Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A Weather Update

In yesterday's heat, I thought about something..if Hell feels anything like 103 degrees, I don't want to go there! God has a sense of humor with all of this Mississippi heat we've been dealt over the last week. Records have been breaking all over the state and once again, we are expecting near record temperatures today. The lack of rainfall isn't helping either. So far for August, Jackson has recorded 0.15" of rain. That's a 1.50" deficit for this time of the month. Although July was a wet month in the state, we are still -14.40" of rain below average since January 1.

Not only am I concerned about the heat, but I'm closely monitoring tropical depression #4, which could easily become Tropical Storm Dean sometime today. Two of the computer models take this storm north of Puerto Rico and up the eastern Atlantic coast. But one of the computer models take it straight into the Gulf of Mexico. Two years ago this month, Hurricane Katrina changed everything we had ever known or experienced with gulf coast hurricanes. Although all of this is still a week away from becoming clearer, you can bet I'm already thinking about how to prepare like I did for Katrina (non-perishables, keeping the car full of gas, keeping some cash on hand, and trying to figure out extended care for the children).

Keep it tuned to WLBT as I give updates on all of this and let's pray for rain, a break in the heat, and a hurricane that won't head into the gulf!

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