Its Lightning,Thundering, and Pouring Down Rain. Welcome to Sunny FL!

@Adoniah (7515)
United States
January 13, 2008 3:16pm CST
I guess for all the transplants down here it is really hard to get used to the idea that this is the middle of January. It is about 80 degrees and we are having a typical Summer type Thunderstorm.lol Year after year the darling weathermen or women tell us that we are now entering our drought season. Yeah, right. It always rains in January and February. I never could understand why they say that. My Uncle grows some of his best crops this time of year. In fact, next weekend I am going to go and reap some of the benefits of all his hard work. He shares with all his neighbors. He worked a farm in Maryland all his life. and he will never be able to stop. Thank heavens since I live in an apt, now and cannot plant anything here. Would you trade your nice clean snow for wind, rain, lightning, and thunder at this time of the year? Shalom~Adoniah
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
13 Jan 08
It has been exceptionally warm here for the last few weeks, we had almost 2 feet of snow, but now its mostly all melted away. I think i'd rather live here then in the states no matter how warm it is there :P sorry!
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
13 Jan 08
Don't be sorry. It is getting so there is no elbow room down here and we are running out of potable water because the rich insist on watering their foliage even when it is not allowed. There are estates down here that have their own water plants on their property so that no one can tell them how much water they are allowed to pump out of the aquifer. Down south there is a home on an island that was using fresh water to funish a beautiful manmade waterfall that just poured into the saltwater. They finally made him stop and use the available salt water and check every once in awhile to make sure that he is complying. He said the salt rusted out his equipment too fast. Idiot! I love the beauty of Canada. I just cannot handle the winters. I have been there many times in Spring and Fall!
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
13 Jan 08
You could try the west coast, that never gets too cold there, but it rains a lot i've heard. i've never been there myself.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
13 Jan 08
Actually, it is the Eastern side of Canada that I like and have seen the most of. I would figure that the Lower Western part would be like Washington State which I have been to a couple of times though never in the winter. Nice to hear from you Little Sis!
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@drannhh (15210)
• United States
13 Jan 08
Although it never snows where we live (the main reason we live here?) let me just chime in to say that I adore thunderstorms and live to watch the lightning play in the sky. Here, however, we get our glorious storms in August instead of January. Sometimes the storms are hard on farmers, though. Lucky you, to be able to enjoy the rewards of your Uncle's hard work. Will you take some pictures of his harvest and upload them for us to see?
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
13 Jan 08
We can get thunderstorms 12 months out of the year. I just had a tragic accident with my camera. It was soaked with water at the New Years Party and is in the shop. I think it is a gonner. It will be a long while before I can afford to replace it.
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@drannhh (15210)
• United States
13 Jan 08
That was tragic indeed, you you and also for all of us who will not get to see your interesting photos!
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
13 Jan 08
Part of my income is tied up in that camera. I shall miss it. R.I.P.
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• United States
13 Jan 08
I would trade in snow for rain in a heartbeat! I hate the snow. Here in Northern Virginia, we don't know how to drive in snow so everything stops.but this year, I Finally had the type of weather I always wanted for my birthday, Jan. 7th. Here it was sunny and about 70 degrees! It was fantastic.But I would Love to not worry about snow ever.What is sad is that I may just get my wish without having to move because of global warming.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
13 Jan 08
You are the first person to want to trade. Do not be so quick to believer the reterick of global warming. Besides, if it is true, the US is supposed to get the brundt of a mini ice age. There are so many theories out there that no one really knows anything for sure. And of course you know that a theory is only true until someone else proves it wrong.
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• United States
13 Jan 08
I don't care either way. As long as I don't have any snow to deal with I am very happy.
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
13 Jan 08
I would take the rain lightening and thunder but I don't like the wind. I would love for it to be 80 degrees here but we are sitting at 30 degrees right now and it is suppose to get colder by the end of the week. We have alof of snow and ice still on the ground too. I live in Nebraska so you never know what the weather is going to do from one moment to the next!
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
13 Jan 08
It will be in the 40's at night in a few days. This is how we get so sick down here. It goes from very hot to wet and cold. The weather changes with the blink of an eye. Either that or the Yankees keep leaving the door open when they go back and forth. That may very well be the problem.lol
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@Darkwing (21588)
14 Jan 08
My friend, I live in England, and although our temperatures are nowhere near the eighties, we too are having downpours, thunderstorms and strong winds. I'm sick of it to be honest, but I guess it's all a part of nature's cycle and will enable the seeds to start stirring underground as the Earth warms, and the Sun grows stronger. Soon it will be Spring, and I'm hoping for some warmer, sunnier weather. :) Brightest Blessings.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Well the 80s are gone already. But it looks like the rain will be back again today and tommorrow. The coast gets it even when the interior is dry. One thing about Fl though if you hang around for five minutes the weather might change.lol
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@Darkwing (21588)
15 Jan 08
Yes, so I understand. I have a friend in Florida, in Fort Walton Beach, and she's always in her shorts by March. She says it's pretty hot, whilst here, we're still suffering low temps and rain! lol.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
15 Jan 08
Yes, by March it is usually fairly warm. However, when I was still captaining boats a few years ago, I can remember cold fronts still coming through to the Southern Bahamas in late April and early May. We were in jeans and sweat shirts all day and no one was in the water without a full wetsuit. So as I say the weather down here can really be flukey!
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@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I got up to snow on the ground. Welcome to cold, snow, ice and grey skies in Ohio.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
14 Jan 08
My Dad was from Pioneer Ohio. Do you know where that is? Its up in the north west corner. Da*mn cold up there too. It is grey here too and it is no longer in the 80s. You wait around 5 minutes here and the weather changes. It will be pretty chilly for Fl. for the rest of the week I think. When you are from here, you don't handle the cold as well I guess. Pluss it goes up and down so fast you cannot get used to anything. Stay warm!! Shalom~Adoniah
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@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Yes I know right where Pioneer is. I am about an hour East of there. Its cold up here in January. My sister lives in Florida, she was in the pool the other day, hehe. She cries about it being cold when it gets in the 60's, thats t-shirt weather for us.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
14 Jan 08
That's what we've been having, too, up here in the opposite far corner of the country. Got a break today with some sun and just a breeze, I hope it lasts another day or two. The only thing I have a problem with is wind... I don't like having my stuff all over the neighborhood! It seems there's always something I forget to anchor down...
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Yeah, there is only so much room inside to stash the outside stuff too. It started out sunny this morning but the clouds are a comin',and the temperature is a droppin'.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
15 Jan 08
We had the two I dislike the most today... wind AND snow! And the day before was 50 degrees and sunny! Sounds like Washington!LOL!
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
15 Jan 08
Its chilly here now at least for Fl. I have Tiamet's heat lamp on her and she is all snuggled up under it. She won't budge. I will have to move it over closer to her food dish I think at lunch time.lol
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• United States
19 Jan 08
Well I would trade snow for rain any day. But I hate lightning and thunder! I hope the weather in Flotida clkears up and gets sunny and nice- my parents are going to Florida next week.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
19 Jan 08
Hello Awonderful, Well it is raining right now, then it will get cold. Then it will warm up and rain again. It depends on how long they stay. If they stay a week or so, they will get to see it all.lol Shalom
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@vera5d (4007)
• United States
18 Jan 08
my sister in law just went to florida for a week...i think it would be nice to go somewhere warm in the winter for a little while...being cold all the time for 5 months straight kind of gets to you after awhile. i don't know if i would trade or not...maybe for a few weeks :)
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
18 Jan 08
The thing about Florida is the weather is so flukey. The sun has only been out for about 3 hours in the last 5 days. We had rain storms again today so the tourists are all probably very angry at the weather folks. They said it was supposed to be party coudy and 80 degrees on the coast today. Yeah, right! It was totally cloudy and rainy and maybe 70.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
15 Jan 08
No, I like nice clean snow! Wind, rain and thunder are usually just a nuisance that I can do without. I assume you are from Maryland. One of my dogs spent his puppyhood in Denton. I am in NY, lived in Virginia, Alabama and Texas and prefer the snow. Hey, I never said I had a full deck.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
16 Jan 08
No,I am from Florida. I spent some time in Maryland though. That is where an Uncle had a farm. It was beautiful country when I was a kid. I haven't been there in years..They moved down here.
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• New Zealand
15 Jan 08
I like rain as long as its pleasant but when it turns havoc thats when i start getting worried . Its different form of nature ..sometime oyulike it when its mild and you don't linke it whne its aggresive ..cheers
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
15 Jan 08
I enjoy all that natur brings. I have been through hurricanes and ice storms and very close to a few tornados, those I can do without. I even weathered a hurricane onboard a sailboat. I didn't do it on purpose, just could not get good weather reports where I was and it sneaked up on us.
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@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I live in New Jersey now. I have been here a little over 2 years now. It rains a lot here too and it is always dreary. We get COLD rain though. I can't wait to move from here! I hate cold. I would take the extreme heat and humidity of a Southern state over the cold dreariness of a Northern state anytime! I lived in Mississippi prior to New Jersey. Before that, it was Ohio and Michigan. I can't wait to move back to the South!
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
14 Jan 08
It seems like you have seen a lot of snow.lol Why don't you try Arizona next? That will be a shock to the system. Nice dry heat. I grew up here in Florida with its constantly changing weather and almost constant humidity. Then I went into the Navy. After Bootcamp in Orlando and schooling in Tenn. I went to Southern Spain. What a difference, it was semiarid. No rain!! I thought I was going to turn into a prune. Fortunately, I had to travel a lot so I was able to go to places where it did rain and snow and do all that stuff. Eventually I grew to love Southern Spain and if I had to live anywhere else besides the States It would be there or an island in the Carribean. Shalom~Adoniah
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
13 Jan 08
The question you ask, would I trade my nice cold, snowy weather, which by the way we're expecting a snow storm later tonight, for rain and warm weather in FL---uh, nope! Years and years ago, my mother and I used to go to the Orlando area, specifically DisneyWorld, and while I LOVED DisneyWorld hated that Florida weather--I'm just not fond of the humidity. And for some weird reason she would always pick going down either July or August...grrrrr The only time I really enjoyed going to Florida was the time my mom and I went during Christmas week--she was SO disappointed thinking she could escape the cold weather and enjoy nice balmy FL weather...that particular year it was a cold spell...in the upper 40s and low 50s...she hated it...I loved it--nope I'm most definitely a cold weather person.. :)
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
13 Jan 08
Yeah, even though it does not get as cold here as it does up North it is wet. Summer and Winter it is wet. The wetness somehow makes it hotter in Summer and colder in Winter. Go figure.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I don't have any snow, but I'll take some of your rain and lightning all the same. Here in Nevada we get rain so very seldom. Even though it is in the 40's here right now, there is snow up in the mountains that I can see in the distance - can i give you some of that? What I would like is that wonderful clean smell and feel after a good rain. I don't miss the cold, but I think it feels dirty without a good cleanse.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
27 Jan 08
Welcome Whittby, The problem here is that they have built this place up so much that when it rains it smells like wet asphalt and cement. It used to smell good like the earth and the leaves like it is supposed to. I miss that so. Shalom~Adoniah
@whittby (3073)
• United States
28 Jan 08
Well, sure as I posted that last comment and it rained here last night. I would have parked the car out in the open if I had known and gotten a nice free wash for it. But you are right about the smell, All I have here is wet asphalt and concrete as well. I guess living back east in PA and OH, even when it was built up, we had lots of green space.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
28 Jan 08
I shouldn't complain too much at least here I can still go to the beach and enjoy the ocean. They have preserved several public access points that are about 7 miles from where I live. My favorite time at the beach is the times that others tend to stay away. I love it when it is wild and windy. Shalom
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Hello Adoniah, Like Drannhh, I love thunderstorms. 'Course, Southwestern thunder storms are unlike anywhere else I've ever lived. It's more like a fireworks display, because there are no tall buildings or old-growth hardwood forests to interfere with the views. There are two things that worry me about thunder: one is fire (high desert forest fires are very fast moving), and the second is that I have one dog who freaks out when he hears thunder. I have some nice homeopathics that relieve some of his stress, but still he gets so upset that we can no longer just sit out on the porch and watch the light show. Oh well!
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
26 Jan 08
Oh my goodness, Tiamet sounds like a real hoot (no ornithological pun intended). Hubby used to raise Cockateels, and we have a small flock of chickens. Though neither are nearly as much fun sounding as Tiamet seems to be. We also have a friend who has an African Grey named Bogart. And, based on the stories that she tells about Bogart's antics, I imagine that you have a very entertaining companion in Tiamet! As for dogs & lightning ... this is rather interesting (I think anyway). Since the overwhelming majority of lighting begins in the Earth's crust, and is drawn upward, I believe that they feel it through their paws. We had Wolves and Wolf-hybrids for many years. The more 'sensitive' of them would claw at the ground, as if to dig up the source of the irritation. One of our females would try to dig her way to China, if we'd let her, which of course was very frustrating when she was in the house! I'm rather curious about Tiamet. So, I guess I'd better backtrack and read your Tiamet topic.
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