FALLING TEMPERATURES are on the docket for next week across the Florida peninsula. (Image credit: NWS-TampaBay)
RECORD WATCH: Tampa broke a record high Thursday that had been on the books for 73 years. It was 86, easily beating the old record of 83 set back in 1947. It was 83 in Sarasota, beating the previous mark of 82 also set in 1947.
Fort Myers tied a record high with 85, matching the record set in 1943. And on the other side of the peninsula, Vero Beach tied a record high with 83 degrees, a record originally set in 1989.
Sanford tied a record warm low with 65.
There’s now some question of how cold it might get next week, as least in South Florida. There are differences between the two main forecast models, NOAA’s GFS and the European (ECMWF), with the latter forming a low pressure system in the Atlantic that funnel more cold air down the peninsula, according to the National Weather Service. The GFS suggests winds could switch from northwesterly to easterly as early as Wednesday afternoon.
“Such large differences between potential outcomes lowers confidence in the temperature forecast for this time range and beyond as the amount of cold air advected southward will be greatly influenced by this feature which models continue to struggle to consistently resolve,” forecasters in Miami said in their Friday morning discussion.
UPSWING: Today is the latest sunrise of the year — 7:10 a.m. in Palm Beach, the eastern-most spot on the Florida peninsula. Actually, it’s been stuck at 7:10 a.m. since January 7. But Saturday’s sunrise will be at 7:09 a.m. and the amount of daylight gained in the morning this time of the year accelerates into February. On January 31, sunrise is at 7:06 a.m.
Sunset in the evening, on the other hand, has been getting later since December 11, when it edged from 5:27 p.m. — the earliest sunset of the year — to 5:28 p.m. Today’s sunset is at 5:50 p.m. and it reaches 6 p.m. on January 30.
It’s not coincidental, of course, that normal/ average temperatures around the peninsula begin slowly inching up next week.
Meteorologist Robert White, pictured writing a message in 1970 in newsletter NOAA Week, was the agency’s first administrator and served until 1977. (Image credit: NOAA)
LIGHT THE CANDLES: NOAA, the agency that oversees the National Weather Service as well as the National Hurricane Center, is marking its 50th birthday this year.
The agency has its roots in organizations that originated a century earlier with the Survey of the Coast in 1807 and the Weather Bureau and U.S. Fish Commission in the 1870s.
“Our nation’s oldest science agencies came together, as one, with a vision to protect and enrich life by better understanding our ocean and atmosphere,” said Cheryl Oliver, director of the NOAA Heritage program, which honors the legacy of NOAA through special events and exhibits across the country.
“Today, people depend on NOAA science and services every day, in our homes, on the coasts we love, in our daily commerce, in the seafood we eat and in our personal safety.”