Saturday, May 09, 2015

What? A named storm?! Already??!

Tropical Storm Ana has formed from Sub-Tropical Storm Ana which formed from a low off the east coast of Florida.

This is not news by the time I'm posting this because what a great story for the national media to jump on,  There's much more danger in the middle part of the country with ripe tornado conditions this weekend.   Luckily, the media is all over that too!

So the only value I can add to this event is to comment on how here in Florida, hurricane season is barely on our radar this early.  Other than the promising predictions of a less active season, after 9 years of no named storm making landfall in Florida, we don't really start paying attention until there is a threatening storm.   Although, the last week of May gets a lot of "hurricane season preparedness" media coverage.

Which is a good thing.

The other value I'll add today, is repeating something I heard on NBC this morning.  Should Ana make landfall (likely in North Carolina), it will be only the 7th storm to make US landfall in the month of May since 1950.

Let's hope this early storm is not a jump start on a non-predictive active season for all of us.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

9 years - 61 named storms

Incredible that Florida has beaten the 1150-to-1 odds and been storm-free since Wilma in 2005!

2014 season ends today. 

Good read:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cold but quiet!

In the upper 30s/low 40s outside but we like seeing this with 11 days left in the season:

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

One month to go....

Fortunately there has been little to blog about this summer.   So a quick post to say we're still here and there will be another hurricane season in 2015.  

While we have had no storms, the heat and humidity on the west coast of Florida has been slightly above the unbearable line this summer.   But it sure has been nice not to worry about a tropical storm.

And, since there is still time for something to form in the Gulf of Mexico and head our way before (or after) the official end of the season on November 30th, we never let our guard down.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Let's hope this doesn't jinx us!

Nice update from South Florida on the current tropical storm outlook for the Sunshine State:

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Social Media and the 2014 Hurricane Season

Social Media apparently was a topic of conversation at this spring's National Hurricane Conference in Orlando.  

We've been seeing local TV stations use Facebook and Twitter over the past couple of years to communicate with viewers as normal weather and news events hits the area.  Viewers post or tweet pictures of (thunder)storm damage or flooding and they are posted on the station's website.  More and more the photos and video are being used on air.   Over Memorial Day weekend, our local ABC affiliate used smartphone video sent by an eyewitness to have actual video footage of a shooting and subsequent police investigation within minutes of the event happening.

The uniqueness here is not the user video but the immediacy of the content availability.  That's where social media can play a very important role in a tropical event.  Citizen-provided photos, video or just simple updates could save lives and at worst, provide real-time locally focused updates for media to re-post to their larger audiences of followers.

I'm hoping the media has dedicated resources at the ready with the right platforms and tools to be able to take advantage of this information and share quickly and appropriately to their community.

Here's a good article from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune last week covering how emergency managers and other officials are planning to use social media this season and some of the conversation from the Conference.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

New National Hurricane Center Blog

The NHC has launched their own blog at called "Inside the Eye".  One of the primary objectives is to communicate "on important changes to NHC products or discuss topics related to tropical and marine weather events"  

Their first blog post promises updates and information including "some big forecast product launches coming up this hurricane season"

Looking forward to seeing their future posts