Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bless Those Sweet Sea Breezes

Caught in a long string of hot, humid days with the heat index regularly exceeding 100F, dawgwalkers and their loyal canines find strength and support where they can. The worst mornings are when absolutely no air is stirring, and breathing is a chore. Along coastal Carolina, a sea breeze is a blessing when it comes along to break the air lock and make both breathing and walking sweet again.

No wonder so many businesses have named their products "sea breeze" -- everything from facial cleanser to a cocktail. The name has a very pleasant connotation, thanks to Nature.

Basically, breezes near shorelines result from unequal heating of air over water and land. When the land is warm during a day, the air above rises -- and a blessedly cool breeze blows in from the sea. The reverse occurs at night when the land cools, increasing air pressure above, and a cool breeze blows out to sea -- a land breeze.

Maybe it is a land breeze we feel when we sit out on the patio at nightfall. As pleasant as that is, I am really hoping for a good sea breeze in the morning when loyal walking dawg and I most need it.

                                                              © Robert G. Holland  2016

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