Florida – The 2016 hurricane season comes to a close on Wednesday, November 30, the same day that temperatures are expected to reach near record highs.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. This past hurricane season there were several weak systems that affected Volusia County. “Earlier in the season we had Tropical Storm Colin in early June,” said Scott Kelly, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne. “Then Hermine, which was in the eastern gulf just before labor day. And then there was Tropical Storm Julia in mid-September.” According to Kelly these were weak tropical storms that only affeted us peripherally.
“The biggest storm of course was Matthew,” said Kelly. “About 6 weeks ago on October 7th when it went up the Florida east coast and produced quite a bit of wind and storm surges along the Volusia County coast.”
This past hurricane season was more active than last year’s. According to Kelly, that’s because there was an el Niño last season which limited the tropical activity in the Atlantic basin.
Additionally, on Wednesday we can expect near record highs. The record high for Daytona Beach is 85, set back in 1978. And Kelly says south-southwest winds will produce above normal temperatures which will be close to that record number of 85. Then a cold front should come through later in the week, bringing highs back down to the mid to low 70s and lows down to the mid 50s.
Kelly added that this past month was tied as the 4th driest November on record. The Daytona Beach area only saw about 1/10th of an inch of rainfaill.
(Chart courtesy NWS Melbourne)
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