Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Merry Maelstrom and a Happy Hail Storm

And I heard him exclaim, ere he forecast the rain...
"Merry Maelstrom and a Happy Hail Storm to All!"

What a lovely day! Yes, it was a wonderful day ... if you are a duck!

I've come to the conclusion that the city of Seattle has been missing out on some of its rain allocation for the year. I would appologize to the Northwest, but I have no control of the weather obviously, and we would gladly return any and all of it to you!

What with sixty mile per hour wind gusts, sideways rain, and dime sized hail stones here and there, it was the kind of day that would bother almost everyone, except maybe Aquaman and Prince Namor, The Sub Mariner. I even heard reports that the effects of these storms have been felt inland also. Parts of Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania have actually had some snow. For crying out loud, it's still October!

The entire eastern seaboard is in the clutches of yet another hurricane. This time it is Wilma. After raising hell on the Yucatan Peninsula and southern Florida, she has finally heading ultimately out to the open Atlantic. To add insult to injury, her western edges have been slapping the eastern coastlines from Florida to Nova Scotia. If a hurricane can be named after a woman, then I'll say that this one has been an insufferable bitch!
....In New England, the remnants of Tropical Storm Alpha has been pushed ahead of Wilma, merging with her leading edges, and in turn dragging her on a northeasterly path at a hastened pace. When you throw in winds from the North Atlantic islands of Greenland and Iceland and mix them with the warmer temperatures out of the south, we are "rewarded" with the makings of a classic Nor'easter.

"We wish you a Merry Maelstrom, We wish you a Merry Maelstrom, We wish you a Merry Maelstrom and a Happy Hail Storm!"

I can take solace in the fact, that this weather we are experiencing is nothing compared to what others have suffered in the wakes of Katrina and now Wilma. I pray that the buck will stop here with Alpha, that there will be no Beta!


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