Here comes Earl. Sounds like someone working the griddle at a good diner in a sunbeat coastal town. Weather hype is interesting. It can dominate the conversation even thousands of miles away. Here on the east end of long island, where Earl will most likely only generate some clouds, rain, and rough water, if you didn't know any better you'd think the apocalypse was upon us.
Even three days from when it's expected to swing close, you get dramatic headlines in semi-local papers. Hurricanes are born over the sea and are a great reminder of the ocean's awesome power. They are also a reminder small we are on this big blue marble spinning through cold, dark space. Instead of engaging in hysteria over one storm, let's keep these big pictures in mind.