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Florida Winter
1:08 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Weather Essay: When Florida Turns Pink

Florida temperatures have dipped into chilly numbers this week.
Credit National Weather Service

“Why is the sky turning pink?”

That’s what my 6-year-old asked me as we watched one of the TV weather forecasts this week. We were on the couch in shorts and T-shirts, just back from the zoo with Grandma who was visiting.

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News
12:46 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

South Florida Hits The 40s -- And We Can't Handle It

Credit freedigitalphotos.net

This morning, Miami hit the low 40s -- an unusually low forecast for the so-called Sunshine State.

Thin-skinned South Floridians have flocked to the Twittersphere to complain. Here are a few of your frigid grievances--and a few responses from even colder out-of-towners.    

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Weather
6:38 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Oh, It's Winter: Huge Swath Of U.S. Will Be Bitterly Cold

A map showing the forecast low temperatures.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 8:25 am

Winter has arrived in the United States: Over the next day or so, the jet stream will dip and bring some bone-chilling temperatures to a huge swath of the country.

Meteorologists at the Weather Channel say the winter storm will "bring a swath of snow more than 2,000 miles long from the Cascades and Northern Rockies across the Midwest and into the Northeast through Tuesday."

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Weather
7:50 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Messy Winter Storm Snarls Thanksgiving Travel

People walk through falling snow Wednesday at a rest stop on Interstate 95 outside Baltimore, in Aberdeen, Md.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:46 pm

A big winter storm spinning its way across the East Coast of the United States is expected to wreak havoc on Thanksgiving Day travel plans.

The National Weather Service says that travelers from the Carolinas all the way up to New England could see significant snow, and the entire East Coast will see some kind of precipitation.

Weather.com reports:

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Weather
3:23 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

NOAA Uses Drones to Improve Hurricane Forecast Models

A view of Hurricane Edouard from the International Space Station

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 2:14 pm

As Hurricane Gonzalo bears down on Bermuda, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane scientists are analyzing data from a recent experiment involving drones to improve hurricane forecast models in the future. 

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Beach Safety
12:10 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Sunshine State Essential: How To Recognize Rip Currents And Escape Them

A beach sign warns of rip currents.
Credit Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald

As residents of the Sunshine State, our beach days don’t end when students go back to school, nor do the challenges that beachgoers can face.

A cooling breeze and gentle waves greet visitors on a rare green-flag day in St. Lucie County. But it’s not always that way. St. Lucie County lifeguard Grayson Money says just a week before, rip currents posed quite a danger.

"You get strong winds, especially out of the Southeast," he says. "That’s really good for producing rip currents and that’s also our No. 1 rescue, really, is the rip current rescue.”

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Environment
6:25 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Task Force Releases Recommendations To Address Sea-Level Rise

Credit freedigitalphotos.net

Yesterday, the Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force released a report detailing six recommendations to the county. 

The main recommendation calls on county officials to consult experts to create an infrastructure that can adapt to rising sea levels. 

Jim Murley is the executive director of the South Florida Regional Planning Council, and was the vice-chairperson of the task force.

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News
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Palm Beach County Fights Hurricane Amnesia

PBC DART is Palm Beach County's new smartphone app for hurricane season.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

Palm Beach County prepares to fight hurricane amnesia, a common ideology held by the county’s officials and emergency management.

The Emergency Operations Center in Palm Beach County held its annual hurricane briefing for legislative officials and media last week. Emergency management strongly advised officials to inform their communities to have a plan and kit for any situation.

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Monkey See
3:18 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Do Female-Named Hurricanes Need To Lean In?

When it rains, it pours: Here's some advice for lady hurricanes on how to climb the corporate ladder.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 5:37 pm

We were alarmed to learn yesterday that hurricanes with female names are not being taken as seriously as their male counterparts. It seems people in the path of a hurricane are more likely to heed warnings to take shelter or evacuate if the storm is named Charley than if the storm is named Eloise. Which can be a deadly decision. [Because, seriously: Hurricanes are dangerous — even if they have "lady" names.

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The Florida Roundup
2:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Despite Record Surplus, Citizens Coastal Policyholders Likely To See Rate Increases

2005 was the last time a hurricane hit Florida. That year a string of storms and hurricanes drove several insurance companies out of Florida and thousands of homeowners to Citizens.
Credit NASA Astronaut Ron Garan

Now that the hurricane season's begun, state-backed insurer Citizens Property Insurance assures everyone, it’s in the best shape it’s ever been.

That may be cold comfort for former customers now with smaller insurers, or current customers living on the coast who may still see rate increases.

Citizens CEO Barry Gilway says after shedding thousands of policies, the company is in a very good position.

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Weather
2:21 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Being A Meteorologist Is Harder Than You Think

Local TV meteorologist partnered with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science to teach children about forecasting on television.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

Hurricane season started Sunday. A slow season is expected this year, but meteorologists know their forecasts constantly change.

So, meteorologists in South Florida partnered with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for its annual Feel the Force event, where the community learned about hurricane preparedness.

Thirteen-year-old Lucas Sanchez was a meteorologist for the day with help from local pros from WSVN-TV and WPLG Local 10.

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Weather
2:52 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

NOAA Predicts A Near-Normal Hurricane Season

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Robert Atlas from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discuss the new tools used to track hurricanes during this season and years to come.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

South Florida has started preparing for this year's hurricane season. Local, state and federal officials met this week at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Miami to discuss the latest developments and what this years' storms looks like for the region. 

Researchers at NOAA predict a near-normal to below-normal season this year.

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Storm Season
5:13 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

FPL Adds New Storm Service Technology

Two linemen demonstrate how they isolate a power outage using the information from smart meters.
Credit Lisann Ramos

Florida Power & Light says it is prepared for hurricane season.

Since 2004, FPL has made $1.4 billion worth of technological changes to turn the lights back on quicker after storms. The company wants to make sure the past doesn’t repeat itself.

"Well, it was 10 years ago actually this year that we had Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Francis and Jeanne impact our service territory," says FPL president Eric Silagy. "All of you who were here at that time remember how devastating that was."

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Weather
5:16 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

South Florida The Warmest In The State, Even In The 40s

Credit Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

This weekend will be the coldest of the 2013-2014 so far, and South Florida can expect frost, according to the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network. 

Here's a message from WLRN's meteorologist Jeff Huffman: 

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Snow In Miami
2:57 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

PHOTOS: This Is How South Florida Babies React To Snow

The older children, here a group of 2- to 3-year-olds, are excitedly waiting to play in the snow at a preschool in Little Havana.
Elaine Chen WLRN

When I got an email from my daughter’s preschool, titled "Snow Day!" I was confused. In the Northeast, where I grew up, snow days mean the school is closed. Do South Florida schools use fake snow days as an excuse to close? The message was even more confusing:

Eight tons of SNOW will be delivered to our preschool straight from the North Pole! The cost of bringing in the snow is $1,500.00 so for this special activity the cost per child is only $15.00.

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