THE WORST OF WINTER IS BEHIND US!

Arctic Oscillation

In December 2013, Jacksonville had 8 days of 80 degrees or higher when the Arctic Oscillations were on the “warm” side. That month’s temperatures averaged nearly 5 degrees above the norm. The first Arctic to reach north Florida was on January 6 when a hard freeze sent temperatures into the low 20s and upper teens. Jacksonville had 8 freezes from January intrusions of the Polar Vortex that caused the month to average nearly 4 degrees colder than normal. The city had only one freezing day in February and none so far in March as the only effect of last week’s Arctic outbreak was only two cold overcast days that failed to climb above of the 40s.

The remainder of this month appears to be free of freezing temps in the Jacksonville area, but outlying places in southeast Georgia and the Suwannee Valley may have a few more freezing mornings between now and April 5.

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