That is hot! I love the heat but also enjoy breaks from it, although I wish we would not get in the neighborhood of freezing.

Dry weather results in upper respiratory ailments for me. Humidity is my friend. We are typically wet most of the year with very short, tolerable dry periods in the fall, winter, and sometimes, spring. This year as been continually and unusually wet. December is often dry but we had 3 inches of rain over 3 very dreary days last week.

In the past, weve suffered through frightful droughts that left our state ablaze with wildfires. Very scary. As with dryness, I don’t tolerate smoke well and stayed continually ill for two months.

The climate change extremes we are experiencing are very disconcerting. The hurricane that decimated an entire resort town in Western Florida this year broke so many records. Last year’s Hurricane Irma also shattered records. We were fortunate Irma downgraded to a Cat 1 before reaching us, and that was scary enough!

I am a weather junkie. When a strong system of any sort is followed on the Weather Channel, I soak up as much information as I can. Guess my interest is a result of growing up on the water where my father had a boat business long before 24/7 weather reports. We had to remain diligent to the smallest changes in temperature, moisture, wind, even sky color. We had barometers and altimeters to gauge weather changes. I knew how to read them before I could read words. If I were young now and considering a future career, it would definitely be meteorology!

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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