Saturday, June 30, 2012

Debby was a big social media hit in Tampa Bay

Excellent recap from Tampa Bay Times columnist Eric Deggans: "Twitter, Facebook and smartphones replace TV for some Tropical Storm Debby watchers in Tampa Bay area".




Sunday, June 24, 2012

Now this is a baseball rain out

Philadelphia Phillies' spring training field in Clearwater Florida underwater courtesy of Tropical Storm Debby

Debby's Downer

After a day of rain from Debby, some reports reaching 9-10 inches in the Tampa Bay Area (5 inches here), flooding, power outages and even one death related to the weather, the storm track is still unpredictable.  

Below are two images.

One from our local ABC affiliate which shows the "cone of uncertainty" suggesting the storm can go any which way but backwards.  


The other is from the Weather Underground which shows the somewhat popular track heading mostly north. 


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Debby Sets Record

Forming Saturday afternoon, Debby now holds the distinction of being the earliest "4th-named storm" of the season dating back to 1851.  Per The Weather Channel, in an average year the 4th storm would occur around mid-to-late August.   The previous earliest storm was Dennis forming July 5th, 2005.

Debby is forecast-ed to drift to the West.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Rain & Riptides in Tampa Bay this weekend

Watching the Gulf. Local weather forecaster says Tropical Depression forming and to watch for NHCC update at 11pm


Spending the Weekend With Debby?

The weather system in the Gulf of Mexico has a good chance of forming into the 4th named storm of the season (Hello, Debby) this weekend.  The direction the storm will take is undetermined somewhat dependent on where the ol' "jet stream" goes.

In any case, the west coast of Florida (where we are) will likely get rain all weekend and the entire gulf coast line is on alert to keep an eye on things on into early next week. 

Here's the Weather Channel's take

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Third storm of season forms

Tropical Storm Chris.  Off the coast of Newfoundland. No threat to land.

Here's a link to the story: