We’ve been hearing for over a week now about this tropical weather that’s supposed to “lash,” “inundate,” “swamp” or otherwise hit us this weekend. I love all the verbs newscasters and headline writers use to describe what tropical weather can do or is doing. Floyd Shaves Florida. Dora Explores Georgia. But, looking at the radar and reading the latest updates, it appears the worst threat from the current system will be that some paper plates might be upended by a breeze during the LSU tailgating in Baton Rouge. If that. Parts of the Gulf Coast are getting some rain this morning. Now there’s a shock. I was watching Jim Cantore do this thing from Pensacola Beach yesterday and, true to form, he was pretty much at Ground Zero.

At first, I thought yeah, yeah, yeah — aren’t we kinda overreacting here? But I found myself agreeing more quickly to a suggestion that we lay in a little extra water and buy gasoline for the generator while the buying was easy.

…so we’re moving through the height of hurricane season pretty easily so far — for the second year in a row. This is a very, very good thing, since we’re still a very jumpy lot and will be for quite a while. Justifiably so. It’s kinda like why the French are reluctant to fight — you’d be skittish too if your nation lost an entire freaking generation in one war, then got invaded again less than 25 years later. So forgive us if we tend to overreact and give a lot of buildup to the slightest hint of tropical weather in this region.

Cain’t hep it, dawlin’

2 Comments so far

  1. Dan F (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    Over-reacting is not really a bad thing when we all know we pretty much under-reacted last go round. I just wish our Grannie Governess wouldn’t declare states of emergencies when no one knows where these things are going. Yeah she did it again this time too…

  2. Kelly (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

    I think she does that as an administrative CYA… can’t really blame her now.

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