Saturday, July 30, 2016

Florida Rain

It just rained.

That's a good thing. But sometimes it's not. Let's start with the good.

Living in Florida it's a given it's hot. The winters are delightful. The summers? Not so much.

You put up with (and complain about) the oppressive heat in the summer to enjoy shorts and t-shirts in the winter.

With the heat, when it's dry, you learn about brown lawns. Ask your neighbors, they have the same worries that you have. And those lines on their forehead when it's hot and dry? Those are concern lines.

So when the rain comes they're happy.

But, not so fast.

Up north when you have a thunderstorm it's just a thunderstorm. Down here? Thunderstorms will scare you half to death. It's still just rain but oh, the black clouds, oh, the thunder and lightning, and oh, the skies opening up. It's quite a show.

What rain means to most people has a different meaning for me.

It means green lawns for many, but for me it means I don't have to water my wife's plants and flowers. That may not sound like a big deal to you but it's a big deal to me.

Now bad rain.

Never forget Florida is the land of the hurricane. The University of Miami football team is called The Hurricanes for cryin' out loud.

So you get the picture.

I've never been anywhere where the weather on television has so many attentive viewers.  I can't tell you how many times I've heard my guy, weatherman Tom Sorrells, say, "And in the tropics the weather is..." That's a big deal here and everyone, including me, leans forward when he says that.

Hurricanes begin in the tropics. I didn't know that before I moved here. I do now. People here know when hurricane season begins and breathe a sigh of relief when it ends.

That's bad rain.

So, I'm always happy when it rains, it brings the heat down as well as the humidity. It makes the grass green and the foliage lush.

But, there's always a bit of a feeling in the back of your mind that maybe not this time but...

Living in Florida.

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