Florida monsoons?

Mention of the term “monsoon” brings two thoughts to mind:

India and lots of rain.

Florida rains are not monsoonal, although occasionally in casual conversation – maybe once a blue moon – you hear them misstated that way.

Where you won’t hear the term “monsoons” is on a televised meteorology report, in the newspaper, or – to my knowledge – in any of my Florida weather textbooks … not even for the sake of debunking its misuse.

And I mean anywhere:

I’ve combed through every index I can lay my hands on.

That makes this a “case-closed, door-shut, pound-the-gavel” verdict:

Monsoons don’t exist in Florida.

Not so fast.

The problem is that while I have a vague recollection in the back of my mind of reading a newspaper article that laid the misconception of the enigmatic Florida monsoon to rest,

I can’t quite recall its specifics,

or even find proof the article existed (perhaps I was dreaming):

It was in the pre-internet age.

That makes this a hydrologic version of the eternal expedition to find Bigfoot, or the noble quest for the long lost Ivorybill –

Not finding either doesn’t prove they don’t exist,

Rather, maybe we’re just not looking hard enough … or have our heads turned in the wrong places.


What would be my proof of non-existence?

I need to see it in writing, in an officially sanctioned textbook (one that I will most definitely buy), something along the lines of … “Florida’s wet season technically does not qualify as monsoonal rains.”

That will be my proof that Florida monsoons do not exist.

But I have my hopes set high:

I have a hunch that this is a hydrologic Bigfoot I may very well find.

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