Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 20, 2021, or: Claudette Gets Demoted to Tropical Depression, and Other Sunday News

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Hi, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida, on Sunday, June 20, 2021. It is already quite sultry outside; the current temperature is 83˚F (28˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the heat index is 90˚F (32˚C). Today, the skies will be mostly cloudy  and the high will be 91˚F (33˚C). Tonight, we can expect mostly cloudy skies and the low will be 78˚F (25˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) is 55, or Moderate.


Today I woke up to the news that Claudette lost its tropical storm status and recategorized as a tropical depression.

. This should be somewhat of a relief for folks in Georgia and the Carolinas, but it still means that much of the Southeast will experience a wet, windy, and not-too-festive Father’s Day 2021.

Per the National Hurricane Center in Miami, here is the latest public advisory on Tropical Depression Claudette:

Image Credit: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

TROPICAL DEPRESSION CLAUDETTE FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER  11

NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL032021

0900 UTC SUN JUN 20 2021

CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE COAST OF NORTH

CAROLINA FROM LITTLE RIVER INLET TO DUCK…INCLUDING PAMLICO AND

ALBEMARLE SOUNDS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE COAST OF SOUTH

CAROLINA FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER TO LITTLE RIVER INLET.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…

* LITTLE RIVER INLET TO DUCK…NORTH CAROLINA

* PAMLICO AND ALBEMARLE SOUNDS

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR…

* SOUTH SANTEE RIVER…SOUTH CAROLINA TO LITTLE RIVER INLET

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE

EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA…IN THIS CASE WITHIN

24 TO 36 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE

POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO

36 HOURS.

INTERESTS ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE CAROLINAS SHOULD MONITOR THE

PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION CENTER LOCATED NEAR 33.3N  85.8W AT 20/0900Z

POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN  30 NM

PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE EAST-NORTHEAST OR  60 DEGREES AT  11 KT

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1006 MB

MAX SUSTAINED WINDS  25 KT WITH GUSTS TO  35 KT.

WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT.  RADII IN NAUTICAL

MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

REPEAT…CENTER LOCATED NEAR 33.3N  85.8W AT 20/0900Z

AT 20/0600Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 33.0N  86.6W

As a Florida native who has lived through more tropical storms, hurricanes, and tropical weather events than I would have preferred, I am glad that Claudette did not hit the New Hometown area directly. We wouldn’t have been prepared for it, and even a few days without electricity, Internet access, and enough hurricane supplies for six persons and a dog would have been nightmarish. We are 20 days into meteorological summer and a day or two away from astronomical summer, and we have already had a few days when the heat index exceeds 100˚F/38˚C. Imagine how stifling the heat would feel in a house where The Caregiver sets the thermostat at 71˚F/21˚C, especially in a situation where the power is out for three or more days.

That having been said, I hope that my friends in Georgia and the Carolinas are not affected too severely by the effects of Claudette.

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This weekend has been dull and uneventful, at least as far as life here is concerned. I watched a couple of documentaries on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and I read a chapter of The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History as well. And, of course, I wasted a lot of time on Facebook, since I have absolutely no one to talk to here.

I had hoped that UPS would miraculously expedite my package with the Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection box set with the 4K UHD Blu-rays of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and deliver it ahead of time.

I should have ordered the Steelbook edition from Best Buy. This set was readily available on June 8. However, it cost more because of the packaging. (C) 2021 Paramount Home Media Distribution and Lucasfilm Ltd.

In theory, based on the time that the package arrived at the UPS facility in Lakeland, Florida, it wasn’t totally inconceivable that my Indy box set could have been delivered by 6 PM yesterday. And yet, it is still scheduled for an early afternoon delivery tomorrow.

Why the delay? Lakeland is a 40-minute drive from here, and the package was scanned there early in the morning, so it could have been hauled to New Hometown for a late afternoon delivery yesterday. But when I checked the tracking information on My UPS Choice, I saw that the package is still in Lakeland. I’m guessing that the delivery schedule is based on how many drivers/vehicles UPS has on hand for our area, compounded by the fact that today is Father’s Day,

Oh, well. Tomorrow is not that far away, I suppose.

Well, that’s all the news from my world – such as it is – that I have to share, so I’ll close for now. Stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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