Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I know everyone else here is used to it...

Needless to say, there's a small cultural and weather difference between San Diego, CA and Houston, TX. Some of the weather we're familiar with having lived in the Midwest; believe it or not it does get hot and humid in Minnesota.

Having said that, it's certainly a new experience for both of us watching tropical storms. There's a tropical depression right now in the Gulf that will likely turn into a tropical storm just before making landfall in the southern part of Texas/northern part of Mexico. Fortunately, it should be well south of us. There's another one that's supposed to pass by Cuba and enter the Gulf this weekend.

In the past, seeing news of a hurricane approaching the US wasn't cause for personal concern. Now it's a little more important.

I'm sure in a year or so it will become like living with earthquakes. Living in Southern California, you feel a shake, hear a bang, and simply say to yourself, "Hm. Earthquake." Of course, if you're not used to it, it's a different experience. I had one happen during a class I was teaching where one of the students was from DC. He was completely freaked out by the experience, and I was convinced he was going to be back on the next plane home.

Either way, I'd be perfectly happy being able to go through my first hurricane season without a hurricane.

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