Sep 1, 2011

Happy Florida Groundhog Day?

Labor Day marks the end of summer …

Up north that is!

Can you see the giant cumulonimbus groundhog?

Here in south Florida we are stuck with another six to eight weeks of summer.

Or in other words, summer is nowhere in sight.

That makes Labor Day more like Florida’s Groundhog Day instead.



True Groundhog Day, in the continental sense, is celebrated on February 2nd, to mark the mid point of celestial winter which, as you can see from the chart below, marks the low temperature ebb of the winter …

After which temperatures slowly, but surely, begin to rise.

This graph illustrates the difference between
Continental and Peninsular Groundhog Days

But it takes a long time to get warm, sunny and green …

And although we can agree that the darkest hour is always before the dawn, isn’t it always the case that it is in the fleeting days of winters last grasp, in that twinkle of a twilight of winter leaden clouds covering the sky one last time that, inevitably, the dreaded spring blues strike?


Here in Florida, of course, we don’t have spring blues …

But we do have the fall funk equivalent.


The peninsular fall funk is a well documented affliction during which the psyche of us Floridians finally starts to crack amid the unending daytime heat, nighttime humidity, increasing tropical activity and perhaps worse of all, knowing that up north our continental cousins are relishing the crisp, cool and carefree days of fall …

Probably enjoying the latest in fall fashions, too.

Florida's endless beach ... or endless summer, instead?
BTW: Low tides never last!

But what if, by chance, the Florida Groundhog doesn’t see his shadow – and who knows, with this Pacific Northwest weather streaming in from the Gulf, maybe he won’t:

Does that mean we’ll be treated to an early end of Summer?


Answer: I wouldn’t count on it.

Here in Naples, it isn’t until Columbus Day, mid October, that average night time lows drop below 70° F and not until Thanksgiving that average daytime highs drop below 80° F.

Summer wet season has about six week left!


From now until then, make it official:

Fall funk season has begun!

3 comments:

Lynda said...
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Robert V. Sobczak said...

Granted, you have to live in Florida to really understand this post ...

pguzek said...

I like your sense of humor!