Monday, November 09, 2009

This is the Sunshine State?

Nope, this is not a black and white image. It's just a mighty gray day in Florida, the state that's much better known for its clear blue skies, blazing hot sun and sandy beaches. This shot was taken at 2:30pm as the winds kicked up and a storm sky moved in. I can just imagine what every tourist arriving on this flight is thinking at this very moment, just as the cheery flight attendant welcomes them to Tampa International Airport... Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Tampa. It's not as warm as your travel agent promised, and there is a chance it will rain all day. Winds are increasing and you may feel the affects of Tropical Storm Ida which is moving into the state in the morning. Put away your tanning lotion, put on a light wind breaker and enjoy your stay.

As all of us who live in Florida know very well, the bright blue sky will reappear before your very eyes. Just wave your magic wand and toss a bit of fairy dust. Abracadabra, it's the Sunshine State again.

7 comments:

Jacob said...

I like this one a lot. It captures very well the weather we're having up here, too. A few minutes ago, it began to drizzle a bit and is supposed to increase, rain through the night and all of tomorrow.

We need the wet, though, so I shall not complain.

You shouldn't either because it allowed you to get this fine photo!

Paula said...

We're in the midst of it, TS Ida is supposed to come ashore tonight just to the west of us, somewhere near Mobile. Tomorrow morning comes the clean-up.

James said...

I heard somewhere that of all the states Florida and Hawaii get the most rain. I can believe that for Hawaii but I wonder if it's true about Florida.

Don and Krise said...

I'm going to have to check online to see if I can find some of that fairy dust to use here. It's been pretty gray here lately. I think you've got a better chance of it working down there though.

Frank said...

@ Paula - How are you post landfall? It looked like quite a bit of rain and some 4--50 mph winds...any damage or just a wet mess? (Nothing will ever top Hurricane Ivan where I personally saw the horrible destruction along Alabama and Florida...I didn't think the area would ever recover.)


@ James - I don't know if Florida gets the most rainfall but I do know that we are a lightning magnet...incredible strikes. The last few years have been way too dry and our underground aquifers are not being replenished with needed rain. We are dry!!

Lois said...

Nice shot Frank and it looks like you could have taken that same picture here yesterday. Today it's the same except it is raining more and we have a flood watch. We need the rain, but I'm hoping we don't get any wind.

Lois said...

Thanks for the link Frank--that is interesting. I found this link http://bigelowsociety.com/rod/jacob6.htm on the Bigelow Society website about Jacob Bigelow. I'm still trying to decipher info from my genealogy book. Since it is so old, not to mention the pages are starting to get brittle, it is a little hard to use.