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!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earthquake in LA. Hail Stones the Size of Baseballs. Hurricane Season in 40 Days. Life in 2020... The Year of Covid-19. And a Rant at the End... Because I Needed to Rant.

Severe Weather forecast for the South again.
Well that weather is on the move today...
You might want to follow Cranky.
I do... he's brilliant and creative!!

So is DaBuh in his way too.

Some people see faces in clouds.
He sees animals and signs in maps.
I personally love anyone who loves maps.
Especially weather maps...

Jokes aside he's right on the money here.
This we know for sure.
Somewhere in that red box....
... something will form and develop.

We also know the names of the Canes of 2020.

Your child may not have a graduation.
But one of these names will be graduated... hurricane or Major Hurricane status.
Remember those names.
The names of 2020.

So I stayed up late last night playing online.
I needed to unwind.
And Weather Twitter was on fire last night.
Actually the Hail Forecasts verified.
If the Hurricane Season Forecast verifies ...
.. we will be in trouble.
We may see Arthur sooner rather than later!

Thanks to everyone last night.

Is that an incredible photo from Pawnee Storm Chasers?
It made me wax poetic. 
So was those pics of the Hail Balls.

Yes been a crazy 12 hours or so of weather.
Weather and Geological madness.
And it seems the beat will keep going on today.

Last night I stayed up late watching the Hail Storm.
Elk City, Oklahoma got slammed.
Baseball sized hail!
Check out the construction inside that hail stone.
Hail Ball?

Then there were Tornado Warnings for NYC and NY earlier.

Kind of feels like "what next right?"
I know you're laughing thinking...
"End of the World??"
Maybe not laughing....

Not only did NYC have a tornado weather threat...
.....LA had a small but noticeable earthquake.

Oh and there's more weather danger coming this week...

So if you don't have a loved one in the hospital...
...or are reading this from your sick bed.
And you didn't get shaken in LA...
...or worried on the tornado in NYC.
Or are getting hail threats in OKC today...
Then you may be having an OK day.

I know it's a big country.
We do have a Pandemic going on you know.
And the Hurricane Season is only 40 days away.
(it may begin early this year....
...the water is hot, hot, hot)

So if you didn't get clobbered by baseball sized hail ....
...or shaken out of bed by an earthquake. 
Then you may not be able to identify with my rant below.

Or maybe you can.
I needed to write.
I needed to get my thoughts out.
I needed to get this off my chest.
I'm tired of news not covering news.
What happened to Headline News?
You remember that?
If you were born before Facebook maybe you do.
They would show... THE NEWS.
And they would repeat it.
So you knew if something big happened... could put on Headline News.
I'll admit it.
I was a MySpace girl ;)

Really ...the news... not Agenda...
Not Editorializing.
Just the news.
Just the facts.

So if you are here just for weather.
Hurricane Season is 40 days away.
I'll be nonstop all about hurricanes soon.
Pinky promise ;)

If you want to read a rant...
Read away.
I needed to rant.
If not... have a great, beautiful day.
Hope you get your tattoo...
...hope you find someone who delivers.
Hope you find flowers in the yard.
Hope all your loved ones are healthy.

If you wish to read the rant...
Keep reading.

A day in my life....
... wishing we had Headline News again.

* * * 

This is a picture of me.
Just a few years ago. 
Maybe 2 or 3.
Standing staring at the ocean.
Warm day in the Spring... 
My daughter took it... 
... kind of iconic Mommy at the ocean.

I love the ocean.
Looking forward to going again.
Soon when it's safe to go ...
When will that be?
Don't know.
NC is opening them slowly.
But trying to cater for now to locals....
...who can walk to the beach.

Surf City NC opened the beaches.
Kept all parking lots closed.
Kept all public bathrooms closed.
If you can't walk home to use your bathroom...
...stay home.

Eventually we'll go to Wrightsville Beach again.
I'm okay with staying home today.
Going for a walk .. maybe.
Tomorrow is severe weather day here...
...waiting ;)

A bit of a rant here. Being honest, I get tired and annoyed with Agenda Driven News Stories. And, yes I capitalized it because it is definitely a thing worthy of capitalization. There's a hail storm headed towards the Oklahoma City area the morning after Mother Nature hit Elk City with huge hail balls last night and I say hail balls as they were the size of baseballs. What does TWC have on this minute? They are doing a story during a life threatening pandemic with a wild hail storm headed towards a big city while people on worried on the recent Earthquake in LA? They are doing a story on managing our carbon footprint. More specifically listing our current concerns such as allowing cows to wander near trees as to protect the trees from being cut down and making them woody pastures because of course we have to protect the environment and funding for Family Planning Clinics specifically "because we need to lessen the carbon footprint" on Planet Earth. Seriously? Definitely an AGENDA driven story episode that I'm not interested in hearing on a morning when I wanted to know about the hail storm or maybe some reference to the Earthquake and talk on weather when the Hurricane Season is 40 days away. I have to tell you in my whole life (and I'm not in my 20s) I never had to go to a Family Planning Clinic to get Birth Control and the Morning After Pill is available at my kid's colleges in vending machines next to Tacos, Yogurt and Aspirin. This is not the 1950s ... Natalie Wood is not wandering the streets with what's his name trying to find a back alley abortion. Reproductive rights are important but I don't need stories on TWC trying to link them to worrying on our "carbon footprint" Oh my goodness. I just want weather news on TWC and news on the NEWS channels.

Newsflash here as relates to what is going on today in the world no one is driving anywhere unless they have to if they are essential employees and our Carbon Footprint has been greatly reduced thanks to Covid-19. For that matter the smog in China ebbed quite a bit recently when they shut down cities such as Wuhan and Beijing and less people are going on cruise ships (big polluters) and no one wants to get on an airplane right now unless a parent died and they feel they just have to pay $600 round trip to fly on a plane with 50 people spaced out rows apart all wearing masks and gloves. It's like they are stuck in the 1980s or 1990s or back when Greta got a Nobel Peace Prize and may I add here that while her concern for Planet Earth is incredibly commendable... personally I think that the Nobel Peace Prize should be given to someone who comes up with a vaccine for Covid-19. Couldn't we just hit the germs with some ray gun used in Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica??

Loved that show........

Okay disclaimer here some people seem that they NEED to get in their cars and drive around the city with cheap gas to protest the fact that the politicians are trying to protect the people from a deadly virus that is extremely contagious and has killed many people I know personally people in NY, Israel and Florida who died or lost a parent who died ......but for some reason the paraders don't think it will get to Georgia or Virginia so they have hit the roads. Looks like some scene that would be in an old movie that Carl Reiner might have made if this was 1965. It would be funny if it wasn't so ... stupid. Hey Cuomo says it's "stupid" and he's the most logical politician I know right now... just my opinion and I'm not a Democrat. As he just said and being a Beach Girl I can so relate. Just because the FIRST WAVE didn't knock you off your feet, doesn't mean the 2nd Wave may not knock you off your feet or kill you. It's all about the wave.......   and as he says "you sneeze and I get sick" "I sneeze and you get sick" "you have to act responsibility" yeah tell that to the Wackiest Car in the Car Parade in Virginia.

My husband is a Financial Planner and he watches the morning financial news so it's on the TV in the other room until he leaves for work. I debate putting it on but decide to go to CNN to check out any information on the Earthquake other than what I'm getting from my Twitter friends. CNN is doing a story mocking the President about the drug that "doesn't work" because one study done said it did not .... note I have a few friends in NY who were given the drug early on and saw immediate turnarounds and were soon released from the hospital while their family was worrying they would be making funeral arrangements soon. Was it the drug combo? Was it something else the doctors were doing? Was it the prayers in the prayer groups made by their friends? Who knows. Too soon to tell, but they are better. Mostly I know when given early on before a person's whole system is shutting down the drug seems to have worked well in areas in upstate NY where I know many people who took it and were not hospitalized. It's an ugly dance when someone is hospitalized with Covid-19 and often the doctors and nurses try nonstop to keep the body going while the kidneys begin to give up and their body doesn't want to breathe on it's own after being on the respirator and the heart often has to be stabilized frequently and people keep praying. The logic of attacking something before it has totally ravaged your body does make some sense. I turned CNN off and switched the channel.

I put on FOX NEWS that was interviewing some political person in Wyoming (yes people do live there) where there have been less than a 1,000 cases of Covid-19 and he wants to get back to business. Hmnnn .... okay.... sounds logical but with the proper masks and possibly they should put a barbed wire fence around their state and shut down the roads first to keep those running away from New York to stay out of Wyoming. I love New York but many don't have work or are on a semi permanent vacation there and some have started looking for work or vacation in places where the hourly death toll and news of who tested positive and who is in or out of the hospital or where a funeral will be held for someone you know but you can't go to the funeral is a daily thing.  (I know long run on sentence but this Year of 2020 has been one long run on sentence ) Suddenly a long drive out I-80 sounds like one of those bucket list things you have always wanted to do and as New Yorkers are not very welcomed right now in Florida they are heading West towards the open road and wide open spaces. Bloggers are blogging and people on YouTube are documenting their "hit the road vacations" while out of work with cheap gas and money they got in their bank account. Hey... better on the road then living in Manhattan. The lady on FOX sitting in her car being interviewed (think about it) said there is no reason she should have to stay home from work and lose money she is not sick and she is healthy. Think about it.... maybe she can go to Georgia if she's a hairdresser and get up close and personal fast with someone who is sick but really needed her hair cut because she's had enough also.

Note it's not against the law to take a road trip.
State borders are open.
Gas is cheap.
It's a thing.
Becoming popular...

So I switched the channel and then I landed on "The Andy Griffith Show" by accident because it's on TV in NC ALL DAY LONG on some channel and it being 54 not 45 I got to see Ron Howard as an awkward precocious child telling some girl with pigtails that he guesses he is popular. Oh my gosh....... I've got to stop hitting 54 instead of 45 on the remote.

Then I went to Channel 45 that is MSNBC and a reporter wearing a Face Mask is explaining how the state of Georgia that is having a problem with Covid-19 vs let's say Wyoming needs to open the tattoo parlors on Friday but restaurants need to wait until Monday. HUH? Explain this to me someone really needs to die with a tattoo that says "I survived Covid-19" in three weeks rather than eat in a restaurant with new space restrictions at a table where you won't hear the person next to you talking about their prostate surgery that they need but that was canceled because the tattoo parlor needed to be open first ..........oh my gosh. Note reporters on MSNBC are wearing Face Masks kind of like Dr. Deborah always wears a huge scarf and personally I don't think that's a fashion statement with the smart doctor. Yes all their reporters are now wearing masks....some nicely color coordinated with their gloves. Now they are doing a story on the world's first Earth Day (not the one in the Bible ... the other one) that must have been fun like a festival with girls flirting with cute boys ... I'm just guessing you know ;)

I will say I liked this reporter.
The pink mask with the purple gloves.
Nailed it!

I'm currently watching YouTube ...
 CNN MSNBC and FOX broke away from Cuomo.
They show him then break away ...
...but he's live on YouTube ;)
All 3 are showing agenda driven "stories"
Not really NEWS as in Breaking.
I have 2 kids who live in NY.
I want to hear his Press Conference.
He's good today.
So I muted the TV ....
...watching TWC actually showing some weather.
Radars, satellite loops... Texarkana area.
I'm listening to Cuomo on YouTube.

Because in 2020 one thing we have... options.

Many of my friends gave up Cable TV.
I like it... I like options.
But liking it less and less.
Just saying.

And when I need Weather News FAST.
Maybe he'll chase weather on Thursday?
He's also on YouTube.

Do you wonder why people are watching news on YouTube by people that are fun to listen to or talk on things you really need to know like if weather is hitting soon or for more information on an Earthquake hitting Los Angeles or watching a model/actress showing people what to wear (if they could afford it) for flying cross country? There's a YouTube channel for everything and everyone these days and you probably will enjoy it more than bothering with CNN FOX or MSNBC. Well if it's the Hurricane Season then TWC (they are really great with an impending hurricane about to make landfall) is the best when it comes to weather news on Cable. Just now my best friend told me she's collecting weeds in her backyard (she's home for a change, walking barefoot in the backyard) and found a pretty little purple plant she knows I'd love and she's sending me YouTube Channel options of people she's watching.  Okay she watches some wild stuff. Did u hear the one about the planet being shut down for 3 days to reset the computers and financial system?  okay... thought that happened for me over the 3 day holiday of Passover. Note my other best friend just heard about the dangers of 5G because she found "someone" talking about it on YouTube too!! Choose your YouTube Channel News carefully.......

This is where we are in 2020... my kids watch Ted Talks and HULU and I watch Netflix on my daughter's account. Actually I watch HULU on my son's account. I joined TikTok to watch my granddaughter's videos... since we are doing true confessions. My best friends are watching YouTube all day looking for interesting news stories or finding beautiful weeds in their backyard again as they are home as they are essential to me but not for the economy.

Screenshot of my current Facebook Messenger.
Conversation with one of my 2 best friends.
She knows me so well.
Look a purple "flower"

Okay I'd probably have put it in a small vase too!

Rediscovering the backyard barefoot.
Picking pretty purple "flowers"
Talking to best friends again all day...
WhatsApping and on the phone for real!!
My ex-husband is showing the funny video..
..that my best friend sent me...
Then I forwarded it to him.
After the Virtual Funeral we really needed ... smile and laugh again.

I'm digressing. I'm rambling. I'm enjoying this because I really needed to get this off my chest and be done with it. Note my ex-husband has a Facebook Live and he's talking about a nice conversation with our smart son in Seattle who is against opening things up too soon. God Bless those kids with brains.......  I love Seattle. Now I'm talking to my brother who lives in Greece on Facebook Messenger who just made a video he put on YouTube that's getting lots of hits.  Now I'm signing into a class I participate in from Crown Heights on the phone by way of some service in Iowa where we learn together or I listen ...which I'm doing while proofreading this rant post. They are talking on the solar eclipse and the how when it's dark in the middle of the eclipse everyone waits to see the Corona appear. So true. Ironic.... "we are overwhelmed often but how do we deal with it is the question and therein lies the answer" and I'm so grateful that Devorah Leah is out of the hospital where she was for 5 days back home giving her class online... love her voice, she's so incredible. After this I'll go check on my other kids on Instagram because we don't really talk on the phone we post on Instagram. It's almost 2 PM and I haven't eaten yet today, just going on coffee fumes and some asthma meds. Time moves so fast these days. Soon I'll make "lunch" and fold the laundry and clean in the other room and make dinner. Whoosh... 2020 has been a hoot indeed. Speaking of hoots I have a friend whose listening to the owls in her forested backyard here talk to eachother. We have all stopped running around physically to the Mall or a restaurant or Starbucks or the gym or work.....and are amazingly busy doing things be they blogging or being in a "car parade" or watching old movies or learning to speak Chinese or cook Chinese or Thai or how to make Jamaican Jerk Chicken (yes that was for you Jay).

My best friend Sharon who sent me the funny video I forwarded to my ex-husband who Sharon was friends with first vs Malka who sent me the flower picture just gave me this update on someone we have been praying for and I quote "some good news to report.... earlier this evening he was able to track his nurse's finger with his eyes ... his ventilator settings are a little lower and he needs less medication to help him sedated" Wow that is wonderful news, her daughter-in-law's father (a really nice man ...) has been in the hospital for weeks in NYC and I'm in a prayer group for him. Hope this continues, I want him well and able to see his grandchildren get married and spend time with his family again. The nurses and doctors are doing a wonderful job.

Maybe my world is different than many people in Georgia who really need their Tattoo Parlor to open up and think getting their hair done professionally is essential to their health rather than staying home and staying alive. I'm pretty sure somewhere there's a hair dresser who will come to your house with a mask on and take a chance to cut your hair because they need money. Hasn't anyone in America ever learned about how the Black Market works? Come on...there are people everywhere doing things under the radar carefully for cash and if you got the money and if you don't think you will be in danger it's your hair go for it...what happens in your house stays in your house. Well unless you give the hair dresser your Covid-19 that you didn't think you had because you weren't having any symptoms. Good for u... not so good for the hairdresser who hopefully won't have bad symptoms and have their family praying that you will be able to follow the nurse's finger with your eyes.

I don't know what to tell you. We are all different. There's a lot that doesn't make sense. Why Harvard needed money that should have gone to people with small businesses I don't know. I worked in Academia and I know first hand there are many slush funds in colleges and money squirreled away that you can't imagine. I had to sit in on high level Faculty Meetings to discuss where we were hiding money that was given to us to be used for something we weren't using it for "yet" because we were making lots of money as it sat in the bank account accumulating interest. And, as much as I LOVE NYC and have taken pictures myself personally in front of the fountain at the Kennedy Center I don't think they should have gotten money that should have gone to the people out of work trying to get by on macaroni, lentils, rice and hot dogs if not using the money for their rent Just saying....  Just my view, I'm sure you have your own views. My blog, my views.

Dozes of Weather Apps on my phone.
But love the pictures on Yahoo ;)
And it's fast and easy.
And shows me the Covid update for my county!
And my kid's counties...
.... lot's of cities I'm watching.

Thanks for reading this long rant post and trust me I will be talking about HURRICANES really soon as we are ramping up heading into the Hurricane Season that may seriously come early as the water offshore Florida is very hot upping the possibilities of Pre Season Trouble. Note I am saying daily prayers of gratitude that I got married, moved away and live in North Carolina where it is currently 62 degrees at 1 PM according to my Yahoo Weather App with the pretty pictures. There are also 12 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in my county. Why does Yahoo understand what people want to know today.... yet The Weather Channel is still worrying on their agenda of reminding us to lower our carbon footprint (trust me my friend Malka isn't driving to Miami Beach today as she's not working but wandering through her yard barefoot lowering the Carbon Footprint today) so maybe TWC needs to drop the AGENDA and CNN needs to stop complaining about the little orange man and FOX needs to stop reminding everyone that Nancy Pelosi has a refrigerator that cost more than your family car. Thumbs up to MSNBC for showing the world people can wear masks and work and be a part of the solution not the problem.

Speaking of YouTube I was looking for info on the earthquake this morning and found this great map on a friend's YouTube video about the LA earthquake. Great map. He posted someone's tweet and this is the best map I've seen. That's not offshore folks and not the High Desert that's downtown LA pretty much. My ex-husband used to have a store near there, I know LA really well we lived there in the 1980s. I love LA and am addicted to any news about an earthquake in LA. So if you're interested he did a great round up of earthquake tweets and news, he follows earthquakes too... and volcanoes and comets oh my.

My prayers for you all.
No matter if you want to quarantine til 2024...
...or if you want to open up the tattoo parlors.
Stay healthy.
Wear a mask... gloves can't hurt.
Keep a good sense of humor.
Thanks for reading this blog.

Tomorrow it will be all about Hurricanes.
(well unless a meteor falls out of the sky...
...or Yellowstone goes Boom)

Besos BobbiStorm
@bobbistorm on Twitter and Instagram
Ps...sorry for any typos... 
My Bronkaid wore off and the Benadryl kicked in..
Pollen problems ... it's a thing.


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