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Key Points:

  • Average temperatures in Florida were generally near to above normal in June; extreme heat with triple digit temperatures affected many locations during mid and late June.
  • Rainfall totals for the month were variable, with south Florida receiving above normal rainfall.
  • Tropical Storm Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean on June 5 after passing over south Florida on June 4. The storm generated heavy rainfall and flash flooding, but luckily the storm moved quickly over Florida and eastward out over the Atlantic Ocean.
  • La Niña conditions are still favored to continue into early fall, with a 60% chance in July-September 2022; the chances of La Niña increase into early winter to 62-66%.

 

Average temperatures in June were generally near to above normal. Based on average temperatures for the month, this June was the 7th-warmest June on record for Florida, with a statewide average temperature +2.4 ̊F above normal for the month. Average temperature departures from normal ranged from -1.5 ̊F in Key West to +2.9 ̊F in Tallahassee for the month (see Table 1 and Appendix 1 for select cities). June was warm particularly across northern and central Florida. Pensacola observed its second warmest June on record based on average temperatures, just 2 ̊F shy of the record warmest June which occurred in 1952, and it had its record warmest month based on average minimum temperatures. Many locations recorded triple digit temperatures mid to late June. Several daily high maximum and minimum temperature records were tied or broken throughout the month (see appendix 2 for select daily high maximum records).

Table 1.  June average temperatures and departures from normal ( ̊F) for selected cities.

Station Mean Temperature Departure from Normal
Pensacola 84.4 +2.7
Tallahassee 83.7 +2.9
Jacksonville 80.7 +0.4
Orlando 83.5 +2.3
Tampa 85.2 +2.3
Miami 82.4 -0.4
Key West 82.6 -1.5 

 

Rainfall totals in June were generally below normal in northern Florida, while south Florida was wetter than normal. Overall, June 2022 was the 62nd wettest June on record for the state. The monthly precipitation departures from normal ranged from -6.43 inches in Jacksonville to +5.10 inches in Miami (Table 2 and Appendix 1). Jacksonville had its driest June on record (based on a 75-year record), and Clermont had its second-driest June on record. Above normal rainfall in south Florida, including from Tropical Storm Alex, helped to alleviate drought in that area. Two-day rainfall totals from TS Alex, which passed over South Florida on June 4th, were as much as 14.85 inches in Hollywood, and 14.79 inches near Pompano Beach; Biscayne Park recorded 12.72 inches and Miami had over 11 inches.

Table 2. June precipitation totals and departures from normal (inches) for selected cities.

Station Total Rainfall Departure from Normal
Pensacola 7.39 +0.07
Tallahassee 9.50 +1.74
Jacksonville 1.17 -6.43
Orlando 4.61 -3.44
Tampa 8.07 +0.70
Miami 15.61 +5.10
Key West 6.61 +2.38 

 

Figure 1. A graphical depiction of the monthly rainfall departure from normal (inches) for June (courtesy of NOAA, NWS).

Figure 1.  A graphical depiction of the monthly rainfall departure from normal (inches) for June (courtesy of NOAA, NWS).

 

La Niña Advisory.

La Niña conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean continued in June. La Niña is now favored to continue into the late Northern Hemisphere summer (60% chance in July-September 2022), and it is expected to persist into the Northern Hemisphere winter 2022-23. The chances for La Niña to continue into the Northern Hemisphere fall and early winter have increased to a 62-66% chance. This will be the third year in a row with La Niña, which has only happened twice in the past ~70 years.

 

Hazardous Weather Events in June.

According to the Local Storm Reports issued by the local National Weather Service offices serving Florida, there were 483 individual local reports of hazardous weather events recorded across the state during the month of June (see Table 4 for a breakdown by event type). In early June, Tropical Storm Alex became the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The storm brought heavy rainfall and localized flash flooding to many parts of south Florida, including in Miami-Dade, Broward, Lee, and Collier counties. 2022 is expected to be the 7th year in a row with above normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin. The second named storm of the Atlantic Basin hurricane season occurs, on average, in mid-July.

 

Table 4. Breakdown of storm reports submitted in Florida during the month of June (compiled from Iowa State University/Iowa Environmental Mesonet).

Report Type Number of Reports
Flash Flood 18
Heavy Rain 33
Flood 30
Hail 43
Lightning 5
Marine Thunderstorm Wind 49
Non-Thunderstorm Wind Gust 5
Non-Thunderstorm Wind Damage 0
Tornado/Waterspout/Funnel Cloud 4/18/5
Thunderstorm Wind Damage 95
Thunderstorm Wind Gust 145
Rip Currents 4
Wildfire 1
High Sustained Winds 1
Tropical Storm 27

 

Daily Record Events in June.

Table 5.Summary of daily records broken or set in Florida in June (source: NCEI Daily Weather Records).

Category Number of Records
Highest daily max. temp. 40
Highest daily min. temp. 43
Lowest daily max. temp. 12
Lowest daily min. temp. 7
Highest daily precipitation 18
Total 120

 

Weather/Climate Highlight of the Month: Extreme Heat.

The state saw its first triple digit temperatures of the season in June. Clermont recorded a maximum temperature of 101 ̊F on the 16th, followed by Pensacola with a temperature of 100 ̊F on the 18th. Record heat affected the Panhandle and central Florida again from the 22nd-25th. The highest maximum temperature observed during the month was 104 ̊F in Crestview and Tallahassee on the 23rd and 24th, respectively, setting new daily records at both locations.

 

Drought-Related Impacts.

At the beginning of June, approximately 18% of the state was experiencing abnormally dry conditions (D0), and nearly 1% of the state was in moderate drought (D1), according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. As of June 28, moderate drought conditions had improved but about 23% of the state was in abnormally dry conditions (Figure 2 below).

As of June 30, the Lake Okeechobee water level was 12.92 ft. above sea level (Feet-NGVD29), which is below average for this time of the year. The water level remained below average throughout the month, though it did increase through mid-month to just below average levels before declining again. At the first of the month, the water level was 12.57 ft. above sea level.

 

Figure 2. A graphical depiction of the current drought conditions in Florida according to the U.S. Drought Monitor (courtesy of the National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln).

drought monitor

 

Agriculture-Related Impacts.

During mid-June, topsoil moisture conditions were adequate in 85% of the state, short in 12%, and very short in 2% of the state, while just 1% of the state had surplus moisture conditions. Near the end of June, topsoil moisture had declined somewhat with levels adequate in 68% of the state, short in 20%, and very short in 4% of the state; 8% of the state was in surplus. For more information, consult the Crop Progress and Conditions report, which is published by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

 

Appendix 1
Additional June departures from normal data for select Florida locations (Source: NWS).

Station Average Temperature (˚F) Departure from Normal (˚F) Total Rainfall (in.) Departure from Normal (in.)
Gainesville 81.9 +2.0 3.29 -4.27
Sarasota 82.2 +0.4 8.10 +1.05
Melbourne 81.3 +0.5 5.66 -1.44
Fort Myers 82.8 +0.5 14.08 +4.42
West Palm Beach 82.1 +0.4 9.02 +0.54

 

Appendix 2
Select daily record high maximum temperatures broken or tied during June (compiled from NOAA).

Location Date Record (˚F) Broken/Tied Last
Key West 6 92 Broken 91 in 2020
Orlando 7 96 Tied 96 in 1993
Clermont 8 97 Tied 97 in 1951
Jacksonville Beach 8 98 Broken 97 in 1948
Jacksonville Beach 9 99 Broken 98 in 1981
Key West 13 95 Broken 94 in 2013
Clermont 15 98 Tied 98 in 1981
Tampa 15 95 Tied 95 in 2015
Clermont 16 101 Tied 101 in 1981
Crestview 16 99 Broken 98 in 2009
Perry 17 99 Broken 98 in 2010
Tampa 17 97 Broken 96 in 2009
Pensacola 18 100 Broken 99 in 1953
Tampa 18 98 Broken 96 in 2009
Pensacola 18 100 Tied 100 in 1953
Clermont 20 98 Tied 98 in 2000
Key West 21 95 Broken 93 in 1969
Crestview 22 103 Broken 102 in 2009
Jacksonville Beach 23 102 Broken 95 in 2020
Marianna 23 102 Broken 100 in 2009
Mayport 23 103 Broken 97 in 1991
Orlando 23 99 Broken 97 in 2011
Cross City 23 101 Broken 98 in 1998
Daytona Beach 23 101 Broken 100 in 1944
Crestview 23 104 Broken 101 in 2015
Jacksonville 23 100 Broken 99 in 1998
Tallahassee 23 103 Tied 103 in 1944
Jacksonville 23 103 Broken 102 in 1998
Chipley 24/td> 100 Tied 100 in 2006
Clermont 24 100 Broken 99 in 1977
Jacksonville Beach 24 102 Broken 96 in 1950
Plant City 24 100 Tied 100 in 2020
Quincy 24 99 Broken 96 in 2000
Marianna 24 100 Broken 99 in 2010
Orlando 24 99 Broken 97 in 1998
Gainesville 24 98 Broken 97 in 2018
Crestview 24 103 Broken 99 in 2006
Pensacola 24 98 Broken 97 in 1998
Tallahassee 24 104 Broken 103 in 1944
Chipley 25 101 Broken 98 in 2010
Clermont 25 100 Tied 100 in 2016
Lisbon 25 98 Tied 98 in 1991
Perry 25 101 Broken 98 in 1996
Wewahitchka 25 101 Broken 98 in 1998
Lisbon 26 98 Broken 96 in 2020
Key West 29 94 Broken 93 in 2020
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