Hurricane Harbor

A writer and a tropical muse. A funky Lubavitcher who enjoys watching the weather, hurricanes, listening to music while enjoying life with a sense of humor and trying to make sense of it all!

Saturday, March 18, 2023

On This Day in History --- Deadly 1925 Tri-State Tornado Happened. Slow Hurricane Season Followed. 1926 Hurricane Season Very Deadly.

This is a real newspaper.
The type u usually see when a Major Cane makes landfall... a big, popular waterfront city.

It was a different world in 1925.
No Weather Apps, Weather Radios or Warnings.
No Twitter sharing information in real time.
No YouTubers gone LIVE 

It's called the Tri-State... 
...because it went through 3 states.
Again this happened on March 18th.
The day after St. Patrick's Day.

Radio told the story in bits and pieces.
Newspapers showed horrific images...
...listing the dead.

Up close and way too personal.

A good video with lots of details.
There are so many you can get lost!

It's not a joke to say people use metaphors for storms as agents of change, of trouble descending upon people suddenly without warning that ripped apart the fabric, the very foundation of their lives. Sometimes, in the end, the change was for the good but when someone's world has been blown away everything changes. It's a great scene in the movie Twister where you realize the cute fiance didn't really think he actually meant he "chases tornadoes" but it's true, it's often a metaphor for troubles in our lives. Carrie Underwood was born in Oklahoma, it's a great song and a great video. 

We live in a wonderful time when we can be warned of such a possible event days in advance, possibly longer if some long range model actually gets it right. And, when you know Reed Timmer is on the ground somewhere "LIVE" you know in real time that some place is under the gun, under the fickle finger of fate, the Finger of God is about to descend out of the heavens and blow away parts of some town, somewhere and yet we have watches and warnings. In 1925 it hit suddenly while children will in schools made of bricks that were torn apart falling onto the children, many of whom died.

Next time you hear there's a Tornado Warning, heed the precautions and be grateful that somewhere someone is live on air giving information down to the time of arrival of the possible tornado in your town and the town next to it or any other town you may be driving through soon. 

But this is a Hurricane aka Tropical Blog mostly.
Yes, weather is always covered... my mind goes to the 1925 Hurricane Season.
A very slow hurricane season.

As for the 2023 Hurricane Season... well .... we just don't quite yet what sort of hurricane season it will be. As El Nino forms in real time and we see how fast it grows and long we will be in Neutral as we flip the switch.  Where and when it forms and how it interacts with other weather features will tell the story down the road. 

Yes I looked up the 1925 Hurricane Season.
I knew it was a very slow one.

Prepare now, make a plan for where you will go if you are in the path of a deadly hurricane. You can't wish them away, but you can make a plan and know in advance you may be in trouble. That's a whole lot better than those poor souls in 1925 and then a year later with a deadly 1926 Hurricane Season. Isn't it ironic that one of the worst Hurricane Seasons came after a weak, infamously weak one! 

Apparently 1925 was an El Nino.
Slow Hurricane Season.
I love Wikipedia.

It's a great place to start.
Read up on various NOAA sites.... 
... much more detail.
Again it's a place to start.
Like Cliff Notes :)

Stay safe!
Stay informed.
People can offer help all day long.
In the end it's up to you to accept it.
And take precautions.
Sometimes you got to get out of Dodge.
Other times you just hunker down.
Which will you choose if a storm is coming?

Sweet Tropical Dreams,
@bobbistorm on Twitter and Instagram
Twitter mostly weather and Instagram whatever.


Wednesday, March 15, 2023

El Nino on the Way? What kind of El Nino? A Little Bit of History Repeating? 1982 El Nino Year. Odd Weather. California Storms. April Blizzard in NY. Quiet Hurricane Season.


Let's go back to 1982. I lived in LA in West Hollywood and wasn't tracking hurricanes. I did follow geology and watched the Pineapple Express send storms into the LA Basin and I'm talking the rainy kind not any other kind. 

1982 was part of an El Nino Cycle and it was a very slow hurricane season. Slow, as in all over slow, and only one real strong hurricane.

That's a slow season. 1982.

Today someone on Twitter made the comment that no one should ever mention the 2023 Winter (on the East Coast) ever again, much in the way storm chasers don't like to mention a few hurricane seasons which were very strange and storms started and sputtered out and then tried to come back again in an endless array of mediocrity. Strong vertical wind shear... odd wind shear, wind shear that stopped everything from doing anything  meaningful and so if you hate hurricanes and wish they'd go away that would be the year you'd wish for to repeat again. Especially as El Nino is on the way...

I believe that was the year I watched water race down the road from the Hollywood Hills as if a river was in front of our cute little duplex that suddenly sprung a leak in the roof. My 4 year old daughter had woken us to tell us "Mommy it's raining in the bedroom" so we hauled her mini swimming pool under the leak and then found out we had a river running down our narrow street.  Never saw a current like that headed down the hill before or after, though by the late 80s I was back in Miami Beach tracking hurricanes not random El Nino events.

Link below...

2023 Hurricane Season is an unknown, though we do know El Nino seems to be forming and then again we have the question "what kind of El Nino?" as they are now clustered into different categories. What if El Nino doesn't form and we get stuck in "NEUTRAL" way into the Hurricane Season?

So many questions. Not any real answers. Something to think about.

In April of 1982 a massive snow storm hit the NY area.  Enjoy the video below to this often forgotten snow storm, so late in the year it impacted people getting ready for Easter and Passover. 

2023 so far has been an odd year! Weather wise and otherwise. I'm guessing it'll just get weirder the next few months as Winter decides to hit the road until next year and we move deeper into Spring and Summer and then comes Hurricane Season. By then we will have a better view of what we are really facing El Nino wise.

As for me 1982 will be remembered for rides up and down La Cienaga Boulevard on Saturday nights stopping in places on Sunset Blvd, eating delicious food at the Milky Way Restaurant and loving Culture Club as I shopped in the May Co. on Wilshire Blvd. Loved riding up and down PCH 101... in Malibu, life was good in ways except the weather was a little bit crazy! 

Sweet Tropical Dreams,
@bobbistorm on Twitter and Instagram.
Twitter usually weather, Instagram whatever. Story looking back in the El Nino of 1982 during the Mother of All El Ninos in 1997.

I loved watching music videos...
... singing and dancing along!

Sunday, March 12, 2023

SNOWED in RALEIGH... North Carolina Piedmont Got Snow.. in March... Snow on the Pollen. Dusting of Snow! Thoughts on Seasons and the Carolinas...


Icon from probably came closest!
Even South of Raleigh there was some sleet!

So it snowed!
Snowed, sleet and a bit of mixed wintry preciptation.
Then it rained and washed away the snow.
I am not complaining!!

Incredibly wrapped up Low there...

Started with a magical sunrise.
Phone camera never catches the intensity.
For a minute it was blood purple red!
Definitely a day for some weather trouble.
Red sky at night...sailor's delight.
Red sky at morning...sailor's take warning.
As Google explains...

A while back the models went a bit bat shit crazy predicting a wild snow storm for the Carolinas that would have been of historic proportions. To be fair that was for March 17th and we are not there yet, but the forecast has been for colder weather and as it's best to have cold air in place if you're wishing for snow you want some cold air in place. I was elated yesterday while walking in the very cold North wind thinking "the cold weather is in place" and then I prayed, the whole way to Temple on Saturday morning I talked to God asking for any sort of frozen precipitation not just for me but all the kids here so pitifully sad that it hasn't really snowed all winter here. 

We don't really expect to get a huge snow storm every year, but we do expect to get a few dustings or one or two snows with some accumulation. We don't expect April flowers to bloom in late February. And, yet it's often those years that bring a burst of snow out of nowhere in March. If you are thinking on moving to North Carolina, as so many have recently, be aware you will get more snow than you might want or not as much as you hoped for ... it's not Jacksonville, Florida. It's not even South Carolina so if you don't want snow keep on going South of the Florida Georgia Line. 

North Carolina is a land where the Seasons reign supreme.  We have a short, but very hot summer, followed by a glorious Fall and we can get hurricanes during the Hurricane Season. College Football is huge here so choose a college if you are gonna root for a team, I'm all NC State Wolfpack as my daughter graduated from NCSTATE! They also have a fantastic meteorology program!! Then we move into a frosty Fall filled with Pumpkin Spice Lattes and homes decorated for Halloween and then we move into Christmas/Chanukah whatever winter time holiday you choose where we decorate again and then New Years! Winter brings frost, snow, sleet and sometimes thundersnow as well as what's called Lasagne Storms where the sleet sets in, it snows, we get some more sleet and when you walk outside your boots go through the crunchy layer and drop 2 inches through the snow til you hit what's now ice. Did I mention we get Ice Storms too?  March brings March Madness and usually a NC team wins! The weather begins to warm up, the pollen hits and everything turns yellow. Spring hits all at once or one bush at a time, you just never know....North Carolina is never boring weather wise. And, it's often in this time of year that we get pollen, warm hot days and the week ends with snow. Every single year it seems like this happens. Snow on the pollen, snow on the azaelas and it's snow that shows up and then melts fast as the thermometer begins to heat up again and you're back to sandals and short sleeves while waiting to see if Mother Nature will do it again before it's officialy Spring.

I'm sure I forgot a season or two. We have mini seasons such as "tomato season" when everyone either grows tomatoes or buys heirloom tomatoes at the market as if they are strawberry cheesecake. Fig season in late summer. Collard Season is winter, when there's barely anything fresh at the Farmer's Market but wood to burn and Collards to buy! 

Today in Raleigh it was Winter!

Wore the same shoes I wore to the beach for Nicole!
That's life in North Carolina.
Can't do that in Florida.

We even had a lil bit of accumulation ;)
Since melted but it was beautiful.

That's fairly impressive considering....
...experts insisted it wouldn't stick.
Knew it could for a bit.
Was snowing heavy for a little bit.

Stay tuned.
I may upload some videos to YouTube.

Can't complain.
Thanks for friends that prayed :)
We are such a close group here.

And thanks as always to Nespresso!
Nothng like a Nespresso at sunrise...
...then another while watching the snow falling!

Besos BobbiStorm
@bobbistorm on Twitter and Instagram
Twitter mostly weather, Instagram whatever.

Ps... later this week I'll talk on Freddy.
Reminded me in odd ways of Matthew.
First off Matthew wouldn't die while over land.
Hovered way too close to South America.
Logically should not have sat there so long.
Also had this odd double eye like look.

Is this is the end of Freddy?
Think so... time will tell.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE.... Small Chance of Snowflakes in Raleigh in March. That Last Chance Saloon Hope for Snow in This Part of the Piedmont.


Let me be clear here....
...i have the chance of snow for tomorrow.

This is not the 18Z teasing me on the 10th day, but just under 10 hours away there is a chance... a chance... we have a bit of snow falling before it changes over to rain. 

Nope not falling for it.
Not a stooge in a Farrelly Brother's movie.
....been there...done that....
Just playing with you...
...older wiser.
Winter of 2023 has nearly done me in..

Tempering my excitement with "it's March 2023" and we only had snow flakes at 1 AM once a long time ago for about 20 minutes this whole winter. It's been a season in hell for my fellow snow fans in the Carolinas and other areas close enough by to know what it's like to have a snow drought and only that small "trace" recorded for 20 minutes way back when we thought we'd have many  more chances of real snow this winter. So glad I went outside at 1 AM in the middle of the night back when to see snow falling!!

Been a real season in hell for winter weather lovers...

If you know you know..........

Years ago I'd be excited or a believer but it's been a year of deceiving models that made promises never kept. And, now it's March and trees are in bloom and people are planting tomatoes even though experts said to "wait" and the local news is showing segments on how to handle Spring Allergies. Hint... take a whole lot of showers every time you come in from outside, treat your clothes as if there was a radiation leak at the nearby Nuclear Plant...wash them twice before drying them for a real long time. Every time you go outside!

Looks like rain to me... favorite dramatic satellite image.


OSCARS are tomorrow night.
I was in LA 19 years ago.
Give or take a few weeks.
Been a while... 

So do I get to see some snow flakes falling?
Pretty please...
I literally prayed the whole way to Temple today.
Clouds high up had a look to them.
But.... not trusting Lucy with the football.
Ya know what I mean and I think you do!

We will see tomorrow.
Did you know XFL Football is a thing?
Time will tell.

Sweet Tropical Dreams...
...or snowy dreams!
@bobbistorm on Twitter and Instagram
Twitter mostly weather and Instagram whatever.

Ps... Love this song below.
Love the whole CD
One of my favorites.
And I have a whole lot of Willie...

Tuesday, March 07, 2023

A Look at Long Term Models Going Into the 2023 Hurricane Season. 10 Day Promises Snow... 10 Days Later it's 70 Degrees in March. What Are Your Priorities for Hurricane Preparation??

The GFS doing it's weekly Snow Prank for the Carolinas.
10 days ago.... it said it might snow today.
Might, could, would know.
We don't even have rain.
Sunny and 71 degrees!

Today's topic is Models.
Love em or hate em.
Never go past the 7 day... 
... even if you peek at the 10 to 15 day.

The problem with long range models is that they make promises they don't keep. If I had printed out every model that hit South Florida with a direct hit by a hurricane on the 9th or 10th day of a long range run I'd have an interesting Coffee Table Book of What Ifs... 

Sandy was a contender as was every hurricane coming up from the Caribbean as a vigorous wave looked to be a contender. Matthew and Bertha to name a few. Then there's the long range snow storms promised a few days ago that showed the Raleigh area was going to be slammed with over 7 inches of snow.. maybe 10 inches on one model run as the snow melted fast in the real world and the promised rain even evaporated in real time. 

I say this today as it's early March where we are almost out of Winter, not yet into Spring and 86 days away from Hurricane Season. Time moves quickly in 2023... use it wisely to prepare early!

This year the NHC is going to be working within the 7 day time frame vs the 5 day, something they have wanted to do for a long time. Over time we have gotten better at nailing down development in the tropics, Ian being the Poster Child for the incredible job the models did sniffing out a Major Hurricane that would impact some part of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico when it barely looked viable as a tropical disturbance.  While models bobbled a bit on a hit in the Florida Panhandle or closer to Tampa, to have models be that good when a system was barely an entity in a slow year of weak storms insisting on it becoming a Major Hurricane is fantastic. I say fantastic as years ago.... storms hit unsuspecting towns along the Gulf of Mexico and the towns, the homes and all of the people were washed away in the Storm Surge. So it's good to applaud the improvements we have made, we can't stop hurricanes from moving towards landfalls in populated areas but we can and do provide early warnings that give people time to pack up their priorities and evacuate inland away from the deadly winds and storm surge.

An area being watched before the islands.
The next day the models actually took aim on FL W Coast.

Ian was a horrible, deadly disaster.
Ian was also predicted far out past the five day period.

We will see how this year goes and how the NHC handles the tropical waves, depressions and adjusts the line on the models always putting out wild scenarios and then reeling them back in as if they saw nothing two days before. Again I'll remind you the water vapor loop is a more accurate guide almost always than the models. Climatology almost always beats a model with a dramatic run that's fun to discuss online.

Lastly there is one thing you can rely on... you cannot go wrong evaluating your particular concerns during hurricane season and preparing for them in advance should a hurricane actually come your way. Do you have an elderly grandparent living with you that needs special medication? Do you have 2 children under the age of 4 that are still in diapers? Do you have 3 cats, 4 dogs and rabbits in that cute little home you have out in the country somewhere? Where you gonna put your boat if you need to take it out of the water? Every person has a different priority come hurricane season and it's best to evaluate your concerns now so you can put your plan into action later.  Been there and trust me time moves fast when Hurricane Andrew is headed straight to your door as a strong Category 4 Hurricane!

And, I'll say it again and again ... my response when people ask "Isn't chasing a hurricane dangerous?" my response is it's much easier chasing a hurricane with trained chasers who set up carefully, methodically planning where to hunker down to record data than to have a Major Hurricane coming straight to your home where your family lives and works destroying the very fabric of their lives. 

If you live in Hurricane Country .... evaluate your risks in March and April and use May to put together anything you may need as early season hurricanes form often and often take people by surprise. 

More later... I'm busy today with Purim which is often a dress up holiday (similar to but different from Halloween) and I may go dressed as Pine Pollen this year and if I don't I'll probably be covered by the time I deliver purim packages (like Easter Baskets but not really) and going to have some Bourbon in my Coca Cola with dinner tonight beause that's a thing!

Much love, take care but be aware of the dangers that most directly impact you and your family!

Sweet Tropical Dreams,
@bobbistorm on Twitter and Instagram

Thursday, March 02, 2023

March 2nd... New Month... 91 days til June 1st. 3 Months Away... Time Flies. Shop Early at Sales for Hurricane Supplies. Articles on El Nino Coming Don't Tell You We Had Andrew, Betsy and Katrina in El Nino Years.


Here in the Carolinas.........
...we be in Pollen Season.
It's a real thing.

Everything in life is about Seasons be they time, holidays or markers in time. A Season is a separation, a place that holds special memories and activities. If you live in the South you know it means different decoraations as we raise decorating our personal space to a holy elevation. If someone could figure out how to make a wreath of pollen they would... tho in this case we just wait for it to blow in the wind and hope the rains come and wash it away fast. 

What's next?
Spring Season.... plant your tomatoes!
Baseball lovers... Spring Training started... makes Stephen King happy
Easter/Passover Season... everyone be praying those egg prices come down fast!
Mango Season in Florida when the much hated, gritty pollen goes away and trees are laden with fruit!
Hurricane Season begins in June, but often we have a preseason storm so think May.
Football Season often ramps up around the same time the Hurricane Season does.
Halloween brings surprises such as Hurricane Sandy.

So I ask are you hiding from Hurricane Season the way people in the Carolinas cover up their outdoor furniture (or bring it in) and shut up their windows tight trying to hide from the reality of the yellow mess that gets inside even with every window locked up tight?? How it does that I don't know, it's one of the great mysteries of the South!

My point is you can't hide from Hurricane Season. You can wish it away or on someone else, but hurricanes happen the way pines shower yellow pollen down everywhere. Some years worse, some years better. I've heard some places in Atlanta even put it on Sushi. I saw it on a menu, it's a thing. 

My question is what would you need you are under a Hurricane Watch or Hurricane Warning?

Oh...........but you heard EL NINO is coming (that's a season too it seems) and we don't need to worry about Hurricanes. Truly, you are wrong and those purveyors of that myth will sprinkle versions of that story all over the Internet with as many click bait links as you can think up. What they don't tell you is many of our worst hurricanes, most memorable monsters made landfall in El Nino Yeas. 

Hurricanes Andrew, Betsy and Katrina all came and made landfall twice in Florida and again in Louisiana/Mississippi in El Nino years. Andrew was the first named storm of the extremely slow Hurricane Season and it looked crappy until it didn't look so crappy, intensifying fast fairly close in. Betsy was a mess, many mets thought would never stay together or make it anywhere, until it crawled SW away from a rare Jax hit and intensified into a monster that ripped across the Florida Keys and never stopped going. Katrina formed just off the Florida coast and drew blood there first, before drawing way more blood later in it's second landfall!

All three of these historic hurricanes have the same signature that they floundered out at sea, but pulled it together close to landfall. Trust me, you'd rather have a hurricane be a beautiful spinner far out in the Atlantic recurving away from the landfall than developing and intensifying over the Gulfstream's very warm, high octane water or some loop current out in the Gulf of Mexico. El Nino may bring less hurricanes but the quality often makes up for the lack of quantity.

Andrew...weak wobbly far out.
A monster close in.

Betsy pulled it together over the Bahamas.
Exploded in the GOM ...
...never lost a beat crossing Florida.

Katrina forms close in...
goes Hurricane as it's making landfall.
Finds the Loop Current.

Yes, the Caribbean may be quieter as there is often strong shear there, but what the click bait articles don't tell you is that El Nino does not shut down the whole basin and often Mother Nature finds a way, close in to landfall with little lead time to prepare.

This is a good article below that you should read. It is not click bait and covers the issue better than most you will read. 

Yes, there may be less storms, but it's not a lock in that there is nothing to worry about. And this asterisk of storms being strong closer in along Florida, OBX and in the Gulf of Mexico is rarely talked about. Buy stuff on sale and hide it somewhere away from your midnight munchie attack or your children who sniff out anything you buy and try to gobble it up before you can put it in their school snacks. Get a closed container that seals well, start stuffing it with canned goods, snacks that last and first aid supplies, batteries and anything you see on the list of supplies you might need and store it away somewhere safe.

Hopefully you don't get a landfalling hurricane in 2023, but I can't promise you that you won't because "El Nino is here to save us" as articles may seem to promise but did not deliver in 1992 when Andrew formed in August, in 1965 when Betsy stayed together even though it looked to fall apart nor 2005 when Katrina popped up and came together off Miami's beautiful beaches and never looked back.

It may be a "slower season" but if a Major Hurricane slams into your town, you will remember it as a very active year be it El Nino, La Nina or a Neutral Year. Kind of like the joke about surgery, if it happens to someone else is minor surgery but if it happens to you it feels like major surgery.

Publix has many buy one get one sales on commonly used snacks and drinks, buy one put the other way. The Dollar Storm aka $1.25 Store has snacks, batteries and paper goods galore so buy something when you go shopping when you have the extra money and put it away. If you don't get a named storm you will have extra kleenex, napkins, chocolate chip cookies or whatever you buy for hurricane supplies. The trick with Hurricane Supplies is they are things that do not go bad without refrigeration, so you can use them as you need them anytime. 

It's that easy...
Let's hope we never have to get here, but if so maybe put it in your Hurricane Kit....
I'm just playing with ya...

Have a wonderful day! I woke up in the early morning hours to a wild thunderstorm, rolling thunder that went on and on, heavy rain and it was beautiful to listen to and well that forecast verified. Supposedly we have some wind issues coming up later in the week.  The trees are budding here, pollen is falling and you can't find allergy meds at most Dollar Stores, so that should be a reminder to you if you need some benedryl it's better to hide away a few things for hurricane season rather than panic and get there too late and the shelves are bare!

Besos BobbiStorm
@bobbistorm on Twitter and Instagram
Twitter mostly weather, Instagram whatever.

Ps Here's a good site to use to look up your most memorable hurricane and see if it came in some sort of El Nino year, or La Nina. They happen every year El Nino or no El Nino, La Nina or Neutral you can't stop them any more than you can the pine pollen from falling.

One of my favorite old time songs. There's a building near me with a large parking lot that tilts some and every year when the pollen falls into the rain puddles it creates patterns that are beautiful and I think of this beautiful song.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Severe Weather Troubles. Snow in NYC??? Roller Coaster Winter of 2023. CAD in the Carolinas, Warms Up, Cools Off for Weekend ... Again.


I went on YouTube this morning to see what the meteorological community is talking about and again severe weather is the name of the game. Ryan Hall is good at what he does, in that same way Mike is awesome at what he does with his Brew Crew in the morning. 

Mitch is showing it in his own way.
We all show things in our own way.

A serious sliver of severe weather going to slice through Texas and Oklahoma and then move East. Though parts of that energy will move North as way too warm, moist air is moving up into the colder latitudes and that creates confusion and chaos as Planet Earth in our part of the world can't seem to decide which season it is and if you live in the Carolinas you know you can get any season you like in one week. 

I'm not sure whether I like this graphic or not, but it does get the point across and captures people's attention.  Strong winds, crazy wild winds may be the big player in this region. A look at the Mimic shows the problem. If you have ever been at a real rodeo you would know what is going on and how one low far away is cranking up moist air in the Caribbean with additional energy to the West whips the atmosphere around in unhealthy ways.

It's not good to have suntanning weather in February, though it may be nice for your tan, but then cold air whips right back at you. And, the plants...oh my the plants. They start to bud too early, and people plant tomatoes thinking (hoping) winter is over but everything needs to come together in it's own season for a harvest to be healthy and to get the right taste in the peaches, strawberries and well I won't even talk about Winter Wheat! What looks like wonderful warm weather to some, will produce crappy wine for 2023 in regions in the US that produce grapes for wine and many areas do. 

Allan Nosoff is covering NYC weather and many who travel in and out of there follow him across the country online. He tries to pin down the right info, the correct model and tempers the hope for snow with the reality that is might just be a cold, nasty rain. Allan is a good guy, fairly tall too, and moving up in the weather world.

Back in the Carolinas........
....back at the ranch so to say.

I didn't have to even click on the model images to know which was the GFS and which was the EURO, though there is some agreement that Winter may make a last stand the first week in March. Either we will get one cold night and more of the same or the chance for some in higher latitudes and higher elevation to see some sort of wintry precipitation. Maybe. 

Maybe. isn't a sentence as it is lacking a noun and a verb, but my winter in Raleigh is rather lacking too right now so I'm not interested in grammar as much as I am if we can squeeze out one burst of winter weather. Either way I'm not living and dying by the models, I'll do that during the tropical time of year. 

I have a headache and I know that is not news, but it is annoying. Prone to headaches for various reasons and often they are related to weather, mold or being nervous on too many things. So going to try and chill out today and let others worry on the Severe Weather event that is unfolding and is getting enough attention. Wondering on what New York City gets this week and if it can squeeze out a few snowflakes.

Above for NYC.. Brooklyn.
Below for Raleigh, NC.

Choose the day you want to be outside wisely.

I have a confession to make. I love Cold Air Damming. It reminds me of quiet mornings in Southern California before the marine layer evaporates and the sun finally comes out. It's a touch of winter in an odd year of see saw, roller coaster weather. It's calm.  There's barely a leaf moving. I lit a candle, sipping tea and smiling because this may be as much winter as I get in Raleigh in 2023! We have a bit of cold air damming going on here. 

Thanks for reading. Have a good day. Hope you get the weather you want, but remember if you are getting suntanning weather in late February the flora may be getting mixed messages and your harvest may not be as good as you hoped. And, for gosh sakes .... we are far from the last frost possible so stop rushing the tomato crop! It's not over, til it's over and it's not over!

Sweet Tropical Dreams,


@bobbistorm on Twitter and Instagram

Twitter mostly weather and Instagram whatever I'm in the mood to post.

Ps... not proofing this as my head hurts, my eyes hurt and going to go offline and take a nice walk around the neigbhorhood while it's beautifully cool and serene.