Lots of flooding in SE and east central Florida today. They needed the rain and this will help with a deficit in Lake Okeechobee. But everyone expected Fay to weaken, dump a whole lot of rain, and go away. However, she's sticking around like an unwanted guest. Fay is defying conventional wisdom, but apparently behaving the way a storm should under the current atmospheric conditions. Nothing outside the way God designed the atmosphere to function.
'Round Tampa Bay we had typical tropical storm cloud patterns: white puffies scudding across a gray sky. We had swells and a few small whitecaps in the canal, which means the Bay was extremely choppy. They don't quite show up in the picture, but the palm fronds are moving. Very little rain, because it's all gathered around Fay. So weather-wise it was a magnificent day where we could work outside and not sweat as much. We were able to play outside quite a bit (except for one brief shower). I trimmed. I pulled weeds. I tidied up our yard and it looks much better. Bruce continued cleaning the garage and both cars are parked inside tonight. Wow.
There's a certain giddiness I feel when we have a near miss. It's like finding out that you don't have to take the pop quiz. Except for the part where we did yard and garage work, this felt a little like a vacation day.