Weather Blog: Review May, Preview June

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TAMPA, Fla. – May is usually a very dry month. Sometimes there can be an early start to the rainy season or tropical humidity sneaking into the area. That happened in 2018 when May was extremely wet. In fact, over 19 inches of rain fell in Lakeland last May, making it the wettest month ever for Lakeland.

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We had some tropical moisture that was pulled into the state last year and it had a lot of rain for a few days.

May was a little different this year. The month started unusually wet, which was basically a continuation of an unusually wet April. Then, around the 13-15th of the month, the pattern changed in the United States. A large high pressure ridge developed over the southeast as broad low pressure over the southwest. This led to an active pattern of severe weather from Texas across the Great Lakes states. With the pattern in place, not much had changed in everyday weather in many parts of the country. Here we experienced warm and dry weather. In fact, most of us had no rainfall for the last 17 days of May. And in Tampa, the temperature was above or above 90 degrees for the last 15 days of the month.

Here’s a look at the numbers for May as a whole:

  • Tampa
    • Average temperature 81.6 degrees (3.2 degrees above average)
    • Precipitation 4.78 inches (2.68 inches above average)
  • Lakeland
    • Average temperature 80.8 degrees (3.7 degrees above average)
    • Precipitation 3.75 inches (0.39 inches above average)
  • Bradenton
    • Average temperature 80.7 degrees (4.3 degrees above average)
    • Precipitation 1.78 inches (0.43 inches below average)
  • Brooksville
    • Average temperature 78.7 degrees (4.0 degrees above average)
    • Precipitation 3.71 inches (0.76 inches above average)
  • St. Petersburg
    • Average temperature 80.1 degrees (1.1 degrees above average)
    • Precipitation 3.27 inches (1.06 inches above average)

Looking ahead to June, we usually get into our rainy season pattern, which is usually morning sun with afternoon storms boosted by the sea breeze front. As a result, our average rainfall in June is between 6 and 7 inches. Temperatures don’t vary much in June, as our average high goes from 89 to 90 and lows from 73 to 76 at the end of the month.

This year, the pattern looks like it may already come in a somewhat typical summer storm pattern next week.