Another month, another season.
Well, it’s hard to believe, folks, but it’s September 1, which means the last quarter of 2022 started at midnight.
So did meteorological autumn, although the more traditional date for the start of the fall season is the autumnal equinox, which this year falls on September 22, or three weeks from now.
Of course, those of us who live in Florida still feel as though it were summer; as I write this at 9:20 AM Eastern, it’s not too bad outside now. It’s sunny and the temperature is 79°F/26°C, but it feels like 78°F/26°C. But since we are in the subtropical zone and locked into the “wet season” pattern, the temperature is expected to reach a high of 93°F/34°C. And yes, thunderstorms are also expected to move through the area.
And, for history-minded readers, today is the 83rd anniversary of the start of World War II. On September 1, 1939, under the flimsiest of pretexts, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany invaded Poland despite warnings from France and Great Britain that they would go to war if he did so. Hitler, emboldened by his belief that the Allies were bluffing and that the British and French would not fight, ignored those warnings and attacked Germany’s neighbor to the east. Two days later, after the Germans ignored the last ultimatum to withdraw from Poland at once, Britain and France declared war.
And as a reminder that August and September mark the “peak” of the Atlantic hurricane season, I noticed a news headline from my hometown paper, The Miami Herald, that there’s a new depression out at sea that may form into Tropical Storm Danielle later today.
Thankfully, it does not look like this system will affect the United States or Canada, but the fact that we are in the “busy” part of the Atlantic hurricane season should be a matter of concern for those who live near the coast, especially in Florida.
Here’s Public Advisory #1 on Tropical Depression #5 (aka potential Tropical Storm Danielle) from the National Hurricane Center in Miami:
WTNT35 KNHC 010838
Tropical Depression Five Advisory Number 1
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL052022
500 AM AST Thu Sep 01 2022
…NEW TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS OVER THE NORTH ATLANTIC…
SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 975 MI…1575 KM W OF THE AZORES
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH…55 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…ENE OR 70 DEGREES AT 2 MPH…4 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1013 MB…29.92 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Five was
located near latitude 38.1 North, longitude 45.0 West. The
depression is moving toward the east-northeast near 2 mph (4 km/h),
and an eastward drift is expected through Friday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.
Strengthening is expected during the next few days, and the
depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later today.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1013 mb (29.92 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
Next complete advisory at 1100 AM AST.
I hope that when, not if, another depression forms in the Gulf of Mexico or closer to Hurricane Alley in the Atlantic, a cold front or high-pressure area forms over the East Coast and acts like a “shield” to steer the cyclone away from the United States and keeps its winds and storm surge out at sea. If it were to hit Florida and affect the Tampa Bay area, we are not ready. The Caregiver is focused only on her courthouse job and her new relationship with Mr. Plenty-of-Fish and has not made any “hurricane supplies run” or taken any of the steps I have often suggested at the start of every hurricane season – this is my sixth here in Lithia – which of course stresses me out.
Oy. If only I had clairvoyance or had not felt like I was alone after my mother died, I would have known better than to get involved – romantically and otherwise – with the Caregiver.
Don’t get me wrong. She is not a bad person, and she also didn’t mean to do me any harm when she volunteered to help me seven summers ago following my mother’s death. And she didn’t make the first move toward a more-than-friends relationship; I did.
But as nice and generous as the Caregiver is, she and I don’t see eye-to-eye about a great many things, and she is not keen about such things as hurricane preparedness. So even though I have some advantages living here – such as a low rent and a “family life” of sorts – I do wish my townhouse had been in better shape when I was the de facto – if not de jure – owner, and that I had been able to afford living on my own there.
So, Weather Gods, please keep your hurricanes far, far from these shores. We are not ready for a visit from a tempest!
 In a perfect scenario, even if I had needed to live with someone else (preferably a single or divorced woman between the ages of 35 and 50 and “sex positive”), my half-sister would not have been a narcissistic adversary and we could have all worked together to renovate the townhouse. Alas, real life often does not include “perfect scenarios.”