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Follow the rainbow
A pot of gold awaits

Sometimes in south Florida …

You simply have to ignore the month.

Looking north towards I-75 Alligator Alley

Technically speaking, we should be bearing down (and scarfing up) in preparation for a deep polar freeze (or two). Well, at least not yet. So far this December, the weather has been closer to the hot and humid summer pattern of pop-up showers and copious morning fog. How thick is that fog? Thick enough to make pea soup seem transparently thin. The commute ride into work, for those that have been doing it, has been a white knuckle ride with 300 ft visibility. On the good side, there’s the mid afternoon rainbow as seen above. At 1,000 feet above the ground, the air temperature is also delightfully cool.

Tale of the pesky cloud

Ever walk around all day (or week) …

With a cloud over your head?

And then be baffled by the blue sky afterwards, leaving you to wonder if it was even there at all.

The weather and how it affects us is an elusive force.

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Four gulls at beach
And one big cloud

There was something about those four gulls in the distance, flapping their wings, flying overhead (and then like that they were gone,) that compelled me to take this photo before they were completely vanished out of view.

And, oh yeah …

Can you see the four gulls in the distance?

The cloud was pretty impressive, too!

birds eye view

Cloud welcoming party
And why we love rain in the swamp

Rainy days often get a bum rap …

For ruining plans or otherwise sidetracking events.

Destination “gap between the clouds”
Getting closer
Inside the gap!
Exiting to the other side

Not in the swamp! Alligators, cypress, periphyton, peat, fish, wading birds (the list goes on) couldn’t be more thrilled. At least, that’s why I saw that alligator smiling.

Weather Drop

Wrong way clouds?
Winds shift and unleash from the west

South Florida’s clouds are larger than life …

And unleash torrential rains.

You know it’s a strange day in the swamp when the summer afternoon clouds are moving from West to East

And most of all …

They move the wrong way.

Unlike properly-behaving clouds on up the continent that predictably move from West to East (i.e. the Westerlies), south Florida’s summer clouds migrate from East to West on the wings of the Trade Winds.

But it was a lucky day, too, judging from this lucky pond apple find!

Except today.

As for why?

All I can say for certain is that I got thoroughly wet.

Sky and gulf

The gulf stays calm as a lake …

As the summer sky comes to life up above.

Looking West

Making it even calmer still is all the tourists have left.

That makes for an empty beach.

Plus the fact the rain cleared them out.