Category: State of Florida (FPREN)

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Warm through Christmas, Even by Florida Standards

The title of this story might be one we can repeat multiple times this winter.  Warmer than normal temperatures are expected in Florida for the next three months. This is consistent with the affects of a La Nina that has been developing this fall. That’s not to say there won’t be some cold spurts. We certainly had one to start...

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Freezing Wind Chills Headed to Florida

    Another cold front is moving through Florida, but this one will create quite a chill. Winds were already picking up out of the north Thursday afternoon. North winds increasing across #NFla & the #FLPanhandle in the wake of today's front. We will feel every bit of that breeze by morning. #flwx pic.twitter.com/b6FhPE3QCb — Jeff Huffman (@HuffmanHeadsUp) December 8,...

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Drought Relief on the Way to Florida

    Farmers in the Florida Panhandle might be dancing in the streets soon. Finally, a soaking rain has arrived.  It started Sunday evening near Pensacola. The sound of thunder and heavy rain in the #FLPanhandle couldn't be sweater. #Pensacola had 3rd driest fall (Sep-Nov) on record. #flwx pic.twitter.com/lTKyzs8JDA — Jeff Huffman (@HuffmanHeadsUp) December 5, 2016   The Past Three...

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Rare Late November Hurricane Forms in Caribbean

  A rare late November hurricane has formed in the southwest Caribbean, with just eight days before the end of the 2016 Atlantic Season. Hurricane Hunters flew into the storm Tuesday afternoon and found maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and a well defined eye. Otto is now the latest hurricane on record to form in the Caribbean Sea. As...

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Tropical Storm Otto Forms, Threatens Central America

  The fifteenth named storm of the season has formed in the southwest Caribbean Sea. Tropical Storm Otto developed just nine days before the end of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  The National Hurricane Center issued the first advisory on Otto 1 pm Eastern. The storm was located about 300 miles east of Nicaragua and nearly stationary.   Otto is...

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Development Possible in Caribbean This Weekend

– Hurricane Center says “high” chance of formation – If named, would be called Otto – No threat to U.S, could impact Central America   Hurricane Season isn’t over, and a new tropical storm may form this weekend in the western Caribbean. Pressures are expected to fall and environmental conditions may become favorable for development by the beginning of next...

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Warm, Dry October May Foretell the Winter

      October was unusually warm in Florida.  Nearly all reporting stations recorded above normal temperatures, some even landing in the top ten. Rainfall, however, varied greatly by location, and this was largely a result of Hurricane Matthew. Even still, more than half of the state recorded less rainfall than normal.  Excluding hurricane activity, the warm and dry trend...

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All is Quiet in the Tropics…Finally

For the first time since September 4th, there is no tropical activity brewing in the Atlantic Basin. In fact, no new storms are expected over the next five days.  This is good news for Floridians, given many residents that are still picking up the pieces from Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew.  Let’s not forget the two Tropical Storms (Colin and Julia)...

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Development Possible East of Bahamas This Week

      An upper-level area of low pressure is gradually becoming better organized near The Bahamas and might gradually develop into the season’s next named tropical storm. The disturbance is tied to an old frontal boundary that moved off the Mid-Atlantic states over the weekend. It’s not uncommon for a tropical or subtropical (meaning hybrid) storm to develop in...