WEATHER BLOG: November preview

Summer continued in October. While other parts of the country experienced winter like weather, we were way above normal in the temperature and the rainfall department.

Summer continued in October. We just couldn’t stand real cold fronts, yet much of the country experienced not only fall, but winter, too. But with the summery weather here, we were way above normal in the temperature and rain department.

The first week of October started with typical summer storms, and mid-month we had heavy rain and even Tropical Storm Nestor tornadoes. Finally, in the last few days of the month, more thunderstorms formed in the afternoon. Due to the unusually high humidity, our mornings were in many cases 10 degrees above normal and our afternoon heights were not too far behind.

Here’s a look at the numbers …

Tampa
Average temperature 81.2 (+4.9 degrees above normal)
Precipitation 6.94 “(4.68 inches above normal)

Lakeland
Average temperature 80.6 (+5.7 degrees above normal)
Precipitation 6.19 “(3.31 inch above normal)

Bradenton
Average temperature 82.7 (+ 6.4 degrees above normal)
Precipitation 3.38 “(0.26 inch above normal)

Brooksville
Average temperature 78.2 (+5.3 degrees above normal)
Precipitation 5.39 “(2.66” above normal)

clear water
Average temperature 82.1 (+5.1 degrees above normal)
Precipitation 7.81 “(5.02 inch above normal)

St. Petersburg
Average temperature 81.6 (+4.3 degrees above normal)
Precipitation 7.17 “(4.39” above normal)

Winter Haven
Average temperature 82.2 (+6.5 degrees above normal)
Rainfall 4.54 “(1.74” above normal)

As we move to November, this is usually our driest month of the year and we begin to see cold fronts more often. Our averages range from 81 and 64 on the 1st to 75 and 57 on the 30th. This makes the average temperature for November 69.3 degrees.

The hottest November occurred in 1986 when the average temperature was 76.3; the coolest was in 1901 when the average was 61.4 degrees. November is normally very dry, but the wettest November ever was in 1963 with 6.12 inches of rain. The driest occurred in 1960 when only a trace of rain fell.

Just at the right time, a cold front penetrated this morning and we will see a much cooler, more comfortable weekend ahead. Looking long term, we will be warming up with a little more humidity next week, but another cold front seems to cool us down around 9th-10th. Enjoy the changes!

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