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Trouble in Cedar Key: Dodged the bullet

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By Gene Benedict

Well, it appears that this time we’ve dodged the bullet. Tropical Storm Fay at the time of this writing has turned to the northeast. We’ll get some rain and some breezes, but it doesn’t look as if we’ll get much more. We had some storms last week and the week before and a lot more wind than it’s thought we’ll have this week. Some people somewhere will be getting the brunt of the winds, rains and along the coast, significant storm surges. That is unfortunate. I pray that not many, if any, are hurt by the storm. There will probably be significant flooding along Florida’s east coast. Let’s hope they prepare well for flash floods and for the water that drains so slowly on flooded flatlands. One thing we can be thankful for, temperatures will be significantly cooler than normal. And the cooler air will be around for a few days. This should be the case throughout most of the panhandle. Storms such as Fay bring cool air from the upper atmosphere down to ground level. And the power of the winds will spread them over large areas, mixing them with the warmer air near the ground. Look for some of the cooler weather plants to green up and grow noticeably with wet conditions and cool breezes. This should last as long as the midday weather remains moderate. Enjoy an early morning walk or a pleasant bike ride. That should be a preliminary workout for the cooler nights of mid-to-late September, only a month away. Fall begins officially in about five weeks. We are already sleeping with the windows open. It’s pleasant to hear the natural world at night rather than the whirr of air conditioning and fans. And if it becomes unpleasantly sticky, we can fall back to the ceiling fans to keep the air moving. In the meanwhile, enjoy what’s left of summer, even as days are getting shorter and darkness longer. And pray that we again dodge the bullet if another big storm appears to be heading this way. So, until we are sure what the next few days bring our way, let’s meet out there somewhere looking for Trouble in Cedar Key. E-mail: tnckgebe@yahoo.com