Shane Lowney is a true Son of the South, born in Tampa, Florida in the United States in 1980, and continuing to live and work in Tampa yet today. Lowney was born with a love of machines and how they work, and this natural inclination toward mechanics led to Lowney leaving Tampa only once-to attend the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.
True to his roots, Shane Lowney returned to his beloved Tampa, which averages highs of 70 to 90 degrees year round. Tampa has never reached 100 degrees due to the protection of the Gulf of Mexico, where Tampa rests on the western central coast of Florida. Actually, pivotal to Tampa’s climate is treasured Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay splits the climate of Tampa into two zones. Zone 10a on the south side of Kennedy Boulevard in the city is the northern limit for healthy growth of coconut and royal palms. As a result, southern Tampa is a lot more tropical than the northern parts of the city. Tampa is bordered by the Old Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough Bay, which eventually flow together to make Tampa Bay flowing out to the Gulf of Mexico. The Hillsborough River which flows directly across downtown Tampa and feeds Hillsborough Bay, is Tampa’s main source of fresh water.
From mid-May through mid-October it is warm to hot in Shane Lowney’s hometown of Tampa, Florida in the United States. As Tampa Bay is known as the Lightning Capital of North America due to the daily afternoon thunderstorm blown in by the Gulf and Atlantic sea breezes, the water sports Lowney enjoyed with his friends; parasailing, sailing, swimming, fishing, deep sea diving, shelling, boating and many others began early in the day. The lightning is accompanied by the inevitable rain, with an average of 26.1 inches from June to September. Passing tropical systems can dump significantly more on the residents of Tampa. No direct hurricane hits have been recorded in Tampa since 1921.
Mechanical Engineer and native Shane Lowney has been brought up on the fresh citrus of Hillsborough County, the main agricultural product of the rich loam and subtropical heat of central Florida in the United States. Florida grove owners produced over 2M boxes of citrus in the 2013 growing season; that’s a lot of limes, lemons, grapefruits, tangerines, tangelos, kumquats and the world’s favorite, oranges. Lowney has learned to watch the winter temperatures along with the farmers and juice-makers and grove workers of his native city. The temperature can fall below freezing 2 to 3 times a year, although Tampa’s tropical climate makes these occurrences rare. When they do happen, however, the livelihood of local agriculture is in real danger, and the price of citrus and citrus products rises in response to the destruction of citrus crops.
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