Weather Blog: November Review and December Preview

Beautiful photo of St. Pete Beach on December 1, 2019. (Courtesy of viewer Laura via our Spectrum Bay News 9 app)

TAMPA, Fla. – November 2019 started to feel like November. We started the month with above normal temperatures. This was actually an October extension. But a good cold front came in the middle of the month, and the overall weather pattern in the United States changed to favor colder weather in the East.

This allowed the cooler air to enter Florida. So after a lot under normal weather, we actually turned November 2019, basically normal or average. November is also a typically dry month and November was quite dry in most areas. Most locations were below average in the rainfall section with only a few spots showing normal or slightly above normal rainfall.

Here’s a look at the numbers …

Tampa

Average temperature 69.1 (exactly normal)

Precipitation 0.56 “(0.99 inch below normal)

Lakeland

Average temperature 68.9 (+0.7 degrees above normal)

Precipitation 2.49 inches (0.19 inches above normal)

Bradenton

Average temperature 71.5 (+2.3 degrees above normal)

Rainfall 0.53 “(1.4 inches below normal)

Brooksville

Average temperature 65.1 (exactly normal)

Rainfall 2.29 “(0.38 inch above normal)

clear water

Average temperature 70.1 (+0.2 degrees above normal)

Precipitation 0.72 “(1.33 inch below normal)

St. Petersburg

Average temperature 70.7 (+0.5 degrees above normal)

Precipitation 0.47 “(1.43 inch below normal)

Looking forward to December – this is where we historically got deep into the colder winter weather. Our month-end averages are about as cold as Janauary’s before warming up later in February. At 1, the average high is 75 and low 57, but with 31 those numbers drop to 70 and 52. December is generally a fairly dry month, as is winter around here. But some good winter-type storms and cold fronts can sometimes cause significant rainfall. Our average monthly rainfall for December is 2.47 inches.

To start December 2019, a strong front will slide on the 2 and bring us a few days with rather cold weather.

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