01 March 2013

How Do Da Weather Know?

It takes all kinds of fruits and nuts to make a good salad, right?
Some like cold weather. (I think they're NUTS, but tolerate them for the sake of entertainment.)
Our decision to Winter in Destin came because the Florida panhandle DOES experience a change of seasons. Last night for instance, the temperature there dropped into the mid-30's. If the wind is blowing as it normally does when temps drop that low, you had better have a warm jacket handy.
And then there's the rain. It has rained a LOT the past month. The poor GoldWing has been sitting in the parking lot like some poor critter trying to find shelter, and there ain't none to be found. Mist off the Gulf is full of salt, which is taking its toll on all the chrome pieces. I haven't had much ability to knock the chrome monster down because of all the rain. I'm resigned to the fact that the poor bike will maybe need some "Kentucky chrome" added to those parts that are now brownish-orange.

Of course we watch the weather a lot, both to see IF tomorrow will be good for riding, and to see what the weather is doing elsewhere.
We've been surprised at how mild the Winter has been so far back home in the Midwest. But "mild" still means it normally is at least 20 degrees colder at home than in Destin. Cold is what I wanted to avoid.
I'll take the rain, providing it stays warmer than back home.

We came home last week to check on our house, grab the mail, renew license tags, and run errands.
We're headed back South tomorrow, provided I get the oil and filter changed in the Ram/Cummins Diesel. We've been watching the Destin weather since we got here... It's been sunny and mid 60's there every day.
Here at home? Clouds. Rain. SNOW! Down to 32 or less most every evening.
How do it know?

The panhandle forecast for our return looks like two-wheeling weather so far.
Let's see if that changes once we are back in residence overlooking the emerald waters.


Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Not much snow this year, but pretty cold. Not much rain either. 28-degrees last night. But I'm strange; I actually LIKE it cold.


Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I'm one of those strange persons who likes it cold. It was 28-degrees last night. NICE.


Old NFO said...

Sorry to hear about the bike/rust, but that IS a reality down there... Travel safe Sir!

Scotty said...

Ya didn't go far enough south. Here in Palm Bay it's been dry and certainly a LOT warmer than you!

I'm one of those Floridians that you see wearing a sweater when it's 65 degrees!

lotta joy said...

After living through snowstorms, ice storms, etc., I've been in FLorida for two years and refused to leave the house today because it was SIXTY degrees and I was freezing. We used to make fun of these people back when we merely visited, like you.

Scotty said...

I came to that same conclusion, lotta. Two years seems to be the turning point as to at what temperatures the sweaters come out.