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The Cone of Death!

Updated on September 5, 2017

Mike's Common Sense

I really like living in South Florida. It has a lot to be said about it. I love it sunny and nice everyday. The summers, however can be a little hard to take, the sun is brutal, the humidity is stifling, and South Florida is a magnet for hurricanes.

Every year, you live knowing, another Andrew type hurricane could hit again...and boy do the local TV channels rake in big dough! There is nothing like scaring someone, to get them to pay attention, and here in Miami, we are nearing def com 4.

We now have hurricane Irma churning about 2000 miles to the southeast of us. The possibility of a hurricane is imminent. Now is the time for "all hurricane, all the time, programming"!

Believe you me, we can't get enough of it! We love "all hurricane, all the time"!

To people who have never paid much attention to hurricanes before, you don't know what you're missing. All the excitement down here revolves around the ever changing, very mysterious, projection track that the computers THINK the storm is going to follow. This track is known as " the cone" because the farther you project away, the larger the scope of the cone.

I have affectionately tabbed this "The Cone of Death".

Here in Miami we are soooo hooked on the cone of death. Everybody is constantly asking "are we in the cone?" Since nobody has any frigging idea where a hurricane is going to go, they keep changing the cone. One hour you're in, the next hour out.

Now, its hard to really get into this game, if you live in say... Maine.... No! To really play and get into this game you have to come down here in South Florida and sit on the bull's eye with us.

You'd be hooked on "all hurricane programming, all the time" too.


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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Fortuately I have never gone through a tornado, but have lived through 3 hurricanes all fairly minor ones.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      hi muley,

      I just remembered a time I was traveling across country and got a room in Pasedena, TX. A tornadoe warning was issued. Talk about scared, I hid under a mattress. Found out the next day it skipped over the town, hit the next one and killed 9 people. What's even scarier, tornadoes now occur in the northeast. Not often like in the midwest and south, but heck, in my mind once is too much.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      HI Trish, what you described sounds like a tornado, which are plenty scary also. I hope your luck to avoid tornadoes and hurricanes continues to hold out.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Hurricanes terrify me, as do tornadoes, earthquakes or any other violent show from mother nature.

      I remember one day, my mom herded me and my brother into her bedroom closet. I had no idea why, I think I thought we were playing a game or something. What it was was some horrendous storm (not sure if it was a hurricane) that had orange sized hail, torrential rain and blacker than black skies. I do not remember anything more than that. Only once as an adult did I experience a time where they actually had us evacuate. We lived near the water. My family and I trooped off to my mom's house. She was almost as close to the water as we were, but it was the only place I wanted to go. I figured if anything happens at least we are together. As it turned out, it never struck.

      My thinking today is that we are long overdue for something to hit here, but I certainly hope not.