The year 2013 started with a very warm and dry January. An area of high pressure settled over Florida and the sinking air caused the air at the surface to heat. Most days were 6 to 8 degrees above normal and on some occasions we saw the temperature soar to 20 degrees above the norms. It turned into the 8th warmest on record for the Suncoast and the 5th driest on record.
The dry start to the year was put to an end by Tropical Storm Andrea. Andrea turned on the rains and brought us some wild weather. Mosquitoes soon became a problem and many home owners found some erosion problems on their property. Andrea did not make a direct hit but rain bands brought two tornados to the Suncoast. Both were EF-0 tornados, the weakest types, but did damage. In Venice the damage path was a mile and half long and in Mayakka City three roofs were damaged. In addition, wind gusts of 60 mph were clocked offshore of Anna Maria and 40 mph in Sarasota. Charlotte Airport recorded 58 mph. It was a reinforcement of the rule that we cant be too focused on the exact track of the storm as the effects can be felt well outside the cone.
After Andrea the subtropical high set up shop and brought Florida a constant southeast wind for the summer rainy season. The pushed the east coast seabreeze over to our coast most days and helped bring huge rainfall totals. The dry start ended with record Florida rains with the Suncoast seeing 35 to 45 inches in many locations and Fort Myers seeing 60+ inches.