Miami smashes string of records after searing-hot July

July was a true record-breaker in Miami — it not only the hottest July on record but also the hottest month ever for the city, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

July’s overall average temperature of 85.7 degrees cooked the previous warmest July, which occurred in 2005 with an average temperature of 85.1. The previous hottest calendar month on the books was June of 2010, with an average temperature of 85.5.

In addition, the January-July period was the hottest on record, beating the previous hottest first seven months from 2015.

Finally, the number of days during the first seven months of 2017 in which the temperature failed to drop below 80 degrees was a record 24. That easily smashed the previous 13-day mark set during the Super El Niño year of 1998.

Central FL Emily rains
Lake Mary topped Central Florida cities for rainfall related to Tropical Storm Emily.  Click on the image for link to larger original. (Credit: NWS-Melbourne)

EMILY FOLLOW-UP: As the tropical depression was sliding up the U.S. East Coast Tuesday, more rain pounded South Florida. Naples measured 2.19 inches, breaking a 71-year-old record for most rainfall on August 1. The previous mark was 1.14 inches.

In a morning deluge, West Palm Beach was hit with 1.34 inches of rain streaming up from the southwest. That was considerably short, however, of the record rainfall total for the date — 4.72 inches, set in 1915.

In North Florida, the departure of Emily ushered in unusually cool and dry air. Tallahassee tied a record low Tuesday with 64 degrees, matching a mark set in 1953. Jacksonville had tied a record low Monday with 68.

TROPICS WATCH: Forecasters had been looking for a very active August — and that still may happen — but the month is starting out dead-quiet in the Atlantic. A tropical wave that was being monitored by the National Hurricane Center in the Central Atlantic was given a near-zero percent chance of development; ditto for an area of disturbed weather in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wednesday runs of the major forecast models suggested an all-clear scenario in the Atlantic over the next seven to 10 days. That puts us into Mid-August — but of course things can change quickly.


The two areas under scrutiny by the National Hurricane Center on Tuesday ran out of gas by the Wednesday afternoon Tropical Weather Outlook. (Credit: NHC)


Author: jnelander

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