You can tell that Rainy Season has started in Southwest Florida, because you can hear it. You’ll be sitting in a building working on a report, or watching a movie in a theater, or sound asleep in bed and all of a sudden you’ll hear the rush and beat of raindrops. Rain hits the roof or the windows or the pavement and it is sometimes a soft tap-tap-tap- dappling sound. Then, sometimes it is a torrential drumming, like someone rolling their r: r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r!
Then you can hear the rain hitting the puddles that form, or the rain joining in the canals that are filling. Or as the rain swirls down storm drains or as it falls over rooflines and hits the pavement in great gushing streams.
This is the first signal that Rainy Season is here. You can hear it.