The rainy tropical wave system just off the East coast of Pure Florida has been dumping rain on my family and relatives back in St. Augustine for a day or so. It's slated to slide across the state and over us as it enters the Gulf.
The satellite photos look impressive on the telly.
This is great news for swamps and ponds that are still dry or almost dry around here. The puddle that was my pond is supporting a pretty good tadpole population right now and good rains will give them some breathing room (literally) as they continue their development.
The Weather Channel stepford meteorologists say it might even do something more exciting once it hits the Gulf.
I love the Weather Channel during hurricane season, but I confess I barely watch it during our mild winters. I don't love the Weather Channel weather folks though.
They irritate me.
I just want them to report the weather, not lecture me in a first grade teacher's voice about safety.
When did we become so delicate?
The Weather Channel folks don't want us to go outside because it's too hot, too humid, too cold, the ozone is too ozoney, the rip currents are too rippy, the air is too pollen filled, the sun is too shiny .... give me a break!
Oh, and "Heat Indexes" drive me nutty too. This where they combine temp and humidity to give you a false temperature that is " what it feels like".
How the heck do they know how it feels to me or to you?
The same intense heat and humidity that I did yard work in Sunday was no big deal to me, but would feel oppressively dense to a visitor from say ... Denver, CO.
What it feels like seems to be a pretty individual thing.
Believe me I know.
I do daily thermostat battle with my lovely wife who keeps the A/C set on ICEBERG ... (some kind of grown up girl thing) while I huddle under the covers fearing frostbite.