Rain, rain, go away: Weather at Miami show.

Feb 16, 2013 by Guest Writer

By Tom Serio

Be careful what you wish for, because the rain that dampened docks and caved in the MTU tent yesterday will go away and leave a cold front (well, relatively cold for South Florida) in its wake. Expect temperatures to dip into the 40s tonight.

It seemed that as crew finished their chamois chores for yesterday’s opening, there may have been a respite as blue skies peeked through. But by early afternoon, big blobs of weather began drifting across the radar and let loose, chasing most people off the docks. Yachts and vendors were generous with their cover, but it was clear the rain would stay for the remainder of the day.

The heavy rains Thursday night collected on tent tops and caused at least one display to collapse. Metal frames across the top of the MTU engine display at ramp 14 were stressed and gave way as water pooled in the plastic cover. No one was hurt in the overnight collapse, and crews were on hand early to dismantle the damage and open the booth.

The sun should be out today, so the show will go on. Don’t forget a jacket or scarf for tonight. Tomorrow should be glorious and cool with a high of 63.

Tom Serio is a freelance reporter and photographer for Triton Today.