Mild weather predicted for 2014

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By Ashley Andresen, Staff Writer

If the saying stands true, that what happens on the first of the year is a good indication of how the rest of the year is to go, then 2014 just might be a little rainy. However, according to Paul Close, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in the Tampa Bay area, 2013 brought average rainfall and just above average temperatures, and 2014 is looking to do the same.

“It was a mild year in general,” said Close, who also explained that this year is likely to be “neutral,” that we don’t appear to be heading into an El Nino and that conditions will be similar to last year.

Based on figures from the Usher Tower, the Chiefland area received 58.83 inches of rain, 16.72 inches of that came in July and 10.6 in August, two of the wettest months last year. Close said it “looks like drought conditions will develop in the next few months,” and then things will return to normal as summertime afternoon thunder showers begin. 

Temperatures were 1.7 degrees above normal, making 2013 the ninth warmest year since 1956.

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