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    Weather question for anyone living in Orlando area

    I'm heading down to WDW from Sept 1 - 8 and I'm reading there are isolated thunderstorms from today all the way to next Saturday. Is it as bad as Weather.com is making it seem or is it sporadic raining?

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    Re: Weather question for anyone living in Orlando area

    While Im'm not from Orlando, we have a chance of isolated or scattered thunderstorms everyday in Eastern Carolina. What this means is that there is chance for showers somewhere in the county everyday. It may not rain where we live, but there can be an hour-long thunderstorm five miles away. At WDW, it might be pouring for 90 minutes in the MK, but Epcot stays dry. It isn't anything about. Put a poncho in your backpack or fanny pack and go have fun.

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    Re: Weather question for anyone living in Orlando area

    Quote Originally Posted by NC_WDW_Daddy View Post
    While Im'm not from Orlando, we have a chance of isolated or scattered thunderstorms everyday in Eastern Carolina. What this means is that there is chance for showers somewhere in the county everyday. It may not rain where we live, but there can be an hour-long thunderstorm five miles away. At WDW, it might be pouring for 90 minutes in the MK, but Epcot stays dry. It isn't anything about. Put a poncho in your backpack or fanny pack and go have fun.

    Thanks for the response NC_WDW_Daddy. I hear what you're saying. The weather people can't be trusted. I know that up here in NJ if they say rain they mean sunny skies. I just wanted to make sure that this was the case all over.

    Got my ponchos packed and ready to handle any weather... except thunderstorms. My concern is that thunder and lightening are going to keep us inside. Not much fun for little Harpo.

    Thanks again for the response.






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    Re: Weather question for anyone living in Orlando area

    We live about 1 1/2 hours from WDW. Summer in Florida is famous for its late afternoon downpours/thunderstorms. Weather channel is probably pretty accurate in this. We get thunderstorms practically every day June - September afternoons. Just pack your ponchos and head out to the parks, the thunderstorms usually only last an hour or so.

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    Re: Weather question for anyone living in Orlando area

    We've learned on our various trips that thunderstorms just means pack something in a bag just in case you get stuck in the rain. And even then it always (for us even) seems to start late on in the afternoon or evening, even when predicted to be thunderstorms all day.

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    bleh don't like the idea of thunderstorms but sure we had rain the last time and we got through it in fact we danced through it so i'm sure we'll get through it this time as well if we get any!


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    Re: Weather question for anyone living in Orlando area

    The last time I went during rain season was in Sept. 2007 and it did indeed rain just about every afternoon. If it rains it's not the end of the world considering that most attractions are inside anyway. For me rain is always welcome when the temps are in the 90's everyday.

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    Re: Weather question for anyone living in Orlando area

    Quote Originally Posted by Flrancho View Post
    We live about 1 1/2 hours from WDW. Summer in Florida is famous for its late afternoon downpours/thunderstorms. Weather channel is probably pretty accurate in this. We get thunderstorms practically every day June - September afternoons. Just pack your ponchos and head out to the parks, the thunderstorms usually only last an hour or so.
    see that is what i always know for FLA... it literally will pour 15-20 minutes everyday... and it is weird... it will be sunny... then you will see a dark cloud roll in... it will pour... then you will see the sun again... the rain stops... and it is just as beautiful as it was before again... all in 20 min...
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    Re: Weather question for anyone living in Orlando area

    Quote Originally Posted by Flrancho View Post
    We live about 1 1/2 hours from WDW. Summer in Florida is famous for its late afternoon downpours/thunderstorms. Weather channel is probably pretty accurate in this. We get thunderstorms practically every day June - September afternoons. Just pack your ponchos and head out to the parks, the thunderstorms usually only last an hour or so.
    Thanks Flrancho. After reading your post, and the responses to it, I feel a little better about the rain. I do remember being there one year and it rained just like one of the other posts described. Sunny day, dark cloud, lots of rain, sunny day. Actually, it sounds like Hawaii.

    So BRING IT ON RAIN GODS!






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    Re: Weather question for anyone living in Orlando area

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    I'm heading down to WDW from Sept 1 - 8 and I'm reading there are isolated thunderstorms from today all the way to next Saturday. Is it as bad as Weather.com is making it seem or is it sporadic raining?
    Hopefully this isn't getting to you too late to be of any use, but - the weather the past week or so has been a bit rainier than normal. Instead of sporadic afternoon thunderstorms that rage for 10 minutes or so then disappear without a trace - even a wet sidewalk - 10 minutes later, we've been getting late afternoon rain with no thunder and lightening that goes on for a couple of hours, at least out at the coast.

    However, local weather has been reporting for the past few days that starting today (Monday 30 August) and continuing through at least the end of the week, we are going to have lower than normal rain chances due to the expected path of Earl. (Tropical systems evidently tend to **** up all the moisture in their vicinity, so a near miss actually leads to improved weather).

    Be aware that there's another system lurking behind Earl. It hasn't been classified as tropical depression yet, which means they're not projecting it's track or anything, but that classification is supposedly imminent. If it does become a TD, TS, or hurricane, and it's track takes it to FL, it will probably be here before you leave on 8 September - so it bears watching.

    Also depending on how you're getting here, keep an eye on Earl. Landfall anywhere from NC up into the northeast is well within the cone of uncertainty right now, and it's a major storm, so there will be evacuations and that will lead to traffic.

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    Rain is just part of the Disney experience!


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    Re: Weather question for anyone living in Orlando area

    when i went people were actually hiding from the rain... at Blizzard Beach...! how ridiculous is that... your already getting wet arent you...?
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