Cold front cliche

Cold fronts are celebrated in Florida, but they have almost become cliché.

It’s the sports equivalent of watching the highlight reel of all the home runs in a baseball game, but missing the hidden subtleties that unfolded behind the scene: the pitch count, previous at bats, pinch hitter substitutions, wind direction …

Did somebody mention wind direction?

The past few days have enveloped with crisp blue skies, splendidly dry air, and a stiff breeze out of the east.

Just don’t confuse it with a cold front.

Yes, the air is being pumped down from up north, but its spinning in clockwise from the east off a giant high pressure cell parked over the Carolinas.

This, in my opinion, is Florida’s premiere weather pattern. 

The low humidity and steady wind literally (and figuratively) lifts the weight from your shoulders. You cannot help but feel an extra skip in your step in the presence of such an atmospheric high.

Speaking of cold fronts, they will continue to be our “designated hitter” through the spring – in terms of “home run” rain events – until the summer rainy season begins.

Not surprisingly, cold fronts play a bigger role in north Florida than the south peninsula, which explains the different rainfall pattern between, say, Naples (down south) and Tallahassee (up north).

Tallahassee experiences spring and summer rainy season peaks, compared to a single-modal summer peak in Naples.

So as much as we enjoy the high-pressure easterly air flow, in the presence of a dry rainless spring, they also add to the fire threat.

The good news, of course, is that we just got rain. The bad news, however, is that most of it fell to the east on the other side of the Everglades.

With a dry easterly blowing, who could care either way?

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