Wet Season

The wet coincides with the Atlantic hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30. I have a rain gauge that goes up to 5 inches, and I empty the thing after a rain. It usually overflows once or twice in the wet season. I need to add, though, the rain is not really all that bad.  It is a warm rain and, when it comes in the afternoon, it cools things down for the evening. Temperatures are usually in the 90s F during the day and in the 70s F at night. Rain will drop the daytime temperatures about 10 degrees.

You do need to worry about flooding:

  • Street flooding is sometimes a problem. The very heavy downpours also impede visibility when driving. It’s best not to be driving in these conditions– just wait. Heavy rains seldom last over an hour, most last less than a half hour. If you’re at home or inside someplace else, stay there. If you’re in your car, get to a parking lot, or close to the top of a hill to wait it out. Low spots will flood and you will get wet. 
  • Do not drive through flooded streets.  It is possible that the street has washed out. Even if it hasn’t, it might be deep enough to flood your engine. Go around the flood. It isn’t worth it.

When localized flooding occurs, the water will subside fairly quickly as soon as the rain stops.  The sandy soils near the coast do not hold water well and will dry out…  sometimes more quickly than you’d like if you are growing plants or nursing a yard along.