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Clearwater Beach Lightning Season

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Clearwater Beach Thunderstorm - Clearwater Beach Lightning Season

It’s the middle of summer, many families are enjoying their Clearwater Beach summer vacations. You’re having fun playing on the soft white sand, building sandcastles, cooling off in the calm waves of the Gulf of Mexico and making memories as a family. In the middle of all the fun, you hear a rumble and clouds start to darken the sky. The hot sunny summer day is interrupted with darker skies, rain, thunder, and lightning. It’s time to get off the beach and stay safe! Not only is it summer, but it’s Florida Thunderstorm season. Also known as Clearwater Beach lightning season.

Florida Thunderstorm Season

If you’re visiting Clearwater Beach during the summer, there’s a good chance you’ll see some rain because summer is Florida’s thunderstorm season. The rain kicks off in June with an average of 10 days with rain in the month but increases even more in July and August. July having an average of 15 days with rain and August an average of 14 days with rain. Don’t worry though, it’s mostly popup storms and showers, not full days of rain. You’ll still have plenty of beach time for fun in the sun, and there are some great Clearwater Beach rainy day activities if you’re caught with a full day of rain.

These popup thunderstorms most often occur in the late afternoon and often are out of the way before sunset. Florida thunderstorms are caused by hot, humid air pushing towards an area of unstable atmosphere that’s often found near the Florida coasts on hot summer days. Robert Molleda, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Miami described why Florida sees so many thunderstorms in Kim Millers news story, “Florida’s summer thunderstorms are unique, deadly”.

“Land heats faster than water, creating a temperature difference that can be as much as 10 degrees. The warmer, lighter air over land rises and flows toward the sea creating areas of low pressure along the coast. The atmosphere compensates by sending in the cooler, moist sea breeze. It’s replacing the hot air over land but in the act of replacing it’s forcing it to rise. So you get hot juicy air over the peninsula to rise quickly and the leading edge of the sea breeze will act as a trigger for storms to form.”

These frequently forming thunderstorms are often packed with lightning, making them dangerous! Florida has more lightning strikes each year than any other state within the United States. Most of these lightning strikes coming during summer. While all of Florida has a large number of thunderstorms packing lightning during the Florida Thunderstorm season, the area from Clearwater Beach to Orlando and just south of this stretch towards Fort Myers has the highest amount of thunderstorms each year.

The combination of outdoor activities in Florida and the frequent lightning during Florida’s thunderstorm season result in a dangerous situation. When visiting Clearwater Beach or any part of Florida during the summer always keep an eye on the weather and respect the strength of mother nature. Lightning is dangerous. Florida has more lightning-caused deaths each year than any other state. Be sure to stay safe.

Clearwater Beach Lightning Safety

Always check the weather before you head out on the beach. If there’s a storm already building, it’s best to be safe and just stay indoors. If you’re out on the beach, watch for forming clouds. If you’re not sure, ask a lifeguard or watch the Clearwater Beach lifeguard towers. The lifeguard towers fly different colored flags on them to inform people of the conditions. Clearwater Beach Lifeguard Rachel Lersch discussed the flags and what they mean…

“Green: Low Hazard. Most of the time, on Clearwater Beach, we fly the Green flag. Conditions, for the most part, are good at Clearwater. Calm waters, sunny days! Yellow: Medium Hazard. We will fly the yellow flag when there are possibilities of rip currents and rougher than normal waves. As a caution to the beachgoers to be prepared. Red: High Hazard. We will fly the red flag when there are sever conditions. Rip currents, high surf, strong and rough waves are present. Double Red: Water is closed. When the double red is flying we will whistle everyone to get out and stay out of the water! Purple: Dangerous Marine Life. We will fly the purple flags if we know there are stingrays, jellyfish or other possible dangers present.”

Listening to the lifeguards is always important, especially when there’s a thunderstorm in the area. If there’s a storm coming in. Get off the beach, and especially stay out of the water. Lightning doesn’t have it strike you directly if you’re in the ocean lighting striking the water can cause you severe harm and potential death. Water is a good conductor of electricity, stay out of the ocean when storms are in the area.

The safest place to be during a thunderstorm is inside a nearby building. When a storm blows in, take a break from the beach and head back to your Clearwater Beach condo or hotel. If you’re not staying on the island visit some of the nearby shops, restaurants and wait for the storm to pass over. It usually doesn’t take long. If you need to get around during the storm, do not walk from one place to the other. Call Free Beach Rides in the Clearwater Beach area or use a taxi or rideshare service to help you safely travel around during the storm!

Stay safe during thunderstorms and have a wonderful time in Clearwater Beach!

Clearwater Beach July 4th 2019

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Clearwater Beach July 4th 2019

Come to Clearwater Beach to celebrate July 4th! Enjoy the soft white sand, warm ocean waters and the largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area!

Clearwater Beach July 4th Events

Fireworks at the Clearwater Threshers Game
July 3, 2019 – Game starts at 7:00 PM.

The Clearwater Threshers will take on Fort Myers Miracle for an evening game right in Clearwater, Florida. After the game, stick around for an Independence Day Fireworks show! Buy tickets now.

2019 Clearwater 4th Of July Apple Pie Run
July 4, 2019, at 9 AM (check-in opens at 8 AM)

A 5K run that is electrically timed and open to all age groups! The course is all paved and stroller friendly. All finishing runners will receive Apple Pie Finisher’s medals, Race Local t-shirts, and free samples of food and beer (for those 21+). The first 10 men and first 10 women to finish the race will be presented with awards!

Clearwater Celebrates America

Clearwater Beach has amazing views of the largest 4th of July fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area! Join in the fun of Clearwater Celebrates America at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. The free family-friendly July 4th event starts at 6 PM and includes live entertainment, local vendors, food trucks and a fun kids zone! The largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area begins at 9:30 PM!

Starlite Majesty Dining Yacht – Clearwater Beach 4th of July Fireworks Cruise

Get an amazing view Fireworks view on the water with Starlite Majesty’s dinner cruise on the 4th of July. This formal dining cruise features restaurant-style menu, live entertainment, drinks including a full bar and more!

Calypso Queen – Clearwater Beach 4th of July Fireworks Cruise

Jump on the Calypso Queen for a casual cruise featuring a tropical island buffet, drinks, dancing and great views of the Clearwater Beach 4th of July firework show!

July 4th Events Near Clearwater Beach

4th of July Fireworks on Redington Shores

Fireworks Across the Bay Celebration in St. Pete

Fourth of July Picnic in Craig Park

Gulfport’s July Fourth Celebration

Largo’s 4th of July Celebration

Safety Harbor Fourth of July Celebrations

Treasure Island 4th of July Fireworks

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – July 2019

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Clearwater Beach July 2019

Clearwater Beach Weather July 2019

It’s warm and the sun is out! …but it may not be for long. The Clearwater Beach weather in July is warm and the sky often quickly changes. July has temperatures that often reach into the 90°s and many days may see some rain – usually popup storms that come in the afternoon. Often these popup showers and storms are gone in time for a beautiful sunset. But don’t worry Clearwater Beach if full of fun things to do on rainy days and the storms over the beach are beautiful to watch from the beachfront condos.

Be sure to keep an eye on any potential storms that may bring lightning and dangerous weather to the beach and ocean. If you’re near a lifeguard stand on the beach, they’ll post colored flags to keep you informed on beach and ocean conditions.

Clearwater Beach Events July 2019

Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival

Celebrate the beautiful Clearwater Beach sunsets each day on Pier 60. The festival starts two hours before sunset and stays up two hours after sunset. The daily festival includes artisans, crafters, street performers and of course beautiful sunset views right on the beach!

Clearwater Beach Sunset Cinema Schedule

Enjoy a movie under the stars! Head to Pier 60’s sunset festival and stay for a free movie after sunset!

July 5th: Dumbo (PG)
July 6th: Pitch Perfect 3 (PG-13)
July 12th: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG)
July 13th: Five Feet Apart (PG-13)
July 19th: The Mighty Ducks 1 (PG)
July 20th: Little (PG-13)
July 26th: The Mighty Ducks 2 (PG)
July 27th: Miracle (PG)

Clearwater Farmers Market: featuring local vendors, fresh produce and more! The Clearwater Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 1 PM to 4 PM.

Fireworks at Clearwater Threshers Game – July 3, 2019: Watch the Clearwater Threshers vs. Fort Myers at Spectrum Field in Clearwater and stay for a fireworks show after the game!

Clearwater Celebrates America – July 4, 2019: Catch the largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area! A free family-friendly event is held at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater but the fireworks show can be seen from Downtown Clearwater and from Clearwater Beach!

Check out all the Clearwater Beach July 4th Events and the events nearby!

Events Near Clearwater Beach – July 2019

$10 Tuesday at the James Museum: Weekly on Tuesdays.

Fireworks at Dunedin Blue Jays Game: July 3, 2019.

Fourth of July Picnic in Craig Park – Tarpon Springs: July 4, 2019.

Royal Palm Market: Weekly on Thursdays.

First Friday St. Pete: First Friday of each month.

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay: Weekly on Fridays.

Friday Nights at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club: Weekly on Fridays.

Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk: First Friday and Third Saturday of each month.

Live Jazz at Olive The World Bistro: Each Friday; Now through August 30, 2019.

Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at the Dali: Weekly on Sundays.

Sunday Z-Brunch at Castile Restaurant: Weekly on Sundays.

Cinema on the Sand – The Meg: July 12, 2019.

Young Frankenstein at Largo’s Central Park Performing Arts Center: July 12, 2019 through July 21, 2019.

Dunedin Orange Festival: July 13, 2019.

Second Saturday’s at Sirata: Second Saturday of each month.

St. Pete Second Saturday Artwalk: Second Saturday of each month.

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing: Second Saturday of each month.

2nd Friday’s in Dunedin: Second Saturday of each month.

RumFish Beach Resort Rays Watch Party: July 14, 2019.

Cocktails & Collections at the Museum of Fine Arts: Third Thursday of each month.

St. Pete Road Runners Beach Series: July 19, 2019.

Safety Harbor’s 3rd Friday Music Series: Third Friday of each month.

Florida Hard Seltzer Fest: July 20, 2019.

Free Yoga at Sundial St. Pete: Third Saturday of each month.

Cinema on the Sand: Into the Spider-Verse: July 26, 2019.

Grouper Food Truck Rally: July 26, 2019.

A Feast for the Eyes Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete: Now through July 28, 2019.

Brocante Market: Now through November 2019.

Moonlight Canopy Tours: Now through December 14, 2019.