"Exquisite, Unpredictable, HOT HOT!"
That's how people around here described the weather in 2011.
Records were broken, temperatures plumetted, then skyrocketed.
But how memorable was last year compared to years passed...I asked the experts.
Rob Nucatola says, " I would say dry. It was one of those years when we didn't get any rain. Even when we got it, we didn't get it for months at a time it seemed like. You go back to '06 or '07, we had really dry years, both those had 10 more inches of rain than we did last year."
Mike McCall says, "A very quiet year. I know we talk a lot about the heat and the dry air, but no tropical activity. Very little severe weather. Very little active weather of any kind."
But when it did get active, mother nature unleashed severe weather outbreaks in the spring... one produced widespread damage in South Georgia and the Big Bend.
Then there was the heat and the lack of rain.
Rainfall deficits topped two feet in Tallahassee and the surrounding area.
From February to August, temps were above normal.
We felt the second hottest June, the hottest August ever, and an all-time record high of 105.
Mike McCall says, "Compared to 1998 or the year 2000, not as hot... I think those years were much hotter as a whole. People may say the numbers were very close, but they remember the heat and the fires from '98 and 2000."
Rob Nucatola says, "2011 kinda hit everything. We had cold, we had dry, we had hot, we had some delightful breaks. The only thing we didn't have was snow."