Tuesday, July 12, 2005


A unique aspect of the people living along the Gulf Coast, regardless of their educational background, is that they all believe that they have some bizarre meterological predictive ability. This is particularly true when it comes to tropical storms and hurricanes.

This abundance of uneducated guesswork is greatly demonstrated en masse when a hurricane approaches. As you stand in line at the grocery store with your cart full of bottled water, bread, and peanut butter (widely recognized as the "essentials" in any storm crisis situation) you can't help but become sucked into some arguement of where the storm is headed in the next 24 hours, and whether one should gather their worldly goods and flee the premesis.

So where's the storm headed?
New Orleans? Mobile? Pensacola? My house? Your house?

It's a bit ridiculous watching a bunch of people talking about things they know nothing about, but it's similar to watching a congressional hearing on any given topic.