Fort Lauderdale, Naples set cold temperature records Sunday

(Image credits: NWS-Miami)

Two South Florida cities logged record cool highs on Sunday as nature kept Florida wrapped in a wintry grip.

The high in Fort Lauderdale was 62, which beat the previous record for the date of 63 set in 1981. In Naples the high was only 59, which also broke the record cool high set in 1981.

It was 64 in Miami and 62 in West Palm Beach.

Lows Monday were actually a degree or two cooler than Sunday around the state.

Apparent (unofficial) lows: West Palm Beach, 43; Mami, 52; Fort Lauderdale, 48; and Naples, 42. Inland, it was 36 in Palmdale; 35 in Belle Glade; and 36 in Immokalee.

East-Central Florida: 38 in Fort Pierce; 40 in Melbourne, 39 in Orlando; and 38 in Daytona Beach.

North Florida: 29 in Ocala and in Brooksville; 44 in Tampa; 44 in Sarasota; and 43 in Fort Myers;

In the Keys, it was 58 in Key West and 56 in Marathon.

Overall, early morning temperatures were in the mid-30s in Northeast Florida,  and the upper 20s in Northwest Florida and the panhandle, according to Weather Underground.

A warm-up is due toward the end of the week. By the weekend, highs should be back up near 80 in South Florida, according to the National Weather Service.

Key West forecast

(Credit: NWS-Key West)


LET THERE BE (A LITTLE MORE) LIGHT: If you’re not a fan of the early sunsets this time of the year, take heart. The days have already begun lengthening in the evening, even though the shortest day of the year doesn’t occur until the winter solstice on Thursday, December 21.

In southeastern Florida, the sun has been setting at 5:27 p.m. since Thanksgiving. But on Friday, December 8, sunset was at 5:28, and on Wednesday it sets at 5:29.

The sunrise continues to get pushed back until early- to mid-January, when sunrise in Palm Beach is at 7:10. The first day the morning lengthens is January 20, when sunrise is at 7:09 a.m. By that time, the sun is setting at 5:53 p.m.and twilight lingers until 6:18 p.m.


Hot chocolate weather arrives in Florida

Sunday was the kind of morning in Florida where you like to sip your coffee (or hot chocolate) with both hands.

Even the alligators catching the early morning sun in some of the more up-scale coastal communities were spotted wearing 2-Ply Cashmere half-zip sweaters.

It was 44 West Palm Beach; 47 in Fort Lauderdale; 50 in Miami; 48 in Homestead; and 46 in Naples.

It was 40 nearly everywhere in Glades County and a reading of 39 showed up at a South Florida Water Management District weather station in Belle Glade.


(Image credits: NWS-Melbourne, left; NWS-TampaBay, right)

Immokalee, in inland Collier County, also checked in with a low of 39, but it was generally in the mid- to upper-40s in inland Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

In East-Central Florida, it was 41 in Vero Beach; 40 in Melbourne; and 40 in Orlando. Winter Haven reported a low of 39.

On the West Coast, where the Nature Coast north of Tampa was under a Freeze Watch, Fort Myers hit 45 degrees; Sarasota and Tampa were 43; Brooksvile was 37; but to the north Cross City made it all the way down to 25 degrees.

By 8 a.m., Weather Underground showed temperatures in Florida at or near freezing in the panhandle and North Florida; the 40s from around Spring Hill on the West Coast to Daytona Beach on the East Coast; the mid- to upper-40s in inland South Florida and some low 50s popping up in coastal areas of the extreme southern peninsula.

The Keys were mostly in the upper 50s and it was 62 in Key West.

Even East- and Central-Cuba was in the low- to mid-60s and the Bahamas were in the mid-60s, although one observer in Nassau reported 70 degrees.

Reviews were generally positive, although some occasional grumbling could be heard.

“Been waiting all those long hot months for this weather,” one Central Florida resident posted  on Facebook. “Lovin’ it!”

“Might as well move back to PA—NOT!” another said.

Temperatures warm up slightly through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, but then another dry cold front sweeps down the peninsula and gives the state a fresh shot of temperatures 10-15 degrees below normal.

Seasonal temps return for next weekend, forecasters say — that’s mid-70s in South Florida, low 70s in Central Florida and upper 60s in North Florida.

The Christmas Day forecast from AccuWeather suggests seasonal temps for the holiday, the holiday week and New Year’s Day.


RECORD WATCH: Fort Myers reported record rainfall on Saturday of 1.45 inches. That broke the previous record for the date of 1.34 inches set in 1977.

Melbourne smashes seasonal rainfall record; Miami ties autumn heat mark

Record fall CFL

Central Florida had an unusually warm and wet autumn — September through November, the National Weather Service said. (Image credit: NWS-Melbourne)

Melbourne had its wettest fall on record with a whopping 36.97 inches of rain, the National Weather Service said Friday.

Rainfall was an incredible 21.39 inches above normal for the three months of the fall season, which runs from September 1 to November 30. The previous record was 32.95 inches set in 1999.

The record was set this fall despite a relatively dry November. Melbourne measured just 2.59 inches, which was 0.29 of an inch below normal. However, the city racked up 13.44 inches in October and a whopping 20.94 in September, due at large part to Hurricane Irma, which dumped 10.23 inches on September 10.

To the south, Miami tied the record for its warmest fall ever — with an overall temperature (taking into account the highs and the lows) of 81. November was unusually warm in Miami, with temps coming in 2.4 degrees above normal.

October was 0.9 degrees above average and September was 1.9 degrees above normal. Average highs: November, 84; October, 87 September, 91.

A lot of that record warmth occurred at night. The city had seven record-warm nights in October and two in September and five record highs in September.

44 in Key West

DECEMBER TO REMEMBER: The coldest temperature ever recorded in December in Key West — 44 degrees — occurred 141 years ago on Saturday. That mark was tied on December 29, 1894; December 27, 1985, and on Christmas Eve, 1989. The coldest temperature ever measured in Key West was 41 degrees on January 12, 1886; and on January 13, 1981.

HURRICANE SEASON IN A NUTSHELL: NOAA released this satellite view of the 2017 hurricane season, which ended on Thursday. The animation shows development of all 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin. (Credit: NOAA)

Key West beats 136-year-old rainfall record; North Florida swamped

NFL rainfall totals

North Florida 48-hour rainfall totals as of Friday morning. (Credit: NWS-Jacksonville)

It was a wet Thanksgiving from the Florida peninsula’s tip to top, with two cities setting rainfall records. Parts of North Florida picked up more than 5 inches of rain.

Key West set a daily record with 0.98 of an inch, beating the previous record of 0.78 set 136 years ago in 1881.

Gainesville’s official total was 2.53 inches, which broke the previous daily record for November 23 of 0.93 set in 1977.

Summerfield, Florida, southeast of Ocala, was smacked with a 48-hour total of 5.08 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. Palm Coast reported 4.07 inches over the same period.

South Florida, the Tampa area and Southwest Florida reported more moderate totals of between a quarter-inch and a half-inch. Ditto for East-Central Florida.

The end of November and the first week of December are shaping up to be pleasant and dry for the state, with above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. The extreme southern tip of Florida may see close to normal rainfall over the period.

Key West temp

Here’s something we’ll be seeing a lot of this winter — Key West was the warmest spot in the nation Friday morning at 76 degrees. Highs over the weekend are forecast to be near 80 in the Keys; upper 70s to near 80 in South Florida; mid-70s in Central Florida; low 70s in North Florida and upper 60s in the panhandle. (Image credit: NWS-Key West)

Forecasters recall historic November Key West deluge; timing of cold front debated

Record Keys rainfall

HISTORIC KEYS WASH-OUT: It doesn’t take a tropical storm to produce heavy rain in Florida. Sixty-three years ago, Key West was hammered with its second-heaviest rainfall on record — 17.05 inches on November 13, 1954. The rain continued into November 14 and the soggy storm total was 18.08 inches.  (Credit: NWS-Key West)


Parts of Florida’s East Coast were soaked for a fourth consecutive day Monday as summer-like moisture lingered and triggered afternoon downpours.

Observers in western Boynton Beach, in Palm Beach County, reported 1.61 inches Monday, although official National Weather Service sites had more modest totals of around a quarter of an inch.

A Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) observer in Fort Pierce measured 1.34 inches while the National Weather Service in Melbourne said 0.66 of an inch fell at the Fort Pierce-St. Lucie County International Airport to the north of the city. An observer in southeastern Indian River County also reported more than an inch of rain.

Florida’s West Coast reported only a trace of precipitation, mostly in the Tampa area.

THANKSGIVING WEEK COLD FRONT UPDATE: The timing of arrival for the front — the strongest since the last three days of October — is uncertain, but it should pack a pretty good punch. NOAA’s GFS has it sweeping through South Florida on Sunday, the National Weather Service says, while the European model (ECMWF) brings it through later on Monday.

It looks like that will be followed by a warm-up on Thanksgiving, and then another significant cool-down at the end of Thanksgiving weekend.

Coolest lows during those periods, according to commercial forecasting services, should be in the mid-40s in the panhandle; the upper 40s in North Florida; the low-50s in Central Florida; and the upper 50s to near 60 in South Florida. Lows in the Keys may dip into the upper 60s.

RECORD WATCH: Melbourne set a new record warm low temperature Monday with 73 degrees. The previous record was 72 in 2008.


(Image credit: NHC)

TROPICS WATCH: The window may be getting ready to close on possible subtropical development near the Azores in the North Atlantic. Disturbance 96L still has a 50 percent chance of becoming Subtropical Storm Sean over the next two to five days, according to the National Hurricane Center. But after that, upper level winds are expected to become unfavorable, forecasters said.

October was a month for the record books in Florida … let us count the ways

Coastal flooding

FRIDAY UPDATE: Coastal flooding is possible over the weekend due to “King tides” — high tides that coincide with the November 4 full moon. More high tides are expected next week. They impact areas adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and can flood roads and parking lots. (Image credit: NWS-Miami)

Melbourne fall rain record

Melbourne has already had its wettest fall season — September 1 to November 30 — ever, with 34.38 inches of rain through October 31. Whatever falls in November will just add to the record, according to the National Weather Service.  (Image credit: NWS-Melbourne)

An incredible 45 record warm lows were set or tied in October in East-Central Florida at the six primary sites operated by the National Weather Service, according to a report released by the NWS in Melbourne Wednesday.

“If not for the significant cool down at the end of the month,” meteorologists in Melbourne said, “monthly average temperatures were poised to rank this October as one of the warmest on record!”

For the warm weather season, Melbourne set a record with 199 consecutive days with highs of 80 or above from April 9 to October 24. The previous record was 192 days ending on November 14, 2015.

The six Central Florida sites are Orlando, Melbourne, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Sanford and Daytona Beach.

In South Florida, 16 record warm lows were tied or broken in October at the four major NWS sites — Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Naples.

On the West Coast, it was record high temperatures that made a big splash. The Tampa-St. Petersburg area logged eight record highs in October.

Key West posted two record warm lows in October; Jacksonville had two record warm lows and two record high temperatures.

TROPICS WATCH: Wednesday’s runs of the GFS and the Canadian model (CMC) were still suggesting some potential development in the Caribbean late next week, but they appeared to be driving whatever may form into Central America.

The National Hurricane Center said tropical development in the Atlantic was not expected through Monday.

… How do you tie the World Series into the hurricane season? Colorado State University’s Philip Klotzbach did Wednesday morning as he posted on Twitter: “348 Atlantic hurricanes occurred from Houston #Astros franchise founding in 1962 until their 1st World Series victory. Congrats Astros!”

The Houston team won the 2017 World Series four games to three with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night.





Shiver me timbers: Cold temperature records fall from Key West to Vero Beach

Trick or treat Melbourne

Up and down the Florida peninsula, it should be a Halloween night fit for pirates, zombies, and superheroes. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Melbourne said: “Nothing frightening in the forecast for trick-or-treaters!” (Image credits: NWS-Melbourne, above; NWS-Jacksonville, below)

Halloween weather JAX

It was so cold around the Florida peninsula Tuesday morning it was downright spooky.

Well it actually wasn’t as chilly as Monday morning on the East Coast, but that’s the obligatory introduction for a Halloween blog.

Lows were in the upper 50s to around 60 in South Florida compared with low- to mid-50s on Monday.

Records for coolest high temperature fell around the state on Monday. Fort Lauderdale’s high was 71, busting the previous coolest maximum temperature for October 30, 72, set 64 years ago in 1953. West Palm Beach broke the 1953 record of 71 with a high of 69, Miami tied the 1953 record with 71. Naples broke a record-cool high with 69, but the previous record of 72 was set in 2012.

In Central Florida, Orlando tied the 1953 record with a high of 67; Vero Beach broke the 1953 mark with 67; and Fort Pierce’s high of 68 beat the 2012 record cool high of 70.

On the West Coast, Sarasota did tie a record low Tuesday morning with 47, previously set in 1963. And Key West broke a record low with 60 — beating the old record of 62 set in 1953.

Now comes the Big Warm-up, with highs reaching the mid-to-high 70s Tuesday and Wednesday, and around 80 on Thursday. With winds swinging around to the northeast, and bringing in warmer air off the 80-degree Atlantic, lows will be in the 70s by late in the week and into the weekend.

The first half of November is forecast to be above average around the peninsula and panhandle, and in fact most of the U.S. should be above normal east of the Mississippi River and into the Southwest from Texas to Arizona. After a blistering hot October in California, temperatures are forecast to be below normal in November, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

One major environmental change that’s certain to come this weekend is sunrise and sunset times, as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. Tuesday’s sunrise was 7:29 a.m. in Palm Beach with sunset at 6:38 p.m. On Sunday, sunrise will be at 6:33 a.m. and sunset at 5:35 p.m.

TROPICS WATCH: The National Hurricane Center knocked back chances of development for the low in the Central Atlantic to 20 percent. Wind shear and dry air are limiting development, forecasters said. Elsewhere, major forecast models show clear sailing for the next week to 10 days.