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    OK, so it's October, and we should really be seeing the first real evidence of the autumn cool-down. Instead, things continue to heat up like its still August! Today, we hit 92F/33C, with the Heat Index taking things to 98/36. And after showing signs of a 'normal' autumn at the end of last month, when the temps dropped from the mid-90s to 88/89, here we are getting distinctly warmer again.

    We ARE supposed to start the typical annual cool-off in the next week, with temps dropping back to the mid-80s by Oct 19, but things remain pretty sweltering for the moment! If we were also getting the daily thunderstorm, it would be just like August, but the rain remains almost non-existent. It's not lacking in humidity (in excess of 60%), but the atmosphere remains stubbornly free of major precipitation. Hopefully that will change...

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    Non-existent until 9 this morning, when the heavens opened in a brief, but heavy downpour. We then head several showers in the late afternoon & evening, and tomorrow is now forecast for a "70% chance of storms," as we get some heavy weather moving in from the Atlantic for a day or two. So, just as you think things are taking a strange turn, they take a strange turn in the other direction!! There's a big low pressure system offshore that is pushing a bunch of wet weather our way, so things could change pretty rapidly from Dry to Very Wet.

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    The forecast is showing us another 3 days of this unsettled, wet weather from all the low-pressure activity to our south-east. It's definitely abnormal, in as much as we are just getting regular (but brief) showery intervals, and the occasional rumble of thunder (including one big one yesterday!). Then things show us drying up again completely, with another 7 straight days that are just 'Partly sunny' pr 'Partly cloudy' (again, we have NO idea how they differ!!).

    And, for all the fact we've had exactly one inch of rain in the last 22 days, which is WELL below average for this time of year. Most retention ponds and other water features are all quite low, and more rain is still urgently needed. If this was March, it would be understandable, but not October.

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    Our latest round of squally showers is on the horizon, which should complete 4 rather wet days, pretty much as forecast. We haven't had a lot in the way of thunder and lightning, but we have had the best part of an inch of rain this week, and some rather dull, cool weather (by Florida standards!). However, the forecast continues to show a prolonged dry spell, with temps finally dropping down to the mid-October average of around 85F/29C.

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    We are rapidly approaching the 'sweet spot' of Florida weather where the overall climate is absolutely idyllic; nice and fresh in the morning; sunny and hot during most of the day; and beautifully warm to sit out in the evening. We are still slightly above the usual average temp for this time of year, and still dryer than usual (we've had barely an inch of rain this month to date when we'd expect more than twice that), but things are definitely ameliorating steadily from last month's high heat and humidity. Our temps are still pushing 89-90F/31.5C, but there is very little humidity to speak of, and things cool down noticeably once the sun goes down (as low as 68/20 at night). That makes for a really pleasant outdoor feel for most of the time, albeit it's still perfectly possible to get a serious case of sunburn!

    This weekend (Oct 19/20) we are forecast to see some mixed heavy weather, as a potential tropical system works its way into northern Florida from the Gulf, so that dry vibe we've been having could change almost literally overnight. We shouldn't see too much of it in Orlando, but some thunderstorms are certainly possible. That will also drop the temp to a day-time low of 82/27.5, and probably kick-start the beginnings of our winter weather profile, or the temperature roller-coaster, as I like to call it, which sees sudden drops in temp with a cold front, a slow recovery to a few degrees short of the previous peak, and then another sharp drop. It is definitely the time of year we look forward to, when we can start leaving the windows open (and switch off the A/C!) and dust off the long trousers for walking the dog in the morning

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    Well, they didn't quite get THAT forecast right. Tropical Storm Nestor actually blew up into a major weather event across Central Florida on Friday night, bringing heavy rain, flooding and tornadoes across quite a wide path. We got 12 hours of heavy, tropical downpours that varied from just steady rain to absolute monsoon conditions. Our rain gauge holds 5ins of water and was completely full by Saturday morning, while there were flash flood warnings for several areas nearby. There was another gusty squall in the evening that added another inch or so, meaning we had quite the deluge. Some parts of central Florida recorded more than 6.25ins of rain for the 24-hour period, while the Daytona Beach area has already had its wettest October ever, after two previous major storms lashed the area earlier this month.

    The big damage was done just to the west of Orlando, though, as a series of tornadoes touched down between Cape Coral and Kathleen, bringing down trees, ripping off roofs and, in one instance, overturning a semi truck on I-4. We had a tornado watch in effect for much of the night (and well into Saturday, as they kept extending it with the unexpected ferocity of the storm) but there was nothing to report in Orange County, apart from the absolute deluge of rain.

    https://weather.com/news/news/2019-1...rgia-carolinas

    So, from a situation where we were edging towards rain drought, we now have a surplus for October, with practically the whole month's rain falling in 24 hours. But then, that's Florida for you!!

    The next 10 days show a trend for cooler and slightly wetter weather, with temps dropping noticeably into the low 80sF and with a "40-50% chance of thunderstorms" for much of the time. As ever, we will see...

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    Just HAD to steal this from Orlando's Channel 9 TV station today:


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    And today it's suddenly back to mid-summer again, with oppressive weather, heat, humidity, high pollen (you can smell the foliage and grasses in the air) and regular rounds of thunderstorms. It's bucketing down again now and, while it won't last for more than half an hour, it's enough to put a serious damper on the day for anyone in the parks

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    And today it's a genuine autumn day! A cold front passed through overnight (pretty much the first one to mark the potential start of 'winter') and, from yesterday's near-record high of 92F/33C, we dropped to a distinctly chilly 71/21 this morning, with a cool northerly breeze. Of course, this is still going to seem pretty good to most visitors, but the cooler, dryer nature of the atmosphere is definitely a trend to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

    Having said that, by 11am it is 76/24, the sun is very firmly to the fore, there is hardly a cloud to be seen, and it is a truly ideal day to be in the parks!!

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    Today, on the other hand, is a good day not to be outside at all. We've had rain and thundery squalls since around 11 this morning, and there are still a line of heavy showers lined up across central Florida, waiting to dump some more rain on us. It's just like an autumn day back home (if Britain could still guarantee temps of 80 degrees in late October!!).

    The forecast for the next 7 days is equally unappealing, with a "30-70% chance of storms" for a full week. Yuck. It probably won't end up as grim as that, but we're definitely stuck in a west easterly wind flow at the moment.
    Last edited by Simon Veness; 25-10-2019 at 07:41 PM.

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