• Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis genera). Boca Raton, FL, October 3, 2014.

    Monthly inventory

    By / October 30, 2014

    October is a month of transition here in south Florida. The wet days of the rainy season start to taper off, giving way to the first few cooling breaths of our short-lived autumn, eventually to be followed by the drier and steadier days of our wintertime dry season (which usually arrives around November). That doesn’t… Read more

  • Tropical Storm Isaac: warm and wet, but not bad. At least here.

    By / August 26, 2012

    All week long I’ve been watching the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, waiting, holding my breath, hoping that I wouldn’t have to put up shutters at two houses. And today, at long last, the track is clearly going elsewhere. This morning was actually so nice (at least, it was nice until the tornado watch was… Read more

  • October 11, 2011 Full moon

    Hunter’s Moon 2011

    By / October 13, 2011

    October’s full moon this year, the Hunter’s moon, occurred at 10:06 p.m. EDT, about 9 hours before it reached apogee (Oct 12 7:44 a.m. EDT, distance 406 434 km). Local conditions here in south Florida were a bit of a challenge; I had to set up under clouds and hope for a break in the… Read more

  • landbreeze-seabreeze

    It’s all a plot…

    By / October 10, 2011

    Every now and then I take a look at the data in my weather center to see how things are going. Have we gotten a lot of rain this year, or a little? Has the weather finally cooled off? One thing I hadn’t done before is just look at the overnight data and see what… Read more

  • International Observe the Moon Night — except here in south Florida

    By / October 8, 2011

    I take full responsibility for our area being unable to participate in today’s International Observe the Moon Night. I had been trying to set up my battery-powered telescope mount for last month’s full moon when I discovered that my battery would no longer hold a charge. So I scoured the Internet for plans, found lots… Read more

  • Fallen tree, crown. Boca Raton, FL, June 30, 2011

    And this was a small storm…

    By / July 1, 2011

    I’d been complaining about the lack of rain at our house recently, while the rest of the state, it seemed, was getting their fair share. Well, yesterday we got our fair share. 1.65 inches of rain according to my weather station, and wind gusts of 50 mph. That’s not too bad, you say? Well, my… Read more

  • Is it really here?

    By / November 5, 2010

    What a difference from Monday to Friday: Temperature: 69°F Relative Humidity: 47% Heat index: 67°F More rain in the 2 days preceding this cold front than we got in all of October, and now the weather’s turned beautiful. Looks like autumn has finally come a’knockin’!

  • November 1 update

    By / November 1, 2010

    Temperature: 87°F Relative humidity: 67% Heat index: 95ºF. Feels like summer, but we only got .34 inches of rain in October. By the thermometer, it’s the wet season. By the rain gauge, it’s the dry season. Which one is right? Or, more to the point, when will autumn begin?

  • Weather station humor

    By / April 18, 2010

    According to my Vantage Vue weather station, It’s raining cats n dogs Pretty technical lingo, huh? Here’s the radar picture that accompanies it: I guess Davis Instruments has a sense of fun, in addition to making some really cool gadgets…

  • The in-ixorable march of progress

    By / February 24, 2010

    People often wonder how they can help reduce their consumption of resources. Whether this question arises out of a laudable desire to help conserve our planet, or an equally laudable desire to help conserve one’s financial capital, the answer, at least sometimes, is to go native. This January, for example, we got a good lesson… Read more

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