When one does those twenty-five things you don't know about me lists they would be surprised to see what is on mine.
My hobby is severe weather especially hurricanes and winter storms. For years, late at night you can find me creating my own weather charts on the computer. Even as a child I would have on my bedroom wall those old hurricane tracking charts made of paper with a bright run pin stuck to show the location of a storm.
Let me be very clear, there is absolutely no professional training in my background in the area of meteorology. All of my knowledge (if it is knowledge) is self taught and from spending hours working on my little hobby. My grandpop Grove also taught me the signs of nature and what to expect for the season or a particular storm. Often he would say with certainty and accuracy based on the moon or animals when a bad storm would hit us.
Have had my moments over time that actually have impressed my friends and certainly have had my misses. The Blizzard of 2010 and Hurricane Sandy were two of my better calls. What the process has brought me is great joy and a place to escape into my own little world.
So what about those forecasts early this year of a huge number of storms and bad hurricanes for the Eastern Seaboard? Have they been a duds?
First of all, while we so far have had only two Cat One Hurricanes, we have had nine named storms so far. As far as I can see to my untrained eye and my late night exploring is we are running about a month behind on a normal hurricane season.
In fact, my guess is starting around the late part of this month and the month of October it could be a very active season and the path to the East Coast could open up.
Now when you say East Coast that can be from Key West to Maine. Don't be surprised if we have a named storm quite powerful that comes in over the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake Bay area which would generate powerful winds in New York City.
Also we are long overdue for a 'Long Island Express' storm that would move quickly but powerfully up the coast hit Long Island, Rhode Island and New England. The signs are that the blocking that has taken places so far this year is going to open up by the end of this month.
So this is my secret hobby. I am not a forecaster. It is a hobby. Most of all it is not politics, LGBT issues nor having to make money. However, as old Bette Davis would say, "Fasten your seat belts. It is going to be (still) a bumpy ride!"