Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is almost noon here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, June 18, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 80˚F (26˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 61% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 2 MPH (2 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 78˚F (26˚C). Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high of 88˚F (31˚C). Tonight, we can expect scattered rain showers and a low of 74˚F (23˚C). Today’s Air Quality Index is 59, or Moderate.
Well, we are only 18 days into the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, and we are looking at the formation of a possible cyclone out in the Gulf of Mexico. It has not quite reached named-storm status – if it does, it will be named Claudette – but the National Hurricane Center in Miami is keeping a close watch on the tropical system’s progress as it makes a beeline for the northern Gulf coast.
Here’s the latest advisory and projected track from the National Hurricane Center:
WTNT33 KNHC 181440
Potential Tropical Cyclone Three Advisory Number 4
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL032021
1000 AM CDT Fri Jun 18, 2021
…HEAVY RAINFALL AND GUSTY WINDS BEGINNING TO REACH PORTIONS OF
THE NORTHERN GULF COAST…
SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT…1500 UTC…INFORMATION.
ABOUT 220 MI…355 KM S OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA
ABOUT 340 MI…550 KM SSW OF MOBILE ALABAMA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH…55 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 15 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1007 MB…29.74 INCHES
The advisory also had this to say:
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* East of Morgan City, Louisiana to the Okaloosa/Walton County line
* Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are.
expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 12
Interests elsewhere along the northern Gulf Coast should monitor
the progress of this system.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.
Even though I live closer to the Gulf of Mexico than I did six years ago, I can say with 100% certainty that New Hometown will not be seriously affected by “Possible Claudette” if it strengthens over the next 24 hours. It’s too far to the west for its stronger rain bands to cause problems, and its path – governed by the Coriolis effect and the steering currents – doesn’t show any hint that anything beyond a sliver of the westernmost area of Florida (on the border with Alabama) is in the system’s “cone of danger.”
I’ve lived through quite a few direct hits and some scary near-misses from hurricanes, tropical storms, and strong depressions, so naturally I am relieved that Possible Claudette won’t be paying us a visit. I still have vivid memories of Hurricane Andrew, which devastated much of southern Miami-Dade County and left many neighborhoods – including the one I lived in – without electricity for several weeks, as well as various other storms that have passed through the state since then. To me, storm events aren’t “fun” or “exciting.” They’re scary and stressful.
So, yep. I am a bit less nervous about this weekend’s weather outlook, although I am annoyed with the Caregiver’s lackadaisical attitude about preparing our home for hurricane season. But that, Dear Reader, is a topic for another blog post.
On a somewhat related topic, I also don’t have to worry that the bad weather affecting the Gulf Coast will delay my package with the Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection box set with the 4K UHD Blu-rays. According to the tracking information from UPS and Amazon, it departed from Jackson, Mississippi last night at 7:08 PM Central (8:08 PM Eastern) and arrived in Jacksonville, Florida at 10:20 AM Eastern.
That means, Dear Reader, that it is possible that my Indy 4K Blu-rays might get here tomorrow instead of Monday. Jacksonville is only four hours away in ideal traffic conditions, so depending on how many stops the driver makes on the way, it’s possible that my package will be at the nearest UPS distribution facility by 6 PM. I don’t think I’ll get it tonight based on the last scan time of 10:20 AM. Either the driver will take a couple of hours to rest before driving down to this corner of Florida, or the package will be transferred to another truck and driven to the distribution center close to where I live.
I’m willing to bet, though, that I’ll get my Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection set tomorrow. That would be nice!
When I get my set, my Blu-ray collection (including one pre-order which ships in July) will consist of:
- 48 4K UHD discs, all feature films and no TV titles
- 401 Blu-rays (including the 4K discs), including 345 movies and 56 TV seasons
I still have my DVD collection, which includes titles I don’t have in either 1080p or 4K Blu-rays, so I have a nice if rather modest video library.
Well, I don’t have any other news to share, so I will close for now. Stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.