The thing about hurricanes is that you wait. You wait. And you watch. And you wait.
You watch the forecasts. You follow the track. You read winds and rainfall predictions. And you wait.
Increasingly accurate science guides minute by minute revised assessments. Aircraft fly into the heart of the storm, measure the winds, the barometric pressure … Weather crew assess surrounding patterns – how point of high and low pressure will affect the movement of the storm.
And you wait. A sunny morning grows cloudy. Then clears. Then darkens again. The rises. Then falls. You watch the tides. Time landfall land with wind speed predictions.
This time, this early .. Hurricane Blanca ‘appears’ to bear wind and rain, and will approach land as tropical storm, her energy spent as she enters cooler waters. A glancing blow. A prayer or two.
And you wait ….