And the Pattern Continues. Purple Rain and Waiting for Spring Rain to Change into Tropical Rain on Passover.
So that's the weather tonight.
Not a lot going on of a huge kind of interest.
Moisture in the Gulf of Mexico.
Some will move N towards the Deep South.
The rest of it will move East towards Florida.
A large Low is swirling way off the coast of Carolina.
Again remember there has been moisture in the GOM ongoing for weeks.
That may be something worth remembering in a few weeks.
Over towards Africa we have the usual dry air and wet air.
Moisture forms low and it's too early to go there.
But never forget to remember.
Further West over the Atlantic we see it's not time yet.
Again note the moisture over the GOM and also..
...notice the storms coming off of South America headed to the Epac.
So that's weather today and tomorrow.
Sorry I've been on a sort of working vacation the last week.
A brief explanation on my life so you can see from where I am coming....
I've been busy with the first 2 days of Passover.
They are very busy, hectic and fun.
We had 8 for one meal.
12 people for lunch.
Then 8 for dinner.
I lost track today at lunch.
Some company are leaving tomorrow.
Other parts of the family are coming in tomorrow.
It's like frontal boundaries draped across America moving in unison.
Or draped all over the living room, porch, bedrooms and in the kitchen.
As I write this I'm drinking Sangria from left over wine from the Passover meals. It's a Ball Jar.. Mason Jar.. I live part of the year in North Carolina so we do that here........in Miami would be a cute pitcher ;)
Wine...not the old fashioned Manischewitz wine...the kosher kind from Trader Joes.
Pineapple Juice left in the can from a salad
1 pineapple slice
Black Cherry Kosher for Passover soda from New York (tastes a lot like Cheerwine
Sugar cause the wine from Spain is very dry....
So you can understand I have been out of it for the last few days preparing for the holiday, getting the house ready for guests from Florida and New York and shopping ...cooking and not really watching the weather that much.
Oddly I had complained so much about seeing the nonstop election coverage on the news that I almost feel guilty for wishing it would go away. Rather than watch the election coverage or The Weather Channel I watched two days coverage of the death of Prince. You know of Purple Rain fame.
Not to be confused with Deep Purple ...
...another song and another memory.
I lived in LA once upon the time.
It didn't rain much... just mentioning that.
But I remember the weekend I was in LA and Prince changed his name.
There were massive billboards up on Sunset Blvd.
Old name... had to be changed over to new name.
Whatever... it was a part of my life.
Very vibrant, very there and a very long time ago.
Prince evolved over time.
And yet in ways he always stayed himself.
Kept singing, recording.
A true artist.
Sad to see him go.
Nice to be able to remember a time you could just go crazy ..
...and dance and dance and dance.
So back to my so called life....
Part of the annual rite of the passage of time.
When you get thru Passover you hit that point where...
.... you put away the Passover pots and pans.
The guests leave.
You clean up the house.
And you start to seriously watch the water vapor loops.
You move into the end game.
Past the boring days of waiting for the Hurricane Season to begin.
You move into what could be called Pre-Season.
Talk on Hurricane Preparation.
Talk on possible tropical rotation.
Talk on the names for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Will we get past Lisa?
Will we get to Lisa?
Only time will tell...
And, I'll be here telling it.
But first.... need to get through Passover.
@bobbistorm on Twitter
Ps... a tribute to all those we've loved and lost.
I can't believe I mentioned him on Friday in my last post.
It's amazing we don't mention him more.
His name was synonymous with tropical meteorology.
So much to say about William Gray that it's hard to know where to begin. So, I'll just jump in with some random thoughts and memories. I checked my phone tonight for email and the first thing I saw was an email sent out by Jim Williams commenting on the death "of a legendary hurricane forecaster..." was all I could see on my cell phone but I knew it had to be William Gray. Sad really doesn't cut it... reflective.... remembering... amazed at the life he led and the number of lives he taught, touched and influenced in our field. He may have been the team captain but he loved his teams.. both weather wise and sports wise.
Back in 2006 I got to meet Dr. Gray up close and personal at a conference in commemoration of 50 years of Hurricane Research. Back before we did selfies or uploaded pictures in real time to Twitter. Not so long ago, but long enough that all I have are memories and a really nice mug I use during hurricane season with the 50th anniversary image shown below. Over time I got to see him speak ... but the first time I saw him.. met him.... all I could think of was how he was so larger than life in all ways... okay... he towered over me as I'm short even in high heels but really he was huge in charisma. He was one of the most alive, natural people I've met in many ways.
There they are my rambling out of breath thoughts from 2006.
Everything I said was true. Wow... doesn't cut it trust me.
You see as the blog post says... I was invited to a private sort of gathering where he was speaking before his friends, not the media and just telling it like it was... is... that was his style. Before he spoke he was speaking with my friend about how various friends were and you could see the care and concern he had for many who were older than him who weren't quite online the way he was ... Some had passed on and you could see the sadness in his eyes, some weren't as active online and you could see his frustration he had to call them on the phone. He was one of the youngest older people I have ever met. Young, vital, funny, whimsical, brilliant, stubborn and compelling. The list could go on and on.... and on... Whether discussing the old days when they were studying cloud seeding or Project Storm Fury or talking on his students or his protege Phil Klotzbach you could see the importance of friendship in his life. The man was so full of life and yet he was laid back, funny and natural. To watch him speak was a joy. That man loved clouds, maps, graphs, data and everyone he ever worked with be it a student or a fellow scientist. As I said calling them to wish them Happy Birthday or asking them how they were and why weren't they online ... checking in on them to make sure they were okay. What a man... so hard to describe but I'll try..
Oh his eyes... they sparkled and glowed when he spoke.
Oh his hands... he spoke with this hands.
His hands cut into the air....
.... for punctuation purposes when he explained things.
Oh his shirts... bright sky blue and passionate purple.
Oh his love of his students, friends and tropical meteorology family.
Oh his love of his colleagues and his work.
Oh so many people missing and mourning him today.
You put his name into a Google Search and you find his life.
You find his students and co-workers...
Really not much I can say more so I'll leave you with Dr. Gray.
Oh his ability to speak....
To defend his views, to express his ideas and to educate others.
In 2011 he spoke with Jim Williams from Hurricane City.
Jim was there with Bill Phillips and Derek Sibley.
And yes Dr. Gray explained, defended and spoke on his own views.
As always he was thinking about the future.
It's hard to imagine a future without Dr. Gray.
It's hard to imagine a Hurricane Season without Dr. Gray.
He left behind a wealth of knowledge
A wealth of warm memories.
This was posted by Dr. Phil Klotzbach on Twitter.
It made me smile despite feeling sad.
So I'm sharing it with you all.
I'm posting a link to an article that's worth reading.
Some good memories and explanations on who is who in meteorology.
It has tender, cute tidbits that might make you smile.
I will so miss Dr. Bill Gray. Thankful I got to meet him, spend time with him and get to know him. You really haven't lived until you stop yourself from bumping into Dr. Bob Burpee (past Director of the NHC) while he's trying to grab a pastry by falling back into Dr. Gray who looks down at you and laughs. Yeah it was a great conference and listening to Dr. Gray speak was priceless.
I'll end this with how I started Friday's post.
Because his legacy is his what he has left us...
...a generation of tropical meteorology scientists.
The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Seasonal Hurricane Forecast.
@bobbistorm on Twitter
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Weather Historian. Studied meteorology and geography at FIU. Been quoted in Wall Street Journal, Washington Post & everywhere else... Lecturer, stormchaser, writer, dancer. If it's tropical it's topical ... covering the weather & musing on life. Follow me on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/#!/BobbiStorm