DOVER, Fla. - We all know the blue skies don't last long in the summer here in Florida.
And this summer's stream of storms have pumped over 100% of normal rainfall into local lakes and they have also recharged the aquifers and helped to substantially replenish our sensitive water supply.
But after you start looking around the yard, you realize this is maybe too much of a good thing.
From the standing water in plants and fountains that provide excellent bug breeding, to the yard itself -- with all the chemicals that you've paid for to keep it green that just run off into the nearest storm drain or pond.
And that rise in lake levels may be swell for a backyard view, but if you've got a pool, you've got to keep it drained, or else you've got waterfront property right at your patio.
And then there's the plants. Many varieties growing like crazy, but not necessarily blooming, because a lot of the nutrients have washed away.
"This is from all the rain we've been receiving," said farmer Chris McGuire, pointing to a plant that obviously won't be bearing any fruit this season.
Backyard Food Solutions delivers fresh produce from Chris' hydroponic farm to customers in the Valrico and Fishhawk areas, but since his stacks have been so saturated this summer, he's had to deal with a deluge of growing pains.
"This is root rot," he explained, holding a clump of dirt and mush. "Where the amount of moisture causes the root to rot and the plant to die."
Then he told me about another rain-driven bane, downy mildew.
"That's from all the rain we've been receiving. We don't spray our plants, we don't put a fungicide down, and so this is something we have to deal with."
We'll all have to deal with it. Draining and dumping the standing stuff, because even though Labor Day sort of signals the end of summer, its officially around through September 22.
Of course, here, the rainy season lasts a lot longer.
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A cool front is headed our way with a few showers, but temperatures stay above normal.