Leon County Minimum Temperature Forecasts for Cold Winter Mornings

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
320 PM EST TUE DEC 28 2010

...THE FOLLOWING IS A PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT CONCERNING THE
VARIATION IN OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES DURING THE WINTER SEASON FOR
LEON COUNTY FLORIDA...

DURING THE FIRST NIGHT AFTER THE PASSAGE OF AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT
(WHICH HAVE BEEN QUITE PLENTIFUL THIS DECEMBER), LOW TEMPERATURES
ARE GENERALLY FAIRLY UNIFORM BETWEEN THE AIRPORT AND DOWNTOWN
TALLAHASSEE DUE TO SURFACE WIND SPEEDS REMAINING AT OR ABOVE 5 MPH
THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE NIGHT. HOWEVER, ON THE SECOND AND THIRD
NIGHTS OF THE ARCTIC AIR MASS, THE DIFFERENCE IN LOWS CAN BE AS
GREAT AS 8 TO 10 DEGREES BETWEEN THE TALLAHASSEE AIRPORT (TLH WHICH
IS THE OFFICIAL LOW TEMPERATURE) AND DOWNTOWN TALLAHASSEE...WITH
SOMEWHAT LESSER VARIATIONS JUST A FEW MILES AWAY FROM THE CITY
CENTER. THIS IS DUE TO STRONG RADIATIONAL COOLING AT THE TALLAHASSEE
AIRPORT WHICH IS CAUSED BY LONG DURATIONS OF CALM OR NEAR CALM
WINDS, COMBINED WITH THE LOW ELEVATION OF THE OFFICIAL OBSERVATION.

THIS DIFFERENCE IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ALL USERS OF OUR "POINT AND
CLICK" FORECAST FROM OUR WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/TAE, AS
THE SLIGHTEST VARIATION FROM WHERE YOU "CLICK" CAN GIVE YOU VERY
DIFFERENT AND SURPRISING RESULTS. THEREFORE...TO OBTAIN THE HIGHEST
RESOLUTION AND BEST FORECAST LOW TEMPERATURE FOR YOUR LOCATION IN AND
AROUND TALLAHASSEE...IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU PERFORM THE
FOLLOWING STEPS.

1. LEFT CLICK ON THE CITY OF TALLAHASSEE POINT WHICH IS HIGHLY
VISIBLE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE MAP.

2. THIS WILL MOST LIKELY GIVE YOU THE LOW TEMPERATURE FOR DOWNTOWN
TALLAHASSEE, AND IF THIS IS WHERE YOU LIVE, THIS WILL BE THE CORRECT
FORECAST.

3. IF YOU DO NOT LIVE DOWNTOWN, SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM RIGHT HAND
SIDE OF THE WEB PAGE. HERE YOU WILL SEE THE "DETAILED POINT
FORECAST" MAP, POWERED BY GOOGLE.

4. NOW, ZOOM IN TO WHERE YOU LIVE BY USING THE MIDDLE MOUSE ROLLER
BUTTON OR THE + AND - KEYS ON THE MAP ITSELF.

5. ONCE YOU HAVE ZOOMED IN CLOSE TO YOUR LOCATION, LEFT CLICK ON
THIS MAP AND YOU WILL NOW GET THE BEST LOW TEMPERATURE FORECAST FOR
YOUR AREA.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE AT 850-942-8833.

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