Felt like I spent most of the day watching Tropical Storm Colin yesterday, three years to the day we had a brush with another storm, Andrea, on June 6, 2013.
The southern and northern parts of Florida usually get the big hurricanes. The Tampa Bay area rarely gets the bigger threats, and that’s not a bad thing. You have to go back to 1921 to get the last hurricane to hit Pinellas County, and 1968 for the last hurricane to hit the Tampa Bay area when Gladys hit the northern Suncoast. We seem to specialize in getting these sloppy tropical storms, and Colin was not the textbook storm by any means. Not that I’m complaining or wishing for a Cat 5 hurricane or anything like that.
The storm hit the Big Bend of Florida south and east of Tallahassee, but the rain and wind were dislocated well east and south of the system. I’ve seen summertime thunderstorms stronger than Colin, including a small isolated thunderstorm that spawned a microburst where I live back on June 21, 2013. But it rained, rained, and rained some more, leading to a flash flood warning for my area Tuesday morning that quickly abated.
What is worth noting is the double-take the school system here in Pinellas County did. They told the kids to come to school, storm be damned, then had to release the kids early when they said the forecast had changed. The only problem, according to meteorologists, is that the forecast had NOT changed.
The school officials tried to pass the buck, but the weather people knew the currency was counterfeit.