Category: Tropical Storms & Hurricanes

Dorian 2019: Ormond-by-the-Sea, Wednesday the 4th

I wasn’t quite able to get update photos at North Peninsula State Park, but I did manage to swing by a nearby beach in Ormond-by-the-Sea a few miles to the south. These images were taken shortly before 11am, or so, as Dorian was churning…

Dorian 2019: Tomoka Marsh, 04 September

Tomoka Marsh at Bulow Creek was, predictably, a bit inundated by water earlier today. This is par for course whenever we have tropical storm action in Ormond Beach, Florida. What’s interesting, and what I need to check out further, is that I don’t think…

Dorian 2019: Wednesday Morning

With the eye passing well offshore of Ormond Beach, Florida, we’re in no position to complain about anything. I’m not sure how the coastline faired with erosion and tidal surge, but it seems my neighborhood pretty much slipped through this largely unscathed. We had…

Dorian 2019: No More Waiting in Ormond Beach

The lead photograph was taken at about 7:37 pm this evening in Ormond Beach, just as the sun was calling it a day. Now, an hour later, Hurricane Dorian’s main spiral rainbands have arrived. It’s pouring rain outside; I included a screenshot of the…

Dorian 2019: Tomoka Marsh on Tuesday the 3rd

Shortly before I caught the outer spiral rainband at North Peninsula State Park (as documented in the previous post), I swung by a favorite stretch of salt marsh along the Tomoka Basin and Bulow Creek State Park to check out any potential flooding. This…

Dorian 2019: North Peninsula State Park on Tuesday the 3rd

In Volusia county, we are now in the midst of Dorian’s intermittent outer spiral rainbands — the elongated thunderstorm lines that rotate around the hurricane itself. These rainbands can carry with them heavy precipitation and wind — plenty of energy. On the outskirts of a…

Dorian 2019: Ormond Beach on Monday the 2nd

Andy Romano Beachfront Park in Ormond Beach; Volusia county, Florida (02 September 2019). Photographs taken in the a.m. hours of September 2nd at Andy Romano Beachfront Park in Ormond Beach, Florida — just north of Daytona Beach proper. The tide was approaching high. Mostly…

Dorian 2019: Thinking About Hurricanes & Anoles

As Dorian smashes the Bahamas and Florida awaits its fate, I spotted a Cuban brown anole (Anolis sagrei) hunting outside on my desk window here in Volusia county, Florida; a few of our resident Brown anoles seem to have taken to my lamp and…

Dorian 2019: All Eyes Watching God

Dorian as a Cat. 5 moving over the Bahamas and towards Florida. Awe inspiring. The eye is nearly the size of Okeechobee. Tempted to re-read (again) the hurricane account in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1939).

Dorian 2019: The Calm Before the Surge

North Peninsula State Park; Volusia county, Florida (31 August 2019). Though we likely won’t take a direct hit from the heart of Dorian’s vanity, we’ll still snag some impressive tidal surge action along our coastlines in a few days — coastlines that are already…

Dorian 2019: A Gopher Tortoise Before the Wind

Gopherus polyphemus, the Gopher tortoise; Volusia county, Florida (31 August 2019). Buzzing about North Peninsula State Park a few days before Dorian will slip northward a bit off our coast, I came across this snazzy Gopher tortoise trekking around the coastal sand dunes.

Dorian 2019: Good Fortune, Blue Skies

Bulow Creek State Park; Volusia county, Florida (31 August 2019). Today’s 11am updated forecast pushes Dorian’s projected trackline even further offshore as it passes us in Volusia county, Florida. Very good news for my stretch of the peninsula. If this projected track holds, we’ll…

Dorian 2019: Behold the Racer Omen!

Hurricane Dorian 2019: Friday 30 August at 3:57 pm. Volusia county, Florida. I’ll take this as an omen of some sort — a juvenile  Coluber constrictor priapus hanging on our front patio today. The Southern black racer is always welcome to seek shelter from…

Dorian 2019: Friday 30 August, 5:55am

Hurricane Dorian 2019: Friday 30 August, 5:55am. Good morning & greetings from Volusia county, Florida! Floridensis is going into hurricane mode for the duration of the storm. I’ll update here and there — from the east coast of Volusia.