Happy Sunday! Today is the annual running of the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, FL.
You may remember this scene from last years Daytona 500, which had a weird series of circumstances. First, the race was delayed from Sunday to Monday evening due to rain. Then, during the middle of the race, a crash by Juan Pablo Montoya caused a massive fire to spark on the track and leading to a long delay while they repaired the track.
Hopefully nothing will happen like that will happen this year, even though it does make great entertainment! We’re watching the possibility of some showers and storms in the area, however, for the race today.
This blog is full of Daytona facts that you can astound your friends with as you watch the annual race. For example, did you know that only 4 of the times the Daytona 500 has been raced it ended before all 200 laps were raced?
Here is the averages for Daytona, FL today. The average high is 72, which was already reached by 10 am this morning. They have gotten as hot as 88 on this date (last year) and have had over 3″ of rain on this date.
The warmest Daytona was 85° back in 1975 when the winner was Denny Parsons.
The coldest high temperature on a race day was only 48° back in 1967. Many up north would consider this a warm day for February, but I can’t imagine that the fans were the happiest!
The wettest Daytona occurred the year before the warmest occur, but less than an inch fell on this date. This was one of the shortened races, as the race only went 198 laps due to rain that moved in at the end.
Here’s a forecast for the Daytona area over the next 7 days. A cool front will move through the area on Tuesday, leading to temperatures dropping below normal through next weekend. 56° next to the ocean will feel chilly, but March will come in like a lamb on Friday.
The 6-10 Day Outlook from the Climate Prediction Center shows that the southeast is expected to be cool as enter March, meanwhile the west coast should be warmer than normal.
Hope you enjoy what’s left of your weekend, and that your favorite driver wins the Daytona 500!
Meteorologist D.J. Kayser
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