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One of the challenges of living in Florida is dealing with its yo-yo temperatures during the winter. For example, most of the peninsula is forecast to be in the 80s today — with mid-80s over the interior all the way up into the Orlando area — but then plunge with Sunday’s cold front.
In Orlando today’s forecast high is 85, and Sunday morning’s forecast low is 47; Monday morning’s is 43. That’s a 40-degree temperature drop and any way you slice it or dice it, it takes some adjustment.
Put the thermostat on AC one day; flip it over to heat the next.
Fortunately, once this initial cold snap is over early next week it looks like we’ll be settling into a little longer pattern of temperatures that are close to average for this time of the year, according to the National Weather Service.
Friday’s run of the GFS forecast model suggests another period of much-above normal temperatures toward the middle of the month.
Normal highs in Miami edged down to their lowest of the year on Tuesday, from 77 to 76. That’s the normal high until January 23, when they begin the long march back up into the 80s and beyond. It’s a similar story around the state — the normal high in West Palm Beach bottoms out at 74 on Sunday, January 6 and begins bouncing back on January 18.
Orlando’s normal high is 71 and remains there until January 24, when it edges up to 72.
Tampa’s normal high of 70 begins climbing on January 28, when it’s 71.
Rainfall totals for Hurricane Florence were devastating to parts of the Carolinas. (Image credit: National Weather Service)
HURRICANE RESEARCH: Climate change was responsible for the epic amount of rainfall generated by Hurricane Florence, the 2018 storm that swamped parts of North Carolina with more than 35 inches of rain, a new study by Sony Brook University in New York concludes.
Prior to Florence’s landfall in September, a university research team projected that rainfall amounts would be up to 50 percent higher due to warmer water temperatures.
“Rainfall amounts over large ranges were significantly increased,” the university said in a news release Thursday. The size of the storm also expanded.
“This post-storm modeling around climate change illustrates that the impact of climate change on storms is here now and is not something only projected for our future,” said Kevin Reed, assistant professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook.
Reed explained the storm modeling techniques his team used in this YouTube video.
The research was published in Science Advances.