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Coldfronts can occasionally bring high winds and cool to cold temperatures to the entire state during late fall and winter. The seasons in Estero are actually determined more by precipitation than by temperature with mild to cool, relatively dry winters and autumns and hot, wet springs and summers. The Gulf Stream has a moderating effect on the climate, and although much of Estero commonly sees a high summer temperature over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees C), the mercury seldom exceeds 100 degrees F (38 degrees C). The hottest temperature ever recorded in the state of Florida was 109 degrees F (43 degrees C), set on June 29, 1931 in Monticello. The coldest was 2 degrees F (-19 degrees C), on February 13, 1899, just 25 miles (40km) away, in Tallahassee. Mean high temperatures for July are primarily in the low 90s F (32-35 degrees C). Mean low temperatures for late January range from the mid 50s (-13 degrees C) in southern Florida.


Florida's nickname is the "Sunshine State", but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. Florida has the highest average precipitation of any state, in large because afternoon thunderstorms are common in most of the state from late spring until early autumn. A fair day may be interrupted with a storm, only to return to sunshine. These thunderstorms, caused by collisions between airflow from the Gulf of Mexico and the airflow from the Atlantic Ocean, pop up in the early afternoon and can bring heavy downpours, high winds, and sometimes tornadoes, but the tornadoes do not typically reach the intensity of those in the Midwest and Great Plains. Hail often accompanies the most severe thunderstorms. Snow in Florida is a rare occurrence. During the Great Blizzard of 1899, Florida experienced blizzard conditions; The Great Blizzard of 1899 is the only time the temperatures in the state is known to have fallen below 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C). The most widespread snowfall in Florida history happened on January 19, 1977, when snow fell over much of the state, as far south as Homestead. Snow flurries fell on Miami Beach for the only time in recorded history. A hard freeze in 2003 brought "ocean-effect" snow flurries to the Atlantic coast as far south a Cape Canaveral.


Although some storms have formed out of season, tropical cyclones pose a severe threat during hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30. Florida is the most hurricane-prone US state, with subtropical or tropical water on 3 sides and a lengthy coastline. It is rare for a hurricane season to pass without any impact in the state by at least a tropical storm. August to October is the most likely period for a hurricane in Florida.

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