Tampa Bay has been setting records over the last week when it comes to the heat. Now we can add more records to that list for the number of consecutive days without measurable rain during the rainy season.
Measurable rain is defined as rainfall greater than or equal to 1/100th of an inch. Anything less is considered a trace or no rain at all. The drops of rain must also fall over the climate site where the rain gauge is located. We have had showers around the area but many have missed our climate reporting sites where the gauges are located.
We have had plenty of rain earlier this month with many communities reporting 5-10 inches of rain during the first week of June!
It was a very wet start to the month.
June marks the first month of the rainy season and it continues through the end of September. It’s this time of year where Tampa Bay receives its greatest amount of rain.
A massive ridge of high pressure built in during the second week of June and held strong ever since. This has led to quiet days with a lot more sunshine.
The lack of cloud cover this time of year means we can expect temperatures to soar well into the 90s and they certainly did.
Tampa tied the all-time record high temperature of 99 degrees on Friday, June 26.
It has been eerily quiet over Tampa Bay during the last two weeks. This is a remarkable pattern during the rainy season. In some cities, we have never seen a stretch this long without measurable rain during the rainy season on record.
Up until Monday, Tampa has seen 15 consecutive days without measurable rain. This is the second longest stretch of dry weather during the rainy season on record, dating back to 1890. The record currently stands at 19 days set in 1979.
St. Petersburg and Brooksville however, both set new all-time records without rain in the season at 14 consecutive days.