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Southwest Florida gets another brief cool down

February temperatures have been well above average across southwest Florida. Naples has averaged more than 4 degrees warmer than usual for the month; temperatures in Fort Myers have averaged about 2 degrees warmer than seasonal values. Warm temperatures have been accompanied by a continued deficit in precipitation…To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 02/27/14

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Warm-up and cool down pattern promises potpourri of weather

That persistent “polar vortex,” also known historically as the Hudson Bay low, is beginning its brief hiatus. During the next several days, the warmest temperatures in weeks will spread…this trend is going to take a sharp reversal before the end of the week. In fact, the “polar vortex,” will be back in position, albeit not as intensely, by week’s end…To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 02/18/14

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An out of balance weather pattern leads to record events

While another record-breaking winter storm crippled parts of the eastern U.S., many areas of the Southwest saw record-breaking warmth and a continued lack of precipitation. In fact, record reports documented by National Weather Service (NWS) offices soared during the past few days (Fig. 1). Fully one-third of NWS offices nationwide reported record events…To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 02/15/14

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Hello, I’m Winter!

Happy belated Groundhog Day (Feb. 2, 2014)! What does that furry marmot from Punxsutawney know anyway? What do all those other Johnny-come lately groundhogs and other critters know? Not much, even with their hyped weather forecasting accuracies…To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 02/11/14