Dec 16, 2010

Second Round of Record Cold in Florida

An arctic outbreak put the 540 line near Tampa, FL on the morning of December 13th:
At 850 mb, temperatures as cold as -8C were pushing into northern Florida as the freezeing line hovered near Lake Okeechobee.
Hard freeze warnings (dark blue) went down to southern Florida on Tuesday night (14th).
Here are some of the morning lows/afternoon highs (not 24-hour max/min) and new records from along the Gulf Coast and Florida for December 13th, 14th, 15th:

Lakefront Airport, New Orleans, LA: 13th: 36/46, 14th: 33/48

New Orleans Naval Air Station, Belle Chasse, LA: 13th: 34/45, 14th: 27/50

Gulfport, MS: 13th: 32/47, 14th: 26/45

Baton Rouge, LA: 13th: 30/46, 14th: 26/52

Mobile Regional Airport, AL: 13th: 29/43, 14th: 24 (old record 26 set in 1962)/49

Mobile Downtown Airport, AL: 13th: 29/43, 14th: 24/46

Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, FL: 13th: 32/42, 14th: 26/47, 15th: 27/57

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Panama City, FL: 13th: 31/42, 14th: 23/48, 15th: 25/55

Apalachicola, FL: 13th: 32/44, 14th: 26 (old record 27 set in 1996)/49, 15th: 27 (old record 29 set in 1968)/55

Tallahassee Regional Airport, FL: 13th: 32/43, 14th: 25/46, 15th: 21/50

Perry-Foley Airport, Perry, FL: 13th: 33/45, 14th: 20/47, 15th: 23/52

Cross City Airport, FL: 13th: 33/46, 14th: 22/49, 15th: 19/57

Jacksonville International Airport, FL: 13th: 31/45, 14th: 20 (old record 24 set in 1960)/45, 15th: 21 (old record 25 set in 1962)/54

Gainesville Regional Airport, FL: 13th: 34/46, 14th: 23/48, 15th: 22 (old record 26 set in 1989)/57

Daytona Beach International Airport, FL: 13th: 35/46, 14th: 24/48 (old record 52 set in 1962), 15th: 26 (old record 29 set in 1962)/56

Orlando Executive Airport: 13th: 39/48, 14th: 28/49 (old record 541962), 15th: 31/56

Orlando International Airport: 13th: 40/49, 14th: 28/49, 15th: 31(old record 33 set in 1968)/57

Vero Beach Municipal Airport, FL: 13th: 38/56, 14th: 26/53 (old record 56 set in 1962), 15th: 29 (old record 35 set in 1962)/58

Tampa International Airport: 13th: 44/50, 14th: 32/48, 15th: 34/56

Charlotte County Airport, Punta Gorda, 13th: 48/58, 14th: 31/53, 15th: 29/59

Page Field, Fort Myers, FL: 13th: 50/60, 14th: 34/54, 15th: 33 (ties record from 1944)/60

Naples Municipal Airport, FL: 13th: 56/63, 14th: 37/52 (old record 59 set in 1982), 15th: 36/58 (old record 60 set in 2002)

Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, FL: 13th: 48/60, 14th: 32 (old record 33 set in 1962)/55 (old record 58 set in 1962), 15th: 35/63

Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, FL: 14th: 34 (tied record from 1962)/53 (old record 63 set in 1969), 15th: 37/62

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport: 14th: 34/54, 15th: 35/62

Miami International Airport, FL: 14th: 36 (old record 39 set in 1962)/53 (old record 59 set in 1962), 15th: 36 (old record 42 set in 1942)/62 (ties record from 1968)

Homestead Air Force Base, FL: 14th: 35/53, 15th: 43/62

Marathon Airport, FL: 14th: 44/51, 15th: 45/54

Key West Airport: 14th: 50 (ties record from 1962)/54, 15th: 46 (old record 52 set in 1885)/57 old record 60 set in 1962)

On the 13th, dewpoints were as low as 4 at New Otleans Naval Air Station and 0 at Gulfport; on the 14th, dewpoints were 1 at Mobile Regional Airport, -3 at Tallahassee, 3 at Apalachicola, -2 at Perry, -2 at Gainesville, -2 at Orlando Executive, 0 at Tampa, and 18 at Marathon; on the 15th -2 at Daytona Beach, -2 at Vero Beach, 10 at Naples, 0 at West Palm Beach, 4 at Miami, and 31 at Key West. As is often the case, these low dewpoints occurred in the afternoon when drier air aloft can more easily mix down to the surface.


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