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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.

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.

Peter Haden / WLRN

With hurricane season fast approaching, Florida Power and Light is testing its systems — and more than 3,000 employees — to make sure they can get the lights back on quickly after a storm.

All this week at the Riviera Beach command center, the company is drilling for a hypothetical storm with characteristics similar to Hurricane Wilma, which struck Florida in 2005.

The company said it’s applying lessons learned from Hurricane Irma.

National Hurricane Center / NOAA

The forecasters got Hurricane Irma mostly right. At least compared to the predictions of past storms. That’s one of the conclusions from a National Hurricane Center report on the big storm that hit Florida last September.

The National Hurricane Center plans to shrink the dreaded "cone of uncertainty" during the upcoming season based on an improving forecast record.

The names of four deadly hurricanes that slammed parts of the United States, Central America and the Caribbean last year are being retired.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will be replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel. The new names will make their debut during the 2023 hurricane season.

Bout Of Severe Weather Hits South Florida

Apr 11, 2018
Screenshot / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service issued tornado and thunderstorm warnings for east Broward County on Tuesday afternoon.

As of 4:30 p.m., the area running from Dania Beach to Pompano Beach was under a tornado warning.

Miami Herald Archive

Hurricane Maria, the sixth fastest intensifying hurricane on record, likely slammed parts of mountainous Puerto Rico with fiercer winds than previously reported, the National Hurricane Center said Monday in a final assessment of the lethal storm.

Maria struck the island’s southeast coast Sept. 20, lingering for nearly eight hours and leaving a death toll that remains a matter of dispute.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Get ready to batten down the hatches. Again.

In a preseason forecast issued Thursday, Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project predicts the upcoming hurricane season that begins June 1 will again be busy, although not as bad as the brutal 2017 season. The forecast calls for seven hurricanes, three hurricanes at Cat 3 intensity or worse, and 14 named storms.

The streets in Washington, D.C., were barely covered with snow Wednesday morning.

Eventually, some 3 to 5 inches accumulated. But D.C. isn't particularly known for handling inclement weather very well. It's essentially a Southern town when it comes to weather.

Most folks huddled at home, with the federal government shut down — except for essential workers. The schools announced a day early that they would shutter their doors, too.

But there was at least one place where the work went on, and it always does — the U.S. Supreme Court.

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