Mother Nature killed three people in Palm Beach County in 2015.
A grand golf tournament in February was shown no pity when waterfalls of dry-season rain left organizers helpless to do anything but wait out the fury.
And Florida was spared for a record 10th year from a hurricane landfall.
Weather affects everyone, yet it’s something no one can control. In the year that has passed, weather was both benefactor and bully in South Florida.
“It’s luck. It’s all luck,” said hurricane expert and Florida International University Professor Hugh Willoughby when Florida ended an unprecedented 10th storm season with no hurricanes. “But sometimes, you can just have bad luck.”
With that in mind, here are some of South Florida’s top weather stories of 2015.
Honda Classic tossed by storm
Bad luck is what the organizers of The Honda Classic were thinking when during the normally dry month of February a cold front stalled over South Florida.
Dry rainy season
South Florida historically receives about 20 percent of its rain for the year between Memorial Day and July 4 — the most consistent and important period for recharging the water supply after the dry season.
But by the end of July, Palm Beach County was down 11.25 inches of rain for the year and 99 percent of the county was suffering severe or moderate drought conditions.
King tides rise along coast
The September supermoon, which went into full eclipse Sept. 27 for the first time since 1982, summoned higher tides that overflowed aging seawalls and seeped up through sewers. Roads and trails along the Intracoastal Waterway were inundated, but the brackish water also crept up to the front doors of some homes in Delray Beach and Boca Raton.
The flooding tides happened again in October and November, driven by seasonal gravitational shifts and strong east winds.
A unique event occurred on Aug. 3 when twin tornadoes touched down in Palm Beach County after being stirred up by a south-moving storm colliding with afternoon sea breezes.
The tornadoes were highlighted in the National Weather Service’s year-end report as a top story for the year because as they occurred nearly simultaneously fewer than 10 miles apart. While one tornado spun harmlessly near a landfill, the second buzzed through Okeeheelee Park, downing trees and ripping apart a raised wooden platform used to view water skiing.
Another year without hurricanes
Maybe most notable for 2015 is what didn’t happen — the lack of a hurricane landfall for the 10th consecutive year.
The last storm was 2005’s Hurricane Wilma, which slammed into Palm Beach County’s western edge as a Category 2.
Lives that were lost
Tragically, it was common South Florida weather patterns that took the lives of three people in Palm Beach County.
The National Weather Service directly linked the March drowning death of 21-year-old British national Dario Willams to rip currents.
On July 24, a typical afternoon thunderstorm roared up, moving over the Atlantic Ocean near the Jupiter Inlet. Its ill-fated path crossed that of Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen. Two days later, the teens’ freshly gassed 19-foot Sea Craft single-engine boat was found. They never were.