I was pleased in May when the different weather agencies began calling for a below average hurricane season. But, most were quick to remind us that it only takes one hurricane to ruin your day. So far, I there has been more named storms than they said would happen. Fortunately for us, none have them have had much impact on the Atlantic coast of the USA. Until now.
When we left Norfolk, VA and entered the ICW there was no hurricane action in the Atlantic basin. Then suddenly two tropical depressions formed in a 24hr period. Both have since strengthened to Tropical Storm status. Tony is way out in the Atlantic, no cause for concern. But, Sandy is forecast to come much closer.
Many thanks to the information age! Between the VHF broadcasts and internet connections we get many updated forecasts per day. Good thing, because sitting here today, I would be totally clueless of what is ahead of us without it.
So, here is what I see this morning...
|Mariners 1-2-3 Rule. Places to avoid in the next 72hrs.|
|Statistical model of predicted wind strength|
No matter how you slice it, it is going to be windy in the Carolinas this weekend. Right now, the marine forecast for Pamilico Sound is calling for 30-40 knot winds come Sunday.
When we started planning this trip, my biggest fear was that when a hurricane hole was needed, all the locals would have it filled by the time we got there. Fear not, we are booked in a very tiny little marina for the weekend. A hurricane hole if I have ever seen one. That and when I Googled Carolina hurricane holes, it was one of the first hits. Great Master Mariner I am. hahahaha