Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Winter shaping up to be one of Tampa Bay's coldest

It's beginning to feel more like Des Moines, Iowa. Even to forecasters.

As yet another cold front moves in, weather experts say January and February are shaping up to be among the coldest ever in the Tampa Bay area.

"Every time people here at the station hear me say that more cold air is coming in, I hear the groans, I hear the sighs," said Julie Marquez, meteorologist with Bay News 9. "I understand a lot of people are tired of it. Most people are ready for it to warm up and stay that way."

Don't hold your breath.

After the sixth-coldest January on record, February may wind up being even colder.

February's normal average temperature — take the high and the low and divide by two — is 62.3 degrees.

The average is now 55.5 degrees, about two degrees off the all-time average low of 53.2 degrees set in 1978, the National Weather Service says.

"Right now, February is at No. 5, and it could move up," said weather service meteorologist Rick Davis.

Already, the winter of 2010 has taken a broad toll, damaging crops, killing fish and manatees in record numbers, inflating utility bills and curtailing tourism.

The forecast for the next few days calls for another blast of cold air.

By early Friday, temperatures are expected to be in the 30s in inland areas of Tampa Bay and the 20s in Citrus, Hernando and parts of Pasco counties.

"I've lived in Florida 30 years plus, and you're talking about the top five or even top three in history," Davis said. "It definitely feels cold to the average Floridian."

The upside?

"I've been able to wear my new coat this winter," says Marquez.

Winter shaping up to be one of Tampa Bay's coldest 02/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 9:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Two boys in critical condition after Largo crash


    LARGO — A 7-year-old boy was thrown from a car in a head-on crash on Starkey Road, and both he and a 6-year-old boy were in critical condition Sunday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  2. Trump's new order bars almost all travel from seven countries


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a new order banning almost all travel to the United States from seven countries, including most of the nations covered by his original travel ban, citing threats to national security posed by letting their citizens into the country.

    President Donald Trump speaks to reporters Sunday upon his return to the White House in Washington.
  3. Somehow, Rays' Chris Archer remains just shy of being an ace

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Chris Archer had another bad game Sunday.

    Chris Archer is sputtering to the finish line, his rough start on Sunday his fourth in his past five in which he hasn’t gotten past four innings.
  4. In Mexico City, hopes of finding quake survivors dwindle


    MEXICO CITY — Five days after the deadly magnitude 7.1 earthquake, the hulking wreckage of what used to be a seven-story office building is one of the last hopes: one of just two sites left where searchers believe they may still find someone trapped alive in Mexico City.

    Rescue workers search for survivors inside a felled office building in the Roma Norte neighborhood of Mexico City on Saturday.
  5. GOP health bill in major peril as resistance hardens among key senators


    WASHINGTON — The floundering Republican attempt to undo the Affordable Care Act met hardening resistance from key GOP senators Sunday that left it on the verge of collapse even as advocates vowed to keep pushing for a vote this week.

    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a moderate, said Sunday that it was “very difficult” to envision voting for this health-care bill.