Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Century-Old Florida Low Temperature Records Tied, Broken

Image (click to enlarge): MODIS satellite surface temperature image with surface observations near 2 am EST, January 4, 2012, via CIMSS/University of Wisconsin

Jan. 5 Update: Preliminary data from the National Climatic Data Center indicate the following additional low temperature records were tied in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina:
Anniston AL       17 (tie, 2002)
Macon GA 18 (tie, 2008)
Florence SC 16 (tie, 2008)
Meanwhile, back at the ranch . . .

Original post:
A strong, but narrow, cold outbreak set or tied daily low temperature records in northern Florida and southern Georgia this morning. At Gainesville, Florida, where records have been kept since 1891, the old record from 1900 was broken by 2°. Preliminary National Weather Service record reports for January 4 at official reporting locations (ASOS stations) include (old record in parentheses):
Alma GA           19 (22, 2001)
St. Simons Is. GA 26 (tie, 2010)
Naples FL 36 (39, 2002)
Gainesville FL 20 (22, 1900)
Jacksonville FL 22 (tie, 1887)
Apalachicola FL 26 (tie, 2010)
Tallahassee FL 18 (tie, 1928)
The 1918 records in southern Florida remained intact, however, as Ft. Lauderdale missed its record of 32° by 10°, and Miami missed its similar record by 11°.

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