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October 13 Weather Summary and Winter Forecast

13 Jan-Oct Panhandle RainfallOctober 2013 was another dry month like September.  October is normally a low rainfall month in the Florida Panhandle, but this year’s edition was even drier than normal with an average across the 5 stations of only 1.3″.  The FAWN Station at Monticello recorded the lowest rainfall, with only 0.5″.  The high total for October was 2.0″ recorded at the Marianna Station.

October did provide much milder temperatures.  The average air temperature for October was 68°, which was 10 degrees cooler than September.  Soil temperatures also cooled off from an average of 76° in September to an average 66° in October.

13 Jan-Oct Weather SummaryThe Seasonal Drought forecast remains positive for rainfall over much of the Southeast, as drought conditions are not expected through the end of January.

Oct 13-Jan 14 US Drought OutlookNOAA forecasts, however indicate that drier than normal conditions are expected over the next three months.  So while the Panhandle is not expected to experience drought conditions, NOAA does expected the trend of below average rainfall from the past two months to continue through the January.

Nov 12 - Jan 14 Precitp Outlook

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Jackson County Extension Director, & Livestock & Forages Agent

My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

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