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Florida started the work week Monday with a cold front knocking on its back door.
The heralded “back-door” front was edging into the Melbourne area from the Atlantic early Monday morning, according to National Weather Service forecasters, with a few “spotty sprinkles” behind it and not much cool air.
Back-door front is a term you don’t hear too often, but it’s something that happens occasionally in the spring, the American Meteorological Society says. The organization defines it as “A cold front that leads a cold air mass toward the south and southwest along the Atlantic seaboard of the United States.
“This is one of the occurrences to which New Englanders give the name sea turn, or the cold wind following a backdoor cold front blows from the northeast quadrant.”
In the case of Florida’s East Coast, the front should keep things a bit blustery for a day or so, and maybe deliver a much-needed shower. Winds blowing in off the water will knock highs back into the mid-70s and set up strong rip currents — and possibly some beach erosion — by midweek.
Warm temperatures are back in control for the end of the week, forecasters said.
(Image credit: NWS-Melbourne)
HOW MUCH DID YOU GET? Rainfall amounts can be extremely localized, which is why the National Weather Service likes to line up as many precipitation observers as possible. You can contribute to the data mix with a low-cost rain gauge and by signing up with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS).
The organization calls this month’s sign-up drive “March Madness” (everybody’s got to get into the act). Florida NWS offices in Melbourne and Tampa are actively fishing for volunteers. A rain gauge costs around $31. Here’s the sign-up page.
HAS SPRING FINALLY SPRUNG? It’s getting there. Most the nation, with the exception of the Northeast, the Upper Midwest and the Rocky Mountain States, are snow-free as we had into the final week of March. Mild air is expected to sweep into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast toward the end of the week, according to AccuWeather and the National Weather Service, finishing off the snow left by the recent storm. (Image credit: NOAA/ National Snow Analysis)