Temp & Rainfall
Weather: Climate & the ARROW Region
Latitudinally speaking, Florida should be a desert. It's in the "Great Desert Belt" of the planet, which includes the Sahara, Arabian, Thar, and Sonoran deserts of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, and Mexico, respectively. So why is Florida the second-most-rained-on state in the nation, after Louisiana? The primary reason is that Florida is surrounded on three sides by water. Sunshine heats land faster than it heats water, and the warmer, less dense air over the land rises, pulling in cooler, denser air pushed inland by breezes from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. This allows air masses of different densities to mix, resulting in clouds and rain.
Within Florida, the Panhandle usually gets more rainfall per year than any other part of the state. This is due to the added influence of fronts, which are lines of collision between two masses of air with different temperatures and humidities. These fronts start out as far away as Alaska, and they bring rain to northwest Florida but don't often go any farther south. Within the Apalachicola region, more rain generally falls within a few miles of the coast than farther inland.