I had taken it for granted that winter is the rainy season, even though i should have known better. It always surprises me when i travel and encounter rainy summer weather. Cliff Mass explains why we get rain in the winter, Montana in the late spring, and New Mexico in the late summer here: http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2012/06/seasonal-precipitaton-surprises.html
We have two rainy seasons: April to May and mid-September through October. Precipitation in November to March generally comes as snow. June through mid-September is generally dry.
I’m in West-Central Wisconsin, USA and we have a Summer rainy season. Although somehow it feels like spring is rainier, when I actually check the weather service data, our greatest average precipitation is summer—go figure.
@anelson I saw the title of this post in the Latest Activity screen and knew you were referencing Cliff Mass lol
I too am from Wisconsin and we never know, in fact we have a saying here… “If you dont like the weather, wait 5 mins. It will change!”
rule of thumb. if i have the day off work its going to rain, otherwise its nice and sunny. lol
I’m from the northern tropics of Australia, but I live in a dry tropics zone. That means we get a very short but very intense wet season over the Summer. It usually only lasts for around two or three months, then the rest of the year is pretty darn dry. Our dry season can last for anything up to nine months of the year. Rain is not a common everyday occurrence in my part of the world.
We get most of our rain here in South Florida (zone 10B) in the summer and mainly in the afternoons or overnight. Also, other times of the year, on weekends when you want to work out in the garden or go kayaking!
Feels like all the time but never when you really need it. It never rains on the one day I work!
Spring, August, and Winter. Every other day, and mostly when you want to go for a hike.
We are fairly gray in our area and people here are prone to SAD – seasonal affective disorder.
I live in Dallas, Tx. Weather here has been getting hotter and more dry year by year. April thru June is warm, drenching rains. Then almost nothing until October when it starts cooling down, with freezing rain and ice. Sometimes we get snow, and that is a HUGE 2 day event (one day prepping, the next day hoping).
Fhaith, I can relate to the “mostly when you want to go for a hike” aspect of the rain, but the SAD part of it is hard to hear. Although I guess there can sometimes be something comforting in an overcast or rainy day.
One of the main things I love about South Florida is that unlike your area’s fairly gray skies, I’ve always felt like our sky has a special brightness quality that almost makes it hard to be down if you just go outside and sit in the sun (or shade if it’s too hot). Now if you go sit out by the bay, I’m convinced it is impossible to feel blue, maybe even if it’s raining.
As much as we love our sunshine, the rain can be a welcome change, especially because our gardens and landscaping respond so well to it, but if you want to watch a movie- there’s nothing like a rainy day to do so.
Well, the peonies are about to be in full bloom so… we should be due heavy rains any day now!
@Loratika I spent a lot of summers in Florida visiting my mom during the summers. I love Florida… especially the Gulf Coast. My favorite beach is Venice Beach. I am a water/sun baby at heart.
@Fhaith- So you know what I mean. I’m a water/sun baby too. Luckily, it may be sunny and bright one minute, a half an hour later raining like crazy, then a half hour later sunny again. Making both our plants & us water/sun babies happy!
Here in Maine, it’s Spring April/May but 2 out of the past 4 years have also given us very rainy Junes.
I’m in the SF Bay area, just south of San Jose, and our rainy season is over. No rain now until the end of September/beginning of October. Not much humidity either.
I’m originally from Southern Ohio, where we get rain all summer long, off and on. I miss my Ohio storms!