The National Hurricane Center has spoken its last word on Isabel, declaring it extratropical at 11:00 AM — a little sooner than I expected. Its final official position was about 50 miles northeast of Cleveland Ohio, directly over Lake Erie (whose 70-degree water temperatures are not nearly enough to support a hurricane, in case you were wondering).
So it’s official: for the first time in 22 days and 18 hours, the Atlantic basin is free of organized tropical systems. Time for the NHC forecasters to take a much-deserved rest.
And, dare I say it, it’s time for me to do the same. I’ve been “flooding the zone” with blog-coverage of something for two-plus weeks now: first Fabian, then the 9/11 anniversary, and then Isabel. It’s been fun, but I expect blogging will be light this weekend; I really need to take a break from staring at a computer screen and/or a cell-phone screen all the time.
I’m blogging now because it’s my lunch break from work — in other words, because I can — but this weekend I really need to turn to other pursuits, like taking deep breaths, stopping to smell the roses, and cleaning up my pigsty of an apartment.
On the other hand, if I end up attending the Dalai Lama event in Central Park and/or the medieval festival in Washington Heights this Sunday, I suppose I won’t be able to resist a bit of Moblogging from the cell phone…
Well, adios: it being my lunch break, I should probably now begin to actually eat lunch. :)