Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas Near-Death Excitement

Christmas of 2006 started out with a round of strong and severe storms tearing across Florida. This made for one of the last storm chases of 2006.

Besides the fact of storms and tornadoes, I was involved in a MAJOR car accident which totally destroyed my vehicle, a 2006 Ford Focus. I sustained injuries and needed to be airlifted by helicopter to the hospital where I was treated and released a day later. I cannot discuss the details my injuries, but all I can say is I am in ONE PIECE and my outcome could have (and, based on the laws of physics, should have) been much worse.

Above is a picture of the remains of the 2006 Ford Focus after the accident. The accident occurred traveling southbound in the right lane on I-75 near Miramar where a flatbed tow-truck (driver of which was cited by FHP as at fault) swerved across 2 lanes and slammed into the drivers side of my vehicle. The drivers side was ripped apart and my car was thrown off the right shoulder, flipping 6 times before coming to rest in the grass. By the nature of this accident, and the looks of the vehicle, me being "still here" is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. All I got to say is "thank God" and make sure you insist on the use of airbags and seatbelts - They do save lives, including mine.

On a much lighter note, the picture above shows the storms rolling across south Florida over the Christmas holidays. A severe thunderstorm cell makes for a nice precipitation core on the left, and a spectacular gust front can be seen over western Palm Beach county to the right.

God bless everyone and wish everyone a happy holidays and New Year as well!

Back In Florida (Nov 2006)

Finished my rather short computer project early and i have returned to Florida as of October 2006. I was able to enjoy some time off after a very stressful personal life (and rather boring project) in Saint Louis, Missouri and I am happy to be finished there as well as have been able to capture some storms during the "mini-chase season" during early fall of 2006!

Above is a picture taken during a trip to California (overlooking the San Francisco Bay) during a week and a half vacation just after finishing my work in Saint Louis and returning to Florida. I am now planning on the upcoming holidays with family as well as setting up new job prospects for the new year.

You can also see my beautiful web page for my outdoor and travel activities at the link below...