Here's what I mean. You may have heard or read something about a tropical weather system that caused some real damage in the Caribbean last week. Lots and lots of rain. Supposedly it was heading Florida's way, which turned out to be true. And supposedly it was bringing us lots and lots of rain. Which turned out to be more or less true for some, not true at all for others. Others, like me.
We get more rain in Dania Beach on a typical summer afternoon than we had from that tropical system. Other local communities had some flooding, mostly to my south in Miami-Dade County. And that's exactly my point. Our weather can differ dramatically in a short distance. It's common for me in the evening to call my girlfriend, Gwen, only to hear about the big thunderstorm she managed to dodge. And for me to respond, "What thunderstorm? It's been dry at my place all day." She lives about 16 miles from me. When I first moved to Greater Fort Lauderdale, I lived in Plantation. Many days, I would leave my apartment with an open umbrella, drive through the rain - and see downtown Fort Lauderdale directly ahead of me under a blue sky. I've actually stood on one side of a residential street where it was dry, looking at lawns across the road where it was pouring. See what I'm saying? Local weather for sure. So if you call a friend in Pompano Beach who tells you it's raining, don't assume your vacation resort in Hollywood has experienced anything other than perfect conditions. That's how it is in South Florida. Special, like I said. And okay, sure, some folks might characterize our weather with another word ... something like "wacky" perhaps. But I think "special" sounds nicer.