Friday, January 8, 2010

Colder Weather For Sanibel

The low last night was 42 degrees, today it was in the low 60's. We have another cold front on the way and it's supposed to get really cold. (The Sanibel Weather Alert is posted below. It changed a little from yesterday's.) Even though it was cloudy for most of the day, it still wasn't unpleasant being outside. But, I was missing our usual sunshine.

This afternoon we were going to the beach and as we turned from Tarpon Bay Rd onto West Gulf Drive, it started raining lightly. The further west we went, the heavier the rain got. So we made a quick turn around and headed toward the east end of the island, with hope that we would get away from the rain. All along the gulf drives, we noticed that many places had their flowers all covered with plastic, preparing for a possible frost. The flowers I had a picture of yesterday, were all covered.

By the time we reached the Nerita Street beach access, there was only a very light rain and later only mist. The wind didn't seem cold, so it wasn't uncomfortable at all. In just a short time, I was wishing that I had chosen either the sweatshirt or the fleece, not both. Flip flops were a perfect choice of footwear, of course.

There were plenty of small shells to look through, and I'm sure many treasures lurked there, just waiting to be chosen. I kept seeing pieces of juvenile horse conchs or what we call mac n' cheese and thought surely if I looked hard enough I would find at least one whole one. After searching for a while, I found one. It was a good day, even though I only carried a handful of shells home.

If you happen to see any treasures in these photos, please don't tell me! :-) I've already spotted four shells I would have picked up if I had seen them.

There was a massive hole dug in the beach.

I want you to know that I appreciate those nice comments and emails telling me that seeing and hearing about Sanibel is helping you cope with your cold winter weather. You are helping me too, by giving me that extra little nudge, I sometimes need, to get myself out in temps a little cooler than I like, to take photos for this blog. I always enjoy the time I spend there. You have Gary to thank for all the great videos.

If you have a real love for this place, you can close your eyes and think back to a perfect beach day; feel a warm ocean breeze and sunshine warming your bones. You can hear sounds from the birds and waves crashing softly into the shore. These are memories one never forgets. Those thoughts are keeping me warm, because I know those kinds of days will be back very soon. If you give it a try, it may make the snow and cold wind go away, at least for a while.

There are some special events going on here this weekend. So if you need to leave or return to the island, you might want to take the extra traffic into consideration.

Special Events - Weekend of January 9th & 10th

Saturday, January 9th, 2010
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – A Silver Chest Antique Show
Sanibel Community Association, 2173 Periwinkle Way

Sunday, January 10th, 2010
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Sanibel Island Farmer’s Market
Tahitian Gardens, 1975 Periwinkle Way
This open air market features 30 vendors including baked goods, live plants, honey, pasta, cheese, sausages, fresh fish, fresh produce, and organic veggies.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – A Silver Chest Antique Show
Sanibel Community Association, 2173 Periwinkle Way

Sanibel, Florida - January 8, 2010

Colder Weather Predicted to Arrive on Sanibel this Weekend Plan Accordingly

The City of Sanibel is alerting the public of the upcoming weather that will be cooler than originally predicted for the next four days.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2010-Sunny with increasing clouds. High 65- 70

FRIDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 8, 2010-Showers likely with breezy conditions. Low 45-50

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010- Showers likely with breezy conditions. High 50 with falling temperatures in the afternoon

SATURDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 9, 2010- Clearing and breezy. Low 35- 40 with wind chills at or below freezing.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2010- Sunny and breezy with wind chills near 30 degrees in the morning. High 50-55

SUNDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 10, 2010- Clear and calm low 35-40 with scattered frost

MONDAY MORNING, JANUARY 11, 2010- Morning low 30-35 possible frost

MONDAY AFTERNOON, JANUARY 11, 2010- Mostly clear with high in the 60's


Queen "B" said...

It's so nice to share the love of the beach and the Ocean always with a new offering of treasure to share. It just blows my mind the people who would take the mountains over the ocean, everyone has their fav's but I will always be forever faithful to the Ocean, anywhere, loved the stroll on your beach, thanks for sharing it...:)
Aloha Wishes

Caroline said...

Love the last picture. One trip to Sanibel, when daughter #3 had collected what seemed like a 5 gallon bucket full of shells we decided to go small. We spent a whole day picking up only shells smaller than her little fingernail. I found the box she stored them in just the other day, still carefully saved.

Tootie said...

Queen B, I would have to agree with you about living in a tropical place. :-)

Caroline I think the tiny shells are my favorites. My Grand daughters tend to pick those up too.

Gaylynn said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have enjoyed reading yours a yearn to return to Sanibel. I will bookmark you and live vicariously through you this very cold winter.