Interesting Weather Record For West-Central And Southwest Florida In 2010

The National Weather Service has an informative summary of 2010 for West-Central And Southwest Florida;

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA – RUSKIN FL 150 AM EST WED JAN 5 2011

They summarized the year as

“….it was a year of temperature extremes across west central and southwest Florida”

There is quite a bit of informative information. Perhaps of particular interest in terms of long-term weather records is their Table 1 with the number of days in which the maximum temperature was less than 60F compared with the long-term record.

They wrote

…[T[he entire year we had more days with temperatures not making it above 60 degrees then during any other year in recorded history at most locations as seen in the Table 1….”

 This local summary illustrates the complexity of weather and why we need to focus on regional and local patterns and extremes, not a global average surface temperature.  Since none of these extremes were skillfully predicted even a season ahead of time, it also illustrates the limited predictability of the climate system.

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