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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!”

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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

Welcome to my world!   1 comment

Inline imageBeauty in Gateway November 10 2018
Look at these pictures and ask me if I miss the 4 seasons and I will tell you NO WAY!!

Oh, we are going to dip into the 60s this weekend for a few minutes and I can deal with that because it will go up to the high 70s or low 80s in the afternoon!

Okay so we have summer 9-10 months out of the year with maybe a total of 7 days of ‘winter’ but we also have a Fall with leaves changing colors and Spring is any day when the humidity is low BUT no snow, sleet, freezing, ice on windshields, slipping and sliding on the ground, etc.

I’ll take the heat, humidity and tourists any time!!

Posted November 12, 2018 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, WEATHER

On the street where I live   1 comment

Inline imageOn the street where I live November 3 2018

Yes, we do have a Fall season in Fort Lauderdale! Look at picture #4 with the sun and clouds–that is NOT a summer sky. Then take a walk down to The Point–pictures 6, 7 and 8–look at the water, not as still or smooth as it was just a month away. The Point, aka Karen Bay, which borders the east of our property harbingers our seasons almost as much as the weather does.

Among other things the docks around the Gateway Terrace apartments fill up with new boats, photo 5, coming from all over the world to spend the next 6-7 months in Fort Lauderdale. Oh, yes, the crows also come our way for the warmth too.

Talking about the warmth, that is the biggest sign that we have left summer and came into autumn as the temperatures have been out of the 90s for two weeks and we even got below 75 one evening!

The new owners are constantly making improvements such as putting an LED light at the top of our building, photos 1 & 2, lighting the whole area up in the front and also lighting up the staircase inside-outside my kitchen door.

Last, but certainly not least, depending upon how you look at it, with cooler weather coming they are blocking up the entries, photo 3, that the many lizards use to hide, make as their homes, and we do have thousands of all kinds of lizards. They do no harm and keep the insect population down but many people are afraid of them for some reason but no one has ever been bitten by a lizard.

Last winter, because of some cold weather, many Iguanas ‘froze’ only to come back to life when it warmed up. Without a place to hide, to keep warm, I hate to see what will happen this winter to the many lizards. Humans can be cruel.

Posted November 3, 2018 by greatmartin in HOME, LIFE, SEASONS, Uncategorized, WEATHER

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