26 June 2012
Trying to Create a July “Coastline”
With Debby Looking over My Shoulder
By Chuck Spicer
As of this moment (Monday, June 25) she is still 95 miles away, but she might as well be looking directly over my shoulder. Tropical Storm Debby has proven to be so non predictable that the weather experts have been drawing and redrawing dozens of strands of colorful spaghetti across my television screen. Trying to act as if they actually have a clue where the fickle female is actually headed.
All they really know is that she is weepy and broad at the hips. Covering a significant portion of the eastern Gulf of Mexico and appearing to seek the comfort of Florida’s “Big Bend”. That’s the area just east of us where the Panhandle meets the peninsula. Her movements nearly imperceptible, resulting in a landfall prediction of some four days from now.
By the way if at any time during this article I seem to be losing my train of thought it is because I am. “Brownouts” here in Lanark Beach are arriving at a rapid rate and I must stop and hit the “save” icon after each sentence. I am absolutely amazed that this computer hasn’t fried during these continuous outages. Two days ago we were without electricity for a several hours. Which made us wonder if there ever was going to be a Volume 22 # 6. But you are reading it so that means we made it.
We (Cindy Clark of Bay Media services and I) are producing this paper as if all will go on as scheduled. Optimistic that no matter how much rain fell and tides rose, the “Independence Day” July 3 & 4 shows will go on. Right now our biggest concern is for St. George Island which was evacuated yesterday and may be without electricity for an extended period. Hopefully it will be plugged in by the time this paper is distributed – either June 29 or July 2. Depending on you know who.
From this point on you will likely hear TS Debby compared to Dennis. He landed way over in the Pensacola area back in early July of 2005 but we were on the wrong side of him and waters rose so high we were trapped in our home for a couple days as Gulf waters covered THE highway (98).
But, truthfully, TS Debby is simply an “inconvenience” that occasionally goes along with living in paradise. The only real trouble for me is that she ruined two golf dates.