In 1886, the phrase, "April showers bring May flowers," was born in the United Kingdom. (Actually, it was a longer phrase but you may remember it as I do, and it is close enough.)
In the northeastern United States--Poughkeepsie, New York to be exact--there was truth to the phrase. The jet stream, meandering air current, has a lot to do with the showers and the blooming in different areas of the United States. What was true in Poughkeepsie is not necessarily so on Anna Maria Island or nearby, or elsewhere in Florida, or even much of the southeastern U.S.
Here, April has not been a rain-filled month. The flowers are blooming, as they so often are, and it is not quite May. The weather has been glorious, maybe the best winter and early spring I can remember in twenty years--temperatures not topping 80 degrees, and breezes that soothe like a long shadow in the late afternoon.
The author of this post is Tom Aposporos, a licensed real estate broker in both Florida and New York. In a business career of more than four decades, he also served as mayor of his home city, a commissioner in his adopted island city, and chaired a publicly-owned bank through a period of financial recovery. These experiences have enhanced his knowledge and have brought additional dimension to his real estate career.