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The Rain Might Have a Name This Weekend

May 24, 2018

Heavy rain is coming to most of Florida this weekend. There's no doubt about it. Whether the multi-day deluge has a memorable name is the less important question.

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday directed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to put high-water vehicles in position to respond as the National Hurricane Season monitored a large area of showers that extended from the northwestern Caribbean across Cuba and into the Florida peninsula.

“Although the storm currently has a relatively low chance of development into a tropical system, we must take it seriously,” Scott said in a prepared statement.

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In South Florida, a regional weather forecast often just doesn't cut it.

Hurricane Center Watching Gulf this Week

May 22, 2018

Heavy rain, localized flooding, and unsettled seas are possible anywhere from coastal Louisiana to Florida over the Memorial Day weekend. A disturbance in the western Caribbean is forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico later this week, where it could acquire tropical characteristics before drifting ashore.

In a statement Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center gave the potential system a low, or 20 percent, chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next five days.

 

Flood Watch Extended For Broward As Rain Refuses To Let Up In South Florida

May 21, 2018
Joe Cavaretta / Sun-Sentinel

Unceasing rain on Sunday — especially in parts of Broward where more than a foot of rain fell — flooded roads, stalled cars and even cut off power across South Florida.

And it's not over yet.

"I know everyone is tired of dealing with the rain, but its going to stick around a little longer," said Barry Baxter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The Florida Bar is trying to get the word out about a free, online legal service for low-income Floridians before hurricane season starts and storm damage becomes an issue.

Messy Gulf Storm Could Become Rare Preseason Tropical System

May 14, 2018

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season set to begin in two weeks may be getting a jump start.

On Monday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said they were continuing to watch a messy storm blamed for dumping heavy rain and foul weather across South Florida over the weekend. 

Hurricane season doesn't officially start until June 1, but the National Hurricane Center is already eying a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Sunday, the hurricane center flagged an area of showers and thunderstorms stretching from Cuba to the Southeastern Gulf.

The disturbance was given less than a 40 percent chance of developing into a named storm, according to a tropical outlook memo.

With another hurricane season around the corner, there could be some changes to the way school districts and counties receive reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the cost of storm shelters.

FPREN

Strong thunderstorms are expected to hit South Florida on Monday afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front. 

Get detailed weather reports at WLRN's Storm Center

The potential for strong or severe storms Monday includes most of central and south Florida, generally near and south of the I-4 corridor. Storms are likely to redevelop near the I-4 corridor by 9 am. A widespread event is not anticipated, but a few of Monday’s storms may grow strong enough to produce minor wind damage or an isolated tornado.

Cooler Weather Comes Back To South Florida This Weekend

Jan 11, 2018
FPREN

The eastern third of the country, including the Sunshine State, is experiencing a “January thaw” this week. And yes, there is some science to it. But with another arctic air mass looming this weekend, the warm up will be brief. Subfreezing temperatures are possible again in north Florida by Sunday or Monday morning.

Read more in our Weather section

The cold front that moved through Florida this past weekend brought a light dusting of snow in some portions of the western Panhandle and even some light frost in Southwest Florida, but the cooler temperatures left Florida agriculture operations relatively unscathed. 

It’s So Cold Outside That It Snowed In Florida

Dec 10, 2017
NorthEscambia.com

Usually the words “snow” and “Florida” don’t go together.

But a cold front over the weekend has proved that rule wrong for shivering Floridians, bringing in a dusting of snow across the western Panhandle late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

As temperatures dipped into the low 30s, some areas of the Sunshine State including Escambia County saw up to two inches of snow, NorthEscambia.com reported on Twitter. The news site posted a photo of a ‘Welcome to Florida’ sign covered in light snow.

A storm system moving across Florida on Thanksgiving Day might seem like a tropical storm to some.

Relentless rain and gusty winds are expected from the Nature Coast to the First Coast from a non-tropical area of low pressure moving in from the Gulf of Mexico. The unsettled weather, while not as intense, will drift across central and South Florida Friday.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Hotels and room-sharing services could become part of hurricane preparations in South Florida, say officials who are looking to encourage local evacuations for future storms.

"Really, within the state there's nowhere to evacuate that's safer than staying within Miami-Dade County because we can't necessarily predict where a hurricane's going to end up," said Jane Gilbert, chief resilience officer for the city of Miami. "People had a hard time getting out of the state."

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