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West Central and Southwest Florida 2018 Annual Climate
Summary and Tables

2018 across West Central and Southwest Florida saw ups and downs in the temperatures and rainfall. The year started out cool and generally wetter than normal in January then became much warmer and drier than normal with February becoming the Warmest on record across most of the area. The pendulum swung back to cooler than normal temperatures for March then back to above normal for April with the rather dry weather persisting. As we moved into May a summer-like pattern developed with showers and thunderstorms on numerous days which kept temperatures closer to normal, but rainfall was well above normal with a many locations setting a new record for the most rain in any May. For the summer months of June, July, and August temperatures were generally near to above normal while rainfall was highly variable thanks to many days with winds coming from a southerly to westerly direction, which is in contrast to what is considered our more typical summertime east to southeast flow. This led to many areas near the coast from Tampa Bay southward seeing well below normal rainfall for much of the Summer. However, during the last two weeks of August our more classic summertime east to southeast flow setup and this brought many locations near the coast back closer to normal. During the September we saw numerous days in the 90s which led to many locations setting a new record for the Warmest September on record. The warm weather persisted into the first half of November, then we finally saw a decent cold front sweep through ushering a brief cool down during mid-month followed by a stronger cold front toward the end of the month. The summer rainy season came to a gradual end right on schedule during late September and early October with rainfall below normal for most of the Autumn across the area. For December an El Niño like pattern setup with three separate storm system moving across the southern U.S. bringing widespread rain and strong to severe thunderstorms to much of the region. The first system brought heavy rainfall of 2 to 4 inches to parts of the Tampa Bay region. The second brought heavy rainfall from around the Interstate 4 corridor northward with the most, 6 to 9 inches, occurring across parts of Levy and Citrus counties. The third system setup a little further south with widespread rainfall of 3 to 6 inches north of a line from around Venice to Wauchula to Frostproof.

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2018 Temperature (°F) - Graphics
Site Average Normal Dep fm Normal Ranking
Arcadia 73.2 72.1 +1.1 Tied 25th Warmest
Archbold 73.3 71.7 +1.6 7th Warmest
Bartow 73.6 73.6 0.0 Tied 12th Warmest
Brooksville 71.9 70.1 +1.8 Tied 18th Warmest
Chiefland 5 ESE 71.5 68.5 +3.0 3rd Warmest
Fort Myers 76.2 75.1 +1.1 Tied 7th Warmest
Inverness 3 SE 70.5 70.3 +0.2 Tied 25th Warmest
Lakeland 74.7 72.6 +2.1 7th Warmest
Myakka Rvr St Pk 74.5 73.1 +1.4 Tied 6th Warmest
Plant City 74.9 72.4 +2.5 3rd Warmest
Punta Gorda 75.6 73.8 +1.8 Tied 4th Warmest
Sarasota-Bradenton 74.4 72.9 +1.5 Tied 5th Warmest
St. Leo 72.7 73.0 -0.3 Tied 34th Warmest / 81st Coolest
St. Petersburg 75.4 74.2 +1.2 10th Warmest
Tampa 75.6 73.4 +2.2 3rd Warmest
Tarpon Springs 74.0 72.1 +1.9 Tied 9th Warmest
Venice 74.5 73.0 +1.5 Tied 8th Warmest
Wauchula 2 N 73.1 73.7 -0.6 Tied 20th Warmest
Winter Haven 75.1 73.3 +1.8 Tied 4th Warmest
2018 Rainfall (inches) - Graphics
Site Total Normal Dep fm Normal Ranking
Arcadia 55.41 52.24 +3.17 41st Wettest / 65th Driest
Archbold 54.77 52.15 +2.62 25th Wettest
Bartow 56.70 52.08 +4.62 43rd Wettest / 77th Driest
Brooksville 64.52 52.77 +11.75 27th Wettest
Chiefland 5 ESE 76.86 58.53 +18.33 3rd Wettest
Fort Myers 52.12 55.93 -3.81 64th Wettest / 53rd Driest
Inverness 3 SE 68.65 51.79 +16.86 6th Wettest
Lakeland 78.15 54.79 +23.36 Wettest
Myakka Rvr St Pk 78.82 59.57 +19.25 3rd Wettest
Plant City 68.88 53.56 +15.32 10th Wettest
Punta Gorda 63.30 52.02 +11.28 8th Wettest
Sarasota-Bradenton 48.71 53.01 -4.30 65th Wettest / 43rd Driest
St. Leo 65.58 54.17 +11.41 16th Wettest
St. Petersburg 47.99 50.81 -2.82 58th Wettest / 45th Driest
Tampa 61.48 46.30 +15.18 13th Wettest
Tarpon Springs 63.60 52.62 +10.98 16th Wettest
Venice 51.79 50.48 +1.31 21st Wettest
Wauchula 2 N 51.53 51.20 +0.33 39th Wettest / 34th Driest
Winter Haven 54.41 50.94 +3.47 18th Wettest


Temperature Graphics


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2018 Average Temperature (°F)   2018 Departure from Normal (°F)

January Average Temp (°F)   January Dep fm Normal (°F)     February Average Temp (°F)   February Dep fm Normal (°F)  

March Average Temp (°F)   March Dep fm Normal (°F)     April Average Temp (°F)   April Dep fm Normal (°F)  

May Average Temp (°F)   May Dep fm Normal (°F)     June Average Temp (°F)   June Dep fm Normal (°F)  

July Average Temp (°F)   July Dep fm Normal (°F)     August Average Temp (°F)   August Dep fm Normal (°F)  

 September Average Temp (°F)  September Dep fm Normal (°F)   October Average Temp (°F)   October Dep fm Normal (°F)  

November Average Temp (°F)   November Dep fm Normal (°F)     December Average Temp (°F)   December Dep fm Normal (°F)  

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Rainfall Graphics


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2018 Rainfall (in.)   2018 Rainfall Percent of Normal (%)

January Rainfall (in.)   January Pct of Normal (%)     February Rainfall (in.)   February Pct of Normal (%)  

March Rainfall (in.)   March Pct of Normal (%)     April Rainfall (in.)   April Pct of Normal (%)  

May Rainfall (in.)   May Pct of Normal (%)     June Rainfall (in.)   June Pct of Normal (%)  

July Rainfall (in.)   July Pct of Normal (%)     August Rainfall (in.)   August Pct of Normal (%)  

September Rainfall (in.)   September Pct of Normal (%)     October Rainfall (in.)   October Pct of Normal (%)  

November Rainfall (in.)   November Pct of Normal (%)     December Rainfall (in.)   December Pct of Normal (%)  

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Chiefland 5 ESE data
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Inverness 3 SE data
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Brooksville Area data
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St. Leo data
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Tarpon Springs data
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Tampa Area data
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St. Petersburg Area data
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Plant City data
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Lakeland Area data
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Winter Haven Area data
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Bartow data
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Sarasota-Bradenton Area data
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Venice data
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Myakka River State Park data
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Wauchula 2 N data
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Arcadia data
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Archbold Bio Stn data
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Punta Gorda Area data
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Fort Myers Area data
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