Skywatch Friday – Beach Sky

Orange Beach Skywatch 1-Edit

This is from one of our trips to Orange Beach, Alabama when we had a windy day. It makes for a nice photo. Right now though I am thinking about Hurricane Dorian and the people who suffered from the destructive force it unleashed on the Bahamas.

(Current as of 9/3, check for updates)

As I write this, the storm is expected to travel, excruciatingly slowly up the coast of the US and who knows what it will do. I sat through a category I hurricane back in the 1980s. It was Alicia and I lived one hundred miles from the coast so its force was much attenuated by the time it go to me but it was scary enough. Next time I vowed to go to Nebraska. (Since then though I have decided that Oklahoma is far enough.) I have no idea what it would feel like to be on an island just a few feet above the ocean and no safe shelter from the storms.

There is no way to point at any one particular storm and say that it is caused by global warming. I am convinced though that we are experiencing human caused climate change and increased hurricanes are just one of the many results of this. I found a web site, that provides a lot of information presented in such a way that even I can understand it. It also has a guide on common myths and misconceptions presented by climate change skeptics. Check it out, bookmark it and keep it handy. The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have a problem.

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24 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Beach Sky

  1. Joyful

    It is scary thinking about what the people have experienced through the force of Dorian.
    I do like your photo of the waves and sky. Happy weekend to you and yours.

  2. JM Illinois U.S.A.

    I feel for those in the Bahamas. Dorian really stuck them hard. Much work ahead to help those homeless, those needing medical supplies, those needing basics like electricity and water. Just awful.

  3. Peter B.

    I like that boat on the horizon. I remember the scientists talking about “global warming” and its implications quite some time ago, and they stressed it will be seen more as weather extremes… hurricanes, tornadoes, heavy rains, droughts… all more extreme and damaging. Sure enough, I think they hit the nail on the head!

  4. Alana

    Loved that cloud formation; it was (for me) unusual. I lived in Florida for nearly two years and was fortunate enough not to experience a hurricane although we were planning a vacation where one was heading once, and had to change our plans quickly. I have friends and relatives in Florida, and one of them decided to quickly take a vacation in Atlanta. She’s having a great time.

  5. Nancy Chan

    Beautiful beach sky. Hope the storm will not come your way. We have our share of freak storms and strong wind. Had a nasty experience when a freak storm and strong wind blew off part of our roof.

  6. Cathy Kennedy


    Beautiful ocean & sky shot!

    I can’t imagine what it’s like to live near the water during hurricane season. It’s a good thing we’re not beachy people. Although Florida’s winters are appealing, the warmer months do not, so we’ll stay in east Tennessee. This is a nice place to live year-round, in my opinion.

    We have everyone in our prayers in line of Dorian. I hope everyone stays safe and property damage isn’t bad. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jesh/Junieper

    Am glad you address climate change – I believe that humans need to take care of it, but not that our influence is heating up the planet. Also, I have been told that you can look up on the internet ( I have not done it myself yet), that humans now can steer hurricanes and storms. now that is scary. Beautiful view, but also scary when the sea is this volatile.

  8. LaVoice Morgan

    I feel so bad for anyone living on a coast line. No way would I. I am honored you took the time to drop by my place. Always a joy visiting your blog and all the other gorgeous sky sights.

  9. Linda

    Beautiful image! I’ve lived through a few hurricanes but we were not near the coast. Electric lines down can be very dangerous though.

  10. Sallie

    It’s awful what happened to the people in the Bahamas and sad to about the Outer Banks, where we’ve actually spent some time and recognize names and places. (Which Makes it easier to understand what these storms can do.). Thank you for that link … I hope I can use that info with a few people I know from our portion of “the red neck riviera”. .. if it is still there next season. Hurricane season isn’t over yet. Even here in blue state Oregon I know a few deniers. Unbelievable to me that they can’t understand.

  11. Barb

    Great sea action and I love the cloud formations. It would be so scary to be on an island during a hurricane. So much damage from this slow-moving storm.

  12. Angie

    Thanks for the link. I will bookmark it today. In Montana, we have a remarkable mixture of people who recognize the human connection to climate change, and are desperate to see it stopped/reversed for fear of losing our outdoors-based livelihoods, versus those who refuse to accept the reality. Sigh.

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