2pm weather: 84F and partly sunny (scattered showers in bands to the SE), wind ENE 17 mph Rainfall (sunrise to 2 pm): 0.08" Surf conditions: breaking waves 4-6 feet and building, very choppy with a strong north to south current Tide: outgoing, low 6:23 pm
Surprisingly we continue to be mostly clear-slotted by most of the fringe harbinger brands wrapping into Florida's east coast off the Atlantic Ocean with more sun than clouds so far today. Other than a brief rain squall this morning, the weather continues to be deceptively pleasant ahead of approaching strong Category 4 Matthew, allowing neighborhood residents to finish up last day preparation for the destruction that with more certainty will come tomorrow.
The last high tide didn't run up to the foot of the dune in Daytona Beach Shores at the Demotte ramp. The lunar phase is working in our favor on tide height, but Matthew's eye will pass around the time of the mid-day high tide tomorrow and counter this some. Very glad to see that VCBS yesterday removed all of the items they had taken off the beach and stockpiled on the ramp.
One of my life ambitions as a young man living on a sailboat near Sebastian Inlet in the 80's was to experience a Category 4 or 5 hurricane safely moored in a honey hole. I experienced the eye of Hurricane David, the fringes of a half dozen or so Cat 1-3 hurricanes, and the center of circulation of numerous tropical storms (one at sea). Now land-based, I'm squarely in the path of a healthy example of the greatest storm on Earth. I accept this fateful placement, hoping that all who do the same have made every prudent preparation possible to be safe.
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