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NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure in the Florida Panhandle that is bringing humid conditions and could produce heavy rainfall in the greater Tampa Bay area to start the work week.

Showers and thunderstorms will likely become more numerous across the Sunshine State over the next several days, potentially putting a damper on some holiday weekend plans

An uptick in afternoon thunderstorm chances are expected in most locations, and portions of Central and North Florida may see heavier and longer lasting episodes of rain Saturday and Sunday.

The massive cloud of dust is blanketing the Caribbean as it heads to the U.S. with a size and concentration level that meteorologists say hasn't been seen in roughly half a century.
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A massive cloud of Sahara dust is blanketing the Caribbean as it heads to the U.S. with a size and concentration that experts say hasn’t been seen in half a century.

Saharan Dust is on the Way to Florida Next Week

Jun 20, 2020

A large plume of dust from the Sahara Desert is enveloping the tropical North Atlantic and has the potential to reach the Sunshine State next week.

Downpours are returning to Central and South Florida over the next few days, following a brief period of unusually dry conditions.

 

An Unusually Dry Air Mass is Moving into Florida

Jun 16, 2020

Rain chances will be unusually low and nights surprisingly comfortable across the northern half of Florida this week.

The circulation behind an area of low pressure off the coast of South Carolina has allowed a much drier, and consequently more comfortable air mass to spread as far south as Central Florida. As a result, nearly all of Monday’s showers and thunderstorms were concentrated in South Florida and near the Florida Keys. And this will be a trend that lasts through at least midweek.

A tropical storm that passed more than 400 miles to the west dumped more than a foot of rain and spawned several tornadoes over a three-day period across portions of the Florida peninsula.

Cristobal, which is now a tropical depression and moving into the Midwest, is no longer directly influencing the weather across the Sunshine State, but tropical moisture is forecast to linger for several more days. As a result, numerous showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast through at least Friday, some of which could cause localized flooding.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

Coastal flooding and rip currents will be the main concerns for the Tampa Bay area this weekend as Tropical Storm Cristobal makes its way north through the Gulf of Mexico.

Update as Noon Wednesday:

The strongest showers and thunderstorms are just offshore from the western Panhandle. Thunderstorms may develop inland this afternoon and early this evening over the Panhandle. A few of these storms may produce gusty winds, but the latest high-resolution models are forecasting a greater concentration of thunderstorms over the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon. These storms may continue eastward and affect the Florida Peninsula late this evening and overnight.

FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

A line of heavy thunderstorms is crossing the Florida Peninsula this morning and is likely to continue throughout the day.

Tornadoes, wind damage and hail are possible again in parts of Florida for the second time this week.

Another strong storm system is poised to sweep across the Southeast Thursday Night and Friday, producing clusters of strong thunderstorms ahead of it. The risk of destructive weather is greatest in the Florida Panhandle Thursday afternoon and evening, followed by peninsular locations along and north of I-4 Thursday night and Friday.

South Florida has been sizzling in recent weeks, with a slew of new record high temperatures, and a record for the number of records being smashed.

There’s something else heating up: the ocean. And that could be bad for hurricane season.

A broken line of thunderstorms will be sweeping across Central Florida Monday, and some of the cells could produce damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning. An isolated tornado or hail is also possible from the strongest storms, although those risks appear low at this time.

A map detailing the drought status of Florida, which is experiencing a moderate drought throughout most of the state and severe drought in parts of the panhandle.
Courtesy of the U.S. Drought Monitor

Despite rain chances increasing for the Tampa Bay area next week, the drought consuming a majority of Florida persists.

Tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds, and large hail are possible across the Florida Panhandle Sunday Night, thanks to a powerful storm system sweeping across the Southeast. Strong storms are also possible across portions of north and northeast Florida Monday.

Early Signs Point to an Active Hurricane Season Ahead

Apr 2, 2020

FPREN - Scientists say this year’s Atlantic hurricane season could be more active than normal, but stress the role uncertainty plays 60 days out.

Record Heat Likely in Florida This Weekend

Mar 28, 2020

The Sunshine State is getting a head start on summer this weekend, and numerous record highs are likely to be broken.

A sprawling dome of high pressure is forecast to build across the Southeast in the coming days, which will promote sinking air and abnormally warm temperatures for this time of year.

Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms are likely across Florida over the next three days, thanks to a slow-moving front that could produce heavy rain in some areas.

The rain could be welcome news to farmers in the Florida Panhandle Monday night and Tuesday, who are dealing with a moderate or severe drought. However, the heaviest rain is likely to fall a little farther south Tuesday night and Wednesday, across portions of North-Central Florida where up to three inches is possible.

JONAH HINEBAUGH/WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

A tornado touched down in Pinellas Park on Thursday night, downing trees, billboards and power lines while ripping roofs off houses.

Construction cranes also were toppled, and thousands lost power across the region as a powerful squall line passed through the region late Thursday into the overnight hours.

The Tampa Bay region should brace for damaging winds and possible isolated tornadoes overnight as a strong squall line moves south into the area.

Multiple weather-related hazards are possible over a large portion of the Sunshine State Wednesday night and Thursday thanks to a strong storm system approaching from the Mid-South.

Folks who are bemoaning this very un-Florida-like blast of Arctic air can take heart.

The coldest air mass in two years has engulfed the Florida peninsula, and subfreezing temperatures or wind chills are possible as far south as the Everglades by Wednesday morning.

Record-breaking warmth experienced this week in Florida is likely to be replaced by colder-than-normal temperatures early next week. Multiple freezes are even possible across the northern third of the state, as arctic air surges in behind a strong cold front over the weekend.

Tornado, Wind Risk Now Spreading East and South

Dec 17, 2019

The storm responsible for more than three dozen tornado reports across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama on Monday is now moving through the Sunshine State. It is not as robust as it once was, but it still could produce thunderstorms capable of damaging gusts and perhaps a tornado.

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 2 PM for portions of the Big Bend and Panhandle, including Tallahassee and Panama City. A new Tornado Watch has also been issued for areas farther east along I-10 toward Jacksonville until 7 pm.

Map shows severe storm risk in north and central Florida
FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

The risk of wind damage and possibly a tornado is increasing across portions of Florida Friday night. Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms are possible across the northern half of the state during the day, but the strongest activity is now expected to arrive after sunset.

Heavy Rain, Thunderstorms For Parts Of Tampa Bay Area On Friday

Dec 12, 2019
Map shows severe storm risk in north and central Florida
FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO EMERGENCY NETWORK

Widespread rain and a few strong thunderstorms are likely on Friday over much of the Big Bend, North, and Central Florida. The strongest storms may produce isolated damaging wind gusts and a low chance for a brief tornado.

Gusty northwest winds between high pressure over Texas and a strong storm near southern New England is ushering in the chilliest air mass of the season over the Sunshine State. Highs were only expected in the 60s near the I-4 corridor — a far cry from the lower and mid 80s on Sunday and well below seasonal averages in the mid 70s. The front is still clearing South Florida, so the cooler temperatures are not expected to arrive along the Gold Coast until Tuesday.

Hurricane-force winds, blizzard conditions, heavy snowfall — and a "bomb cyclone" on the West Coast: Those are the dire predictions of weather forecasters, who are warning Thanksgiving travelers to be cautious and prepare for delays as two powerful back-to-back storms hit the western and central U.S. this week.

Much-Needed Moisture Moving Back into Florida

Oct 25, 2019

A short-lived tropical depression is likely to form over the Gulf of Mexico Friday, before merging with an approaching front this weekend.

The system is not expected to be a significant threat to Florida, but it could bring more beneficial rain to parts of the Sunshine State over the next several days.

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