cold front

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Dreaded stalled front
And why they are not so dreaded

South Floridians crave cold fronts …

Like a hydrologist craves donuts.

Stalled fronts can bedevil south Floridians

Okay, I’ll admit — that isn’t the best analogy, but you get my point. Then there is the dreaded stalled front. Those occur when cold air stops just short and doesn’t break through, leaving us with a extended period of clouds and humidity. As for the stalled front we’re getting now. I’m actually enjoying it because, in addition to clouds its bringing some much needed rain. Even better, it appears to be bringing in some colder weather behind it, too. So maybe it’s more a “slow front” than a cold front. All good news. Now time for a donut!

Powerful front
Wind, lightning, rain and cooler air

During the winter in south Florida,

It doesn’t rain, but when it does it pours.

Winter fronts are major weather events in south Florida

And often it also brings along lots of wind at the frontal boundary, plus a squall line of thunderstorms that can dole out as much rain as they do lightning strikes, or maybe a combination of the two. Usually they pass through fast, leaving behind a wake of downed palm fronds and a return of blue sky above. The blue is usually a little deeper and clearer and quite a bit cooler and crisper. Fronts in Florida are most remembered for what they leave behind: a momentary reversal of the water cycle, new puddles of rain water, and a day or three (and sometimes a week) of continental air with daytime highs in the 70s.

Early cold front

Usually it isn’t until mid October … 

That south Florida gets its first dose of coolish air.

The flag is our
cold front indicator

Not that we’re complaining!