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Frying Pan Shoals Climatology

Air Temperature

The air temperature at Frying Pan Shoals is dictated by two main features: the Gulf Stream and the cooler shelf waters during the winter months. The coolest average temperature occurs in January (55 deg. F) however, the winter months show the greatest variation in temperatures. This variation is a result of this station's proximity to the cool shelf waters and the Gulf Stream and the passage of a higher frequency of warm and cold fronts.  The warmest average temperature occurs in July (80 deg. F) and this also corresponds to the least amount of variability due very similar temperatures from the Gulf Stream to the shelf waters.  There is also very little frontal activity during the middle of summer.

Extremes: Highest Temp.  89 F July 31, 1999   Lowest Temp.  11 F Jan 21, 1985 

Graph of Average Air Temp at Frying Pan Tower

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