The first widespread frost & freeze of the season over the weekend has brought an end to the official growing season for many inland locations. Official lows at JIA were 30 Sun. morning & 31 Mon. morning. The beaches, intracoastal & areas near the St. Johns River -- especially south & east of the river had some patchy frost but did not make it to the freezing mark. Thus ends a long growing season as the subfreezing temps. at JIA were the first since Feb. 13th -- an abnormally early last freeze. It's been more than 9 months with the temps. above freezing. Ragweed is still a problem as the temps. were not low enough to kill most of the pollen. Hay fever sufferers will have to wait for a decent, more substantial freeze, the likes of which I don't see anytime soon.So on to the dry weather.
Nov. will likely end with little more than a quarter of an inch of rain at JIA. A few spots have managed 1-1.5" this month but most areas have had less than a half inch. Nov. is normally our driest month of the year, but it's still a staggering turn-around after a wet summer/early fall. Our wildfire danger is rapidly increasing, & we'll now have some brown & dead vegetation after the recent freeze.I recently read
in the technology section of the T-U about a weather station that displays on your Apple or Android mobile device. The station shows temp., humidity, barometric pressure & even the carbon dioxide level in your home. The Netatmo Urban Weather Station costs about $179 - click here
for more info. The one thing I'd like to see is a digital rain gauge included. I have not tested the station so cannot say one way or the other how great the weather station might be.