November 13, 2011
It was a surreal afternoon. I know I forecasted big changes but these same kids had coats and hats on only about 24 hours earlier. I enjoyed taking them to the pool. I brought my lap top so I could look at weather maps. The water temp was still near 70 and they stayed in the water a few minutes at a time while splashing and then went dashing for the towels. The funny part is on the way to the pool we were listening to Christmas music! Yes, it is the holiday season in Florida. This is totally normal and it is beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas here at home. For instance today's record high is 85 and our record low hit 31 in 1987 so anything is possible and all meteorologists should keep their lap tops handy!
It is the time of year when nature likes variety and the saying that variety is the spice of life sums up our pattern. Speaking of.....it is the time of year for chocolate covered Datil peppers and it was a great day for the Popping Pepper Palooza in St. Augustine today which benefits the Boys and Girls Club. Based on the latest models I looked at by the pool....datil do it we will be challenging record highs by the middle of the week. I think our best chance comes on Wednesday when I am forecasting a high of 85 which would tie the record set back in 2005. Even on Tuesday if we get enough sunshine we could pop near record highs of 86 which occurred in 1955. One thing is for sure and that is we have three consecutive days of 80 degree weather on the way.
In the short-term our warmer pattern could still bring a couple weather worries. Be careful of patchy dense fog over the next couple mornings which could linger into mid-morning. Otherwise it may be time to hit the pool to stay cool! We cannot rule out a few strong thunderstorms as our warm and more humid atmosphere will collide with another cold front by late Wednesday and Thursday. Stay tuned!
So enjoy the warm tranquility while you can! Our crazy swings in weather will settle down through at least Wednesday but a parade of storms is lining up and nature brings us more spice by late week but I do not see a frost. This fast-moving pattern will not let the cold take hold but it will eventually catch up to us. Make sure to join me at 6, 6:30, and 11 for the latest look at our Thanksgiving Weekend which may go wild turkey! See you soon!