The week started out so nice- sunny and an unexpected break from the high humidity. Yesterday the humidity started rise, winds picked up, and clouds rolled in bringing rain. I took these photos of the flowering palm tree in my yard yesterday morning before the rains arrived. Bees love these little yellow flowers and swarm around them up in the tree and those that have fallen on the ground. Makes it tricky taking the dogs in the yard while keeping them from stepping on the bees.
But back to the stormy weather we're having... I went out last night about 1 a.m. to see if the clouds had cleared enough to see the Space Station as it passed over our area. It was too cloudy but I did see this yellow crowned night heron looking for a snack in the standing water left from the earlier storm. I'm guessing there were little frogs, toads and snails he was feasting on. I couldn't get very close to him without scaring him off and due to the low light the photo isn't very good, but I loved how he was reflected in the standing water. I turned my flash on to get this photo which startled him and off he flew.
We had rain again today and they've predicted it's going to rain through the weekend. Drats- no sunny beach time. According to the weather reports tonight there's a high probability a hurricane could form in the Gulf. This is when we all hold our breath waiting to see if it forms and if it does, where it's going to hit.
This was the map on NOAA website with the following information:
IS GRADUALLY BECOMING BETTER DEFINED AND SURFACE PRESSURES ARE SLOWLY FALLING ACROSS THE AREA. UPPER-LEVEL WINDS ARE ALSO IMPROVING AND ARE FORECAST TO BECOME MORE CONDUCIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A TROPICAL DEPRESSION DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO. THIS SYSTEM HAS A HIGH CHANCE...70 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AS IT MOVES SLOWLY NORTHWARD INTO THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO. INTERESTS ALONG THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES GULF COAST SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS LARGE DISTURBANCE THROUGH THE WEEKEND. HEAVY RAINS AND LOCALIZED FLOODING ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE YUCATAN PENINSULA...WESTERN CUBA...AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SATURDAY. AN AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT IS SCHEDULED TO INVESTIGATE THE SYSTEM TOMORROW AFTERNOON...IF NECESSARY.