This doesn’t usually happen til late January around here… Just across my phone:
Severe Watches and Warnings for FORT PIERCE
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
353 PM EST SUN DEC 5 2010
..FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FOR LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY
..FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MELBOURNE HAS ISSUED A FREEZE
WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY
HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING DOWN FROM CANADA WILL BRING THE COLDEST
AIR SO FAR THIS SEASON AND THE POTENTIAL FOR FREEZING TEMPERATURES
ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING.
A FREEZE WATCH MEANS THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE FOR FREEZING TEMPERATURES
TO OCCUR. LOW TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO REACH AROUND 30 TO THE
LOWER 30S OVER URBAN AREAS…AND FALL INTO THE UPPER 20S IN THE
NORMALLY COLDER RURAL LOCATIONS. NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS ARE
FORECAST TO STAY UP AT 5 TO 10 MPH AS WELL…SO WIND CHILLS IN THE
20S CAN BE EXPECTED AREA-WIDE BY SUNRISE ON TUESDAY.
A FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE.
THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.
PERSONS IN EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA SHOULD TAKE MEASURES TO PREPARE FOR
THE UPCOMING COLD CONDITIONS.
Fun weekend 🙂
Had a pretty full weekend here for a change, it was nice 🙂 Friday, Joe had to run over to Tampa for a family thing, but practically rushed back late Friday night to be able to come over (and woke me up when he did lol, although he *did* demand I take a nap before he got here). We were up til 5:30, it was great. At one point, we were standing out front for a smoke and I in my skirt and tank top was literally shivering but didn’t want to battle the kitten and dog trying to run out just to go in and get my jacket. Joe actually took off his shirt and offered it to me. Well, I didn’t know what to think of that, so I just said, “no really, I’m fine!” A little more shivering and he kinda playfully glared at me, went into his truck and pulled out my favourite hoodie (his big grey one) and made me put it on. Oh man, I was in heaven – it’s too big for me and smells like him. Then he wrapped his arms around me and I was warm and cozy and held tight – I haven’t felt that good in so long. We did go back inside eventually to watch a movie, but that got interrupted by other things… finally went to sleep just before sun-up.
Two hours later, Littlebit comes ambling out of the bedroom to find us deeply passed out on the futon. She managed to wake me up long enough to tell her yes, she could get breakfast and go on the computer. (She loves making her own breakfast, it makes her feel self-sufficient. Many times, she offers to make mine too and she does great!) I made it out of bed around 10 and let Joe sleep in a little longer. I loved watching him sleep, he was so tired 🙂 Had to force myself not to crawl back into bed with him though, it would have been too warm and cozy, I would have fallen back asleep and we had things to do!
Alyn had invited us out to a Civil War Reenactment that he was doing Saturday, so we all got ourselves together and headed cross-county to the Boys and Girl’s Club where they had the event. It was small, not a big turnout, but then it was put together in a short time and wasn’t very well advertised. Also, the cannon crew didn’t show up, so that was a disappointment. We had fun though, and there were quite a few older Veterans there happy to share their own war stories, passed down through generations in their own families. Nelson Winbush (center, below) held Joe captive in conversation for a good half hour as they discussed the history of African Americans as soldiers in the Civil War. You can view the Wikipedia article on his Grandfather HERE. Joe was right at home in the topic, as he wants to work to become a History professor. Ashamedly, I don’t know much about history. My interest was always in the Sciences, so I found myself mulling over the medical table for quite some time, mentally conjuring up the uses for the varied powders still in their original vials. I did have to keep my eyes away from the double-edged skin/bone saw however… the thought of amputation in the field just gave me chills.
After the event wound down, we three headed out to the island for a late lunch and I was thrilled to see the Hurricane was back open after several months being closed for renovations. We miraculously landed a parking spot over by the jetty side and walked over for a good meal, then took a walk down the beach and out the jetty. The seas were exceptionally rough on the north side of the inlet, and the kite sailors were taking advantage of the strong winds. It was beautiful out, but Joe’s back was starting to hurt pretty bad (he’s had a couple major surgeries on it in the past 4 years), so we headed back to the apartment after a full day running around outside.
Back at home, Joe was in a lot of pain so he needed to head home and take something for his back and get some rest. Alyn had stopped over briefly to bring us a loaf of homemade banana nut bread (yummy!) but he wasn’t able to stay as he had a sun headache and had to give his sister a ride to work, so we called it a night.
Today is looking to be our typically lazy Sunday (and much-needed). Laundry calls, as well as a good scrub down of the dog. Maybe if Alyn is feeling better this afternoon, we can have a little fire out back and I’ll make some Chicken Alfredo for dinner.
Page is especially helpful for following Tropical Storm / Hurricane (possible) Fay activity specifically related to the Treasure Coast of Florida. This station covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River Counties including areas from Sebastian Inlet down to Jupiter Inlet.
Everyone please be prepared and be SAFE. Even if you are not in the direct line of fire for this or any storm, the effects can still be widespread, even far from the center of the storm as outer bands can reach over 200 miles from the center.
TROPICAL STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT
Issue Time: 6:30AM EDT, Monday Aug 18, 2008
Valid Until: 6:30AM EDT, Tuesday Aug 19, 2008
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TROPICAL STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT
UNTIL 6:30AM EDT
Urgent – Immediate Broadcast Requested Tropical Storm Fay Local Statement National Weather Service Melbourne FL 630 AM EDT Mon Aug 18 2008
… Tropical Storm Watch Issued For The East Coast From Sebastian Inlet To Jupiter Inlet…
… Tropical Storm Fay Over Cuba And Continuing Toward The Florida Peninsula…
… Areas Affected… This Statement Applies To East Central Florida.
… Watches/Warnings… A Tropical Storm Watch Has Been Issued From Sebastian Inlet To Jupiter Inlet. The Tropical Storm Watch For Lake Okeechobee Has Been Upgraded To A Warning. A Tropical Storm Wind Watch Continues For Okeechobee And Osceola Counties.
A Flood Watch Has Been Issued For Okeechobee… Saint Lucie And Martin Counties.
… Storm Information… At 500 AM EDT… The Center Of Tropical Storm Fay Was Located Over Cuba Near Latitude 22.5 North… Longitude 80.9 West. This Position Is About 155 Miles South Southeast Of Key West And About 410 Miles South Of Orlando.
Fay Is Moving Toward The North Northwest Near 12 Mph. A Turn Toward The North Is Tuesday And Fay Is Expected To North Up The Florida Peninsula. Maximum Sustained Winds Are Near 50 Mph… With Higher Gusts. Some Strengthening Is Possible… And Fay Should Become A Hurricane Before Reaching The Florida Peninsula.
Indian River-St. Lucie-Martin- 630 AM EDT Mon Aug 18 2008
… Tropical Storm Watch Now In Effect…
… New Information… The Latest Forecast Track For Tropical Storm Fay Has Been Adjusted Slightly Eastward With A Little Earlier Arrival. A Further Eastward Adjustment May Be Required Later Today.
A Tropical Storm Watch Has Been Issued From Sebastian Inlet To Jupiter Inlet And A Tropical Storm Warning Has Been Issued For Lake Okeechobee.
A Flood Watch Has Been Issued For Okeechobee… Saint Lucie And Martin Counties Through Tuesday Evening. The Watch May Need To Be Extended Northward Later Today.
… Areas Affected… This Statement Recommends Actions To Be Taken By Persons In Indian River… Saint Lucie And Martin Counties.
… Precautionary/Preparedness Actions… A Tropical Storm Watch Means That Tropical Storm Conditions Are Possible Within The Defined Area Within The Next 36 Hours. It Is Recommended That You Prepare Your Home Or Business And Review Your Evacuation Plan. Listen Frequently To Noaa Weather Radio… Or Other Local News Media… For The Latest Information On This Evolving Tropical Weather Threat.
Residents Should Finalize Planning For Heavy Rain And Strong Winds And Be Ready To Put Their Plans Into Motion Later Today If The Watch Is Upgraded To A Warning.
When Making Decisions… Do Not Focus On The Exact Forecast Track. Adjustments Will Likely Be Made To The Forecast Track As The Storm Approaches And Impacts Can Occur Far From The Center Of The Storm. Always Heed The Advice Of Local Officials And Comply With Any Orders That Are Issued.
Finalize Preparedness Plans And Replenish Storm Provisions Such As… Batteries For Radios And Flashlights… Drinking Water… Canned Goods Or Dried Food… First Aid Supplies… Baby Supplies… And Prescription Medicines. Gas Up Your Vehicles And Have Some Extra Fuel On Hand For Generators And Chain Saws If Needed. It Is Also Best To Have Some Extra Cash As Credit Cards May Not Be An Option If Electric Power Goes Out. Keep Your Cell Phone Well Charged Before The Storm Arrives.
Protect Windows And Doors Against Tropical Storm Force Winds With Higher Gusts. Loose Outdoor Objects Should Be Brought Indoors Or Tied Down.
Mobile Home Residents Should Consider Whether To Temporarily Evacuate To More Substantial Shelter Until The High Wind And Tornado Threat Passes. Be Ready To Leave If A Tropical Storm Or Hurricane Warning Is Issued… Or If You Are Directed To Do So By Local Officials.
… Winds… Given The Latest Official Forecast… Along With Inherent Forecast Uncertainties In Cyclone Track And Intensity… There Is A Limited Threat To Life And Property From High Winds For East Central Florida… Including Indian River… St. Lucie And Martin Counties.
Winds Are Forecast To Increase In The Watch Area Tuesday Morning… Becoming Strongest During The Afternoon And Overnight Hours.
The Potential Exists For Winds To Cause Damage To Carports… Awnings… And Pool Enclosures. Some Damage May Also Occur To Unanchored Mobile Homes. Small Branches May Break Off Trees… And Loose Objects May Be Blown About. Winds May Become Dangerous On Bridges… Especially For High Profile Vehicles… Forcing Closures. Isolated To Scattered Power Outages Are Possible.
… Probability Of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Conditions… At This Time… There Is About A 45 To 55 Percent Chance For Tropical Storm Conditions With Fay. These Probabilities Have Increased Since Sunday.
… Storm Surge And Storm Tide… For Lake Okeechobee… Assuming The Current Forecast And A Lake Level Near 11.3 Feet… No Significant Storm Surge And Storm Tide Impact Is Expected. However… Large Fluctuations In Lake Level Are Expected As The Winds Shift In Direction And Speed With The Passing Storm.
… Inland Flooding… Rainfall Amounts Of 3 To 6 Inches… With Locally Higher Amounts… Are Possible Through Tuesday Night. A Flood Watch Has Been Issued For Southern Florida… Including Okeechobee… Saint Lucie And Martin Counties. The Flood Watch May Be Extended Northward Later Today. Those Living In Areas Prone To Flooding Should Be Prepared To Take Immediate Action Should Flooding Develop.
Scattered To Numerous Showers And Storms Will Develop Later Today As The Moisture Associated With Fay Continues To Surge Northward. Rainbands Directly Associated With Fay Are Forecast To Begin Impacting The Area Tonight Or Early Tuesday… Becoming More Frequent And Heavier Later Tuesday And Tuesday Night.
… Tornadoes… Much Of East Central Florida Will Be Located In The Right Front Quadrant Of Fay. Historically… This Quadrant Is The Favored Area For Tornadoes And Tornadic Waterspouts… Especially Within Outer Rainbands. The Threat For Tornadoes And Waterspouts Will Increase This Afternoon As Outer Rainbands Approach From The Southeast. The Highest Threat May Occur Tonight And Early Tuesday. Listen For Possible Watches And Warnings.
… Next Update… The Next Local Statement Will Be Issued By The National Weather Service In Melbourne Around 12 Noon… Or Sooner If Conditions Warrant.
For A Graphical Version Of This Hurricane Local Statement… See The Melbourne National Weather Service Web Site At Weather.Gov And Then Click On East Central Florida.