The sky is blue but it's not a clear blue. And the air's a little hazy because of, as the weatherjerk explained, fires. A week ago Da Kid worked one (on his day off) for the VFD he's with that started out only an acre or so but consumed 50 acres before it was contained.
A few days later working overtime at one station, his regular one got ten calls in one 24-hour shift because of fires started by lightning strikes.
We've had some rain since the last time I bitched how little we've gotten so far this year, but not much. That may be about to change.
Looking at the projections, early next week we could be receiving a visit from a mixed blessing that's now referred to as Tropic Depression One.
The media's talking heads have been breaking in regularly since yesterday with ominous music, to report the same thing they did twenty minutes before. The earth-shattering news just broadcast is that the sky's in Clearwater are clear <cue the ominous music> but that could change in the next few days.
We need the rain, folks, and after four hurricanes in six weeks two years ago and Wilma last year, this isn't much and even if it becomes Tropical Storm Alberto, won't be by the time it gets to this part of the state.
Heavy rain (four to six inches projected) might cause flooding in areas that usually flood after extended rainfall, but based on the current information even with its projected path, I'm not getting all wound up about this.
I'll probably do some extra cooking on Sunday, though. Da Kid's on duty Monday and he can take it with him. If they're busy — which I'm sure they will be — there's no telling when or if he'll get home Tuesday.
LATER: Linked to by The Florida Masochist and Brendan Loy, and carnivalized at Hurricane!.