November rainfall was scarce in South Florida, particularly in western areas. (Credit: NWS-Miami)
It was the driest November on record in Naples, the National Weather Service said, the second-driest in Immokalee in Collier County and the second-driest in Canal Point on the shores of Lake Okeechobee in Palm Beach County.
“No measurable precipitation has fallen at Naples Municipal since October 6th, a streak of 59 days,” the NWS-Miami said in a report issued Monday. “Other locations which didn’t receive any measureable precipitation in November include LaBelle and South Bay.”
“Virtually all areas received less than an inch and a half of rain, with most locations not
even reaching a half-inch of rain (0.5”) for the entire month (Figure 2). Only isolated
areas in central metro Broward County recorded over 2 inches of rain. Eastern areas
received slightly more rainfall than interior and western areas. A total of 10 locations
had among their top 10 driest Novembers on record.”
East-Central Florida had one of the driest Novembers on record, with Orlando and Melbourne posting their second-driest November and Daytona Beach posting its fourth-driest.
In West-Central Florida, Tarpon Springs had its driest November ever, Tampa had its second-driest, and St. Petersburg had its third-driest. Bartow had its driest November on record — not even a trace of rain fell in the city in Polk County.
COLD FRONT UPDATE: Some of the coolest air of the season blows into the Florida peninsula Thursday night, driving temperatures down into the 30s and 40s in some locations and the 50s along Florida’s Treasure Coast. Thursday night’s forecast low in Melbourne is 56, with a high Friday of 64.
Friday night’s projected low is a chilly 52 and don’t be surprised if wind chill advisories are posted for the interior as north winds gust up to 25 mph.
South Florida may hit the low 60s Saturday morning with much cooler temps inland.
The cool snap ends with a flourish Saturday as winds swing around to the northeast and then east, bringing in much milder air. Lows next weekend will be in the 60s with highs in the mid-70s.
In the run-up to the weekend front, another front is expected to stall over South Florida by mid-week, bringing a good chance of rain.
NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center is showing about an inch of rain falling just north of Palm Beach through the weekend. Rain chances in Southeastern Florida range from 30-50 percent from Tuesday through Thursday, according to NWS forecasters.