Cool light at tunnel’s end

Today was the last day of summer.

Or was it the first day of fall?

Actually, I think it was the Autumn Equinox: that’s the moment when the sun is directly over Earth’s equator.

Regardless, by south Florida standards, we’re still in the wet season!

And that’s not theoretical.

Today, I got thoroughly drenched at the beach by some good old fashioned sea-breeze fed clouds that rose out of the Everglades and tried (but failed) to ruin our afternoon swim in the gulf.

(It was what we call in the industry “a spitting drizzle:” with intermittent drops that were easy to escape by dropping shoulder deep into the warm gulf waters … and soon enough the sun broke back out.)

And there’s nothing abstract about it still being hurricane season, especially for the communities along the Gulf Coast. It’s this time of year when the Tropics shifts gears from the north Atlantic back into the Caribbean and Gulf. And we still have two solid months of official hurricane season on the books.

But, like all great shifts in the wind, the start of a tidal change is often so subtle to detect that you literally have to had been around for a good couple times of it happening “out of the blue” to even detect that something new or peculiar is in the air.

It is in that context that I am relieved to finally start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

That’s what I see when looking at the temperature chart for Naples. Yes, by any other standard of the continental United States, we’d still be entrenched in the high heat of summer: day time highs in Naples are still scraping up near 90º F and night time lows are routinely hovering around 75º F.

But within a few weeks time, our night time lows will drop into the refreshing 60s and day time highs will be in the 80s. Not to mention, with the days growing shorter the mornings and evenings are incrementally becoming “less and less hot.”

But the definition of winter – or more correctly, the definition of summer’s sweet end – is measured by the beloved and long anticipated arrival of our first “cold front!”

When will that finally happen?

I can’t give you an exact date (although I am starting to comb back into the history books as I type … more on that later) …

But what I can tell you is that its arrival will be a day of celebration in Florida: an annual rite of passage that probably only a Floridian could fully understand.

Call it a Florida thing!

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