It looks like we’re in store for at least an entire day of overcast skies and more or less steady rain from the tropical storm out in the Gulf of Mexico. I love those rare mornings (at least in Florida) where the ambient light is the same at 8:00 AM as it was at 6:00 AM. When you wake up, you are not quite certain what time it is; your circadian rhythm is telling you one thing, but the day seems to be telling you another. On these days I wake up slowly and peacefully, and Magaidh and I spend some quality time snuggling up in the bed covers before I go to work. The atmosphere also reminds me of my beloved Highlands, though the temperature here may be twenty degrees warmer than the ideal.
It doesn’t look like the heart of the storm is going to come anywhere near Orlando, so I’m calling off the hurricane party. However, we should get some good intense downpours from Isaac; indeed, the first outer band of the tropical storm just went through (though the centre of the storm is currently in the Florida Straits). The rain is what I look forward to the most, so hopefully it will be a wonderfully dreary and wet several days as the storm moves through the Gulf of Mexico.
Just in case, after Holy Mass this morning, Fr. Vernoy prayed an oration and imparted a special blessing against foul and dangerous weather.
Actually it already has. One of my clients in Orlando is without power and has a failed UPS battery in the server room — a UPS that provides power to all of the network and VoIP equipment! When the power’s back up, things will work, but they will have to listen to the incessant beeping of the failed battery backup until I can get a replacement installed.