Remember the good old days …
When you could set you watch to the clouds, climate didn’t change, and sun dials were close enough?
This podcast explores more
For the record, I never wore a watch and still don’t.
South Florida’s clouds are larger than life …
And unleash torrential rains.
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.
As for why?
All I can say for certain is that I got thoroughly wet.
A friend informed me before I moved to Florida:
“You’re going to love the summer monsoons.”
Twenty years later …
I haven’t heard that word used since.
Could it be that wet season and monsoons are simply …
Different words for the same thing?
Or is there something more intrinsic that sets them apart?
Official Answer: https://www.gohydrology.org
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Miami is known for many things …
Just not its mountains.
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Or are mountains Miami’s most iconic feature?
From fifty miles away driving westbound on the Tamiami Trail …
It’s hard to argue that they’re not.
Technically speaking, hurricane season is 6-months long …
Running from June 1st to November 30th.
Then there is the heart of hurricane season.
It last for 3 months from August through October. That span accounts for 75 percent of Florida’s hurricane strength storms.
October is surprisingly a high probability month, accounting for 25 percent of Florida’s hurricane-strength landfalling storms. September leads all other months with 40 percent. So yes, technically speaking, we’re already a month and a half into hurricane season …
But in some ways hurricane season hasn’t even begun.
Of course, a storm doesn’t need to be hurricane strength to bring a deluge of rain, as did TS Eta last November.
One final note: Our fixation with where hurricanes make landfall …
Often obscures the origin story of where they formed.
The good news is …
We finally figured out the problem.
The only catch is …
It could take a week or two for the part to come in. In a nutshell, there’s a high pressure system forming over the southeast United States. That will pump dry air into Florida into next week.
After that, around Memorial Day, expect the rain machine to start cranking up.
Explaining the seasons …
Is rarely easy in the swamp.
On the one hand …
There’s the wet and dry season. That sounds easy enough. But that delineation is based on rain from the sky, not the lay of water on the land. Wetlands hold onto water weeks, even months, after the spigot from the sky turns off.
That’s where soil moisture comes in handy.
Or you may be interested in when the sheet flow season starts up, as shown in blue, purple and black on the on the calendar chart below.