Resurrected tropical storm "Dorian the White" comes back to us now, at the turn of the tide
Dorian, the tropical storm I initially pronounced a "survivor," only to see it struggle, crumble, lay down and die -- then threaten repeatedly to return from the dead, earning ex-Dorian the nickname "Zombiewave" as he went through various undead, re-dead and really most sincerely dead phases -- has returned.
Bad idea. Zombiestorm Dorian does not like it when you ignore him.
Last night, it became apparent that Dorian's remnants -- having traveled a couple thousand miles across the Atlantic since officially dissipating almost a week ago, 500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles -- were making one last serious bid for a comeback, off the east coast of Florida.
I was totally unaware of the situation until Yossi Kudan tweeted at me late in the afternoon. As I then frantically checked up on the situation, it quickly became apparent that this could be the real deal:
There’s a good chance #Dorian might reform soon, re-becoming a TS, likely to swing out to sea and not threaten land.— CaneCast for iOS (@CaneCast) August 2, 2013
Needless to say, I quickly busted out the Lord of the Rings references:
Zombiewave #Dorian is the Storm-wraith, the Gale-gûl, neither living nor dead.— Brendan Loy (@brendanloy) August 2, 2013
Mostly, though, I stuck with the Dorian-as-Gandalf resurrection meme:
“From the lowest trade-wind zone to the highest inversion, I fought him, the SAL-rog of Morgoth.” -#DorianTheWhite on the Saharan Air Layer— Brendan Loy (@brendanloy) August 3, 2013
This morning, I awoke to the official news of #Dorian's re-birth...
...and I was finally able to publish the geek-tweet I'd been waiting to post for almost a week:
And in fact, it appears that Dorian The White, having sent back by the Valar until his task was done (the "task" having apparently been, um, to make some pretty nighttime lightning off the Florida coast??), will head to the Grey Havens and board a ship to the Evermost West (or East, in this instance) quite soon:
It's been a fun ride, though. I daresay Dorian has earned the title I prematurely gave him: he really has been quite the "survivor."