Archive for the ‘WEATHER’ Category

Fake News from the weather channel?!?!   1 comment

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Look at the date and time on the upper left hand corner in the left picture and then the right!It wasn’t this cold during the Ice Age when I was born in Fort Lauderdale!! Now this would qualify as a cold wave in South Florida yesterday or could it be the definition on Fake News?I may have to go to Tennessee, New Hampshire, Maine or Rhode Island to warm up or even better to New Zealand or Australia where it is summer!

Posted January 14, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

Just saying   Leave a comment

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I might be knocking on your door Tuesday and/or Wednesday morning and/or afternoon!!Who says we don’t have 4 seasons here–and it is still only Fall!

Posted December 5, 2020 by greatmartin in WEATHER

King Tides Before and After   1 comment

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King Tides leave parts of South Florida flooded

Unless you live in South Florida you really don’t understand ‘if you don’t like the weather wait a few minutes and it will change’!  The ‘before’ pictures were taken between 1-2 PM while the ‘after’ was taken between 5-6 PM. Between the King Tides and the rain and the sun we from to floods to completely dry streets.

The City of Fort Lauderdale is experiencing standing water in low-lying areas throughout the community. Conditions are expected to continue. We encourage neighbors to watch for standing water and drive with caution in low-lying areas, including: • Harbour Inlet • Las Olas Isles • Rio Vista • NE 32 Avenue, south of East Oakland Park Boulevard, on the barrier island • SE 2 Street along the Himmarshee Canal

And the snow egrets come during and after the rain for the worms and then we don’t see them when the sun is up!

Before & After–see the last two pictures above

Posted September 23, 2020 by greatmartin in WEATHER

King Tides   1 comment

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King tides are sort of a look into the near future as sea levels rise. Combine closeness to the moon, rainy weather, wind and near-hurricane conditions and we get floods. 

Each year the tides get more severe along with the flooding and traffic becomes completely hazardous as our streets aren’t ready for the water that quickly becomes curb high–where there are curbs!

I love Mother Nature–especially when I am inside and dry!–even when she gets a little nasty like today (and the next couple of days!) yet combines everything to make the area surrounding us look so different.

And, yes, the snowy egrets are back for their snacks!

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Posted September 21, 2020 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

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!

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

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