Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Florida sees wetter than ever summer thanks to Isaac, Debby

With 10 days still to go, this has been the wettest summer ever recorded in Florida, thanks to two tropical storms that rolled through the Gulf of Mexico, dumping buckets of rain over the state.

The Sunshine State saw nearly 31 inches of rain — almost 9 inches more than the long-term average, says a climate report by the National Weather Service.

The precipitation was driven, in part, by Tropical Storm Debby and Hurricane Isaac, which contributed to August becoming Florida's fourth wettest on record, experts said.

This was an unusual deviation from much of the rest of the country, where the weather was hot but dry.

Two states saw their hottest summer ever, with seasonal temperatures more than 4 degrees above average in Colorado and Wyoming, and 16 states across the country had summer temperatures among their top 10 highest, according to the National Weather Service.

The heat was dry, sparking wildfires in the West that evacuated entire communities.

Temperatures in Florida remained about average.

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