Mother Nature’s Firework Show

I’m typing this on a Saturday morning, and I’m hearing these noises once every few moments rumbling outside. There’s a morning thunderstorm in the area, but I don’t know if it’ll rain.

Here on the west coast of Florida, it could be sunny one minute, stormy the next, thanks to the very humid weather. Thunderstorms go off like putting popcorn in a microwave if the atmospheric conditions are right, and they often are.

Sure enough, I just got an alert off of my Weather Channel IPhone app as I type this. Not a storm warning, but a special weather statement. There’s some storms just west of me that have flared up.

My weather advice in times like these? Turn off anything you don’t need to use, like the TV, modem, and so forth. If the power flashes or is lost, turn off the air conditioner, as you won’t need it as the rain keeps the temps down.

My rule of thumb as to when the best time to power down is if you can see lightning in daytime hours, or if you can hear thunder before counting off three seconds once you see a flash of lightning.

Don’t be stupid and stay outside like I did one day in 2007, though I wasn’t in any danger.


Leaky Feet In Las Vegas


Whoever drew this up, thank you.

Here in Florida, it doesn’t usually get as hot as it does in some other parts of the country. Last week (the week July 4th fell on) it wasn’t record heat we were getting, just no rain to cool things off. This week, we seem to be back into the summertime pattern of getting east to west moving thunderstorms in the evenings.

When one of my friends was going on about how hot it was, I was reminded about being in Las Vegas in June of 1996 at the end of spring and the beginning of summer. One day when I was there, the thermometer got to 108 with very low humidity. As I’ve probably said before, it feel like being underneath a giant blow dryer.

Walking around in Las Vegas with even the best footwear can be problematic. If the air temperature is 108, that would mean the sidewalk could be considerably warmer. I would walk the Strip on occasion when I was out there, but by the time I got back home I’d be in discomfort. Even with good shoes and good socks, walking in that intense heat blisters your feet and toes, so I had to make sure to rest and stay off of them when I got home.

If it’s hot out, take it easy. Your mind, body, and most importantly your feet…will thank you.

End Of The Endless Summer

Usually here in Florida by this time of year, it starts getting cooler. The 90’s by day and 70’s by night usually turn into lower numbers for the winter time.

Something a tad odd has happened up until now: it hasn’t gotten cooler yet. In fact last week it was as warm in November as it has ever been in Tampa Bay in recorded weather history, with the temperatures going over 90, which is highly unusual for this time of the year weather wise.

In Florida, the warmer numbers as opposed to what the rest of the country gets this time of year can be deceiving, because here we also have humidity to deal with. A 50 degree morning with a 60-70 percent humidity can make you shiver if unprotected. It hasn’t snowed in Tampa Bay since 1977, so there’s one saving grace.

The good news is cooler weather appears on the way for this coming weekend. Can’t wait for it.