Jeff Huffman

Jeff Huffman is Chief Meteorologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In addition to his full-time position at the university's radio and television stations, WUFT-FM/TV and WRUF-TV, the latter of which he co-founded, Huffman also provides weather coverage to public radio stations throughout Florida

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SUNDAY 8 AM UPDATE: Hurricane Dorian has become a "catastrophic" category 5 hurricane, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.  

A significant change in the weather pattern that is steering Dorian is still likely to keep the worst of the hurricane just offshore the Florida east coast. However, the hurricane is large enough, strong enough, and could move close enough to spread tropical storm force winds across sections of the Treasure Coast.

Tropical Storm Dorian strengthened slightly overnight as it approaches Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Top sustained winds are near 60 mph as of the 5 am update from the National Hurricane Center. 

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

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.

Winter has made a comeback in Florida. Freeze Warnings have been issued from Jacksonville to Pensacola, and a Wind Chill Advisory was in effect early Wednesday morning as far south as Orlando.

The first freeze of the season is expected across the northern third of Florida Tuesday night. A Freeze Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for all inland areas of the Florida Panhandle, and for locations along the I-10 corridor from Lake City to just west of Jacksonville.

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The Atlantic Hurricane Season may not be done just yet. A new tropical or subtropical storm is likely to form north of Puerto Rico this week. It could then approach the southeastern Bahamas in five to seven days.

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A tropical wave will move across the Florida peninsula this weekend, enhancing rainfall and potentially washing out holiday plans for many Floridians.

July is usually a quiet month in the tropical Atlantic. Not this year. Two tropical storms have formed in the past four days, one briefly becoming a hurricane and the other expected to by late Monday. Neither system is an imminent or significant threat. Floridians, however, might want to keep a close eye on one.

Beryl barreling west

10:45 am update from the National Hurricane Center: Subtropical Storm Alberto is now official. The National Hurricane Center reports the storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and sustained winds of 39 mph.  It's moving north, northeast at six mph.