Weather Blog: 2016 in review

By Mike Clay , Bay News 9 Chief Meteorologist
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 04, 2017, 2:57 PM EST

2016 was the third warmest year on record for Tampa.

Records began in 1890.

Much of the warmth was due to warmer overnight lows.

The average temperature was 75.2, +1.8 degrees above normal.

2015 was actually slightly warmer with an average of 76.2 -- making it the warmest year on record.

The coldest year was 1968 with an average temperature of 69.8 degrees.

September was the warmest on record and July was tied for the warmest.

The highest daily temperature was 96 on July 17th, the lowest was 37 on January 24th.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Tampa was 99 on June 5, 1985 and the coldest was 18 on December 13, 1962.

Rainfall was above normal with 52.56”, 6.26” above normal. The wettest day was August 31st with 4.04”.
The wettest year was 1959 with 76.57” and the driest ever was 1956 with 28.89”.

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In St. Petersburg, it was the 13th warmest year on record.

The average temperature was 75.1, which was 0.9 degrees above normal.

The warmest year was 2015 with 76.4 and the coolest year was 1940 with an average temperature of 71.9.

The highest temperature was 96 on July 6th and the lowest was 43 on January 24.

The hottest temperature ever recorded was 100 on July 5 1995, the coldest was 22 on December 13, 1962.

Rainfall in St. Petersburg was 59.59” which was 8.78” above normal for the 23rd wettest year on record.

The wettest year was 1959 with 87.62” and the driest was 1984 with only 30.51”.

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The Sarasota/Bradenton area had the warmest year ever. Records began in 1911.

The average temperature was 75.3, which was 2.4 above normal.

The highest temperature was 99 on August 23rd, the lowest was 23 on January 25th.

The hottest temperature ever was 101 degrees on August 1, 1972 and July 23, 1971. The coldest was 20 on December 26, 1983.

Rainfall was below normal by about 4 inches with the total of 49.11”.

The wettest year was 1957 with 82.98” and the driest year was 1944 with 29.45”.

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In Lakeland, it was the 5th warmest year on record. Records began in 1915.

The average temperature was 74.8, +2.2 above normal.

The warmest year on record was 2015 and 1990 with an average temperature of 75.6. The coolest year was 1968 with 70.6 on average.

The highest temperature in 2016 was 97 on August 21 and 4 days in July. The coldest was 23 on January 24th.

Lakeland’s all time high was 105 on June 5, 1985 and the coldest ever was 20 on December 13, 1962.

Rainfall was 58.32 inches which was 3.53” above normal.

Lakeland’s wettest year was 1959 with 70.24” and driest was 1927 with 34.93”.

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Unfortunately, yearly temperature and rainfall data for Brooksville was unavailable due to a failure of the weather station operated by the NWS at the Brooksville airport in December.  As of today (January 4, 2017) that weather sensor still hasn’t been repaired. But, parts are on order and the weather instruments should be repaired next week.