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Amy Bennett Williams Essays

Southwest Florida Rain (Encore)

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Amy Bennett Williams

Southwest Florida’s recent bout of dry windy weather has left vegetation and many creek beds dry and created dangerous drought conditions for fire crews as they continue battling several wildfires still burning in the Big Cypress National Preserve.  However, a reprieve could be on the way as weather forecasters are calling for widespread showers and thunderstorms beginning next week.  In anticipation of the return of our subtropical summer rainy season, this week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams has her pondering the great variety of rainstorms in our region and how we experience them.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.