Florida Thunderstorms and the Sea breeze

By: fredwx, 12:18 PM GMT on April 25, 2011

The summer rainy season in Florida is marked by the onset of showers and thunderstorms associated with the daily migration of the East and West Coast sea breezes. Since the ocean is a transparent liquid the water is warmed by the sun to a greater depth than the land and as a result the water will gain and lose heat more slowly than the land mass. As the land surface heats it in turn heats the air above it. The warm air is less dense and tends to rise creating a lowe...

Tampa Tornado Alley March 31st

By: fredwx, 9:53 PM GMT on April 01, 2011

NOAA NWS Tampa: March went out like a lion in the Tampa Bay Region with numerous tornadoes, downburst wind events, large hail and flooding. The map below shows the general locations of reported tornadoes and their paths. Full Report

Tampa Weather February 2011

By: fredwx, 6:29 PM GMT on March 10, 2011

Tampa February 2011February 2001 was warmer and much drier than normal in the Tampa Bay area. The mean temperature in Tampa was 65.3f or 2.6f warmer than normal. Rainfall was a skimpy 0.64 inches, more than 2 inches below average.Temperatures ranged from a cool 41 on the mornings of the 12th and again on the 14th to a very warm 84 on the afternoon of the 23rd. There were only 4 days with measurable rain and the most rain in a 24 hour period was only 0.33 inches o...

Tampa Weather January 2011

By: fredwx, 3:11 AM GMT on February 13, 2011

2011 arrived wet and cool in Tampa with 6.28 inches of rain falling during January, making the first month of the new year the fifth wettest January since records began in 1890. A frontal passage on the 16th-17th deposited over 2 inches of rain and a second strong frontal passage on the 25th was accompanied by an active squall line that move southward across the state resulting in dozens of tornado warnings.Although there where no confirmed tornadoes there were sev...

Updated: 6:17 PM GMT on March 03, 2011

Coldest December ever in Tampa

By: fredwx, 9:32 PM GMT on January 08, 2011

How cold was December? In Tampa December averaged 53.4 degrees which was not only more than 10 degrees below normal but was the coldest December ever since records began back in 1890! The very unusual cold was a result of the Arctic Oscillation (AO) which remained negative throughout the month and has continued negative into January. The coldest and warmest temperatures in Tampa occurred within 3 days of each other from a low of 32 on the 28th to a high of 79 on ...

Updated: 9:34 PM GMT on January 08, 2011

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