Like the rift of a miniature earthquake, earth cracked in Jocassee.
Like the rift of a miniature earthquake, earth cracked in Jocassee. Excessive heat and extensive dry came together along the base of the Blue Wall in a perfect storm as a monster named Dorian formed southeast of Barbados. By the last week of August, the faucet of steady, predictable summer rain shut tight; the thermostat pushed up a notch, then another, then another. Dorian swirled closer, drawing every hint of moisture east of the Mississippi into his massive center, starving Erin, Fernand, and Gabrielle into submission. Once that devastating Cat. 5-that-should-have-been-a 6 hurricane was through annihilating Barbados, Dorian was spent, with Hurricane Hernando gaining momentum. Mid-September saw Hernando thrash Bermuda with wind and rain, but the Upstate remained dust dry. Imelda, Jerry, and Karen sparked and sputtered, and now Lorenzo is setting new records for early development. Still, the Upstate is dry, with just the softest hint of rain to cool what might be the hottest early October on record. ~K