The weather forecast calls for a dry week. Can southwest Florida residents and visitors handle this? Can people handle slightly lower dew points, brilliant daytime sunshine and crystal clear star-filled nights?
If the current weather forecast holds true, they are going to have to grin and bear it.
After a summer and early autumn in which weather was clothed in oppressive humidity, a greater than average amount of mid- and high-level cloudiness and exceptionally heavy rainfall, cool season skies have arrived, at least temporarily. The water vapor satellite image this Friday morning (Oct. 11, 2013) offers all the evidence one needs to verify that storm systems have been displaced far to the north of the Florida peninsula (Fig. 1).
Hence, except for some passing, daytime, fair weather cumulus (low, flat-bottomed and slightly puffy) clouds, people in southwest Florida will bask in temperatures ranging from the upper 60’s at night to the upper 80’s by day. Nighttime temperatures will be slightly cooler inland due to typical nocturnal radiational heat loss to space; coastal areas will be slightly warmer due to the tempering effect of the warmer Gulf of Mexico waters.
Northeast breezes (generally below 10 miles per hour) will prevail across the Florida peninsula by day, with winds becoming light and variable overnight.
In short, the weather promises to be “beautiful” across southwest Florida for the Columbus Day weekend and into the middle of next week. Enjoy!
As noted earlier, the storm track is well north of our area. Initially, storminess will be concentrated across the northern High Plains to the western Great Lakes and also along parts of the mid-Atlantic. Due to the persistence of the low-pressure system off the mid-Atlantic shore, locally heavy rainfall is possible from the Delmarva peninsula to New Jersey. As the Columbus Day weekend unfolds, a new storm will exit the central Rockies and move into the central Plains. This storm system could bring heavy rainfall to parts of Oklahoma and Texas.
© 2013 H. Michael Mogil