T-Storms = Free Amps & Boatwash!

For days all the weather forecasters have been warning of severe thunderstorms generated by the tail end of the winter storm currently dumping over an inch of ice on northern Atlanta.  We decided we wanted no part of wind gusts to 30 from the west and other unpleasantness which is one of the reasons we decided to turn south & check out the Ft Myers Beach mooring field.

The Ft Myers Beach Mooring Field from Winterlude's perspective.

The Ft Myers Beach Mooring Field from Winterlude’s perspective yesterday.

Being totally surrounded for weather in combination with 7-8 degrees warmer than just north of us, it was an easy choice.  This morning dawned blue skies, just another low 80 degree day in Spring Break paradise.

The day was gorgeous, we made an early morning dinghy run to the grocery, lunch on the boat, then dinghied in to the free public dinghy dock to explore more of the island.

Ft Myers Beach

Apparently no one told the beach goers by the pier that the day was less than paradise.

Someone even made a sand snowman to text to friends in less hospitable climates.

Someone even made a sand snowman to text to friends in less hospitable climates.

The signpost reminds us that the lake, 3 hours south of Chicago, is a bit over 1200 miles and a gazillion degrees, plus a lifetime away… they’re ice boating & trying to keep warm.

The skies starting to cloud over, but still a beautiful day.

The skies starting to cloud over, but still a beautiful day.

But by early afternoon, the skies began to cloud over and the wind began to increase ever so slightly.

Our beautiful day is beginning to look a bit ominous!

Our beautiful day is beginning to look a bit ominous!

And shortly after dinner the lightning flashes got everyone’s attention…causing those out visiting other boats to scurry home and batten down the hatches.  We can see it coming, we can watch the light show and hear heaven’s bass drum band (thunder).  But for now all is quiet, even the wind… Waiting… Watching…

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