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Summer rainy season has started. The typical pattern starts the day with no or a few scattered clouds that multiply into towering billowy clouds by the afternoon. These clouds bring rain, often lots of it. This is repeated day after day as the humid air moves north out of the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean.
This week we have had substantial rain across Florida. Much of Martin , Indian River and Okeechobee counties were under flood watch last night. We had a lot of rain. It ran down the street like a river.
This is my pool. The water is up to the border cap. Normally the water is about five inches lower.
When I was in school we lived in Guam. It had a very similar weather pattern. It is said there are two seasons in Guam: the dry season and the rainy season. We always said there were two seasons: the rainy season and the very rainy season. During monsoon season it would rain several times a day but not all day.
One difference between the two places is lightning. I never recall lightning in Guam. Florida has lots of lightning. According to a government site,
” Florida is the most lightning prone area in the United States with about 90 thunderstorm days a year. Because of this, Florida has more lightning deaths than any other state. In fact, lightning kills more people in Florida than all other weather hazards combined.
Historically, the most dangerous months are June, July and August. This is due to an abundance of moisture, atmospheric instability and storm triggering sea breezes.
The fact is, if you live in Florida, you are at risk. So, please learn lightning safety rules. It could save your life or the life of someone you love.
Avoid open high ground and isolated large trees.
Avoid water (swimming pools, lakes and rivers), beaches and boats.
Seek shelter inside a building or an automobile, but not a convertible or a golf cart.
Stay away from doors, windows, and metal objects such as pipes or faucets.
Stay off the telephone and away from electrical devices.
If you wish to track lightening click on this. It will take you to a lightning tracker. You might want to save the site for the future.
On the other hand
Now Florida may be the most dangerous state with respect to lightning, but I suspect that might be because of its large population.
Some years back I used to live in Arizona. It also has a monsoon season in the summer. The moist air moves up from Mexico. In the afternoons there often are towering thunderheads dominating the sky.
And the lightning show can be astounding. Many evenings I sat outside watching the show.
I have never seen anything like that in Florida.
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