The forecast for Hurricane Rina is looking better for the Florida Sea Base. Yesterday morning they were expecting Hurricane Rina to intensify to category 3 status. Instead, the system dropped back to category 1 and became less organized. There is a lot of talk about the system dying in Western Cuba Saturday or Sunday. However, there is still some chance of the system visiting the Florida Sea Base as a minimal tropical storm or tropical depression. They should have a much better handle on this later today or tomorrow. The key factors include whether Rina stays over water or makes landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula, wind shear, the impact of the cold front that is moving through Texas today, and Rina’s ability to hold herself together.
I spoke with Captain Rich briefly yesterday. He was in Georgia. He is logging a lot of hours on the highway. I made the 4.5 hour drive from Dallas/Fort Worth to my parent’s place in Southeast Texas yesterday morning and hammered out several chores before dinner. I will run some errands in town this morning with my dad and then get back to chores on his 10 acres. Ten acres is quite a bit for a 79 year old to tend on his own. But he is in great shape and does a great job of tending to the property and my mom.
Have a great day.
Capt. Steve Willis