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July 29, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Wet. Gators. Flying


Storm clouds late afternoon. As Hurricane Hanna whirls in Gulf of Mexico (© image copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

Humm, Think we can get the dog out before the deluge? Outer rain bands’ storm clouds arrived late last Friday as Hurricane Hanna whirls in Gulf of Mexico headed for Corpus Christi/Padre Island/South Texas miles and miles away from us. (© image)

 Clouds before Hurricane Hanna. Outer rain bands. Friday(© image. copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

Oh, wait. Quick, get the dog leash. A little break. Friday afternoon (© image)

Big clouds on horizon at sunset. Friday before Hurricane Hanna makes landfall (© image. copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

“Oops. You took too long.” Dark clouds marching in – not from the south/Gulf like normal afternoon showers, but from the north as the wind’s direction is circling from Northeast/east to west like the actual hurricane winds closer to the eye. Hanna’s windy petticoats sweep wide.(© image)

dark stormy sunset before Hurricane Hanna come ashore near Padres Island (© image. copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

Now is when you wish for artificial turf pallets in the garage. At least Molly is cooperative enough to stay close to the house under the wide overhands and the dense trees give some shelter for have-to-go occasions. Molly has a rain coat, but prefers to dash and quick return for dry towel massage once inside.(© image)

Coastal Beach Patrols had their hands full with the storm churning the waves up. Sightseers not social distancing were the least of their worries. Red warning flags all up and down the shore means nothing to many. “I’ve come down here for a week’s vacation and I’m going to go to the beach.”

Tourist and new residents do not understand that the undertow is terribly strong and very dangerous. You may be happily fishing or walking in knee deep water, then suddenly drop off the sand bar you are on, into a hole, and are snagged by the current.

Dragged out to sea happens.

From just a bit down the coast, these sightseers were lucky (video):

“Four surfers rescue two teenage girls who only wanted some storm pictures, but a giant wave had other ideas”

Dramatic Storm clouds over marina. Sky Sunday after Hurricane Hanna landfall in South Texas (© image. copyrighted , all rights reserved. no permissions granted)

It doesn’t matter if the Category 1 Hanna already made landfall over 200 miles away yesterday and is moving into Mexico. Dramatic storm clouds still over marina Sunday afternoon.(© image)

Bands of storm clouds Sunday. Storm clouds over marina after Hurricane Hanna made landfall in South Texas ((© image. copyrighted , all rights reserved. no permissions granted)

Here you can clearly see the line of one of the hurricane “outer bands” that they always talk about. We are standing on the little bridge where we spotted that very large alligator in the water below a few days ago. An 11-12 foot gator over 500 lbs was removed – wondering if it was the same one. If so, his sidekick is still around somewhere wondering.(© image)

“Dad’s quick action saved 4-year old from jaws of massive gator” video of capture

The title is a bit of sensationalism, but I’m sure it seemed that way.

Must remember this is their habitat and home, and you do have to be careful.

While normally shy, it’s always a problem when gators become accustomed to tourists/drunks throwing chickens at them.

Gator guy is fine. He’s going to one of the best rescue gator resorts around. (Written it before)

Hurricane rain bands moving across the lake on Sunday.((© image., all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Just fyi. Hanna’s arrival is just what South Texas/ the Valley doesn’t need. It is a huge recreation/tourist area with the white sand beaches and perfect conditions normally for surf, sailing, and sun. The hospitals there are struggling with COVID patients.(© image.)

Clouds in lines/ rain bands. Sunday afternoon ( (© image., all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Rain bands Sunday afternoon. Yes, the backyard is a swamp and the mosquitoes have arrived. Lovely. With so much budget money refocused on COVID-19, how much will be left for mosquito control? Just as much as a health threat.(© image.)

Dark clouds with a hole of blue sky pithing a bright white ring of clouds. Monday. (© image., all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Monday afternoon. Dark clouds with a hole of blue sky bordered by bright white ring of clouds.(© image)

And you thought we’d be all bright blue and sunny smiley now?

I mean, the storm came in miles from here and continued inland away from us.

But no.

We now get “enhanced tropical downpours”. That’s the official term now.

Monday was basically a grey sheet of a sky. Tuesday, there’s long lines of storms in the Gulf surging in almost across the entire coast line of the state from end to end. As it happens often, the coastal rain slide past us and then pounds the Big City inland. It’s flooding north and east of Houston.

That modified Volkswagen Boatwagon doesn’t seem like such a silly idea now, right? (You have until Thurs to bid on it!)

Whether that’s the storm answer you need or not, escapism is always appreciated.

And maybe if stormy beaches aren’t your thing, you’d rather surf space with NASA’s Rover and its’ pet helicopter?

“NASA will soon try to fly a helicopter over Mars. It really is like the Wright Brothers’ moment”

NASA launching Perseverance Rover to Mars on Wed. Clinging to the Rover’s underside like a baby animal during the space voyage, the little helicopter, Ingenuity, will fly off and explore on its’ own while the Rover records the sights and sounds of Mars with 23 cameras and takes core samples which may hold traces of ancient life.

This is very cool. Watch that video.

Target launch date for Perseverance Mars Rover (which is named for that for a reason – the little car-sized guy has to manage on its’ own for such a long time until they return to pick him and his souvenirs back up….687 Earth Days/1 Mars year is a long time to wait for date…) has a current launch target day of July 30, 2020. Keep up with NASA updates here

Catching things as they fly

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Space vehicle Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, First helicopter designed to fly in thin Martian air. ( image)

“We know you are anxious to spread those 4 foot wings, but listen to us. Hold on tight to Perseverance and do your stretches before taking off on your own And please listen to us and Rover. We’re masked up and taking care for you, so you take care, too, OK? Don’t take any packets of Chinese seeds if they are offered. Be cordial, but don’t mistake the Chinese rover for your bestie ” Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity: First helicopter designed to fly in thin Martian air. ( image)



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  1. Anne Mehrling / Jul 29 2020 10:16 am

    Your cloud photos are beautiful and dramatic. We’ve had thunderstorms many days in a row, but they aren’t related to a hurricane.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 29 2020 11:31 am

      We are still alternating sun with brief thunderstorms. The dog refuses to get up and seems to be saying “Just wake me when it’s over and the backyard is dry.”
      Rain does keep it cooler and the plants alive – best not to complain. Thanks for gliding in with a comment


  2. The Coastal Crone / Jul 29 2020 11:11 am

    People on the bayfront here were taking selfies. Wind was not bad but the storm surge caused flooding in some areas. Good photos!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 29 2020 11:29 am

      Happy to hear from you. Coastal weather is the perfect backdrop for selfies. Somehow we resisted the urge to head down to the waves and jetties this time. Usually exhilarating. (Beach patrol looks so beleaguered on the news.) Saw some of there flooding images ( and power loss reports) Glad you were above all that. Thanks for splashing down here with a comment


  3. Curt Mekemson / Jul 29 2020 12:09 pm

    Wow, you packed it full this time, Karen— roving Mars while finding a dry place for Molly to do her thing, dodging large alligators, Covid-19 and a would-be hurricane. Been thinking about you and Linda and Lexi and families. Do take care. –Curt


  4. shoreacres / Jul 29 2020 4:41 pm

    I’d heard about the two teenage girls, but didn’t know the details. When I read the article, I had to laugh at the fact that the first surfer to get to her was 68 years old. Very creative, to have each girl hang on to one leg while he tried to paddle to shore. It’s a good thing he got some help.


  5. disperser / Jul 29 2020 7:06 pm

    Gatornado? Not as appealing as Sharknado, but probably as plausible.

    Mosquitos are pretty bad here for these last few weeks (hot, humid, some rain). The bites are something else (massive itch reaction).

    Don’t have hurricanes here (don’t miss them) but got tornados . . . we just put in a shelter; a marginal increase in peace of mind.


  6. Kate Crimmins / Jul 30 2020 5:17 pm

    Sounds like gator heaven. Poor Molly. No one likes to pee in the rain!


  7. marina kanavaki / Aug 3 2020 8:09 am

    Hera sends treats and paw waves to Molly… she prays for dry paths! Meantime this is the perfect weather for capturing clouds [beautiful photos!] but stay safe! 😉


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