Area gets first touch of fall weather


Kristen Loose, a senior in marketing at the University of Florida, runs past the UF bat house in Gainesville on Monday.

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Published: Monday, September 24, 2012 at 10:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 24, 2012 at 10:33 p.m.

Like a flip of a switch, a touch of fall was felt in Alachua County on Monday, with the low temperature dipping to 58 degrees at Gainesville Regional Airport.

A cold front that passed through the area over the weekend will mean lower-than-normal temperatures this week throughout the county. The first day of fall was Saturday.

This week the highs should only reach the low- to mid-80s. The average high temperature this time of year is 86 degrees.

Lows should also be in the lower- to mid-60s, which is also 3 to 5 degrees below normal.

Jason Hess, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Jacksonville, said the cold front brought much drier, cooler air. The chance of rain for the rest of the week is about 30 percent each day through Sunday.

According to the weather records, Gainesville has had a 16-inch surplus of rain since May 1, mainly thanks to Tropical Storm Debby, which helped produce 16.34 inches of rain in June.

But since Oct. 1 last year, a span just shy of a year, Gainesville is only 6 inches above normal for rainfall.

That's because from Oct. 1 to April 30, Gainesville had a 10-inch rainfall shortage, records state.

The long-range forecast is calling for near-normal temperatures and above-average rainfall through the end of the year.

The county's official forecast is issued by the National Weather Service, while the Sun's weather page uses AccuWeather forecasts. Sometimes those predictions differ.

Contact Joe Callahan at 867-4113 or joe.callahan@starbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter at JoeOcalaNews.

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