WEATHER BLOG: September Review, October Preview

Rain was a somewhat rare sight in September. Since dry air can heat up pretty quickly and we didn’t have many showers or clouds, September 2019 ended up very warm and very dry. (Spectrum News file image)

Now that it’s October, it’s time to look back at last month’s weather. September is normally a month when we start the transition of our rainy season. But it is usually still quite warm.

In September, we emerged quickly and early from the rain pattern when Hurricane Dorian moved east. The circulation around Dorian grabbed dry air over the continental United States and pushed it into Florida. A few weeks later, Hurricane Humberto did the same and amplified the dry air.

But since it is September, we still have summer heat. Since dry air can heat up pretty quickly and we didn’t have many showers or clouds, September 2019 got very hot and very dry.

Here’s a look at the numbers …

Tampa

Average temperature 84.0 (+2.3 degrees above normal)

Precipitation 1.46 “(4.84” below normal)

Lakeland

Average temperature 82.7 (+2.5 degrees above normal)

Precipitation 0.85 inch (6.59 inch below normal)

Bradenton

Average temperature 84.8 (+3.4 degrees above normal)

Precipitation 1.99 “(5.11 inch below normal)

Brooksville

Average temperature 81.5 (+2.1 degrees above normal)

Rainfall 2.07 “(4.49 inch below normal)

clear water

Average temperature 84.6 (+2.7 degrees above normal)

Precipitation 1.76 “(5.23 inch below normal)

St. Petersburg

Average temperature 84.3 (+2.0 degrees above normal)

Precipitation 1.09 “(6.67 inch below normal)

Winter Haven

Average temperature 84.3 (+2.8 degrees above normal)

Precipitation 3.82 inches (2.43 inches below normal)

On the way to October, we can finally cool off historically. Our first good cold front (and probably 2nd and 3rd) is coming during this month. I wrote a blog about it last year.

Our October averages go from a high of 87 and a low of 72 to 1st to a high of 81 and a low of 64 in 31st.

Looking at the pattern of the next two weeks, it looks like we’ll get our first front sometime in the middle to the end of next week. Fingers crossed that we can get some pleasantly cooler mornings and evenings along the way.

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