In previous posts, I have told you about the rain that seems to follow us everywhere we go: Kansas City, St. Louis, New Orleans, Mobile, and now, southern Florida. If you follow the weather, most of Florida has been very dry for the last year or more and is classified as in some level of drought ( http://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu ). Fortunately, this does not include the Miami / South-Eastern Coast. Unfortunately, we brought them rain.
About June 5, the rain started. We are used to this southern Florida weather; sunny one minute, 2 minutes of rain, sun back out with humidity about 97%……repeat every afternoon….. this rain just seemed “normal”.
When we returned from snorkeling, we moved to a different RV site, back in the back of Markham Park nearer the Gun Range, a site with shade. We had a variety of Umbrella trees, Sea Grapes, Live Oak, and Palms growing around our site and had nice afternoon shade. As the rain continued, these trees dropped lots of debris onto the roof, along with ants. The sandy soil around the site became a watery mess. The rain continued, constantly for several days; we ended up with over 12″ of rain in my old gauge in 6 days.
The water rose all around us in the park. The park was closed to everyone, except campers. We spoke to the park staff about moving to a site without trees and with pavement, but they were all “full” although no new campers moved in during the deluge. The roads to the campground were underwater, the canal behind the campgrounds and the lakes rose out of their banks. I expected to see alligators at the RV site as the water rose. Nearby shopping centers were closed as the water overflowed the drains and filled the parking lots. Manufactured home communities became islands at each site. It was a mess.
Finally after almost a week, the rain stopped, the clouds became lighter, and the humidity, well it is Southern Florida, so it became even more unbearable. But the water did not subside for another week. We continued to drive through water to get to the coach, wade through water to go to the store, and dry off the dogs every time they went out. By the way, there is nothing like that wet dog smell to make an RV feel like home!