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Isaias–hurricane, tropical storm or just a rainy day?   1 comment

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It started last Monday showing the path of a new storm coming directly at Fort Lauderdale. By Friday the path had veered to the west so it looked like we just might get the outer bands of a hurricane. On Saturday it was declared Tropical Storm Isaias and there could be high winds and heavy rain but when to expect all that was constantly being moved.We had somewhat heavy winds and now and then patches of rain but nothing we haven’t seen on a regular day during the rainy season. I believe I may have heard some heavy rain overnight but the parking lot didn’t show that and though we had a few drizzles today we had a lot more brightness if not more sun.
At 4 PM I took the 3 pictures with the smileys and we all know that Larry and Lenny the lizards wouldn’t be out if bad weather was brewing!! There are a family with baby lizards but those little ones are so fast I haven’t been able to get a picture of them—yet!In any case, it is hurricane season and a lot is happening out in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the US so don’t know what the next 4 months will bring. Stayed tuned!

Posted August 2, 2020 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

Virus, weather, retraction   3 comments

Virus and weather bad news day

Let me start with the retraction–I wrote a post about July 4th no one getting shot by a stray bullet and then today the lead story in the news was a 7-year-old swimming in his grandmother’s pool was shot by a stray bullet. He wasn’t killed but the bullet went through his arm. Imagine how the grandmother felt! I don’t know about where you live but in South Florida they celebrate July 4th shooting their guns and pistols. There are usually half a dozen fatalities!
 
We started off the weekend with a notice on our doors telling us there are more people with the virus at Gateway. No names, no what building there are in, no who they may have interacted with so now people aren’t talking to each other!
 
The summer rains have finely come. We get dark clouds coming in as an advance warning, then some thunder and lightning followed by about 30 minutes of very heavy rain followed by the sun coming out and the humidity going high. It can happen either in the morning and/or usually around 5 PM. We used to call it tourist rain when it happened around 5 because it got the tourists off the beach into their hotel so they could shower, take a nap and then go out for dinner.  The two pictures on the right were taken at 11 AM!!
 

Posted July 6, 2020 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, Uncategorized, WEATHER

At least I like heat & humidity!!   1 comment

July 1 2020 weather calendar dogs avatar

I am hoping it helps–on my July avatar I have ‘WEAR A MASK’!
 
My July calendar dogs have the right idea–even if they are having miniature cups!!
 
It is no surprise that June was a hot and humid month in South Florida! If you look at the last picture you will see our low overnight is 85 degrees! And yesterday we broke the record for daytime temperature in Miami while Fort Lauderdale was 2 degrees below. In any case, the last 10 nights in June broke the records for high lows overnight.
 
The actual temperature very seldom hits 100 degrees but the ‘feels like’, because of the humidity, has been over 100 a few times this year already!!!
 
So far the Sahara Dust seems to be going around Fort Lauderdale and there hasn’t been much rain which at least holds the humidity down a bit.
 
Here’s a look at what is ahead this summer!
 
 

Posted July 1, 2020 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

I don’t want to hear how warm it is where you are!!   1 comment

Cold Spell November

CURRENT WEATHER 4:42 PM 62° F RealFeel® 59° Cloudy
Mainly clear TOMORROW 11/18 76° / 63° Partly sunny and pleasant
I don’t want to hear how warm/cold you are–we are not only having a cold spell we are also having King Tides!! If it gets any colder I trade the shorts for long pants!!
PS Notice how it gets warmer the later it gets!

Posted November 17, 2019 by greatmartin in WEATHER

Ready for Dorian!   1 comment

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Whether Hurricane Dorian hits or not I am ready. I spent yesterday doing my 4th favorite thing–cooking!! #1 and 3 are two different chicken dishes I made in the crockpot with the first being made in a fruity glaze with fig and balsamic vinegar with the other in a peanut butter marinade. #2 are jars of peanut butter and cans of tuna and chicken plus a can of black beans while #4 I cooked up 3 boxes of pasta: shells, rotini and a jambalaya base with rice .#5 I have the frozen fruit and vegetables all ready to eat and just be defrosted whether we have electricity or not and the former is likely even if we just have a ‘tropical storm’. Then again if all is well I have enough meals for 2 weeks while I can keep the canned goods for the next storm that comes our way!

Right now, whether we will get hit with a #2 or #3 hurricane or it will veer off to the north, is still up in the air!

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/hurricane/fl-ne-tropical-storm-dorian-update-florida-path-20190827-75d3b5rfnfbmxhvhqkywipabpa-story.html#nws=true

Posted August 28, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, WEATHER

Rainy Tourist Season in South Florida   1 comment

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When I lived in Miami Beach in the late 1950s, or right after the FountaineBleau hotel opened, the theory was that it rained around 4 PM to get the tourists off the beaches and pools so they could go up to their hotel rooms, take a shower, a nap and then get dressed up to go out to eat dinner or see one of the many sights available.

The only problem with that theory was back in the 1950s there wasn’t a tourist season due to the hot, humid weather and/or the rainy season was June 1 to November 30. It was mainly in the 1960s that teachers who were off in the summer learned how cheap the fares and hotels were, offering a respite from their job that they could afford and started coming down with others following.

Theory or not you can depend on the sky getting very dark every day around 4, heavy rains coming down for an hour then the sun would break out and we would have about a 30 minute ‘sun shower’ and within an hour everything would be dry as if nothing happened!Yes, the rain cools things off but it also raises the humidity after the sun comes out again! Still you will see tourists and natives walking around with light jackets or sweaters.

Back in the 50s most of Miami Beach was closed from the end of Easter to the beginning of Thanksgiving so life was quiet, peaceful and not a line of people to be seen anywhere.Then air conditioning came in big and South Florida became an all year round resort but because of that a/c walking indoors going to movies, eating out, shopping in stores required most people to wear some light sweater or jacket indoors. Oh, yes, and to get used to glasses fogging up when you walk out of doors!

Welcome to our ‘rainy season’ where the weather forecaster will predict at least a 30% chance of showers and when a hurricane heads this way they will broadcast from the beach being battered with sand and rain.  It is a sure thing just like seeing a picture of a fat French-Canadian (sorry Canada but that is always who the picture is of) in a Speedo sitting on a beach chair in the rare day in winter when it is 70 degrees proclaiming, “Well it is warmer here than where I am from!”

Posted August 11, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

Summer–Fort Lauderdale July 2019–Part 2   1 comment

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Rainy season runs from May to mid-October while  hurricane season is June 1 to November 30 and so far we haven’t had much rain in Fort Lauderdale. Other towns and cities seem to get more than us but I am not complaining.

Contrary to what people think rain does not cool down the temps but does send the humidity sky high!When it does rain it is usually in the morning or around 5 PM but an hour later you would never know it had rained!

One pleasure I have in the summer is sitting at my dining room table, have supper and watch the moon rise. Doesn’t take much to make me happy but Mother Nature does her best!

Right now at 5:44 PM in Fort Lauderdale we are not allowed to use the tap water without boiling it–will explain over the weekend–right now I want to enjoy the blue sky, puffy clouds, sunshine and everything that makes living here so great!

Only a high of 92 today!!

Posted July 18, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

This mean but…   1 comment

With another storm going across the USA I really shouldn’t be posting this but it is my answer to the two questions I am constantly asked: 1) Don’t you miss the 4 seasons? 2) How can you stand the heat and humidity? My answers are always the same. As to the first not at all. I can see all the snow, sleet, ice and snowbound people I want on television or in magazines and papers. When it comes to the second question–first of all New York City and other cities get a lot more humidity plus, folks, have you heard of air-conditioning?? It is everywhere you go (except on the beaches) and besides tourists you won’t see anyone else outdoors only to go in and out of restaurants, movies, an office, bank, etc. Yes we have hurricanes–1 in the past 12 years–and we have a rainy season when it remembers to rain. I haven’t seen an alligator since 1979–oh yes, once when we went to the Everglades and the tourist trap boat ride but…… This week our weather has been absolutely perfect with sunny days, a cool breeze and temperatures in the lower 80s during the day and in the lower 70s at night. Just look at the pictures that I took today down at Karen Bay at the east end of the Gateway Terrace apartments where I live. Miss the 4 seasons? NO WAY!

Posted February 18, 2019 by greatmartin in WEATHER

December?????????   1 comment

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If I didn’t know better I would think we were ‘Down Under’—come on, it is winter here summer there but today we are having a high temperature of 83 degrees, sunny, a beach day.

Yep, no climate change going on in the world–just here!!

Posted December 29, 2018 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

A cool and cold wave coming!!   1 comment

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It is a rainy on and off day plus gray and windy which is the prelude of a cool wave (high of 75) coming tomorrow and a cold wave (high of 67) on Tuesday. I would get my mittens and ear muffs out but they clash with my shorts and sandals!!
 
At least I have summer and spring in my apartment every day!

Posted December 9, 2018 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

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