Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

No Hurricanes in 5 Years -- but Insurance Rates Rise

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty says rates continue to climb because the state is still hurricane prone and non-hurricane losses have gone up 65 percent for insurance companies. McCarty says many of those losses come from sinkholes  Read the whole story here.

12/27/10 Update:  The increases have been announced.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2010 Hurricane Season Ends Today!

  • 19 Named Storms  (3rd Highest on Record)
  • 12 Hurricanes (2nd Highest on Record)
  • None hit the US
  • Last storm to affect US Mainland was Wilma, in October 2005 making it 5 years since the last major hurricane hit the mainland.
Here's the recap of the 2010 season on Wikipedia

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tropical Depression 19 Forms

This one should head west but one model has it coming up into the Gulf and perhaps turning east.   We'll want to keep an eye on this one as we head into the final 40 days of the 2010 Hurricane Season.

When & if it becomes a named storm it will be Richard.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Paula grew up fast and is now deciding where to go..

Hurricane Paula, the 16th named storm and 9th hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season. Paula intensified remarkably quickly, setting a modern record for the fastest intensification from the issuance of the first advisory to hurricane strength since reliable record keeping of intensification rates of Atlantic hurricanes began in 1970 according to meteorologist Jeff Masters from the Weather Underground.

However, it may turn out that Paula will be recognized as intensifying from first advisory to a hurricane which would be eighteen hours, tying 2007's Hurricane Humberto, the most recent record holder. 

There have been six storms that accomplished this  feat in 24 hours.

Most models show the storm heading towards Cuba after a sideswipe of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.  South Florida remains on alert, especially the Keys.   

Wikipedia has an entry saying this is only the 5th time we've had a storm start with the letter P.   Read more about that here.

Friday, October 01, 2010

October is the 3rd Most Active Month of Hurricane Season

While September is traditionally the busiest month, and it was this year, October is also historically active.  Especially in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  The Weather Channel data shows October averages show 2 storms per year:

And here's where they have originated in the first 10 days of the month:

We're looking forward to getting past October.  The season ends in 60 days, so we're only 2/3 of the way through.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

15 turned into Matthew & went to Central America, but.....

The next one being watched could come up through Cuba towards Florida. 

Some Florida TV station weather meteorologists are suggesting keeping an eye out on a disturbance that could become a Tropical Depression and a tropical storm late next week. 

Models suggest a north or north east path up towards the peninsula.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tropical Depression 15 could be the one for Florida to watch...

Watching local ABC affiliate last night, perennial correct Tampa Bay forecaster, Denis Phillips, says to keep an eye on this area of the Caribbean this week for possible Tropical Depression formation.  Now that Lisa has formed in the Atlantic, right now it would be TD 15.  He said that historically 95% of all Tropical storms formed in this area, travel north.
Late September and October is peak for Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean storm formation that could affect Florida.  

Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Where are those tropical storms?

Not that I'm complaining.

Andy Johnson, meteorologist at the Fox TV affiliate in Tampa points out that there have only been 15 named storms in the entire Northern Hemisphere so far this year and it's the lowest number of tropical cyclones to date since reliable records began in 1948. 

Dry air in the Atlantic seems to be the culprit coupled with the record heat wave in Russia.  Good news for now, but we are only 1/3 of the way through the season and coming into the peak of the season.  Andy says that long range models show things may pick up at the end of August

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bonnie clouding up Tampa Bay. Rain just south at lunchtime

Cloudy outside my window.  A little breeze.  Expecting a rainy night here.  Praying for favorable impact to the oil spill area along the Gulf Coast as Bonnie strengthens & heads Northwest through the Gulf.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Here comes Bonnie...

Looks like Tropical Depression #3 will evolve into a Tropical Storm later today and skirt south of Tampa Bay but unfortunately headed toward the Oil Spill in the Gulf

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Stuck in the middle!

Tampa Bay sits in spaghetti model field as of July 21st...time to start paying attention....

The National Hurricane Center projects that "Invest 97L" has a 60-percent chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours.  Tampa Bay weather forecasters are saying this is probably mostly a rainmaker on Friday for us. 

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Updated Long-Range Forecast from Dr. William Gray

Drs. William Gray and Philip Klotzbach have updated their 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast and unfortunately increased their numbers to be more consistent with the recently released NOAA forecast.

Their chart (above) shows an approximate 20% increase in key metrics from their April forecast.  Gray and Klotzbach release regular forecasts from the Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science

Thursday, May 27, 2010

NOAA Hurricane Forecast

NOAA is predicting, with 70 percent certainty, that there will be 14-23 named storms; eight to 14 of those will become hurricanes and three to seven will be major or Category 3-plus storms.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

10 Days to go - Do we even remember what a hurricane is like?

With 10 days to go until the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, here's an article from Friday's St. Petersburg Times, that is spot on to the psyche of people I talk to locally.

On another note, the amount of press coverage on the potential mixing of weather & oil could be overwhelming for the next couple of months.  Let's just hope the season is quiet until (and if) the mess can be contained.

Meanwhile, pre-season activity has already started off the Carolina coast. Here are the details

Sunday, May 09, 2010

How Hurricanes Work

As the countdown to the start of the 2010 Hurricane Season is now less than 1 month, here's a quick webpage that shows How Hurricanes Work from the great website, "How Stuff Works"

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast

Dr. Philip Klotzbach and Dr. William Gray's updated forecast calls for the high end of their initial 2010 forecast issued in December, 2009:

Named Storms: 15
Hurricanes: 8
Intense Hurricanes: 4  (Category 3-4-5)

They predict that the season will be significantly more active than the average from 1950-2000

Chance of at least one major hurricane making landfall:

Entire US Coastline:  69%  (average for last century is 52%)
U.S. East Coast including Florida Peninsula:  45% (average for last century is 31%)
Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle to Brownsville:  44% (average for last century is 30%)

Hurricane Season officially starts June 1st, less than 60 days from now.  

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bad Luck-Victim of 5 different natural disasters----Indicted!

Desima James, 30, of Atlanta, Georgia, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on felony charges for fraudulently obtaining FEMA assistance funds intended for the victims of several different federally declared disasters. James was arraigned today before United States Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman, who set a bond hearing for Wednesday, March 31, 2010.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said of the case, "In just a few months, this defendant claimed to be a victim of five different natural disasters in five different states. He is accused of filing over 30 fraudulent claims with FEMA, using different names, fake social security numbers, and various addresses to enable him to escape detection and steal over $30,000 in disaster relief that was intended for real victims. He has now been caught and will be called to answer for this extensive fraud."

"This investigation is an excellent example of a partnership between federal law enforcement agencies to bring down a nationwide fraud scheme. The Postal Inspection Service aggressively pursues all crimes using the U.S. Mail to further a fraudulent scheme, but is especially vigilant with regards to any scheme that attempts to profit from natural disasters such as these destructive hurricanes," said Martin D. Phanco, Inspector in Charge of the Atlanta Division, U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: From September through December 2005, James allegedly filed over 30 fraudulent claims for disaster relief with FEMA, claiming to have been a victim of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Hurricane Rita in Louisiana and Texas, Hurricane Wilma in Florida, severe storms and flooding in New Hampshire, and a tornado and severe storms in Indiana

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Florida Cabinet Delays Hurricane Fund Assessments

The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund needs $710 million to continue to pay claims still coming in from 2005's Hurricane Wilma but it is going to have to wait to assess policyholders to get those funds.

The Florida Cabinet yesterday indicated it wants more of those claims investigated to make sure they are legitimate claims before authorizing the bond and raising assessments on all policyholders to pay for them.

Read more

Saturday, January 16, 2010

U.S. government will begin granting loan forgiveness to cities devastated by the 2005 hurricanes

Katrina & Rita disaster loans to be forgiven for cities that had operating deficits for three full fiscal years following the storms.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hurricane warnings coming faster in 2010

Computer and satellite technology has dramatically improved over the years and now the Hurricane Center says it will begin issuing storm watches and warnings about half a day sooner in the biggest change to its warning system in decades.

Here's the story.