TAMPA, Fla. – In October, Florida weather changes are even more subtle as a cold front passes, but it’s the time of year when winter storms are increasingly prevalent in the northern and western United States.
The strong cold fronts with winter storms also cause drastic temperature fluctuations.
There a winter storm developed over the Dakotas on Wednesday. It is still snowing there today. Up to 3 feet of total snowfall is expected in parts of North Dakota when the storm clears on Saturday. And 40 to 60 mph winds are also expected.
Temperatures dropped dramatically behind the strong cold front. For example, Denver was 83 degrees at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. At 7pm it had dropped to 47 degrees. And at 9 p.m. it was 31.
If you were to leave the house with shorts that afternoon, you would be in shock after dinner!
Thursday’s highlights continued into the 1920s.
This morning, Denver dropped to 9 degrees, setting a new all-time low. The average elevation today in Denver is 66 degrees. It is likely to remain in the 1940s.
It is still early in the year that the jet stream comes so far south. So when the cold fronts reach Tampa Bay, the “cold” air just isn’t that cold.
As the jet stream is amplified more, we will experience more of a drop in temperature as a cold front passes. We usually get a chance at that in November.