Wet and breezy weather will be the rule this weekend on Florida’s East Coast, with more than 2 inches of rain possible through Monday and winds gusting up to 25 mph, the National Weather Service said.
It’s all the result of the cold front that brought cooler temperatures to the panhandle on Monday and Tuesday. The front was forecast to stall out over extreme South Florida, bringing wet conditions but not much in the way of cooler air.
High pressure building back into the north will create a pressure gradient with the trough of lower pressure to the south, according to forecasters, making for a windy weekend along the East Coast.
Rain chances are lower on the West Coast — in the 20-39 percent range — and lighter winds are in the forecast.
(Image credit: NWS-Key West)
HURRICANE ANNIVERSARY: Yes, damaging Category 4 hurricanes can occur in late October. Tuesday was the 107-year anniversary of a powerful hurricane that made a crazy loop off Cuba’s West Coast in 1910. With peak winds of 150 mph, it then barreled into the Gulf of Mexico between Key West and the Dry Tortugas. It made a landfall near Fort Myers with winds of 110 mph.
TROPICS WATCH: Wednesday morning’s runs of the GFS and European (ECMWF) backed off on tropical development in the Caribbean next week, although the Canadian (CMC) and Navy (NAVGEM) continued to suggest a system or two brewing before the end of the month, either in the Caribbean of Gulf of Mexico.
The National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Weather Outlook map remained clear — no storms expected to form through Monday.
The Farmer’s Almanac lists 20 signs of a hard winter in its latest edition, but editors are of course referring to the higher latitudes and not Florida. Particularly not South and Central Florida, and the Keys.
Here are the top five:
- Thicker than normal corn husks.
- Woodpeckers sharing a tree.
- Early arrival of the snowy owl.
- Early departure of ducks and geese.
- Early migration of the Monarch butterfly
I decided to come up with my own top five signs of an approaching hard winter in Florida:
- Out-of-state license plates begin appearing early.
- Restaurants, especially on the barrier islands, introduce new menus with much, much higher prices.
- Parking meters appear where there were none before.
- The Department of Transportation announces it will close a lane on I-95 from November 15 to March 15.
- Your in-laws announce that they’re coming for the holidays and will stay at your house for approximately two weeks.