The Early Morning Mist

@moffittjc (35735)
Gainesville, Florida
July 19, 2017 1:13pm CST
This has been a summer of interesting weather. And from many of the posts and comments I've seen on myLot, it seems to be a phenomenon happening all over. Here in Florida, we've been experiencing one of the rainiest summers I can remember. It hasn't just been the normal rain pattern either, but day-long and severe storms constantly hitting us every day. Last night was unusual in that we had severe thunderstorms build up overnight and just hammer us with torrential rain and crazy thunder and lightning. It went on for most of the night. We've already been under flash flood warnings and flood watches before that, so last night just added to the misery. But this morning was quite interesting. When I left for work there was an eerie thick fog that made it impossible to see more than 5 feet in front of you. It was like something out of a Stephen King horror story. Thick fog at this time of year is very unusual indeed for Florida, so it made my morning commute seem a bit surreal. I'm beginning to wonder if we're ever going to return to our normal summertime weather patterns. What's some of the crazy and unusual weather you have been experiencing this summer?
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jul
We had thick fog in the Pyrenees but I think that is pretty common in that area. We've just had a lot of thunder and some rain this evening.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
19 Jul
You're still in France? You must be having the time of your lives! When you headed home to Australia?
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul
@moffittjc We have another five weeks here I think with a quick flight to Vienna and back in the middle to see a friend. Then back to Ireland for a few weeks and home around the end of September. We've very spoilt.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Jul
@JudyEv Living the good life! Nothing wrong with that!
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@Gillygirl (15290)
• Sutton, England
19 Jul
We have been experiencing very dry hot weather in the UK but thunder storm last night.
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@vandana7 (57494)
• India
19 Jul
Yeah I heard that...how are you keeping? Many people fell ill I believe.
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@Gillygirl (15290)
• Sutton, England
19 Jul
@vandana7 I did have some breathing difficulties but better now.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
19 Jul
Hi Gill! I haven't heard from you in a while! Hope you're doing well! My friend in England posted lots of pictures on Facebook of last night's thunderstorm in her town. Pretty impressive lightning storm!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
19 Jul
I wish it would rain every day all summer long. Lol. I hate this heat!
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
19 Jul
Are you getting as bad of storms in Jax as we are in Gainesville? It's just been non-stop all summer long! In fact, it's storming really bad as I sit here on myLot. And the big problem with all these storms is the humidity levels. Not only has it been super hot, it's been super humid as well.
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• United States
19 Jul
We've been having some of those crazy storms here in Pennsylvania and at times they can be very scary. It's just plain hot today and the sun is shining but those storms seem to pop up when least expected.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
19 Jul
It's storming really bad here now. Just started at about 7:30pm. Looks like we're in for another long night of storms.
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@LadyDuck (122222)
• Switzerland
22 Jul
We also had more rain than usual and last year there was a dense fog early in the morning. I love fog, it reminds me my native city when I was a kid.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Jul
I love fog too, it just gives a sense of mystery. I always wonder if some eerie creature is lurking out their in the thick fog. waiting unseen for unsuspecting passersby to get near. Yes, I have a weird imagination! haha
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@LadyDuck (122222)
• Switzerland
22 Jul
@moffittjc I also like the mysterious side of fog. In the big cities, where you can hear the noise of the traffic but see nothing can be pretty scary.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Jul
@LadyDuck When I was in New York City at the end of May, my daughter and I got up really early one morning and went to visit the new World Trade Center building. It was really foggy out that morning, and the skyscraper is so tall we were actually above all the fog! It was pretty amazing to look out over Manhattan and see the tips of a few of the tallest buildings peeking their heads above the fog. It was pretty surreal.
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@Nawsheen (22861)
• Mauritius
19 Jul
Fog in summer is definitely unusual. How I hate it when it rains. I hope that you can get some nice weather soon. We are in winter over here. The weather is quite good - neither too hot nor to cold
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Jul
We won't get nice weather here for another four months, when it starts to cool down in late October. Until then, hot, humid and rainy conditions will continue.
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@DianneN (59546)
• United States
23 Jul
Yikes! That sounds just awful! I wonder if South Florida is experiencing the same weather??? The locals told me that it rains around 2:00 everyday in June. Here, it has been sunny and glorious almost every single day, although we had a few hot and humid days. It doesn't bother me. I just hope Florida will be back to its sunny and warm weather this coming winter.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Jul
Having grown up in south Florida, I became accustomed to the 2:00pm daily thunderstorms. There was a time in the past where you could actually set your watch to it, they were so consistent. And it used to be similar up here in north Florida, but it's not that way anymore. There is no consistency to our storms anymore. Where in the past you could count on afternoon storms, now you get them in the morning, the early afternoon, late afternoon, or even overnight. And they've become so much more severe than they used to be. I guess this is the new normal with global warming. We had severe thunderstorms hit here at 4:00am this morning, and it's been raining every since (more than 8 hours now). That is extremely unusual, considering we have no tropical systems affecting us right now.
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@DianneN (59546)
• United States
23 Jul
@moffittjc Global warming, of course! Our spring and summer have been so dry. I'm hoping for rain without thunder. It frightens poor Doodles. That is an awful amount of rain for Florida without a tropical storm. Take care and enjoy your week. Hope the rain stops!
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
@DianneN We finally had a break in the rain yesterday afternoon, and I got to see a beautiful sunset! The first one in over two months! It was a good ending to a pretty crappy Monday!
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@rebelann (32377)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Jul
Holy smoly, all this time I thought Florida always got lotsa rain, shows ya watt I know It's been unusually humid almost all month so far and we've been getting thunderstorms more often than usual and even got hail not too long ago, that was totally freakish. The humidity has been between 30% to 85% depending on whether it's actually raining, would that be humid to you as well?
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Jul
Florida generally does get a lot of rain, almost all of it in the summertime. We average about 60 inches per year, which may not sound like a lot, but it is considering how flat Florida is and how close to sea level we are. Flooding is common, just because there is nowhere for all that water to go, especially given the flatness of Florida. So, it all just sits there and builds up and floods. That's why Florida historically has mostly been swamp land.
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@rebelann (32377)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Jul
Whoa, 60" @moffittjc ? Damn that's a lot ..... we usually average 4" to 10" depending on whether or not we're in a drought
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Jul
@rebelann Yeah, it's a lot of rain. It can sometimes be worse if we have a bad hurricane season, but we've been lucky for the last decade or so. Well, last year we had two near hits with hurricanes, but it was welcome rain since we were in a drought before that.
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@RubyHawk (21397)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Jul
I don't know if our weather is too unusual. Lots of high temperatures and rainfall. We had heavy rain today.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Jul
We've had heavy rain every single day. We've already set the record for the most rain in June ever in recorded history, and now they're saying our July could break records as well. It's an understatement to say that it's been raining a lot here.
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@RubyHawk (21397)
• Atlanta, Georgia
30 Jul
@moffittjc We've had lots of rain but the last few years were so dry water has been short. Maybe we have enough water in reserve by now. We've had more rain than usual I believe although I haven't looked at records.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Jul
@RubyHawk It's good that we're having all this rain, as we really needed to refill our aquifers, lakes and water storage areas. We need to learn to manage our water resources better or else we're gong to be in big trouble if we have extended drought periods.
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@bluesa (12837)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
23 Jul
@moffittjc , we're supposed to be experiencing winter at the moment and we have had very mild days, it is our dry season but usually much icier. I hope you get some lovely sunny days soon.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
How cold does it get in South Africa?
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@bluesa (12837)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
25 Jul
@moffittjc in my suburb outside of Johannesburg, we've already had temps of 48.2F and 59F . This winter has been too mild with 68F to 75.2F temps.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Jul
@bluesa I know global warming and climate change has been making everybody's weather crazy, but what are typical or normal winter weather temperatures for you? How far outside of Johannesburg do you live?
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@Rigel401 (55)
• Canada
20 Jul
I'm in Alberta, Canada so we got some haze/smoke from the BC fires travelling over here. It only happened for one day here in Edmonton but it was pretty weird. At first I thought, "Is someone barbecuing?" But it was way too much haze for that! Other than that, the on and off cool days then back to hot has been weird. It was so nice and cool yesterday and now it's hot, hot hot. Man why can't it stay cool?
@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 Jul
I'm with you! Why can't it stay cool? I sure wish we were at the start of the next ice age! Lol
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• Canada
21 Jul
@moffittjc Yeah exactly! I know most people love the heat, but I can't stand it. Who likes feeling sticky and gross and so hot you can't move? I certainly don't!
@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Jul
@Rigel401 I agree with every word you said, and I couldn't have said it better myself. Which makes me wonder why I'm still living here in Florida! Maybe I should move north to Canada! Think I could survive the winter there?
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• United States
29 Jul
We have had hot days and cool nights. One morning it was foggy enough to have to drive slower. You had a few morons that refuse to turn their headlights on during the day and that is a bit scary. Today I hoped for nice weather. It has been overcast all day. There is a bit of sun shining through now. Supposed to be great weather tomorrow.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Aug
We had some seriously heavy overnight rain the other night, and in the morning when I went to work, the fog was as thick as a blanket. I couldn't see 5 feet in front of me. That's the second time this summer that it has been like this. Once a summer is very unusual, but to have it happen twice now is just crazy!
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• United States
12 Aug
@moffittjc we have had foggy weather but nothing like that!
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Aug
@ElusiveButterfly For about 5 minutes, I was so excited to learn that we would have sunny conditions all weekend. Then, I stepped outside into the hot and muggy conditions, and high-tailed it right back into the comfort of a/c in my house! It's been so long since we've had sunny days, that I forgot how hot it gets when the sun is shining! So, our options are: rainy, hot and muggy; or sunny, hot and muggy! I wish Fall would hurry up and get here! lol
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@Srbageldog (5489)
• United States
20 Jul
We have been having a very hot summer here in Northern California, but occasionally we'll have a day or two where it's rainy and cool and doesn't feel like summer at all.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
20 Jul
It's too bad that when you have those nice cool days that the weather can't just stay like that all the time. If we get a cool down here in Florida during the summer, it means our temps are at 95 degrees instead of 98 degrees! lol
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• United States
20 Jul
@moffittjc Unfortunately that's how it is here most the time too. It's sad when 99 degrees seems "cool" compared to 112 degrees!
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Jul
@Srbageldog I was in Austin, Texas a few years ago during the summer, and the temperature was 105. But there was no humidity, so it really didn't feel that bad. Here in Florida, where we can sometimes experience 90% humidity or higher, even 85 degrees feels like it's 120 out!
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@velvet53 (15387)
• Palisade, Colorado
24 Jul
That would be eerie. I have driven in thick fog and I don't like it. Our weather is pretty much normal around here but it can change so fast. How have you been?
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Jul
I've been working crazy hours at work, so it's limited my time on this site. But I'm doing well, and all these days of working have kept me out of trouble! haha
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@velvet53 (15387)
• Palisade, Colorado
30 Jul
@moffittjc Well I guess that is a good thing. I was thinking about finding a job until the accident happened.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Jul
@velvet53 Without a job, do you have income coming in to support yourself, or pay your medical bills?
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@nanette64 (13826)
• Fairfield, Texas
20 Jul
That it's not already 110 degrees @moffittjc .
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Jul
C'mon Nanette, 110's not bad at all! Quit your complaining! LOL
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@nanette64 (13826)
• Fairfield, Texas
24 Jul
@moffittjc Oh well, you know me; pure ding-a-ling.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
@nanette64 Nah, you're not a pure ding-a-ling! Maybe a little ding-a-ling mixed in your blood, but not purebred! hahaha
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@just4him (92207)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jul
It's one of our rainiest summers ever I think. I don't ever remember it raining as much as it has this summer. I had to do some heavy praying to have a nice day today, and it was perfect. However, the trade-off is severe storms for the next four days.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
19 Jul
As I type this, we are having a massive monsoon going on outside. These heavy storms have been crazy and it doesn't seem like there is any end in sight. I feel bad for anyone who lives near rivers, because we are having massive flooding issues.
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@just4him (92207)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
20 Jul
@moffittjc That's not good. It would be nice to see the weather return to a normal pattern.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
20 Jul
@just4him I'm wondering...with global warming and climate change happening right before our eyes, will we ever return to normal weather patterns, or will it just keep getting crazier every year?
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@BelleStarr (32085)
• Portland, Connecticut
26 Jul
The last two days have been rainy and in the 50s, felt like November. today we are expected to get to the high 70s so getting back to normal.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Jul
I think our weather is trying to get back to normal, and it's getting close, but we are still getting way more rain than usual.
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@BelleStarr (32085)
• Portland, Connecticut
29 Jul
@moffittjc We are getting extra rain as well but we need it.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Jul
@BelleStarr I think we are way beyond "extra" rain, as we've had so much rain I'm starting to think I need to start building an ark, but on the positive side, it's filling up our lakes and acquires, which have been decimated over the past decade or so by over pumping of ground water. I'm really hoping that all this rain causes the flow rates of all our first magnitude springs to increase back to their original levels.
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@Courtlynn (50929)
• United States
19 Jul
Few cold days here which is unusual for summer.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
19 Jul
Please send some of that cool weather to Florida!
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@Courtlynn (50929)
• United States
20 Jul
@moffittjc would if i could
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
20 Jul
@Courtlynn Well, if you can't send us cooler weather, please send happy thoughts instead! haha
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@vandana7 (57494)
• India
19 Jul
Today something flew from elsewhere and broke our bathroom glass. Never happened before.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
19 Jul
Wow, that's crazy! Did you figure out what it was and where it came from?
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@vandana7 (57494)
• India
20 Jul
@moffittjc .. Some lid of paint container ..at least that is what it looked like.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
20 Jul
@vandana7 Wow, and you have no idea where it came from? Did somebody throw it at your window on purpose, or do you think it happened by accident?
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@mom210 (5795)
• Atlanta, Georgia
7 Aug
I am fine with not returning to normal, normally our summer in GA is nearly unbearable, but this summer, it has been very nice several cooler days, and several cooler nights. We currently do not have A/C so our cooling system is simply an attic fan. If the nights are cool, like they have been, we can cool off over night and close it up during the day. Works great pus keeps the electric bill down as well.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Aug
I wish it would get cool enough in Florida overnight in the summer to turn off the a/c and open the windows! Our problem is that the humidity is so high that it becomes almost unbearable no matter what the temperature is. Even when it gets down into the low 70s at night, it's still miserable with that humidity. Nobody likes to sweat all night! Yuk!
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@mom210 (5795)
• Atlanta, Georgia
16 Aug
@moffittjc yuk is right, I have not spent much time there but have heard it can get pretty rough in the summer. Love bet your winters are wonderful though.
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@moffittjc (35735)
• Gainesville, Florida
20 Aug
@mom210 If by winter you mean 85 degrees instead of 95 degrees, then yes, our winters are wonderful! I, however, am a lover of the cold, so the fact that Florida doesn't get a true winter really makes me sad. Give me snow damn it! haha Oh, and another thing about our wonderful winters....38 million people from up north flock to our state, clog all our roads, restaurants and stores, get sunburned on our beaches, and then complain the whole time about how much better it is up north!