Aug 1, 2011

Summer's long road ahead

First the good news:

Summer is half over!

Scenic yes, but buggy too!

Now the bad news:

For us south Floridians, summer – as defined as average daytime highs at or above 80° F – started in the end of March. That was four months ago. Or in other words (and Yikes!): Don’t expect daytime high temperatures to consistently drop below that mark until, gulp, not Labor Day, not Columbus Day, and not even Veteran’s Day … but Thanksgiving.

And yes, we will be quite thankful it does.

But it’s not only temperature that defines Florida summer.

There is also rainfall (puddles from which bring mosquitoes) and hurricanes (winds from which spread widespread havoc.)

Florida summer presses on well past Labor Day

All three are plotted on the graph above:

Temperatures in yellow, daily median rainfall in blue, and monthly hurricane frequency in red. The wet season pattern of regular rains reaches into early October and hurricane season really even hasn’t begun. August through October is the peak season in terms of storms which make landfall along the Florida coast. Those three months account for close to two thirds of Florida’s historic storms.

Even when they don’t hit, there’s the psychological burden of tracking and at times obsessing over them which, by mid October, can really add up and drag you down and make you feel all washed up. Then a mosquito jabs you with its proboscis which you SWAT and quite likely kill the same as you did a hundred times before, blood messily smeared on your skin, and you swear to yourself in some unrepeatable and barely audible epithet that you can’t wait for it to finally end.

Just keep walking (and swatting) and eventually we'll get to fall

Suffice it to say,

The halfway point is Florida’s signal that summer has only just begun.


Janie said...

Yes, you've got a long road of heat and bugs ahead. I hope the hurricane season isn't too bad, but I'm thinking there will be a lot of storms with all the early intense heat this summer.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

All of a sudden the storms have dropped back. We could use a big rainmaker.