Winter Arrives in Florida

Thursday December 15th 2022

At 6:30 this morning I woke to the sound of rain on the roof of my RV home. It was more than a little shower. The sound of the individual drops blended together into a constant roar. Rain continued off and on for the rest of the morning. The cold front that has been bringing severe weather to the rest of the nation had arrived in Florida.

The forecast called for the storms to arrive in this area around ten, but was obviously early. A tornado watch was issued for the entire center part of the Florida peninsular until 4:30 in the afternoon. There was nothing particularly bad in this area, but to the south there were tornado warnings and possibly an actual tornado in the St. Petersburg area. The storms were all south of here by early afternoon. The sky started to brighten around 3:30 and everything started to dry out.

This storm system seems to be issuing in a major change in the weather. Ever since hurricane Nicole passed through the area in early November the weather has been warmer than normal. It also hasn’t rained much since the hurricane. The forecast for the next week calls for temperature at or below normal with an elevated chance of rain on several days. All of this seems like the beginning of winter here in Florida. From previous years I know what to expect for winter in Florida. For the next month and a half it will be cool with rain days associated with the tail end of winter storms that move across the country. By February most of the storms moving across the country don’t seem to reach this far south and the temperature will start to climb again.

I spent most of my indoor time during the storms chasing various threads of information on the internet and reading. With my noise canceling earbuds in my ears and music, a podcast or video playing, I can almost ignore the sound of rain on the roof. After the storm before dark I got my exercise for the day by walking around the RV park a couple of times. I haven’t measured it, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn a single loop may be near a mile. The park has gained a few more residents as the weekend approaches. It will be interesting to see how many more people arrive for the weekend.

The RV park’s creative idea for decorating.

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