Conventioneers and meteorologists (updated from 2012)

Dunedin, Fl, Tampa area.

As I sit upon the precipice of the official end of summer (in Florida, summer is everlasting) and the start of school, I ponder if Tropical Storm Isaac will be spending the final days of August making waves and kicking the sand of Florida beaches.

Watching TV news stories on how Tampa’s hosting of the 2012 Republican National Convention (Aug. 27-30) will boost the area’s economy is good news indeed. It’s encouraging to know that ideological differences aside, all of us can play a part in boosting the economy.

The past few days news crews, convention visitors and extra workers were trickling into Tampa. More will arrive this weekend. Most notably, crews of meteorologists are setting up shop. The Weather Channel has mobilized crews in Haiti, Cuba, the Florida Keys and Tampa to cover Isaac. For the 50,000 non-Floridians expected in Tampa next week who are not hurricane savvy, take note, if you see Jim Cantore there, head inland. Cantore is known for his courageous hurricane coverage.

Right now, it is a sunny, very hot, but calm summer day. As I sip my Perrier by the sparkling pool, I give thanks for moments like this and pray for calm in the days ahead.

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