“Raining Cats and Dogs?”
Why it's time to retire the saying

When big downpours let loose …

It’s often said “it’s raining cats and dogs.”

Can you see the ___________ (correct answer)?

But that adage dates back to aegis of the industrial revolution in Europe when literally, after large rainfall events, stray cats and dogs ended up dead in the gutter.

Or at least that’s one explanation.

My proposal:

Why rake up old graves? Let’s let those poor strays rest in peace and replace that sad saying with an animal event that more accurately (and humanely) describes south Florida’s major weather events.

A downpour as seen through a windshield

In quiz format, here’s my proposal:

Can you guess what major animal event best describes the rain storms in south Florida? (a) school of fish, (b) swarm of gnats, (c) stampede of horses, (d) 37-year cicada hatch, or (e) a super colony of wading birds?

Answer: https://www.gohydrology.org

Also check out recent rainfall numbers in The Water Room

Blog: https://www.gohydrology.org/water-room

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flood and fire

All droughts end in floods
We just didn't expect it inside

There’s an old hydrology axiom …

That all droughts end in flood.

The podcast explains more

And more than often it holds up,

Although most recently in the swamp with a twist.

Flooded hallway from a strong afternoon storm

The flooding occurred inside the building, a place you’d usually expect to stay dry. The reason? It was a powerful storm cell, and it blew in at an angle into an outdoor hallway that had new door thresholds that slightly pooled the water up.

Meanwhile, the day before, a lightning strikes from a similar cloud caused a few new wildfire starts.

Panorama of the flooded corridor

Moral of the story:

Flood and drought aren’t as diametrically opposed as might first appear. They can actually co-exist on the same day.

Summer love affair
Why Floridians ❤ Summer

Summer in Florida gets a bum rap.

Too hot, too humid, too many mosquitoes.

Comparison of air temperatures up the East Coast

And I’m not here to argue that it isn’t inordinately long compared to what anybody is used to up North.

Look at that beauty!

But I will put a plug in for Florida’s summer clouds.

They are by far the best of anyplace I’ve ever been.

Find out more in this podcast why summer is actually Florida’s seasonal gem.

Reputations are earned
They don't call it "The Sunshine State" for nothing

What’s the best way to …

Break Florida into bite-size chunks?

Drought levels vary across the state, but region-by-region they are all pretty close to their long-term normal level for early April. State-wide May is the driest time of year.

If you’re a splitter, you’d probably go the county route.

That adds up to 67 last time I made count.

Or if you’re a lumper, not a splitter …

Maybe panhandle, central peninsula and south peninsula. And of course let’s not forget the keys.

Fifty five inches of rain and 250 days of sun

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Florida rain proverb

The rule of thumb on the Iberian peninsula is:

“The rain in Spain falls mainly on the Plain.”

South Florida is still waiting
for it’s first “Big Rain Month”
of the year

When it comes to the south Florida peninsula,

And last weekend’s rain:

The rule of thumb can be described as:

“It rained most, along the coast”

Radar-derived image
of past week of rain
across south Florida
Florida’s Southwest Coast, Miami East Coast and south of Tamiami Trail got walloped with rain, but the heart of the peninsula, not so much.  
Caveat: That proverb only applies to this past event.