North and south, Florida temperature records fall

Record highs and Balmy nights have arrived in South Florida as expected, with Miami notching a record-tying low of 79 degrees on Friday, matching a mark for warmest minimum temperature set 112 years ago in 1905.

The low was only 78 in Fort Lauderdale, a single degree off the all-time warmest low for April.

The temperature bottomed out at 77 in West Palm Beach, 2 degrees shy of the record. Friday’s low in Key West was 79, also 2 degrees off the all-time April low of 81 set in 1991.

In East-Central Florida, Melbourne’s low on Friday of 76 easily busted the record for warmest low for the date of 74 set in 2013.

Other Florida locations tied or set record highs on Friday. Jacksonville tied a record with 94, matching a mark set in 1991. Gainesville also tied a record high with 95.

Tampa, hit 93, smashing a 21-year-old mark of 91 set in 1996; and it was 96 in Fort Myers, shattering the previous mark of 93 set in 1996.

Naples set a record high with 93 — busting the old record of 91 set in 2011; and Friday’s low of 75 tied the warmest minimum temperature for the date also set in 2011.



Things are heating up in the tiny Arctic outpost of Barrow, Alaska.  Photo by Dave Cohoe via Wikimedia Commons

STREAK CONTINUES: Barrow, Alaska will likely close out April with the 17th straight month of above normal temperatures, according to Weather Underground.

The last time Barrow, which sits 300 miles above the Arctic Circle, had a month with below normal temperatures was December of 2015, says Christopher Burt, weather historian. During that period, Barrow had two months — January 2016 and January 2017 — with temperatures 13.1 degrees above average.

Nineteen record highs were logged over that period.

Last year overall was the warmest on record at Barrow — the last year to have below normal temperatures overall was 1994.

Of the top 10 warmest years in Barrow, all but two of them were set in the 21st century.


Hurricane awareness tour

BRING THE KIDS: Get a first-hand look at the planes that collect data during hurricane season, as part of NOAA’s Hurricane Awareness Tour. (Credit: NWS-Miami)


Author: jnelander

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