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Re: weather

Yep. We're in a dead zone, also, Auralie. There was no shortage of tropical depressions this year--but for the most part if they weren't pummeling Mexico they were way out in the Atlantic on a course to attack Iceland or Scotland. Our average annual rainfall is about 42 inches with Jul-Aug-Sep supplying about half of that. This year we probably got less than 5 inches during that period of time.

I think the problem with forecasting is largely a failure to predict the El Nino-La Nina swings, since those produce quite predictable patterns over the NA continent, but it always seems a surprise when one yields to the other.

On Oct 15, 2007, at 9:40 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

Why we don't trust weather forecasters.  Earlier this past summer we
were told that this would be a massive hurricane season.  17 storms
were predicted. At some point during the summer - around July, I think, the prediction was reduced to 14 since at that time there were no tropical depressions in the Atlantic. Here we are nearing the end of the hurricane
season and where are they?  This is the time of the year when, even in
drought years, we  expect the hurricane season to bring us some
relief, but so far this year nothing.  We had nearly two inches of rain
last week - the first since late July - but that's not enough to do much
good.  I check the National Hurricane site every day, and there are no
tropical depressions in the  Atlantic, Caribbean, or Gulf of Mexico.
I need rain!

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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