How’s The Whether?

In west central Florida, citizens pay close attention to the whether: whether there will be afternoon and evening thunder showers during the rainy season or whether these phenomena will not occur fairly regularly. As a frustrated “meteorologist,” I have learned that two things influence our weather during the summertime–the easterlies and the westerlies. The easterlies are typically called the trade winds. They come from the southeast and move northwestward, bringing heavier rain showers to the west coast as they develop across the state. They used to be called the typical summertime weather pattern. However, over the past few years, the westerlies have dominated our summer weather pattern. The westerlies come from the west across the Gulf of Mexico and give us generally lighter rain that falls primarily in the first part of the day before noon. Westerlies also cause our nighttime temperatures to remain higher (around 80 degrees) than when we are in an east-to-west pattern. Floridians depend on summer rains to keep Florida tolerable. Let’s pray the trade winds predominate this summer.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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One Response to How’s The Whether?

  1. Tom says:

    Thank you Mr. Weatherman. I learned something today!

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