Hurricane Andrew hits Homestead on Aug. 24, 1992. NOAA image
Hurricane Andrew hits Homestead on Aug. 24, 1992. NOAA image

The coast is clear here and we are about the only place. The Florida Gulf coast remains quiet as this year's named storms use the 'C word.'

Ten years and 12 days ago that 'C word' was Charley . We couldn't even rate Charles, but Charley made a mess. His protege 10 years later has a fancier name. He's called Cristobal and he hasn't even given the Gulf of Mexico a wink.

Cristobal appears headed for the north Atlantic where he will eventually disintegrate. But in the meantime this Category I hurricane is creating rip currents all along the East Coast. That could include the Florida coast although it will mainly be points north of the Sunshine State.

Remembering Andrew and Camille

Meanwhile, have you seen Hurricane Marie in the Pacific? It's Category 5 with a perfect eye and nothing better get in its way. Sunday marked the anniversary of the day Florida got in the way of Hurricane Andrew, only one of three Category 5 storms to actually make landfall in the U.S. Andrew made landfall at Homestead on Aug. 24, 1992, went across Florida, into the Gulf and then into Louisiana and Mississippi.

Another Cat 5 was Camille. It landed on the Mississippi and Louisiana coast on Aug. 18, 1969, the day the iconic Woodstock rock festival ended. Points along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi mark that anniversary as we do Charley and Homestead does Andrew.

National Park Service birthday

Today is the 98th birthday of the National Park Service. Our nation's national parks now number 401. Some are small, some are big like the Grand Canyon, but all are great and we must take care of them.

Island weather

It is quiet on the water, but that doesn't mean it won't rain. After days of relative dryness, The Weather Channel at santivachronicle.com gives today an 80-percent chance of producing rain in the form of thunderstorms from about 2 p.m. into the evening.

Today's high is expected to be 92 with an overnight low of 78. Tuesday the high could get to 95.

Beaches

Only a light chop will be found on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico today and shell collectors on the world famous beaches of Sanibel can look forward to low tide at 6:08 p.m. High tide is at 10:44 a.m.

The sun sets on Captiva Island at 7:56 p.m.