Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

If you thought September was hotter and dryer than average, you were right.

The National Weather Service says the month was the hottest September in the Sarasota/Bradenton area and the second hottest in Tampa.

Jerry is now a hurricane, making it the fourth of the 2019 season. And chances are increasing that it will not be a threat to the United States.

Hurricane Jerry has become significantly better organized over the past 24 hours, according to an update from the National Hurricane Center at 11 am Thursday. The category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds up to 75 miles per hour, and it was moving west-northwest at 16 mph.

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If you felt like you’ve pulled out your umbrella more than usual in July, it’s not just your imagination.

The Tampa Bay area was drenched by more rain than usual last month.

Storms moving in off the Gulf of Mexico produced a wet Thursday morning commute.

The cold front that had promised to create soggy conditions over Tampa Bay is firmly in control, stalled over the region and dumping heavy rain for the Thursday morning commute.

The good news? Things return to normal this weekend, meaning storms starting inland and drifting toward the west coast in the afternoon.

The wet morning conditions are fueled by the stalled front, combined with deep tropical moisture and winds from the southwest that are driving the storms off the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Weather Service.

Lightning across the sky.
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On Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., lifeguards along Clearwater Beach blew their whistles, warning beach goers that a storm was quickly approaching.

The lifeguards then closed the water and left the beach.

Twelve minutes later, lightning struck a man, leaving him and seven others nearby injured.

Tropical Storm Barry is producing gusty winds and dangerous rip currents along Florida's West Coast.

By Carl Lisciandrello

Tropical Storm Barry may be far from the Tampa Bay area, but its impact will still be felt locally well into the weekend.

Thunderstorms capable of producing minor wind damage, or even an isolated tornado, are possible across the Florida peninsula today.
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Thunderstorms capable of producing minor wind damage, or even an isolated tornado, are possible across the Florida peninsula today.

As of Monday morning, a strong cold front was located just north of the I-4 corridor where the contrast between conditions on both sides was very evident.
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The weather is fooling many Floridians today, and it's not just a mean joke. A strong cold front has moved into the Sunshine State, producing rain and dropping temperatures by nearly twenty degrees in some places. As of Monday morning, the front was located just north of the I-4 corridor where the contrast between conditions on both sides was very evident.

It was a cool and dry start to the weekend in Florida, but for many it won't be a dry finish. And that's probably okay for many Floridians experiencing a drought this winter.

A storm system was organizing in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday, already spreading showers over portions of South Florida.  A heavier and steadier rain is likely to spread across the rest of the Florida peninsula Sunday, which could be seen on our Future Radar shared with our Twitter users early Saturday afternoon.

The storm system that produced severe thunderstorms across portions of Florida Thursday has a mean back side that will sweep across the state Friday. High winds, dangerous surf, and coastal flooding are possible along all coastlines of the Sunshine State, and gusty winds might also cause minor wind damage in some inland locations.

Up to four major hurricanes could form in the Atlantic this hurricane season, according to the annual forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Overall, the season will likely be normal or somewhat more intense than normal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, with a 25 percent chance that hurricane activity will be below normal.

National Weather Service

The Arctic blast sweeping much of the country brought wind-chill warnings and the threat of frost as far south as Fort Lauderdale, where homeless shelters opened their doors for people hoping to escape the cold.

A cold snap is bringing freezing temperatures to Florida this weekend. But one citrus scientist says the state’s embattled growers shouldn’t see much damage. 

Temperatures will tumble this week in Florida. For the first time in nearly five months, a cold front will make it all the way through the Keys and Miami by Tuesday. This will not only mark the end to the state’s rainy season, it will send many to their coat closets to find a jacket or hoodie.

Read more: Here is South Florida's weather forecast for the next 7 days 

Gallons of drinking water sits on shelves.
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A three-day, tax-free holiday on hurricane supplies starts today and runs through Sunday. Legislators hope it will serve as an incentive for Floridians to stock up on supplies like batteries, gas containers, flashlights and portable generators costing $750 or less.

State officials say Florida is having one of its worst wildfire seasons in years. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the impact these fires have on the state's environment and economy, and whether there's an end in sight for this dry season.

The state tourism industry calls it “Bragging Season”. To the weather community, the three-month period from December to February is referred to as meteorological winter. This year, however, many Floridians are asking themselves “what winter?”


Storms Knock Out Power, Down Trees, Flood Streets

Jan 22, 2017
Pasco County Fire Rescue

A line of severe thunderstorms that caused at least 18 deaths in the Georgia and Mississippi brought strong winds and heavy rain to the Tampa Bay area, knocking down trees and flooding streets Sunday night.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is urging residents and businesses from Tampa to Pensacola to prepare for heavy rainfall and flooding potential today and lasting potentially through Thursday.

Stormy Weather For The Weekend

Mar 25, 2016
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

After a beautiful stretch of weather this week, the weekend doesn’t look good for outdoor plans.

A slow moving front and several disturbances moving along it will trigger multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms through Monday.

We don’t think it will be a complete washout at this point, but there will certainly be some downpours to dodge at times over the next five days. The thunderstorm risk will be mainly confined to central Florida Friday when a weak cold front moves through.

Serious Storms Crossing The State Tuesday Night, Wednesday

Feb 23, 2016
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

A vigorous front will sweep across Florida Tuesday night and Wednesday, triggering numerous thunderstorms capable of producing wind damage and even a few tornadoes.

The risk of severe weather is highest in the Florida Panhandle Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, and it will then spread south and east during the day Wednesday.  The front will weaken and exit South Florida Wednesday evening.

Severe Storm Risk Across Most of Florida Today

Jan 22, 2016
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

The  National Weather Service storm prediction center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of the Tampa Bay area until 5 p.m. today.

Tornado Kills Two In Manatee County

Jan 17, 2016
Manatee County Sheriff's Office

Two Manatee County residents were killed and four children were hospitalized after a tornado swept through the rural community of Duette early Sunday morning.

Get Ready For More Rain

Sep 28, 2015
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Many meteorologists have used the phrase "rain without a name" over the years, to describe heavy rain from a tropical weather system that isn't officially named.

For some Floridians, this has happened twice already this summer. And that's just what may happen with Invest 99, the disturbance the National Hurricane Center is monitoring over the southern Gulf of Mexico.

Road Closures Due to Flooding in Hillsborough County

Aug 3, 2015
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, due to the heavy rains Monday morning, the following roads have been closed as of 2 PM:

There's a cold front across much of the U.S. – with temperatures in places like New Orleans at around 29 degrees and Houston about 34 degrees. This map from NASA tells us just how cold it was on Wednesday.

The image was captured at 11 a.m. EST. Here's NASA's explanation:

Western New York can't catch a break. First, it was paralyzed by a mountain of lake-effect snow and unseasonably cold weather. Now, things are thawing and rain is moving in. By Monday, meteorologist say the high temperature could hit 60 degrees.

As USA Today reports, that could cause some serious flooding. The paper adds:

Updated 1:30 a.m. ET Thursday:

Another 2 to 3 feet of snow is expected to fall in the Buffalo area by late Thursday. At least seven deaths in western New York have been blamed on the storm — at least four of them from heart attacks.

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Driven by the lake effect, a massive snowstorm dumped up to 60 inches of snow on some parts of western New York, killing at least five people and paralyzing an area used to huge snow totals.

Temperatures Plunge Throughout Florida

Nov 18, 2014
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

The State of Florida is no exception to the winter weather that is being felt across the nation.

In the wake of a strong cold front, temperatures are likely to reach periods of below freezing readings on Tuesday night. Hard freeze watch and freeze warnings are in effect, Tuesday to Wednesday morning for the Florida Panhandle, as well as, north central and central Florida. In several areas, lows are forecast to be the lowest of the season.

National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Edouard has formed in the far eastern Atlantic and is expected to remain out to sea.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Thursday that the fifth named tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season had sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and was centered 1,020 miles (1,645 kms) west of the Cape Verde Islands.

The storm was moving northwest about 13 mph (20 kph).

No coastal warnings or watches are in effect. Edouard is forecast to stay over the open waters of the north central Atlantic.