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I’ve always been fascinated by the weather.
As a child, I remember watching my grandfather’s weather vane twirl from one direction to the next.
North, South, East, West…
But, somehow, it always seemed to me as if there was something deeper underlying those shifting winds.
What could it be?
I wondered if the easterly wind carried a portent of mysterious events to come.
If so, would it be something magical?
I had my suspicions, but I wasn’t sure.
So, in an effort to satisfy my curiousity about the wind and other weather related peculiarities, I decided to become an amateur meteorologist!
To that end, I feverishly consumed every book or article about the weather.
Which led me to…
Study cloud formations…
Fashion a bottle, balloon and some straw into a primitive barometer…
Learn the difference between spinning storms in the Northern Hemisphere..
And spinning storms in the Southern Hemisphere…
And spinning storms in the Pacific…
And spinning storms in the Atlantic…
And spinning storms on land…
And spinning storms on water…
You know….CYCLONES and what not.
At any rate, I became obsessed with other relevant phenomenon such as high and low pressure systems.
I was ever conscious of their locations 🙂
How’s that, you ask?
Well, I once read that if you face the direction of the wind, the low pressure system will be on your left side–at least in the Northern Hemisphere.
I’ve never verified that information but it seemed plausible to me 🙂
Oh, and don’t get me started on my passion for weather folklore, history and lies.
I love ’em all!
As a matter of fact, my dream job is to compile and study narratives and pictures from people who have lived through major hurricanes and other weather related events.
So…where does my preoccupation with weather come from?
Well, I can tell you with all certainty that my mother couldn’t have cared less.
Eh….My father might have had a passing interest.
But, honestly, I think that my obsession with weather may have come from the fact that I shuffled onto this mortal coil alongside Hurricane Camille.
Hey…don’t laugh…Mark Twain had his comet and I have my hurricane 🙂
On a serious note, I realize that this storm left many lives lost. That said, I do not in any way celebrate that fact.
However, I do have a certain amount of reverence and awe for mother nature’s powerful manifestations.
And, to this day, I am still captivated by all things atmospheric!
Speaking of which…
I grabbed a few photos of some of the damage cause by tropical storm Irma.
Fortunately, my family fared pretty well.
I say prayers for those who were not so lucky and to those who are busy picking up the pieces.
In the end, this weather watcher has concluded that the Earth reserves the right to remind us of her power.
Either way, God will see us through.
Love and light to you all!
LadyG 😘 💋 💋