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Seems that our good friend Charley is going to miss us…

August 13, 2004, 11:06 PM

Back from the beach! I will provide a full trip report a little later. Right now I’m still processing the pictures and still working on a sunburn. Oh, and my legs are sore from all the running around I did. But the full report is coming later. Stay tuned.

On my trip, though, I did keep the TV on in my hotel room for the most part. Thus I found out about Tropical Storm Bonnie (since downgraded to below a tropical depression), and Hurricane Charley. For some reason, I just like that -ey ending on there. Conveys something different than with the -ie. Compare: Charley and Charlie. Or, of course, we could just call this storm Chuck and just say to hell with it.

Still, both storms were originally forecast to go past our area, and thankfully that has changed. Still this is what Charley was originally projected to do as of about a day ago:

Projected path of Hurricane Charley

Now Charley is projected to track a bit more to the east, probably missing our area entirely. Just as well, I’d say, as we’re supposed to get rain related to the remnants of Bonnie. Charley, on the other hand, is beating the orange juice out of Florida as we speak.

Needless to say, though, I’m pleased that we probably will be missing Charley. I feel sorry for the people who are being battered by the storm, but I’m pleased that we’ll be missed.

Web site: Bloomberg article about Hurricane Charley.

Song: Don't have one

Quote: By the way, this is the name-list year that Hurricane Andrew was on back in 1992. The north Atlantic hurricane name lists recycle every six years, with names being retired when storms get big and bad and really memorable. Andrew was replaced by Alex for that list's next appearance in 1998. Likewise, as other hurricanes go, Opal in 1995 was replaced by Olga for 2001, Fran in 1996 was replaced by Fay for 2002, and Isabel in 2003 was replaced by Ida for 2009. Interestingly enough, Hurricane Emily in 1993, which I thought was a really memorable storm that we barely missed in 1993 when it hit the Outer Banks in North Carolina, was reused on the 1999 list, and will be used again in 2005. Guess it's not as memorable as I thought.

Categories: Tropical systems