We’ve lived in Florida for over 20 years, and we have lived through some really unusual weather, for Florida.If there is one thing we’ve learned, living in Florida can sometimes require a strong sense of humor.
There was the year, when the rain came down in a drizzle for, I kid you not, 40 days AND 40 nights nonstop,and yes, there were quite a few Noah’s Ark comments and jokes.My husband even had a coworker who wore a
Moses outfit for Holloween in honor of the rain.NOTHING was ever dry. 1-4 was constantly flooded and drivers had to use it anyway, since it was the only route for many of them to go from Orlando to Tampa and points in between.Then of course there was the 2004-2005 hurricane season, when we had one tropical storm/hurricane right on top of each other. We’d barely begin to dig out from one and got hit by another. Most of us didn’t even bother to uncover our boarded up windows for the entire hurricane season, that year.We just didn’t have the time or energy. Then we had Ivan, which returned for a second tour of duty,after we had heaved a sigh of relief, not dreaming in our worst nightmares that it might not be over, the first time around, and we would have the opportunity for seconds.That was a definite first for Florida.
We also had the year when the No-Name-Storm showed up.It had no name because it formed in the Gulf, just off of the coast and blew right over us, into the Tampa Bay area before the authorities had a chance to do anything more than to give us a last minute warning to batten down the hatches. No one had time to evacuate.No one could even agree on which category it was, even though it was either a tropical storm or hurricane.
There was also the freeze of 1989, which went down into the mid 20’s, and it gave us snow for a whole day,and killed the citrus crops for two years.For all of you snowbirds, it just doesn’t usually snow in Florida, at all. Also, for the past three years, instead of any hurricanes coming onto Florida, they have been sent away by a high that has sat right off of the Northeastern coast of Florida. Of course,that also meant almost no summer rain,since most of our rain usually comes in the summer with the hurricanes and tropical weather.That is what gave us our three year drought.
Then this year,the temperatures became around 5-10 degrees warmer than usual for early May, and the temperatures are really high in the Gulf for this time of the year. Gulf temperatures have been around 80-82 degreeswhich is more typical of mid to late June.
Then along comes this series of storms, since May 11, with daily ,and more than daily, rain, which is just not the kind of weather that we have ever had in May before.We don’t usually get this kind of weather until mid to late June.This is very unusual for May. May is usually the driest month of the year. There is usually not enough moisture in the atmosphere,for this kind of rain,flooding,thunder,lightening,water spouts or tornadoes.
However, these are typical for Florida, during the rainy season. Which usually starts in mid to late June.
Another element not typical for Florida,any time of the year,has been the abundance of hail storms all over Florida, from the Northern counties, to even some of the, warmer, Southern counties. Hail sizes from pea to nickel size have been landing in not just little sprinklings,but in huge piles in several areas of Florida.
The most common dangers in Florida storms are usually from wind, flooding and lightening.We do get some tornado activity, especially water spouts(tornados over water). Due to the nature of this particular weather system,
we have been getting a lot more tornadoes and tornado warnings, than usual,especially for this time of year.
This is definitely going to be another year to go down in the record books as different, unusual and peculiar.But then living in Florida can also be a bit different, unusual and peculiar.