Summer’s Over; So Is Record Heat

The record-setting heat that was reported in the area this past summer is over.

Instead of being one of the 10 hottest months on record, the October temperatures were more likely within the top 100, according to the National Weather Service.

Rainfall was scarce, too, with Winter Haven recording its 15th driest October with less than an inch of rainfall recorded.

The Peace River is flowing about a third of its long-term average flow for this time of year at its beginning in Bartow.

The current flow is only marginally strong enough for paddling, though recent reports of numerous fallen trees along the river may require some scouting before planning a serious trip downstream.

The effects of El Nino are predicted to produce a wetter-than-normal winter, however, which may eventually restore normal flow.

Posted in Group Conservation Issues.