No, the title does not refer to the memorabilia of failed romance. I’m thinking of those chunks I throw in the fireplace these days from the firewood pile in my back yard–those pieces of “RitaWood” that I gathered by the truckload after Hurricane Rita a little over a year ago. Last winter was much the same– I burned “LilliWood” from 2003’s Hurricane Lilli. It seems that abundant, free firewood is the only good result of a hurricane in this part of the world, and an added satisfaction I get from my fireplace these past two winters is tossing those memories in the fire where they burn–at least metaphorically.
Let fire consume thy memory, Rita, thou damned child of hell!
But on the topic, Dr. Gray’s 2007 predictions were released earlier this month. Not particularly encouraging, but neither was the 2006 prognostication, which turned out mercifully far better than the experts predicted. Here’s a synopsis of the 2007 forecast, which the avid meteorological fan can view in its entirety by clicking right here:
“Information obtained through November 2006 indicates that the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season will be more active than the average 1950-2000 season. We estimate that 2007 will have about 7 hurricanes (average is 5.9), 14 named storms (average is 9.6), 70 named storm days (average is 49.1), 35 hurricane days (average is 24.5), 3 intense (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes (average is 2.3) and 8 intense hurricane days (average is 5.0). The probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall is estimated to be about 125 percent of the long-period average. We expect Atlantic basin Net Tropical Cyclone (NTC) activity in 2007 to be about 140 percent of the long-term average.”
Oh, well–What the heck? Hurricane season is over six months away, and we lived just fine through the last one. We’ll just take the seasons one at a time, trusting God’s grace and provision, which always seems to be far more adequate than I can manage on my own.
Meanwhile, throw another log on the fire! BURN, RITA, BURN!!!