Under the Shadow of the Mighty Cumulonimbus Clouds: Thoughts for a Gray, Cloudy Saturday in September


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Another weekend; another hot, humid, and potentially rainy day in Lithia, Florida.

It is, of course, still early in meteorological fall – traditional autumn doesn’t start until Friday, September 22 – and I live in the subtropics, so of course, it feels like summer here still.

Sure, the temperatures – the official ones, anyway – are starting to drop. As I began writing this post, the temperature here in Fish Hawk was 83˚F/28˚C under cloudy skies. Sounds nice, right?

Still, with a land breeze and high (80%) humidity, it feels like 93˚F/33˚C outside. And while that heat index is far better than the low 100s/the high 30s we experienced in August, it’s still too hot for my taste.

And since conditions are conducive for the creation of cumulonimbus clouds, the forecast for my little corner of the world calls for thunderstorms to pass through the area this afternoon.

So, basically, today is shaping up to be like yesterday, which was like the day before – sunny and hot in the morning, clouding up between noon and 2 PM, then rain showers and thunderstorms between 3 PM and 7 PM.

The view from our family room sliding glass door.

Yesterday, for instance, a boomer was overhead at 6:30 PM around the same time that I was online ordering a Bloomin’ Burger, Aussie Fries, and a Bloomin’ Onion from the nearby Outback Steakhouse. Luckily, I was able to complete my order before the lightning strikes and heavy rain began, but the poor Doordash driver got soaked making the dash from her car to the front door.

It’s a good thing that I like to read because I don’t use any plugged-to-wall socket electronics when thunderstorms are in the area. And it’s another good thing that the squall line that spawned the thunderstorm in question moved out of the Fish Hawk area quickly, leaving me to enjoy my delicious (but expensive) meal[1] and watch the extra features on my Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Blu-ray (the one from the 2022 six-movie box set that I recently received from Amazon).

Since today is the 78th anniversary of the start of Operation Market-Garden – a daring but badly-planned effort by the Allies to capture a bridge over the Lower Rhine River in Nazi-occupied Holland during the campaign in Northwest Europe, I might watch A Bridge Too Far later on the big TV out in the family room. The Caregiver is not here – she hardly ever is these days – so I don’t have anyone to compete with to watch stuff out here – I am writing this on my laptop in the kitchenette rather than in my room – and I can watch Richard Attenborough’s 1977 adaptation of Cornelius Ryan’s eponymous 1974 non-fiction book on the TV with a big screen and home theater sound system.

I would do that now, but the movie is a bit over three hours long and the skies are getting darker outside, so I will wait until the storms go away in the early evening hours.  

There isn’t much else to tell; as I said, my ex-girlfriend is over at her new boyfriend’s house, which means she won’t be around at dinner time tonight, either. I still have most of my Bloomin’ Onion, plus the complimentary bread and pat of butter Outback Steakhouse includes with every order, so I won’t go hungry later.

And on that note, Dear Reader, I’ll close this post now. It’s getting darker by the minute as I write this, which means that rain showers and thunderstorms are on my “BINGO card” for today. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the less rainy side of things.


[1] Even with a $5 Diner Rewards points-based discount, last night’s dinner cost $30.77, including the delivery charge, tip, and Florida sales tax.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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