Friday, September 21, 2007
Signs Of Florida Fall: Love Bugs? Not Really... Not Love Bugs Anyway.
A pleasant sign of an approaching fall season, cattails billowing in a subtropical breeze.
A less pleasant sign of fall ... the love bugs are back. They don't bite, sting, or pinch. Mostly they seem to eat and mate. Unfortunately they pursue this decadent lifestyle along roadways where they get plastered (in vast numbers)to windshields and front grills of passing cars.
Carwash operators love lovebugs as people (like me) who never think to actually wash a vehicle become regular customers in the race to remove the paint dissolving bug juice before damage occurs.
They are a temporary inconvenience however. Their trysting only lasts for a few weeks and then suddenly you notice they're gone ... until spring.
Another sign of fall is the tropical storm wannabe that's rumbling outside my house today. It has slid across from the east coast and is now soaking up Gulf of Florida warmth. Amazing lightning happened west of PFHQ last night and good soaking rains have started. It's not real windy here yet, but Franklin county had a tornado warning a few minutes ago.
We are in a red box on the weather channel map at this time and there's some pretty good rain bands streaming across us on the radar.
It's all pretty mild so far and I think good folks to the west of us will get the worst of this storm if it becomes the hurricane it wants to be.