Pat Shingleton: "Hurakan, and Adages..."
When the Spanish first explored the Americas, they too experienced ferocious storms and adopted the term that the natives also used, "Hurakan." They believed it represented the Great Spirit who commanded the east wind, sending great destruction while providing life-giving rain. On this date in 1969, Hurricane Camille moved inland just west of Pass Christian, Mississippi. Wind speeds were clocked at 200 miles-per-hour, the strongest land falling tropical cyclone worldwide and the only Atlantic hurricane of its kind until Hurricane Allen in 1980. The winds initiated a 24.6 foot storm surge, the highest hurricane tidal surge ever recorded in the United States. The Gulf coast was leveled with 259 deaths, 8900 injuries and $1.42 billion in damage. With the hot,dry pattern holding for a few days, here are some seasonal sayings. Richard Cushing once penned a saying that relates to hurricane season, “Plan Ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.” For those that love fishing, ”It hasn’t rained in so long, we’ve got catfish in the creek that are 3 years old and can’t swim yet.” I found an archived note from the late Ben Kleinpeter and this adage,”A cow with its tail to the west, makes weather the best; A cow with its tail to the east, makes weather the least.” For gardening enthusiasts, take note, “The sunflower raising its head indicates rain.” I’m not sure if the corn crop has been harvested? “If corn blades twist up, it will rain.”