WEATHER REVIEW: 2014 in Tampa Bay

By Mike Clay, Chief Meteorologist
Last Updated: Thursday, January 01, 2015, 10:46 PM EST

The year 2014 was a wet one with near normal temperatures for Tampa Bay. 

Rainfall was almost one foot above normal: 2014 had 57.87 inches which is 11.57” above normal. 

The wettest day of the year was July 8 when early morning rain produced 4.48” at the airport with many reports of street flooding nearby.  Another wet day was November 25 with 3.65” of rain. This was the 19th wettest year since records began in 1890.

2014 marks the 4th year in a row of above normal rainfall.

  • 2013 52.48
  • 2012 55.97
  • 2011 53.22

You have to go back to 2010 to find the last year with below normal rainfall.  Also, 7 of the last 10 years have featured above normal rainfall.  2004 with an active hurricane season was the wettest with 59.31” but 2014 with no tropical threats was close with 57.87”.

But none of these years comes close to the top 5 wettest years for Tampa.

Top 5 wettest years were:

  1. 76.57” 1959
  2. 70.43” 1957
  3. 67.71” 1997
  4. 67.19” 1912
  5. 66.93” 1894

The average temperature for the year was 72.9 degrees. This is -0.5 below normal.  (Normal is based on the 30 year average.)

Temperature departure for normal for each month (in degrees) compared to 30 year average:

  • January -3.6 below
  • February +1.5 above
  • March -1.6 below
  • April +0.6 above
  • May -0.4 below
  • June +0.1 above
  • July 0.00
  • August +1.0 above
  • September -0.6 below
  • October -0.3 below
  • November -4.5 below
  • December +1.8 above

There were 91 days of sunshine, 182 partly cloudy days, and 92 cloudy days.

A thunderstorm was reported at the airport on 90 days.  There were 28 days with heavy rain, 58 days with moderate rain, and 157 days with light rain reported at least once during the 24 hour period.  We had for 142 days with low visibility reported at least once on 21 days.