Though there were some scattered storms in and around Tampa on Friday, for most local residents the weekend turned out to be fairly dry. With the increase in sunshine and decrease in rainfall, temperatures rose to above normal readings once again. All three days, MacDill Air Force Base reached 95 degrees. Other stations in the area reached 90-94 each afternoon. When combined with dew point temperatures of 75-80+, heat indices reached 105-110 all three days. Also of importance—Tampa International Airport has set several record high minimums lately.
A record low minimum is similar to a record high temperature. It simply occurs for the overnight low temperature for that 24 hour period. If the low temperature has never remained so high for a 24 hour period, a record high minimum occurs. Tampa has now set five of these in a row. The last five morning lows have been 82 last Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 83 Friday morning, 81 Saturday morning, and 83 Sunday morning. Average lows are 76-77, so this is a good bit above average. Also of note—there are record low maximums as well. These are like record lows. When a high temperature for a 24 hour period has never remained so low, a record low maximum occurs. Tampa experienced several of these in January 2010, including a high of only 42 degrees 09 January (there were actually reports of freezing rain and sleet around the area that morning).
Monday and Tuesday
There may be an increase in thunderstorm coverage to begin the work week for local residents and vacationers to the Tampa Bay Area. However, temperatures will remain a bit above average. Skies both days will remain partly cloudy to partly sunny, and there will be 30-50% coverage of thunderstorms expected each afternoon. Highs should reach 90-96, and with high humidity still in place, heat index values will range 104-110. Low temperatures will likely remain above normal, ranging 76-82. For more detailed information, visit the Tampa Bay Area National Weather Service website at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw/, or the Storm Team 8 Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/StormTeam8WFLA.
Emily briefly reorganized Saturday through Sunday afternoon. This allowed the system to attain Tropical Depression status for the first time, but it never strengthened back into a Tropical Storm. The system dissipated again Sunday evening, with a near zero chance of redevelopment. However, there are some waves in the Atlantic Basin that need to be monitored as the peak of Hurricane Season approaches. Keep informed by visiting the National Hurricane Center’s website at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.