May 12, 2009

Not exactly frozen Tundra

At first glance, it would appear that we battled through some “peninsular cooling” this past year.

Our most recent winter and summer were cooler than the year before.

That’s highlighted below in the banded graph of 7-day running high and low temperatures for Naples, Florida.

The summer of 2007 was fiery hot, even by Florida standards. The running 7-day high stayed at or above 90º F for 4 consecutive months. Compare that to the summer of 2008 were such a high or consistency was rarely achieved.

This past winter was consistently cold, if only by Florida standards. The 7-day running low consistently dipped below 60º from November through February, and on two occasions dipped into frozen Tundra territory of below 50º F.

Ok – that’s not Tundra Territory, but for Naples it’s close. Several nights in those two weeks dropped into the low 30s. (I had to break out a sweater!)

That brings us to this summer.

Will it be a hot one or a cold one?

That depends in part on the rain. The summer of 2007 was a dry one, a consequence of which was higher daytime highs.

The summer of 2008 was wetter – and if you look closely at the graph, you can see where two tropical storms passed over southwest Florida by the tip in daytime highs for those weeks … one in mid July and the other in August (Fay).

How will we know that summer officially begins?

If you’re looking at the graph – summer will have arrived when the band turns completely orange. Currently there’s still a speck of green at its bottom. If you’re looking out your window, it’s the pitter patter of the summer rains.

I recommend a combination of both.


Oman said...

wow. your pics never really fail to impress me. great job. :)

RA said...

I agree on that Lawstude, the photos are always awesome! Not to mention all of the knowledge we come along every time visiting this blog. Thanks for sharing, Bob. Have a great day :).

Rinkly Rimes said...

Did you write the 'Brrrr!' note? I don't think you'd care what the temperature was: you love your work too much.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rob: Why are you getting the extremes,things are strange.
BTW: It was a shelf fugus on the guess.

Janie said...

Rain and graphs sound like a good combo. We'll have to settle for the sound of rainbird sprinklers here, though. We rarely get a good rain in summer.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your comments.

Although not quite frozen, our wetlands are our "dried out" Tundra -- which puts them in a solid state that you can walk on them without sinking down. That'll change once the wet season splashes water back on them.

As for the Brrrr note, that was from Naples Zoo earlier this winter during a particularly cold day. They keep the birds inside on those days.