Sky and Clouds

Often called the Sunshine State, the Water State is probably a better fit. Or better yet, how about the Scenic Cloud State? There’s no more beautiful a sight than an afternoon cloud building up inland in the Everglades or off the coast from the beach. | Major water bodies | Estuaries and coast | Rivers and creeks | Lakes and ponds | Springs and swallets | Canals and levees | Sky and clouds | Florida’s water districts | Underlying aquifers

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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.

wet season

Swamp’s “Old Faithful”
Almost like clockwork

No, you can’t set your watch to them …

And some days it doesn’t rain at all.

It doesn’t rain all day, but summer is predictably rainy

But over the long haul, south Florida’s wet season is pretty predictable with June, July, August and September being its four core months.

That makes those afternoon clouds “Old Faithful” in my book!

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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!