Aug 12, 2017

Shark Valley's S-12B

Can you see the structure?

Here's a closer view,
looking West
Storm clouds in the background are over Big Cypress Nat'l Preserve

Aug 11, 2017

Humidity thumb tilts scale

Temperatures don't rise as high in south Florida ...

As they do in Phoenix, Arizona out West.

This chart shows a Heat Index comparison
for Naples Florida and Phoenix Arizona
for the summer months, May-Sep

But when it comes to the Heat Index they are about the same.

Cool cloud cover arrives

Mid afternoon
looking East

Aug 10, 2017

Don't believe the hype!

Just because a daytime high breaks 90 degrees ...

Doesn't mean it's that way all day long.

This calendar chart shows a history
of days in which daytime highs reached
or exceeded 90 degrees

Afternoon storms and cloud cover can cool things down.

(Okay, maybe not cool ... but cooler!)

Aug 9, 2017

Storm cloud approaching

We're not scared!
(looking East)

Summer everywhere

South Florida isn't so much hot ...

As it is very long.
Comparison of high and low
temperatures along the East Coast

Daytime highs have been above 80° since March with nighttime lows hovering above 70° since mid May and no reprieve from either until another two months (at least) at or around Columbus Day.

Aug 7, 2017

One month left?

Up north on the continent,

Labor Day is marks summer's end.

Chart showing high and low air temperatures
compared to the long-term record for Naples, FL

And more importantly the start of fall.

Sadly, however, not for south Florida.

We "peninsulians" have not one but two and a half months to go before we may finally get a dose of "fall-cooled" air.

Aug 4, 2017

Very clear path

I try not to disturb
the periphyton when I walk

June and July rainfall tally

June and July typically combine ...

For about 17 inches of rain during a normal year.

Chart showing the history of rainfall
for the months of June and July
in Big Cypress Nat'l Preserve,

This year we've gotten almost twice that: 32 inches.

Consider the long-term wet season average is 43 inches of rain.

And we're just entering the "August, September and October" window when the water table typically crests.

Aug 3, 2017