Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nerd Alert-Weather Watcher

Whatcha doing Irene?

I have a confession....I'm obsessed with watching the weather. This all started back in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo was headed towards Charleston, SC. Several family friends and my brother came up to Asheville to ride out the storm with us and I was glued to the news. I had no idea about the awesome powers of mother nature and what she could do. I mean, how amazing is it that during a certain few months out of the year the chemistry of the atmosphere and the ocean come together to create something so terrifying and destructive? Yes...I see the dork-meter rising.
After College I moved to Florida and in 2004 we encountered Bonnie, Charley, Frances, Gaston, Ivan, Jeanne, and Rita. Frances wrecked West Palm Beach, left a coconut dent in my Jetta and tore apart my back house at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. Gaston came to Pawleys Island where we were watching Frances on the news during our Vacation and caused a little excitement there. Ivan took out all the trees at my parents house in Asheville and chased them to Nantucket, and Jeanne convinced my boss at the time to fly me up to New York for a week. (I can't complain about the latter). It was quite the summer.
In 2005 Katrina left her mark on my family in Louisiana, and as Forrest Gump says... that's all I have to say about that. Wilma came to FL late in the Summer and left us all without power or groceries...when the new Whole Foods opened off PGA Blvd it was a frenzy to buy meat.

Spaghetti Models

My favorite two websites to peruse all things Hurricane are NOAA and Spaghetti Models. And just to tie in the fact that I try to blog about decor; how wicked would these 4 look as prints in a kids room? You heard it here first. I'm going to print these bad boys off and put them in Ford's big boy room...but I'll probably color replace the pink in photoshop.

Upper Air Time Section Analyses Images (what you say?)
These graphics provide time-height (pressure) section analyses of upper-air soundings. Data includes observed and anomalous wind speed/direction, relative humidity, and theta-e (θe) for meteorological stations in the southeast US, Central America, Caribbean, and western Africa.

Minus the hairy little black marks these are awesome! What I wouldn't give to study weather data all day....

Powder Room Prints? Come on...these are fascinating!

So who agrees? Weather watching is exciting! Who's with me? (Crickets...Crickets)

xoxo-Bourbon Dork


  1. You aren't a dork, or at least not the only one... I'm obsessed with it too.

  2. A girl after my own heart. In high school I wanted to be a tornado chaser, yes I wanted to do that professionally. I even went so far as to write my senior exit paper on tornadoes. Who is the dork now??

  3. So glad you're paying attention!! Wold you do me a favor and e-mail me if you think I should evacuate? I seem to tune it all out since every storm the weather guys freak out and then nothing happens. Thanks! Sissy