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A student is seen biking through the Plaza of the Americas during the rainy morning of Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

‘Rainesville’: Overused pun or a real weather pattern? Experts say ‘a little bit of both’

Anyone who stays in Gainesville for more than a few days will probably see rain. Anyone who stays in Gainesville a few minutes after that rain starts will inevitably hear someone call the city “Rainesville.” UF students often believe — perhaps due to the inescapability of the “Rainesville” pun — that its frequent showers make Gainesville wetter than other Florida cities. But though Gainesville does rain often, it doesn’t stand out in Florida, which is a rainy state in general, said UF geography professor Esther Mullens.

Tenders, one of UF’s campus cats, gazes upward as she sits on a table in the Tolbert Area.

Beloved UF cat Tenders returns home after brief campus ‘cat-napping’

Tenders, the famed brown and white tabby who takes shelter at the UF Tolbert Area, returned home safe after being found four miles away at Cabana Bay apartments Thursday.  At 1:56 p.m. Thursday, she was retrieved by Emma Van Riper, a 21-year-old UF political science junior; Eden Kershner, a 20-year-old UF materials science and engineering sophomore; and Dr. Tina Tallon, a UF College of the Arts professor. 

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