The National Weather Service in Tampa’s Paul Close faithfully assembles data for the Tampa Bay area every month on temperatures and rainfall and as usual the data are mixed.
The summer 2022 data are no exception.
Winter Haven, whose records go back only to 1941, was the third wettest on record with 12.42 inches for August. My unofficial record about a mile away from the official site was 11.85 inches.
It was the fourth warmest summer at 84.9 degrees, but it was a four-way tie that included a record from 1941.
Lakeland, whose record goes back to 1915 at various locations before its current site at the airport, was the second warmest summer at 84.1 degrees. The rainfall record was incomplete.
In Bartow, whose records go back to 1892, the city recorded its 11th warmest summer, which tied a 1951 record, and 93rd wettest summer, well behind records from 1928 and 1934. Depending on how you look at it, August was either the 34th wettest or the 98th driest on record.
Farther south, Wauchula, whose records go back to 1933, didn’t appear record-breaking in either category.
Most of the higher temperature records at all of these locations occurred over the past couple of decades or so. If you are looking for trends, that might be a good place to start.