Appreciating sunshowers

South Florida is known for its unpredictable weather. If it’s raining in the morning, give it a couple of hours, and it’ll be hot, muggy and sunny again. While we sometimes associate the rainy days with gloominess, here in South Florida, we see a meteorological phenomenon that allows us to appreciate the rainy days in a different way. 


Sunshowers are a meteorological phenomenon where rain falls while the sun is shining because accompanying rainstorm winds, sometimes miles away, blow airborne raindrops into an area where there are no clouds. While they often occur more in the summer and spring months, given South Florida’s uncertain weather, we’ve been seeing a lot more sun showers — even in the fall. 


Sunshowers are great because they give us a different outlook on rainy days. On regular rainy days, we may find ourselves more inclined to stay home and get less done. Perhaps, we may even find ourselves napping the day away. Yet, on sunny, rainy days, we can view the rain a bit less disruptive and intimidating and get outside. Perhaps, we may find ourselves dancing in the rain, or at least, running errands and getting stuff done. 


Some people don’t like the rain, regardless of their being clouds blocking the sun or not, but in some places, deserts, where there hasn’t been rain in days, a sunshower would most definitely be appreciated and wished for. It’s all a matter of perspective, but let‘s not forget to be grateful for what we have, including our spot-in-the-world’s weird weather. 


While in different cultures, sunshowers are signs of many different things, like foxes getting married in Asian cultures and monkeys having a wedding in South Africa cultures, to me, sunshowers are a sign to keep your head up and enjoy the day, even if there is a little rain.  

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