Category: State of Florida (FPREN)

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Wind Damage, Tornadoes Possible in Parts of Florida Tonight

A strong spring storm will send a cold front quickly through all of Florida by midday Thursday.  The system was approaching the western side of the panhandle Wednesday afternoon, and a “Particularly Dangerous Situation” Tornado Watch was issued by the National Weather Service for Panama City and points north until 8 pm. A new Tornado Watch has been issued until...

The Lee Williams Road Fire, Nick Shirghio (3/18/17)

Severe Drought Develops in Florida

It’s the heart of wildfire season in Florida, and more than 90 percent of the state is in a drought. The National Drought Mitigation Center classified the situation as “severe” in nine counties Thursday.     Florida Forest Service reports show that wildfires have scorched almost 60,000 acres since January 1st.  State Climatologist David Zierden attributes the active fire season...

Freeze Warnings with Lows

Four Million Floridians Under a Freeze Warning Tonight

– More than ten records could be broken – Freeze Warnings in effect for nearly half the state – The cold will continue through Friday morning More than four million Floridians are likely to experience a rare late-season freeze tonight. Roughly half the state is under some type of freeze warning, and numerous cold weather records are likely to be broken. Gainesville,...

Drought Index

Much-Needed Rain Moving into Florida

– Parts of Florida are in a moderate drought – Periods of rain possible Sunday and Monday – Highest coverage of the rain will be in central Florida   A strong late-season winter storm will develop this week and blast the I-95 corridor from Virginia to Maine with heavy rain, snow and wind. Before this powerhouse nor’easter develops, several smaller...

Highs Today

Warmest Winter on Record for Parts of Florida

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?”   According to State Climatologist David Zierden, nearly every reporting station in Florida recorded a warmer-than-average season. “The statewide average for December through February will...

SEVERE RISK

Wind Damage & Hail Risk Approaching Panhandle

– Tornado Watch until 6 pm for Pensacola metro – Wind damage and large hail the primary threats – Risk spreads east this evening, diminishes overnight   A strong storm system had already produced at least two tornadoes near New Orleans, Louisiana early Tuesday. As of 3 pm, it was bearing down on the Pensacola metro. Severe t-Storms crossing border...

GroundHog Day Headlines

Six More Weeks of “Florida” Expected

– Punxsutawney Phil says six more weeks of winter – The rodent is less accurate than a coin flip – Warmer & drier than normal conditions expected to continue in Florida   Groundhog Day is a tradition that spans 130 years. Every year since 1887, on the morning of February 2nd, thousands gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to see if Phil...

severe risk

“Particularly Dangerous Situation” Developing in Florida Right Now

– Greatest risk of a tornado in northeast Florida – Elevated risk of significant wind damage across nearly the entire peninsula – Some areas will see at least two rounds of severe thunderstorms     Confidence is now high that an intense, multifaceted storm system will bring strong or severe thunderstorms to nearly the entire state of Florida Sunday.  Shortly...

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Severe Thunderstorms Likely in Florida Sunday

– Greatest risk of a tornado in northeast Florida – Elevated risk of wind damage across nearly the entire peninsula – Some areas will see at least two rounds of severe thunderstorms   An intense, multifaceted storm system is expected to bring strong or severe thunderstorms to nearly the entire state of Florida Sunday.  A few tornadoes, wind gusts up...

Headlines

Multiple Rounds of Severe Weather Possible This Weekend

– Highest chances in panhandle Saturday, rest of peninsula on Sunday – Hazards include wind damage, hail, and isolated tornadoes – Localized flooding due to heavy rain also a concern   A strong storm system will produce multiple rounds of thunderstorms this weekend across The Sunshine State.  Some of them could produce wind damage, hail, or even an isolated tornadoes.  The...