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Sometimes my inner editor really needs to take a back seat…

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Tis the Season… For Colds and Flu

MYTH: Going out in the cold weather will give you a cold.

FACT: While not exactly accurate, cold weather can make colds and related viruses more apt to set in. It isn’t the cold that gives us the sniffles however. When our body temperature drops, so does our ability to fight the viruses that we commonly come in contact with. Cold viruses are all around us however a drop in temperature slows down our immune response to these tiny invaders and makes us more likely to suffer the symptoms of them as we fail to fight them off at first contact. It is difficult to avoid contact with any of the 200 plus viruses that cause common cold symptoms, but there are things we can do to minimize the probability of catching a cold or at the least minimize the symptoms and shorten them.

WASH your hands regularly! Hot water and soap are your first line of defense after coming in contact with a person showing symptoms, after touching door knobs, phones, anything someone else may have touched. Cold viruses can live up to 48 hours outside the body on non-porous surfaces and flu viruses can stick around even longer.

DISINFECT commonly touched home and office surfaces regularly with disinfectant sprays or wipes.

BOOST your intake of Vitamin C and Zinc. Both stimulate and strengthen the immune system, reducing or preventing symptoms of the viral invasion.

Oh, HONEY! Unfiltered, unprocessed RAW honey contains both antiviral and antibiotic properties, as well as a wealth of vitamins and minerals and positive health effects including strengthening the immune system. Raw, locally harvested honey also has the added benefit of containing small amounts of local pollens which, when ingested, begin to help the person taking it to build immunity to the local trees and plants that cause seasonal allergies (which can be just as miserable as a cold). Factory processed honey is heated to a point that most of these health benefits are lost – the difference in benefits between raw and pasteurized honey is substantial.

Remember, prevention is the best medicine. If you do have any serious health concerns – ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist first for advice on treatment!

Stay healthy this season!

Good Freezy Goodness!!!

Just had to share some pics from Tuesday Morning… All that white iciness? Yeh – that was my windshield lol!!! I had to de-ice my frikken car – it was EPIC I so love the cold, don’t get near enough of it. But, now that it’s warming up, the giddiness has subsided and I’m all…. whaaa I want snow! Not like… tons and tons of it… just… enough to play in ^_^

Earliest Freeze Ever for Treasure Coast?

This doesn’t usually happen til late January around here… Just across my phone:

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Severe Watches and Warnings for FORT PIERCE
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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
MORNING…
..FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY
MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MELBOURNE HAS ISSUED A FREEZE
WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY
MORNING.

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.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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.

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Holy Crap

Just thought I’d toss this up…

Currently
101.6 °F
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 38%
Wind: 10.0 mph from the West
Visibility: 9.0 miles
Dew Point: 71 °F
Precipitation: 30% Chance of Rain
Pressure: 29.67 in
UV: 6.4
Updated: 3:54 PM EDT on June 22, 2009

So Casual!

No, not my dating life — it’s pretty much NIL at this point (and safer that way)…

I mean these forecasts that come across my e-mail and cell phone… gotta love how they just slip stuff in there so casually… (See Thursday).

AccuWeather Forecast
for <…my town…>
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TODAY
Partly sunny
H 89

TONIGHT
Partly cloudy with a shower
L 76

WEDNESDAY
Partly sunny and breezy
H 88   / L 79

THURSDAY
Hurricane Hanna
H 88   / L 73

FRIDAY
Partly sunny and breezy
H 91   / L 74

SATURDAY
Partly sunny with a t-storm
H 91   / L 75

Weathered The Storm…

Despite the massive flooding here in the county, I have managed to weather TS Fay without too much damage.  The duct tape on the smashed-in window just *barely* held up against the winds that pelted us from the ESE to WSW the entire time.  It did not hold against the water however so there was leakage inside.  Thankfully, that is all that leaked.  I was concerned about some missing tiles on the roof as well, but they managed to hold.  Water did blow into the attic vent on the side of the house under the eave, and while a little dripping was heard inside the ceiling, nothing made it through.  I am hoping that will dry out on its own once we start to heat back up again. 

The storm did cause some damage to the siding of the front of the house where it pulled the wood away from the building.  Some pieces of that are going to have to be replaced ASAP and I am going to have to board that window up for good since I cannot afford to have it replaced.  This will be done with borrowed tools and hopefully the helping hand of one of my neighbors.  I will need to find some heavy-duty 4″ screws to go through both the wood paneling and the concrete of the building.  Yikes.  As of this morning, it was not immediately apparent that any other neighbors took any damage, save for a downed mailbox at Dana and Gary’s place.

Flooding remains the primary concern all along the Treasure Coast where we are still being pelted by heavy rains.  Today they are coming with 15-45 minute breaks inbetween the rains which is allowing waters to recede just slightly.  Many homes, especially in older areas such as along Delaware Ave., and in farming areas reported water entering the residences.  A large number of intersections, and in many places in the area entire neighborhoods, are completely impassible and this morning many were blocked off by officers directing traffic out of these areas. 

On my way in to work this morning, I was turned back twice, as Oleander was severely flooded between Edwards and Virginia, and Virginia was severely flooded between US1 and 25th Street.  North 39th Street in Fort Pierce also remains badly flooded north of Angle Road for at least 3 blocks.  This area however has not been blocked off.  Trucks and larger vehicles are able to pass through slowly, but passenger cars are having great difficulty getting through.  Most are turning around. 

With the ground being so saturated, I would advise ALL drivers to not exit the roadway into swales to turn around.  The ground is likely to give way and sink the vehicle a foot or more, as happened to a very good friend of mine the last time it flooded here.  He did not realize he was pulling into a grassy area until it was too late and the majority of the front end of his truck was under mud and water.

I will be going home to check on things again shortly, and I hope to God that tape has held up through today’s storms as I had to come in to work today and could not be there for window-rescue as I was up all night doing.

Here’s hoping anyone reading this either fared well or lives out of the area and did not have to deal with Fay.

Severe Weather Alert – East Coast of Florida – Wednesday August 20 7am

TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT
Issue Time: 7:08AM EDT, Wednesday Aug 20, 2008
Valid Until: 7:15AM EDT, Thursday Aug 21, 2008
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TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 7:15AM EDT

Hurricane Fay Local Statement National Weather Service Melbourne FL 708 AM EDT Wed Aug 20 2008

Southern Brevard-Indian River-St. Lucie-Martin-Coastal Volusia- Northern Brevard-

… Tropical Storm Warning Remains In Effect…

… New Information… The Center Of Tropical Storm Fay Will Move North Near The Brevard And Volusia County Coast Today And This Evening And Then Is Forecast To Make Another Landfall As It Turns Back Westward Toward The Coast Between Daytona Beach And Saint Augustine Late Tonight Or Thursday Based On The Current Track Forecast. At This Time… The Most Likely Scenario Is For This System To Stay At Tropical Storm Strength If It Stays Close To The East Coast And Is Not Forecast To Move Across The Warmer Gulf Stream Waters.

… Areas Affected… This Statement Recommends Actions To Be Taken By Persons In The Following Coastal Counties… Martin… Saint Lucie… Indian River… Brevard… And Volusia Counties.

… Winds… A Tropical Storm Warning Remains In Effect As Winds Gusts To 45 To 50 Mph Are Still Expected With Rain Bands Around The Center Today As Fay Moves Slowly North Toward Northern Brevard And The Volusia County Coast Through This Afternoon. There Is Much Uncertainty In The Exact Track Forecast But Beyond Tonight But By Thursday Morning Fay Should Turn To The Northwest Or West And Possible Make Another Landfall Along The Coast Between Daytona Beach And Saint Augustine. On This Track… Conditions Will Improve By This Afternoon Across Southern Coastal Sections Of East Central Florida With The Threat For Tropical Storm Force Winds Continuing Along The Volusia County Coast Into Thursday.

… Inland Flooding…

Radar Estimates And Rain Gage Observations Indicate That A Large Area Of 6 To 8 Inches… With Isolated Spots To Near 10 Inches Fell During The Past 36 Hours Along The Coast From Central Brevard County South… And Inland To Osceola And Okeechobee Counties. Minor To Moderate Flooding Occurred Across Much Of This Region.

Scattered To Numerous Showers Will Redevelop Across All Of East Central Florida… With Additional Periods Of Heavy Rainfall. The Flood Watch Continues In Effect.

On The Saint Johns River Between Lake Harney And Astor… There Is Currently No Significant Flooding. The Latest Stage Heights At Lake Harney… Sanford… Deland… And Astor Are All Below River Flood Stage. Rain Totals Along The Saint Johns River Will Increase North Of Lake Harney Today And Tonight. As Of This Morning… The Stage At Astor Is The Closest To Flood Heights… But It Has Not Reached Action Level.

… Tornadoes… As The Center Of Fay Moves North Near The Coast… The Favorable Environment For Tornadoes Will Also Move Slowly Away From The Central Peninsula. A Low Threat For An Isolated Tornado Will Linger Today And Tonight… Primarily Across Volusia And Northern Lake Counties County In Association With Fay.

… Storm Surge And Storm Tide… As Winds Shift To Offshore South Of The Cape… Storm Surge Concerns Will Remain Minimal. High Surf And A High Threat For Rip Currents Will Continue Today. If Fay Restrengthens And Remains Near The Coast… A 2 To 3 Foot Storm Surge May Occur… Mainly Along The Northern Volusia Coast.

… Next Update… The Next Local Statement Will Be Issued By The National Weather Service In Melbourne Around 9 AM EDT… 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.

Alone and Scared in TS Fay

I am here alone, and scared to death, have a broken front window that’s patched with duct tape and the south winds are just driving the rain in.  I’m fucking terrified, it’s the middle of the night, and I have no one to call.

Someone please tell me this is almost over…