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Rainy and Raw

interstate_10_florida_mapThis is the first time in twenty-five years of living in Florida, that I heard the local media describe the weather as rainy and raw.

It’s also the first time I heard about authorities closing 100 miles of Interstate 10 in north Florida due to a winter storm. I imagine they don’t have the snow and ice removal vehicles that the north uses.

I’ve also heard that Atlanta is practically shut down.

I don’t live anywhere near Interstate 10 or Atlanta. Today, I’m content to live where it’s rainy and raw. It dropped twenty degrees from yesterday. I know you northerners probably don’t want to hear this, but the temperature drop is fine with me, because it’ll be beach weather again by the weekend. Not that I spend time at the water’s edge with the sand and sun, because I’m not on vacation.

Nature is fascinating. It does what it wants to do when it wants to do it, and we have to buckle-in for the ride.

As I mentioned in my vortex blog, I grew up in Chicago enduring the frigid temps the north is experiencing now. Twenty-five years ago, my husband and I were relieved to escape those brutal winters. Funny thing happened, once we moved, the winters got milder up there.

Now, nature has taken another reverse step, and the earth’s temperature hasn’t risen in fifteen years. Guess I’m finally in the right place at the right time.

The day it snows in my neck of the woods, I’ll be convinced the apocalypse is drawing near.

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26 thoughts on “Rainy and Raw”

  1. I live in Minnesota, and I have family in Florida and North Carolina, so I know this winter has been crazy everywhere. While it’s all relative, and I would love some of the weather my sister in Tavares complains about, it’s been a rough one all around. I managed to plan a vacation to Florida right as the Polar Vortex hit (just my luck!), and my sister’s furnace conked out. Even 30s feels pretty miserable when you can’t heat your house. Here’s hoping for an early Spring all across the country!

    Happy writing!

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    1. Hi Erica. Oh boy, Minnesota. You’re getting it bad this year. Sounds like the vortex got in your way down here in Florida too. It definitely wasn’t beach weather when you visited. Hope you found a way to stay warm with that heater going out.

      Hey, I may be looking for an editor some time in the first half of this year. I’ll be keeping you in mind (if you’re taking on new clients). Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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      1. A furnace guy finally made it out there around 8:30 that night. Apparently there were a lot of broken furnaces. At least we had heat for sleeping!

        Yes, I am taking on new clients. Just get in touch when you’re getting close and we can see what my calendar looks like!

        Thanks!

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  2. My nephew and niece live in Atlanta and ended up walking home that crazy night for ten miles. My niece’s car was caught in the traffic jam for hours and when her husband went to rescue her, his car died. I know what you mean about buckling in for that ride when nature does her thing.

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  3. I know how much you love any reprieve from the heat and humidity, so I’m glad the rain wasn’t much of a bother to you! I wouldn’t mind a little rain here, except I’m pretty sure it would just freeze over and cause more winter problems!

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    1. Two days of rain and clouds with 50 degree temps is unusual in the sunshine state, at least in central Florida. Seems like the sunshine is returning in many places for the weekend. Have a good one, Terri.

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  4. Even in Colorado, where we expect cold temps and snow, this year is an exceptionally hard time. But recently we were in Athens, GA (very near Atlanta) during the freeze and frost, and at night it felt even colder than in Colorado because of the humidity. I can’t imagine how the Atlanta area is dealing with the freezes. Something is happening this year that we’ll be theorizing for a long time.

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    1. I’m familiar with Athens (have a friend there), and boy, this weather is really crazy with it being that cold there. This winter is certainly a doozy. Thanks for coming over to my blog and commenting, Marylin.

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  5. One of my cousins lives in Atlanta, and she was stranded on the road. She walked a ways to find shelter in a church and spent the night there. We’re not in as much control of the world as we’d like to think!

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  6. Rainy and raw, indeed. More of the same tomorrow, I believe. My parents are hunkered down in NC, cuddling in front of their wood burning stove.

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    1. I’m loving this weather. It’s a nice change, and we always have those 70 degrees to look forward to in a couple of days.

      Sounds like your parents are staying safe and warm.

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    1. Nature surely can be a bear. The weather here looks like a day in the northwest, dreary, rainy, damp and chilly. Since it’s such a rarity, it’s quite welcome for a change.

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  7. Yes, it is snowmageddon here in Atlanta! Several of my coworkers had to camp out at work overnight because they couldn’t get home. I’m just thankful I didn’t have to be out in the mess! Due to Atlanta’s sprawl, telecommuting really should be implemented more when possible here.

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    1. Crazy mess, there, eh Joy? I’m not sure I understand the details. Is it snow? Ice? Both? How many inches? So glad you’re able to telecommute. Stay safe.

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      1. It was only 2 to 3 inches of snow but it doesn’t take much for Atlanta to completely shut down. The main problem was that the day before the snow, it was about 60 degrees, so the ground was still very warm when the snow started falling. That created a sheet of ice on all of the roads. While we only have an event like this once every few years, it does highlight the consequences of Atlanta’s car-dependent culture and suburban sprawl.

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        1. Oooh, ice. Bad. Good thing it doesn’t happen often. I’m thinking Atlanta usually has pretty mild winters. I think I’d prefer there to hear, although I’ve heard summers are horrifically hot, which is what I want to escape from here. Thanks for sharing more about it.

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  8. After seeing what those poor folks in Atlanta are facing since yesterday, I decided I better quit complaining about my own weather. Nothing like having kids stuck in buses on the interstate overnight to put things in perspective!

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