Clearwater Weather and Climate
Monthly Temperatures and Precipitation
|F = Fahrenheit; C = Celsius; IN = Inches; MM = Millimeters. Sources: National Climatic Data Center & National Oceanographic Data Center. From nearest NCDC/NODC reporting station St. Petersburg SE of Clearwater.|
Cloudless clear blue skies, golden bright sunshine, the pleasing warmth of the Gulf waters is the summary of typical Clearwater weather, rendering it a climate near perfect. Located in the scenic west coast of Florida, the area experiences a semi-tropical climate.
The warm breezes and plenty of sunshine throughout the year render a pleasant atmosphere to stay. Frequent thunderstorms are typical occurrences at bay area during summertime, though short in duration. During such times, the humidity quite frequently reaches up to 100 percent mark. The summer thunderstorms are often brief, however, and there are years that experience over 360 days of sunshine. Starting from June, the region receives good rainfalls through September. The rest of the year, however, is much drier. The warmest month is August while January reports the coldest temperature. Between November and March, Clearwater experiences the most pleasant weather when humidity becomes easily bearable. During these months, the warm breezes from the Gulf and Bay regulate the temperature to a great extent maintaining it under moderate levels.
The highest temperature during any part of the year does not go far beyond the low 90sF, while the lowest reported temperature does not usually descend below 50sF. One can experience the lowest temperature in January and February months. During these two months, the highest temperature prevails at 71F while the lowest can be traced to 52F.
The Gulf ocean temperature during these months ranges between 62F to 64 F. In March, the temperature begins to shoot up with a maximum of 76F to a minimum of 58F, while the ocean temperature averages at 68F. During April, the temperature can go up to a maximum of 80F with a minimum of 62F, with ocean temperature staying at 74F. The month of May gets hotter with the temperature prevailing between a maximum of 86F to a minimum of 68F, when the ocean temperature measures at 80F. June and July continue to report high temperatures with a slight increase from the conditions of May averaging between 89F and 74F, while the ocean temperature records between 84F and 86F. August is the hottest month. In August, the temperature can shoot up to 90F with the lowest observed at 75F, when the ocean temperature also can reach up to a maximum of 86F. In September, the temperature begins to descend down slightly averaging between 89F and 74F, while the ocean temperature can show 84F. A considerable decrease of temperature from the earlier month can be observed during the month of October ranging between 84F and 67F. The ocean temperature in October can measure up to 78F. While the month of November averages between 78F and 60F, the month of December reports between 78F and 60F. Correspondingly, the ocean temperature can be traced at 70F in November and 64F in December.
Rains at Clearwater
In an average, Clearwater receives up to 52 inches of rains in a typical year. The rainfall during summer months is more than the winter months. Rains show their face during the month of June. On average, June may receive up to 5.50 inches of rain in a typical year. While the rains may increase up to 6.5 inches in July, the average rainfall measures the highest in the month of August around 7.6 inches. Sometimes, it may also go up to 8.5 inches. However, in September, the trend may continue with a maximum of 6.5 inches. Apart from October, December, January, February and March do not report much rainfall when the maximum average exists between 2 inches to 3 inches. With April reporting an average of 1.8 inches of rains, the lowest rainfall is observed during the month of November at 1.6 inches in a typical year.
Apart from its pristine natural beauty, the uniquely perfect climate of Clearwater is the predominant attraction of the area that attracts millions to this place.
Summers are generally too hot and humid, with the winters remaining cold. However, Clearwater's winter cold is mild and bearable. The best parts of the local climate are spring and fall. During both these seasons, the visitors and residents can enjoy sunny days and cooler evenings. Summers report abounding rains.
During summers, early mornings are the ideal times to visit the beaches, outdoor amusements and golf courses. At dawn, the skies are clear and blue with a bright and warm sunshine. By mid day, the heat shoots up and as a result, masses of white puffy clouds are seen floating in the skies. Towards mid-afternoon, the western horizon sees massive thunderclouds drifting towards east over the bay area. Often, these clouds may pour down heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning. Alternatively, they may just pass away silently revealing the shining sun. During most dusks, the sky appears clear enabling a spectacular view of the amazing sunset of the Gulf coast.
Florida is described as the lightning and thunderstorm capital of the United States. Therefore, a note of caution advises people to avoid staying in open areas at times of thunderstorms. The itinerary may be planned during those times for a visit to indoor attractions.
On the whole, Clearwater is a perfect destination to celebrate the boons of climate amidst the scenic setting of natural beauty and soothing warm breeze of the Gulf. Sun lovers shall always give a great acclaim to applaud the admirable climate, which is instrumental in attracting millions to this destination.
Based on the weather records of the past several meteorologists share a common belief that the area is in an advantageous position with respect to hurricanes. They call it a Native American blessing that has placed Clearwater in a strategic geographic location that has averted hurricane crisis to a great extent. The reason is this. If a hurricane must hit any one of the western cities of Florida, it must take a sharp turn going around the southern coast of Florida, which is rather an unusual phenomenon with hurricanes. This is why Clearwater has never had greater troubles with hurricanes.
Florida State reports a total number of 36 hurricanes during the past 150 years. Quite surprisingly, only three hurricanes have had a landfall in the area during this long stretch of time. Furthermore, none of these three were major ones. The category of these hurricanes belonged to category 1 or 2 with the maximum sustained winds between 74 to 110 mph. The Hurricane season falls between June and November. However, the peak hurricane season is between Mid-August and Mid-October. The good thing about hurricanes is that their path is almost predictable when compared to other forces of nature. Visitors have facilities to check-up the hurricane activity through broadcasts and airline plans. The Emergency operations Center in Clearwater has all the precautionary arrangements to caution the public and visitors regarding hurricanes including an active contingency plan to ward against any harmful impacts. Studying the conditions of the past, the dangers of a direct hit of the Clearwater area by a major hurricane is really remote. Despite the low hurricane risk situation, Clearwater area maintains an up-to-date active plan for combating a possible strike of storm.
Interesting Hurricane Episode
In an interesting episode of hurricane in the year 1921, "The hurricane of '21 struck Clearwater. This was not at all a major hurricane in the history of Florida. However, this hurricane, which was blowing at a speed of 100 to 110 miles per hour with 10-foot tides, ripped Clearwater creating a channel called Hurricane Pass. This most interesting Hurricane Pass nearly cuts Clearwater Island into half at a very narrow spot in the Island to the north of Mandalay shores. It is even more interesting to note that it was during this year that Clearwater came to limelight, when Florida received the title of a 'Sun Shine State'. The following years saw this metropolitan bustling with shoppers, cars, and increasing number of tourists, including more people thronging in to make this their preferred residence.