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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Caught in the doldrums

In the eighteenth century sailing ships faced the peril of being caught in the doldrums. The doldrums were a belt of calm light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific. Here ships might be stuck for months with little to move them. With dwindling supplies and facing starvation some were forced to eat thier livestock and even horses. Eventually the winds would change and the ships could continue on thier way and make it to thier destinations.

We chasers have cast our ships out to the sea of the plains. Making vacation plans, rearranging personal and work commitments and have been caught in the doldrums of the 'Death ridge'. Some are close to port and have been able to paddle back and wait for more favorable winds. Others are no doubt adrift in Motels in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas already having committed to airfare and chase tours and are stuck to wait it out.

With a week ahead of us and no favorable winds in sight we must know that soon the winds will pick up again, strong troughs will move in from the west, moisture will stream north from the gulf and the chase season will be moving once again.


Tony Laubach said...

Well said, my friend! :o)

Steve Miller said...

Yep, nice post and good comparison.

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