Friday, December 18, 2009

Paradise Lost (Temporarily)

Vero Beach, FL

The reason why we're here in the south is to enjoy paradise -- namely the wonderful winter weather. I'm sorry to say that paradise is lost for a day or two.

Last night was one of the stormiest nights on board the boat in several years. It is cool. We had torrential rains. It blows gusts up to 25, soon to increase to 30 knots (15 m/s). Down in Hollywood Florida, just north of Miami, they have 3 feet (1m) of water on the ground. It is so flat here, where can the water go? More ominous, there are two tornado watches out, one just south of Vero and another just north of Vero. It sure doesn't feel like paradise today.

FLASH: Doppler radar just spotted a waterspout offshore near Cocoa Beach. That is extremely unwelcome news for boats under sail.

Apropos that, our son John expressed interest in brining his family to Florida during the school break in February. We could meet up and have lots of fun. It is usually nice here in February but there are no guarantees. Last year at the end of January, near freezing temperatures swept all of Florida, even down to Key West and even Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas.

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