Your Latest Florida Weather Information

Hi everybody. The first real cold front of the season will be embarking on East Central Florida this weekend. Temperatures will dip into the 50’s, possibly the lower 50’s on Sunday night. This cool weather will last into next week.
 
The next 2 days will be extremly unsettled with a strong high pressure ridge banding with a low pressure center. This will bring showery weather to our area tonight. Stating tomoorrow, Rain will become heavier and more widespread as the low moves into the Gulf and merges with a well developed storm in the Plains. The  wind flow will generate a classic “overrunning” rain event that is characterized by widespread and steady rainfall. The heaviest rain will occur Friday and Friday night with the chances around 80%.
Saturday, a strong jet coming down from the Plains will help push the rain out of our area and usher in the cold front.
Sunday will be gorgeous with temps barely making 80 and lows in the 50’s. Once we get through the rain, get ready for some great fall weather!
Follow the radar action right here as the rains begin to fall. Tomorrow, I may activate the Digital Doppler loops as the system evolves. I will send a notification with the link when it is actvated.

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Hurricane Ike Approaching Texas!

Hi everybody. Hurricane Ike is slowly intensifying as it approaches the coast. Ike is now a 110 mph hurricane. The storm is massive and the storm surge is that of a much larger storm. The storm surge expected along the hurricane’s path is estimated to be 20 feet and will be up to 25 in some areas. keep in mind that the protective seawall around Galveston is only 17 feet high. Also keep in mind that many residents that were asked to leave did not. Although there will certainly be wind damage, the main problem with this storm is going to be the storm surge. It is a known fact that most hurricane related deaths are not from wind, they are from drowning in the surge.

Ike’s main feature is not his inner core. The system is an extremely large storm with a huge wind field. He lacks a well defined eye and that has helped him stay weaker. The area that Ike is going to hit has many refineries that pump out about one-fifth of our gasoline stock in the US.
A gauge located on Galveston Island indicates that the water has already risen 9 feet. The main surge will not be felt until just after landfall.

You can get a perfect view of the storm making landfall right here.
In addition to Ike, we are watching Invest 91 in the southern Bahamas. All indications are that this system is not likely to develop but it should be watched all the same. This area is actually a spin-off from Ike that was left behind. I will watch this area for any signs of development.

Hurricane Ike 11 PM Update

Your Latest Florida Weather Information
Hi everybody. Hurricane Ike is holding his own at 135 mph even though he in in an area where some wind shear is occurring. Ike is a small, but impressive storm that is very symmetrical and has a distinct eye feature. From satellite and space, it paints a beautiful picture but if it is heading towards you it not as nice a picture at all. Ike remains an extremely dangerous cat 4 hurricane. Ike is expected to run into higher shear over the next couple of days and weakening is forecast, at least for the short term.

It appears on satellite that Ike has turned West and is running under a sub tropical ridge that is keeping him from recurving. This ridge is expected to remain over Ike until around day 5 of the forecast. At that time, Ike will begin a west-northwest as he rounds the back side of the ridge. The models are not in full agreement where this turn will take place. Some make the turn over the Bahamas while other models make the turn over Cuba or the Florida Straits. Right now to be safe, the NHC is putting the track guidance right down the middle.

 It is still too early to tell exactly what land mass will be directly affected by Ike.
Regardless of where Ike goes. It will be a very nerve ending week here in Florida or possibly even the Gulf.