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    Lightbulb Florida Weather Report

    It is probably worth starting a regular chart of the weather, so newcomers and regulars alike can get an idea of prevailing conditions, and get a feel for weather history (as the thread builds up over time).

    Starting with summer 2011, here's how things have shaped up so far:

    June - surprisingly dry and warm without being TOO hot for much of the month. Then we arrived on June 24 and the weather went haywire for 8 days!! Very wet weather for that period, albeit still not as hot and humid as we might expect (around 89/90F). Some of the wet weather was quite prolonged (4 hours or more) and we had several flash-flooding incidents around town.

    We then had 5 completely dry days, with no rain to speak of at all and temps pushing around 90F (but still without the high humidity we normally get). Then it's back to unsettled, rainy stuff for the past 3 days; we had more than 5 inches of rain on Thur and Fri (thankfully, it didn't stop the Shuttle launch on Friday) with temps in the upper 80s, and today is now shaping up as a typical summer day - hot and humid with the distinct possibility of an afternoon thunderstorm.

    Today's week-ahead forecast suggests we're going to start getting REALLY hot next week (with temps in the mid 90sF) and with more of the humidity which makes it feel even hotter. That would get us back to 'normal' for Florida in July - but we'll wait and see as 'normal' isn't a concept the weather usually sticks to for long!

    As a quick side-note, June-Nov are officially 'Hurricane season' in this part of the world, and Central Florida did experience 3 hurricanes in 2004. That was a 100-year anomaly, though, and we do not normally get any significant impact from these big tropical storms that usually threaten the Caribbean and Gulf Coasts more than here. This year is forecast to be 'above average' for storms, so we'll wait to see what happens in August and September (usually the busiest months for storms).
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    Five days later and the forecast for this week was pretty accurate - getting hotter all the time, with periodic but short downpours. The temps are now hovering around 94/95F which, with the humidity, puts the heat index (the temp it actually feels like) at around 102/103F. We've had a short, sharp shower 3 of the 5 days, dumping up to 3.5 inches at a time ( :eek: ) and causing localised flash flooding (the corner of Apopka Vineland Rd and Winter Garden Vineland Rd in the Crossroads area of Lake Buena Vista was under water during one thunderstorm on Tuesday!), which is all pretty much par for the course at this time of year.

    It is so hot you can feel your hair and eyeballs sweating after a while, and getting into the air-conditioning every now and then is absolutely essential. You can hear unprotected skin frying during the hottest parts of the day!

    With the main UK summer holiday season about to start, it all serves to underline how important it is to wear high-factor suncreams at all times and drink LOTS of water (or Gatorade). The parks remain great fun, but NOT if you get sunstroke or sunburn.

    Be ready, people!!

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    Really, really heavy storm yesterday (Fri), from around 4pm right through to almost 8. It covered almost all of Central Florida and dumped around 5 inches of rain in the process, with a LOT of lightning! These big storms seem to be around one a week at the moment; with around a 50% chance of a thundery shower (less than an hour) otherwise. It's amazing to think there is a drought just a few hours north in Georgia (and to the west), but much of the country is experiencing a heatwave at the moment. We're just getting most of the moisture!!

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    Almost as soon as you think there's a pattern to the weather, it changes. Since the last post, things have been pretty much hot and dry, without a hint of rain, and not so much of the usual humidity. Temps have been hitting 92/93F at peak times during the day and it certainly FEELS hot, but the lack of any rain is definitely a surprise for the past 5 days.

    Today's forecast is calling for an 80% chance of thunderstorms around 4pm (which would be normal) but, so far, the weather radar is showing hardly a cloud!! We'll see, though, as things can change pretty fast here!

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    OK, this is now getting silly. We've had 10 straight days of hot, sunny weather with virtually no rain (less than half an inch during that period, on two separate days - we can have that much in half an hour normally!), and there is still nothing on the weather radar for today (there was rain to the north and west but nothing in Orlando). I don't know if it is saving it all up to drown the poor tourists who come in August ( :eek: ) but everyone here now is certainly getting good value for their visit! It's around 93/94F at its hottest (it was 81F at 7am this morning!!) but with much lower humidity than usual. Just hot, dry and sunny!!

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    End of July and it's Hot, Hot, Hot!! And then some. Temps hit 97F yesterday and there's no sign of any rain anywhere on the horizon, which is just amazing for this time of year. Next few days are all set fairly similar and we have now gone 13 days with barely half an inch of rain in TOTAL. No thunderstorms, no showers, not much of anything, really. Except sun and heat! To be fair, the temp did dip below average for a couple of days early in the week (we even had one day when it was overcast and cool - by Florida summer standards! - with it barely getting to 87F, which actually made for a good day out as it was much easier to get around. But now the thermostat has switched back to 'High' and we expect to be in the mid-high 90sF for a while. Set sunscreen to 50-plus!

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    July finished with only 4 of the usual 6.5 average inches of rain for the month, so definitely dryer than usual. The temp averaged 92F, so pretty much on the usual mark, but we never threatened the 102 record temp (I think we got up to 97 at one point, but that was about it). With the less-than-usual humidity it didn't feel quite as hot as it can, but there were definitely days when it was uncomfortable to be out and about for long. With the heat index (Temp + Humidity), it was often around 101 or 102, which is a measure of how hot it can actually 'feel.'

    August so far has been much closer to the norm, with more heavy showers, regular thunderstorms and, today, heavy rain from mid-morning that has been surprisingly consistent (with more on the way). So, of 9 days of August, we've already had 3 days with more than a half-inch of rain, and today's could well end up with an inch or two. The average monthly rainfall is almost 7.5 inches, the wettest of the year, and we have already had 2 days of 95 or higher. So, while summer is in theory on the way out, there is NO sign of that in reality. If anything, it is hotter and more humid now, with the possibility for the heat index to hit 105, or higher, in the coming weeks.

    Hurricane watch has been very quiet so far, with no major storms to report (just 5 'named' ones so far), but we don't often get much to report until later in August and September. Stay tuned...!

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    Wowser - over an inch of rain yesterday and it has dawned overcast and forbidding today. In fact, I can hear a few rumbles of thunder already (8.28am), with a big storm front moving in from the west, which is VERY unusual for the summer (when there isn't a big tropical storm nearby). Looks like it could be a second day of steady heavy rain, which isn't good for those heading for the parks today It IS cooler than usual (barely up to the 90sF) but it is forecast to get dryer and hotter by the weekend. Much hotter, in fact, with temps of 97 and possibly higher.

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    Grumble, grumble, grumble. Needed to be in the parks over the last few days for some pictures and I'm sitting here watching the sky turn black.

    Grumble, grumble, grumble.







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