And now, from the silly weather department...we've got Invest 95. Most likely only a rain event, but this is quite unusual at the end of December. But then again, a lot of things seem to fall into the unusual category these days, so why am I surprised?
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 355 PM EST MON DEC 20 2010
A SMALL BUT WELL-DEFINED LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED ABOUT 275 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF BARBADOS IS PRODUCING SCATTERED SHOWERS OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN TROPICAL ATLANTIC. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE NOT CONDUCIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER...CONDITIONS COULD BECOME A LITTLE MORE FAVORABLE ON TUESDAY...RESULTING IN A BRIEF WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME DEVELOPMENT AS THE LOW PASSES OVER OR NEAR THE SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL LESSER ANTILLES. THERE IS A MEDIUM CHANCE...30 PERCENT...OF THIS SYSTEM BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AS IT MOVES TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST OR NORTH WEST AT 10 TO 15 MPH. REGARDLESS OF DEVELOPMENT...THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL AND GUSTY WINDS TO MUCH OF THE LESSER ANTILLES DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO.
Today, of course, is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day, and longest night of the year. Imbued with all sorts of symbols and meanings around the world, in my world it is the day of the eclipse, some work, and waiting to hear how my brother's surgery has gone to remove the cage his leg has been in for the last few months (oddly enough, one of his best friends is also having surgery today, on his back. Jonny said, "We used to go out and raise hell together, now we have surgeries together." Best of luck to you too, Bob!! Both of you in the same hospital sounds scary to me!) Will his leg be set free today? I'm believin' it!!!
Have a tantamount Tuesday! Do something thrilling (if you haven't already).