I’ve seen Illuminations and Wishes in the rain.
However, I have also seen all evening shows cancelled because of major thunderstorms that just would not let up.
What is being forecast for next week is a quick cold front moving through from the north to be followed by plenty of clear days.
Get some ponchos or umbrellas and have extra dry socks and shoes ready, just in case.
This is December and temperatures can swing wildly between night and day, especially if it is clear overnight, which allows for extreme cooling until the sun warms everything up the next afternoon.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the predictions 10 days out are very tentative and will change as the picture refines and you are three days from any given day in the future.
From what it looks like, they are now predicting the front to move through late Tuesday (which is when we’re doing the Christmas party, maybe we should have chosen Sunday instead) and the front will then continue south and then move back up north by Thursday. It is entirely possible that Wednesday and Thursday will be on the nasty side, but things will be clearing by Friday. Beyond that, it is too early to tell. I really can’t anticipate 5 straight days of rain in December.
As for weather patterns themselves, this isn’t summer, so all rain is from cold fronts moving through. And cold fronts affect things on a nationwide scale. The difference is once we get to late fall and winter, those cold fronts have enough energy in back of them to push all the way down into the Gulf and down the peninsula, unlike summer.
So, what is bringing rain to Florida usually has already caused extreme cold and snows across the west, midwest and deep south.