I know, I know. Florida is nicknamed the Sunshine State and that’s what we love about it, right? The abundance of warm, sunny days are perfect for reading on the beach, or for Judge Willa Carson to drive down Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard in her convertible with the top down.
Well, yes, Florida is called the Sunshine State for good reason. But Florida has a…shall we say…a darker side. What the state doesn’t exactly advertise about itself is its frequent rainstorms and thunderstorms in the summer. One of the best things about storms here is that the rain is warm. It’s more like a warm shower than a cold one. Lately, our home has been plagued with roof leaks, but when it’s dry inside the house, storms can be awesome!
Florida reports more thunderstorms than any other state in the United States. Some places in Florida can get more than 90 stormy days per year! That’s three months’ worth!
Personally though, I don’t see the rainstorms as such a bad thing. I love a sunny summer day as much as the next guy. But honestly, sometimes the rain makes for a cozy afternoon of reading. Plus, rain is a great excuse to skip the ballgame or errand-running mission, and spend the time at home with a great book instead.
“If there’s one word to describe Florida’s weather, it would be ‘unpredictable.’ One moment you could be tanning in the sun, and the next you’ll be running to find shelter to escape pouring rain.”
Either one of these would be a perfectly acceptable “shelter” to escape to, don’t you think??
If you despise rain, the good news is that rain in Florida usually doesn’t last long. In most cases, the afternoon thunderstorms are over within a couple hours.
If you “had to” spend the day reading in one of these two reading nooks pictured above, which one would it be? Or would you rather be on the beach?