Ten Hours ago, I made a decision to remove the canvas and crap on the deck. I took down the foresail, all the dodger and most of the stuff on the deck.
I still have a bicycle, generator, some gas and fuel cans up there, and minor stuff. I’ve mostly tied down the bimini and solar panels. But I’ reconsidering those things, and taking them down come Thursday.
We should know more tomorrow about the direction of the hurricane. At 1700L time they said it was likely going to slam into the coast of Florida. Florida and South Carolina Governors have put National Guard on Alert, something like 1500 in each state. They are going to require evacuation tomorrow. Those states want people moving 100 miles off the coast starting tomorrow.
OK, we’re a LONG way from South Carolina, and Florida, and no one seems to be sure about Georgia. No one really, and I’m talking important, intelligent, well-trained, well-educated meteorologists. (Somehow, I have this distinct feeling that since the Katrina screw up, NO ONE wants to make any sort of definite prediction, because you know, Bush got blamed for Katrina even though he (or Obama) have nothing to do with the weather…. So they don’t want to be definite. Yeah, it’s a COP OUT, you idiots, you KNOW where this thing is going without a freaking Computer Model, even I can see it.) Given that we’re able with 72 hours ahead to predict the possible paths within a few hundred MILES and without knowing what’s coming offshore from the US, we should be able to predict within 200 miles the exact path of the hurricane.
Why computer models suddenly became the most important predictor, I’m not sure. What happened to good old human intuition????? Oh well.
I’ll tell you this. I STILL say this thing will turn East. Long before Virginia, and probably before it gets to North Carolina. Why? Because there’s a low and a “stationary front” sitting JUST off the US coast. Behind it is a High. Behind that, and three days from the coast is another Low Pressure/Cold Front moving through. If anything the hurricane will meet with some “resistance” and push off shore. Might not be perfectly timed, but from my position sitting here up the Potomac, just off the Chesapeake Bay, I see nothing getting here. MAYBE some rain. But nothing significant.
Then again, my weather training is from the National Weather Service, about 20 years of it, plus my own studies of the atmosphere. Never been “tested” on it, except in storm chasing and I’ve generally be right, I’m alive to talk about it and tell stories, and I’ve been through two hurricanes and lived to tell about them as well.
What’s ALL this mean? Nothing, to anyone really, except me and my boat. I have NO intention of putting us in the path of a storm and if I have a chance to sit it out, a good distance away, I will choose prudence over heroism. What is there heroic about going to meet a hurricane face-to-face? Nothing. It’s stupid. Sitting tight is better.
Of course me, and the other guy on the dock, Pete, are the only captains here worried about our boats. Everyone else isn’t here most of the time. He lives aboard, and so do we, so the two of us have discussed who is going to anchor out and who ain’t. He chooses to drive over and anchor out. I’m staying on the docks. No real choice, but I’m taking a lesson from the Bahamas and going to pull the boat up between two slips, sting my many lines out, and I’ll drop an anchor off the front of the boat at the last minute to keep the boat, and docks breaking apart in one spot if I can. My boat isn’t going to sink, unless it goes aground on the far side… which it won’t. And if I can hold things together, I will.
Truth is, I suspect the hurricane will hit Florida and turn right and head to sea, rather like Joaquin did with the Bahamas. But, then, they predicted Joaquin would come up the coast and into the Chesapeake Bay and right over Galesville Md where we were hanging on a mooring ball last year.
So it comes down to two things… why aren’t they predicting what they SHOULD be?
And why do they THINK it MIGHT come as far north as Norfolk?
Got me, but we’ll see.
Obviously, I’m not a professional. But, I trust me more than more TV weather guys, and especially The Weather Channel People who have proven to be wrong more than right.
Tomorrow… we pack our bags.
Thursday I decide about the solar panels.
Friday we depart and stay on the site in a house here, or we bail out and run for the cover of Richmond, VA.
Tomorrow is a new day…..