Though the season has been devoid of tropical storm activity, summer has been particularly rainy, with most afternoons delivering a daily shower and vanquishing the sun for a few hours.
The current week brought a steadier stream of storms, however, as countless cells rolled into the coast from the Gulf of Mexico. From Monday to Wednesday, many backyard rainfall indicators noted in excess of 8 inches of precipitation. The official total from Page Field in Fort Myers recorded 5.75 inches during the same time.
The week's accumulation helped September's monthly total to exceed 12 inches of rain for most of Southwest Florida. This has placed rainfall totals ahead of most averages for both rainy season and the calendar year.
Though the wet weather is perfectly normal for summertime in muggy Florida, its consistency has impacted favored activities. High school football games have been delayed on Friday nights, little league baseball practices have been routinely postponed, and the preferred past-time of observing sunset over the Gulf has become all but impossible.
This week's stronger storms added greater inconvenience for many residents of Southwest Florida, including widespread flooding of low-lying areas like North Fort Myers, washing out of beaches and seawalls in parts of Punta Gorda, and standing water in yards and driveways throughout the region.
A healthy dose of potent Florida sunshine, combined with a few much-needed drier days, will undoubtedly clear away much of the water.
Soon enough, fickle writers will complain the weather has become too dry.
Yet, for now, the steady rainfall made quite an impact on many and will certainly not be missed.
Be sure to view the photo gallery in the above "List" for a closer look at the beauty and power of rainy season in Florida.
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