Last summer we started off normal …
And ended with a wet fall (and winter).
Compare that to this water year:
The summer is off to a subpar start (see red arrow).
Every wet and dry season is unique (and predicable) in its own way.
How to best describe south Florida’s climate?
For that we need to look overseas.
During the summer, it’s downright monsoonal.
Hot and humid, we can count on showers most every day. And very powerful storms, too. When I first moved down to Florida, sometime told me about the summer monsoons. Technically, I would later learn – Florida doesn’t have monsoons. But still, during summer, if you had to pick a comparison point: The monsoons of India probably best describe its afternoon downpours.
During the winter, Mediterranean weather moves in.
Mild, little rain, and beautiful sunsets, the southwest coast of Florida fancies itself a newer version of the Italian coast. Architectural, Tuscan architecture is the rage. Although unlike Naples, Italy – the one thing you won’t see it it’s new world namesake is anyone hanging out their clothes to dry.
I often hear people complain …
That Florida doesn’t have seasons.
My view is that its two seasons are continents apart!
Here’s an enigma of the swamp:
Why aren’t our summer rains called monsoons?
After all, India and the American Southwest have similarly distinct stretches of summer rains followed by a dry winter half. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that the “monsoon season” and “wet season” are just different names for the same thing?
Or are they fundamentally different?
Answer: A “low-level” sea breeze feeds our summer downpours. It switches back and forth on a diurnal basis from a inland-blowing seas breeze by day to a coastward-blowing land breeze by night. Once the upper atmospheric low sets in place over the Indian peninsula it rules the sky all summer long. Or in other words – both day and night …
The Indian sea breeze blows uninterrupted inland all summer long.