A few months back I devoted a column to the weather, noting that in 2010 Naples recorded the coldest winter on record.
It didn’t take long to heat up.
The folks who jointly watch the weather in South Florida for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service reported Thursday that Naples and a few other cities just recorded the hottest June on record.
The average temperature for the month in Naples was 84.6 degrees, 3.8 degrees above the norm. That broke the previous record of 84.1 degrees recorded back in 1944. The temperature gauges at Naples Airport are used by NOAA and the National Weather Service to keep track of official records.
It also was the hottest June on record in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The month’s average at Miami International Airport was 85.5 degrees breaking a record set in 1998 of 85.3 degrees. At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport the official average was 84.9 degrees, just nipping the record of 84.8 degrees also set in 1998.
Only Palm Beach — out of the four main reporting sites monitored by the weather service — missed setting a record. The average June temperature recorded at the Palm Beach International Airport was 84.4 degrees. That was the second highest on record, missing out to June of 1998.
The highest daytime temperature recorded for Naples was 97 degrees on June 12. The highest in Miami and Fort Lauderdale were 95 degrees and 94 degrees respectively.
All the airport recording locations in South Florida are relatively near the moderating influence of the ocean or gulf. It was hotter away from the coast. A 100-degree high was reported at the Oasis Ranger Station in Collier County and farther north in Clewiston.
June featured hot nights as well as hot days. In Miami, overnight temperatures failed to drop below 80 on 13 days. In Fort Lauderdale it never dropped below 80 on 15 days, three days more than the previous record.
“Why was it so warm?” the National Weather Service press release asked, before providing this answer:
“The primary culprit was a stronger than normal high pressure over a deep layer of the atmosphere over the Southeastern United States, including Florida. The stronger pressure resulted in less overall cloud cover across the area…another possible factor was slightly warmer than normal seas surface temperatures off the Florida coasts.”
Translation for Naples: It wasn’t as cloudy and the Gulf was warmer than a typical June.
What does Mother Nature have in store for us the rest of the summer?
“The Climate Prediction Center’s outlook for July calls for a continued likelihood of warmer than normal temperatures across South Florida,” the weather service folks reported.
Could 2010 feature both the coldest winter on record and the hottest summer?
It’s quite likely.