Granted, this isn’t the best photograph, but it was an interesting cloud formation.

It was taken around 9 am at Big Cypress National Preserve’s Ochopee headquarters, looking south toward the coast.

Typically we think of our “afternoon” showers that rise out of the Everglades, fed by the inland flowing sea breeze from the coast.

The clouds shown here were fed by the sea breeze’s twin counterpart, the land breeze, which can boost cloud formations along the coast, particularly when there is a prevailing wind blowing from the opposite direction.

That’s what happens so often on the east coast during the summer wet season: the so-called morning showers of Miami. The land breeze, flowing east, hits head on with the prevailing Trade Winds, flowing east, right over top of the coastal hugging Gulf Stream current.

A perfect recipe for morning showers!

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