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    Another Florida sign that it's Winter - you keep the curtains and blinds OPEN to let in the heat instead of shutting it out!

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    And we may need to start closing them again....!

    Seriously, temps were back up to 82F yesterday for Thanksgiving (at least 6 degrees above normal) and we could be there or thereabouts again today. Still no rain of rain anywhere on the horizon, hence things are VERY dry right now, and Accuweather actually shows us being up to 83/84 by the end of the month. Ever heard of global warming? Well, it's right here, right now!

    Our rain for the month is stuck at the 0.16 inches we had on one Friday evening and, when we'd usually get around 2.5ins in Nov, that is a seriously dry month. The fact is, it is really rare to be this dry for this long, especially coming out of the rainy season. And there is nothing in the Weather Bug forecast for the next 10 days, and nothing on Accuweather until Dec 8/9/10. Yipes.

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    Nice for holidaymakers, not so good for the ground.

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    Very true, CL.

    And, would you believe, we are actually back in T-shirts and shorts again, as the temp has hit 80F for 5 of the last 7 days, and we could be as high as 85 (29C) tomorrow! There IS a cool-down in store this weekend (down to 73F/23C) but still no rain. We are getting on for 2 months without any significant rainfall whatsoever and next month doesn't look much better, according to AccuWeather. We might get a thunderstorm or two on Dec. 5, but otherwise they are predicting nothing of note until nearly the end of the month

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    11.30 this morning and it's already 81F (27C). Who said Global Warming isn't real?!

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    Having finished November as the second driest on record (0.17ins of rain), we have started December in similar fashion - only warmer.

    We DID get a brief half-hour rain (and drizzle) at the end of the month but it barely registered on the rain gauge. Since we ticked over to December, we have veered wildly between 75 and 85F, with today's temps reaching 86, fully 12 degrees above average. It's been pretty cloudy and humid, too, feeling more like early October than December, but the reason is a building cold front with a lot of heavy, moist air is moving in from the Gulf, and we could get some stormy weather tomorrow (and some much-needed rain).

    That is likely to be followed by a second cold front late in the week that will drag temps down into the 60s for a while, before they rebound to around 81/82 again. The winter temperature roller-coaster is therefore fully under-way, and we can expect these peaks and troughs of cooler and warmer weather until the end of March. According to Accuweather we may stay largely dry, though, until January. Eeek.

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    OK, so we did get some wet weather and even a few rumbles of thunder on Tuesday (the 6th), and it was pretty miserable (and quite humid) for much of the day, but the end total was still only a miserable 0.21ins of rain. And even though the temps dropped from a high of (a near-record) 86F, they only went down to 78, so it probably still felt pretty warm to anyone here.

    Now we ARE seeing a more significant and wintery change in things, with temps barely reaching the upper 60s today and forecast to be down at 63F (17C) tomorrow. Time to get the thermals back out of the closet!

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    It has been fairly mild here, not Florida mild though.
    Do you miss the winter weather at all?

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    Um, no! Nor do we miss the Michigan winter weather, which can LOOK nice, until you have to go out in 3 feet of snow and minus-plenty!!

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    It never ceases to amaze how quickly the weather can change at this time of year. Just a few days ago we were struggling to get the temperature up to 63F, but yesterday we were back to 83! We are forecast to drop back into the 70s later this week but then be up as high as 85 at the weekend (the average for this time of year is 72). That would be close to record levels for mid-December, and you're wondering if things could go even higher this month. The one good possibility is that the extra heat should put more moisture back in the atmosphere and give us some much-needed rain. There IS a "30% chance" early next week, so we'll keep our fingers crossed!

    It IS getting cooler in the evenings and early mornings (with some fog about from 6-8am) but mid-afternoon yesterday was distinctly warm and even a little humid and sweaty, which is n ot at all what we expect at this time of year. Unless this is the New Normal, and global warming has set in for good.

    WeatherBug shows us cooling off a little in the next 10 days (down to 77 by Christmas Eve), and AccuWeather says we could be back to 70/71 post-Christmas, but there is still next to no rain in the forecast, which is obviously great for visitors but very bad for our garden! In all seriousness, there is a really brown look to some of the landscaping right now, and we will need some serious rain before too much longer if we're not to have serious brushfire dangers in the spring.

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