Buresh Blog: Weather review of the past decade!

Buresh Blog: Weather review of the past decade!

The past decade (beginning with Jan. 1, 2010) has been warm & rather dry for the local area. For Jacksonville specifically, every year had above avg. temps. except for 2010 (-1.05 degrees) & 2014 (-0.69 degrees). The last 5 years all averaged more than a full degree above avg. for an average over the last 10 years of +4.13 degrees.

As for rain.... our total of 489.96″ was 94% of average or 32.1″ below the 10-year avg. of 522.06″.

So let’s go year by year.....

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2010 - 3rd coldest year on record, 4th driest for Jacksonville.

Jan. 1 - 10: Coldest first 10 days (avg. of 37.6 degrees) of any year since 1850.

Jan. 12: 7.0 earthquake devastates Haiti.

Feb. 12: Accumulating snow for inland SE Ga.

March 31: Hit 80 degrees for the first time in 105 days - longest such stretch since 1948.

April 20: Gulf of Mexico BP oil rig explosion (& subsequent massive oil leak)

Aug. 26: 50th straight 90+ degree day in Jax - beat the old record of 44 straight days (June 30 - Aug. 12, 1992)

Oct.: No rain! Driest Oct. on record (was 0.08″, 1989)

Dec.: Coldest Dec. on record - 46.1 degrees (2nd is 47.7 degrees, 1989)... most Dec. days at or below 32 degrees with 19.... the old record was 12 days in 2000

Dec. 26: Coldest Jags game on record - 38 degrees at kickoff with snow flurries

2011

Jan. 10: golfer at St. Johns Country Club injured by lightning

Dec. + Jan.: 28 freezes at JIA - a record.

March 11: Japan 8.9 earthquake + devastating tsunami

April 14: 16: 3-day tornado outbreak from Oklahoma to the Carolina’s - at least 45 deaths

April 27: 2nd most deadly tornado outbreak since 1950 - Arkansas to Georgia to Virginia

May 9: Okefenokee wildfire reaches 71,000 acres... to 125,000 acres on the 13th... to 137,000 acres on the 18th.

May 21: Massive EF-5 tornado hits Joplin, Missouri killing 138. Summary of the violent 2011 season * here * from the NSSL.

(NOAA/NOAA)

Nov. 12: 31 degrees at JIA - early freeze!

2012

March 2: Tornado outbreak kills 39 from Mississippi to Ohio & Indiana

April 17: Okefenokee fire is finally declared “out” (started April 28, 2011!)

May 28: Tropical storm Beryl landfall at Jacksonville Beach at 12:10am on Memorial Day - heavy rain & strong winds.

June 24/25/26: 7-19″ of rain across the area largely due to eastward moving tropical storm Debby. 2-day total for Jax June 25-26 of 12.56″ was a 2-day record (12.11″ Sept. 9-10, 1908). 7.36″ on the 25th was a single June day record for Jax (6.07″ on the 13th, 2004).... the month ended up being the 3rd wettest June on record for Jacksonville.

Oct. 29: Post-tropical cyclone Sandy makes landfall at Atlantic City - widespread flooding damage

2013

Warmest January since 1989

Jan. 30: 85 degrees - all-time Jan. record high for Jax

March: -6.2 degrees - 2nd coldest March on record

March/April/May: 2nd coolest on record at 64.8 degrees (coolest: 64.3 degrees, 1983)

May 20: Violent EF-5 Moore, Oklahoma twister including a direct hit on an elementary school

May 31: El Reno, Ok. EF-5 tornado (killed 3 storm chasers) - storm info * here * from the OKC Nat. Weather Service.

June 6: EF-1 tornadoes in Mayport & Fernandina Beach due to tropical storm Andrea landfall in the Big Bend

July: 12 90-degree days - fewest for Jax in July since 1975

Aug. 1: EF-1 Arlington tornado - 1 injured. WOKV story * here *.

(Scott Dayhoff/WOKV)

2014

Jan. 28: Atlanta paralyzed by snow

Jan. 29: light sleet in NE Florida

Feb. 23: 6+ hour delay at Daytona 500 due to severe storms including a tornado warning.

April 27-28: Big tornado outbreak Arkansas to Mississippi to Alabama & Tennessee

July: driest since 1981

2015

Jan. 8: A trace of snow in Jax - flurries & snow showers

May 9: Tropical storm Anna develops over the Western Atlantic & makes landfall on May 10th near Myrtle Beach.

Oct. 1: Hurricane Joaquin sinks the El Faro near the Bahamas - many victims from Jacksonville/NE Fl.

Nov. 1 & 3: all time Nov. record high of 89 degrees.... warmest Nov. in Jax since 1986

Dec.: 2nd warmest on record at 66.5 degrees (warmest: 67.5 degrees, 1931)

2016

Jan. 11: first official freeze of the season - about 1 month later than average

Jan. 13: Tropical storm Alex develops over the E. Atlantic - first Atlantic tropical storm in Jan. since 1978... becomes a hurricane Jan. 14th - first Atlantic Jan. hurricane since 1938

Jan. 23: snow flurries in Jacksonville

May 6: tie all-time May record low - 45 degrees

June 6: Tropical storm Colin landfall at the Big Bend - drops an EF-1 tornado over Western Duval Co.

June 9: 100 degrees - first 100-degree day since July 30, 2010

July: 3rd driest on record with only 2.14″ of rain

June/July/Aug.: 7.88″ of rain - driest on record

Sept. 2: Cat. 1 hurricane Hermine hits the Panhandle - first Fl. landfalling hurricane since Wilma, 2005

Sept. 30: Matthew goes Cat. 5 - first Atlantic Cat. 5 hurricane since Felix in 2007

Oct. 7: Matthew’s closest approach - 45 miles offshore - to Jax Beach - heavy rain & strong winds with numerous power outages for NE Fl./SE Ga. - major erosion at the beaches. Review of the hurricane * here * from the “Buresh Blog”.

Nov. 19: GOES-16 satellite launch - provides constant high resolution images

Nov. 22: Otto goes hurricane over the Caribbean - latest hurricane on record over the Caribbean

Nov.: 3rd driest on record - 0.02″

Dec. 5: 85 degrees ties the all-time Dec. record high

2017

Jan. 21-22: big tornado outbreak from Texas & Mississippi to Georgia & Florida

Feb. 7: widespread straight line t’storm wind damage + an EF-1 tornado at Lawtey & Heritage Landing

February: No freezes in Feb. for the first time since 2001

March 16: 28 degrees - coldest in Jax for so late in the season

March 22: Bryceville wildfire ignites & forces evacuations

(Action News Jax)

April 6: W. Mims, Ga. fire is ignited by lightning

(Action News Jax)

April 20: Tropical storm Arlene forms over the E. Atlantic - only the 2nd named April storm of the satellite era.

May 31: 3-inch hail in Jax Beach

June: 10th wettest on record in Jax... wettest June for Gainesville (16.84″)

Wettest May through Aug. on record with 40.53″ of rain in Jax

Aug. 25: Cat. 4 hurricane Harvey slams the Texas coast - first “major”(Cat.3/4 or 5) U.S. landfall since Cat. 3 Wilma in Fl. in Oct., 2005.... major flooding in Houston

Sept. 10: Cat. 4 hurricane Irma hits the Fl. Keys and reaches Jacksonville’s latitude on Sept. 11th - major local flooding including an historic flood on the St. Johns River. “Buresh Blog” Irma review * here *.

Sept. 20: Cat. 4 Maria devastates Puerto Rico.

2018

Jan. 3: Ice & snow north & west of Jacksonville including much of SE Ga. Photo below from Dixie Union, Ga. near Waycross:

(Action News Jax)

Feb.: Tied for the warmest Feb. on record - 56.4 degrees / + 9.7 degrees

June: 2nd most t’storm days on record - 23 vs. the avg. of 15 (most: 24 days in June, 1924)

July 20: Table Rock Lake, Missouri - storm capsizes tourist boat killing 17

June/July/August: 69 t’storm days in Jax breaks the record of 63 t’storm days for the same period in 1927 (avg.: 47 days)

Sept. 16: Hottest Jags home game on record - 96 degrees, heat index: 106 degrees.

Sept.: 2nd hottest Sept. on record - 82.4 degrees below hottest of 83.3 degree in 1925 - no nights below 70 degrees!

Oct. 10: Cat. 5 hurricane Michael plows into the Central Florida Panhandle with damage well into Ga. See “Forecasting a Monster” from the Buresh Blog.

(Action News Jax)

Dec. 2: EF-3 tornado hits Kings Bay, Ga. injuring 4 people.

(Kings Bay)

2019

Feb.: 6 record highs

March 3: Tornado outbreak from Alabama/Fl. Panhandle to Ga. & South Carolina - at least 24 dead

May 3: Boeing 737 skids into the St. Johns River at NAS Jax during a heavy t’storm

(JSO)

May 27: 100 degrees at JIA ties all-time May high

May 29: 500 U.S. tornadoes over 30 days

June 9: Volusia Co., FL motorcyclist killed by a lightning strike on I-95

(FDOT)

Sept. 1 - 3: Hurricane Dorian slowly plows through the Northwest Bahamas with closest approach - 100+ miles east of Jax Beach - on Sept. 4th.

Sept. 26: record high of 97 degrees - latest 97 degrees ever for Jax (was Sept. 21, 1990)

For the year: 101 90-degree days - tied for 8th most

Nov.: First month with below avg. temps. since July, 2018