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


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 –Continue reading “Under the Shadow of the Mighty Cumulonimbus Clouds: Thoughts for a Gray, Cloudy Saturday in September”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 11, 2022, or: The Wet Season Blues, Closely Watched Packages, and Thoughts on Patriot Day


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s a nice – if hot and humid – Sunday morning here in Lithia, Florida on the second weekend of meteorological fall, or what passes for fall in the Sunshine State.[1] Because of our geographic location in the subtropics, we experience the four seasons quite differently from folks in the upperContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 11, 2022, or: The Wet Season Blues, Closely Watched Packages, and Thoughts on Patriot Day”

Tempus Fugit, or: Is It Me, or Is It Hotter Now Than It Was in 1972?


Autumn in Florida feels like summer in Florida, at least in the first month of the season – as measured in meteorological terms, anyway. Today, Friday, September 2, is a typical day in the subtropics: it’s hot, humid, and potentially stormy; the temperature is 89°F (32°C), which is five degrees off the forecast high ofContinue reading “Tempus Fugit, or: Is It Me, or Is It Hotter Now Than It Was in 1972?”

On Writing: Summer Heat, Thunderstorms, and Absent Muses


Hi, Dear Reader. I’m off to a late start with this post – a later start than I would have liked – so I apologize in advance for the lateness of this blog post. I didn’t oversleep and wake up at noon, nor did I go out to run errands or for that matter, toContinue reading “On Writing: Summer Heat, Thunderstorms, and Absent Muses”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, July 14, 2022, or: Watching Out for Amazon Packages on a Hot July Afternoon


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is midday in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, July 14, 2022 (Bastille Day in France and its Overseas Departments). It is a steamy summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 86°F (30°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 75% and the wind blowing from the north-northeastContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, July 14, 2022, or: Watching Out for Amazon Packages on a Hot July Afternoon”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 11, 2022: Another Week Begins in Lovely, Rainy Lithia


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is later morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, July 11, 2022. It is a sizzling hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 86°F (30°C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 7 MPH (11 KM/H), theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 11, 2022: Another Week Begins in Lovely, Rainy Lithia”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 3, 2022, or: What I Did on My Not-So-Exciting, Not-So-Stormy Saturday


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, July 3, 2022. It is a hot, sticky, summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 89°F (32°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the west at 11 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidity at 66%, the heat indexContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 3, 2022, or: What I Did on My Not-So-Exciting, Not-So-Stormy Saturday”

Mid-Year Day Update: Yep, the Forecast Was Right…Looks Like Those Boomers are Building Up!


Good afternoon, Dear Reader. It is now just past 2 PM Eastern in Lithia, Florida on a hot, humid summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 90°F (32°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 64% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 5 MPH (9 KM/H), the heat index isContinue reading “Mid-Year Day Update: Yep, the Forecast Was Right…Looks Like Those Boomers are Building Up!”

Tempus Fugit, or: Thoughts About the Passage of Time on Midyear Day 2022


Hi, there. As I begin this, my 920th post on WordPress, it is midmorning in Lithia, Florida, on July 2, 2022. It is a warm summer day in the Tampa Bay area. At 7:10 AM Eastern, the temperature is 75°F (24°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 94% and a becalmed wind, the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Tempus Fugit, or: Thoughts About the Passage of Time on Midyear Day 2022”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 1, 2022, or: What? A New Month Started Today?


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midafternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, July 1, 2022. It is a hot, cloudy, and typically humid and rainy day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 90°F (32°C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 9 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidityContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 1, 2022, or: What? A New Month Started Today?”