Hello, again, Dear Reader. It’s now a bit past 6 PM Eastern in New Hometown, Florida, and it is a gloomy evening. Even though the sun won’t set for about 37 minutes, a thunderstorm came and went through our area. It’s gone now, but while it was overhead, the storm darkened the sky and shattered the calm of the late afternoon with a brief but thunderous deluge.
Currently, the temperature is 79˚F (26˚C) under mostly clear skies, but there is a brisk wind warning for our county. With winds blowing from the east-southeast at 11 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidity at 86%, the feels-like temperature is also 79˚F (26˚C). The forecast calls for rain early in the evening, after which we can expect mostly cloudy skies and a low of 76˚F (25˚C)
And if that weren’t enough, check this out:
WTNT34 KNHC 102050
Tropical Storm Eta Advisory Number 42
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL292020
300 PM CST Tue Nov 10 2020
…TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED FOR THE DRY TORTUGAS AND A TROPICAL
STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA…
…RISK OF FLOODING OVER SOUTH FLORIDA AND WESTERN CUBA CONTINUES…
SUMMARY OF 300 PM CST…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 90 MI…145 KM N OF THE WESTERN TIP OF CUBA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 360 DEGREES AT 7 MPH…11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…992 MB…29.30 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Dry Tortugas.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the west coast of
Florida from Englewood northward to Suwannee River.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Dry Tortugas
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Englewood to Suwannee River Florida
* The Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Pinar del
Rio, and the Isle of Youth
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
Interests elsewhere along the Gulf Coast of Florida should monitor
the progress of Eta.
As if 2020 wasn’t crazy enough, right?
I managed to make some progress with the manuscript for my NaNoWriMo 2020 project, The Tonic of Their Victory, but only a modest amount – a single 127-word paragraph. And even that paltry amount of material took me about an hour to do. I knew the image and mood I wanted to create, but finding the right words proved to be difficult. Painfully difficult, I should say.
I know that part of the problem – or perhaps most of it – is that Election 2020 is distracting and even distressing me more than I imagined. The current Con Man-in-Chief is refusing to concede the election and is falsely claiming victory, calling President-elect Joe Biden’s win at the polls a week ago “massive election fraud.” And although a handful of GOP Senators have congratulated the former Senator and Vice President, most of the Republican Party leadership is aiding and abetting Trump’s crusade to disrupt the transition by stalling and lying about a “stolen election.”
I tried hard to shut out the yammering from the MAGA President and his loyalists, but I am so disheartened that so many Americans still support this loud-mouthed, uncouth, and authoritarian wannabe who thinks he can do what he wants because he is Donald J. Trump. Disheartened…and to be honest, disgusted.
And now, of course, we have Tropical Storm Eta to worry about, as well.
I know I am not alone when I say, “I am so done with 2020!”