally, hurricanes Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Wilma, and Irma made landfall on the state as major hurricanes.

Charley hit FLA twice. 2004. I did the same thing. Moved away to St Louis, then came back to do more damage. Hey be careful what you name storms. (like yer pets! Don’t name a pet cat “scratchy”)

Hurricane Elena, in August of 1985 moved into the gulf and then… just sat there and kept us all high alert.
I was supposed to start my senior year at Prin in St Louis, but the entire gulf coast was on alert and flights were cancelled. We all waited for days as it sat churning, then moved one way, then doubling back. Some arm bands buffeted our house and I climbed a tree to feel the winds.
I also got to evacuate the house when they thought it was turning toward Florida and I had 10 cats in the car. Cats hate riding in a car -and hate water. They got plenty of both and I got scratches all over me. (Scratchy!) Picture a cat in the car while going thru a car wash! Well the storm didn’t hit us head one, it turned off and we got to go back home and I started school, late.


Hurricane Arlene was a popular hurricane name. Like Brittany for babies in the 90’s.

I was in bama for shows in 2005. That’s when the phantom storm brushed us. Shows went on, since nothing was really happening, all eyes were upward as clouds rushed by, I wanted to see the effects or the storm surge which were large waves that splashed over the connector bridge. (on that road from Pensacola) I think I caught two waterspouts as well. I about drove off the road!



Most hurricanes start as a tropical wave. ~An angry zephyr. N-S direction is like a tropical trough, and hurricanes gravitate towards a low air pressure cycle.
The butterfly in Africa flapping it’s wings etc etc. bla bla bla. High pressure is like a mountain, low pressure is like a skateboard park for clouds. Fronts act as walls and can make a hurricane reverse or turn quickly. I learned that as a kid, not from a hyper weatherman groping for ratings.
Contrary to what the forecast models tell you, they still display unpredictability. Even Farmer’s Almanac is wrong sometimes. Havent’ we figured that out yet? No need proof? Look around, you’ll see that chaos theory everywhere. Jeff Goldblum imitation here.

Coming soon: How to build own barometer, with a jar a balloon, a straw and a rubber band. I learned that in scouts. More soon!


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