David, Lachlan, & I went out for a bike ride just before sunset. What a beautiful evening! Not only was it cloudless and calm...but there was hardly anyone on the road -- and they were all locals. We'd stop and chat now and then, but we did make it to the sound shore just before the sun melted into the water. A half dozen ducks were lazily probing for tasty morsels a few yards away. Lachlan learned two new words -- serene & tranquil.
I suppose this is our last serene and tranquil evening before Earl gets here. I'm going to stick my neck out and make a prediction -- I think we'll get 60-80 mph winds late tomorrow night and early Friday morning...maybe even 90-100 mph winds...and soundside flooding about 2 am Friday morning. Remember, I'm no weather forecaster...just a local with a guess. Dale promises me he'll report all of the weather statistics after the storm has passed us by.