Published: Mar 02, 2013 7:24 AM EST
Updated: Mar 02, 2013 7:37 AM EST

Like last winter, South Florida experienced warmer and drier than average conditions this meteorological-winter. Between December 2012 and February 2013, average temperatures across south Florida were roughly three degrees above average.

In Naples, this winter ranked as the fifth warmest. (Records began in 1942.) Unsurprisingly, the number of 80+ degree days was well above average. At the Naples Municipal Airport, 46 days of 80 degrees or greater were observed. In other words more than 50% of the meteorological winter was spent in the 80s in Naples! Eight days below 50 degrees were observed.

The winter brought not only warm temperatures but dry conditions. In Naples, 3.60" were observed, 1.80" below average. LaBelle observed 2.96", 3.19" below average. Immokalee received 4.99" in the rain gauge, 1.49" below average. Moore Haven was one of the few locations to receive above average rainfall.

The outlook by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center calls for continuing warm and dry conditions through May, although March has certainly started off on a chilly note.

For a full break down of the Miami National Weather Service Winter report, visit the following link: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/mfl/news/WinterSummary2012-2013.pdf