Jeff Huffman


Jeff Huffman is Chief Meteorologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In addition to his full-time position at the university's radio and television stations, WUFT-FM/TV and WRUF-TV, the latter of which he co-founded, Huffman also provides weather coverage to public radio stations throughout Florida

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Major Hurricane Irma is still a Category 5 storm and still a significant threat to the entire peninsula of Florida.

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A strong spring storm will send a cold front quickly through all of Florida by midday Thursday.

The system was approaching the western side of the panhandle Wednesday afternoon, and a “Particularly Dangerous Situation” Tornado Watch was issued by the National Weather Service for Panama City and points north until 8 p.m.

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Updated 7:55 p.m.:

A tornado watch for all of Northeast Florida has been lifted after nearly eight hours Sunday as a squall line moves off the East Coast. Meanwhile, public schools are closed Monday in South Georgia’s Brantley and Ware Counties due to damage from Sunday’s storms.


The flip-flopping continues. The question is, will the shift noted Monday in nearly all reliable forecast models stick?  The National Hurricane Center shifted their forecast track of Major Hurricane Matthew considerably, as of their 5 p.m. advisory Monday afternoon.

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Isolated tornadoes, waterspouts and coastal flooding are possible Tuesday night and early Wednesday near Palm Coast and northward across the First Coast. 

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It’s hot in Florida. Shocking news, right?

In a state where temperatures can easily top 90 from April to October, how a heat wave is defined may surprise you. Many Floridians are experiencing one this week.

Definition Varies

The National Weather Service defines a heat wave as “a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot or humid weather typically lasting two or more days." The threshold of temperature — or heat index — varies by region.

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With hurricane season less than week away, here's the latest update from the The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network:

The chances of a tornado in the Florida Panhandle Friday are growing, and—similar to last weekend’s deadly twister in Central Florida—it could hit before dawn.

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For the third time in about a week, there is a risk of tornadoes in parts of Florida. The active, El Niño-enhanced weather pattern continues Saturday night as yet another strong storm system moves in from the Gulf of Mexico.


The coldest air of the fall season has swept across the state in the wake of the weekend front. However, when you consider how warm this season has been so far, this isn't saying much.

For the first time in many weeks, temperatures will actually fall below the seasonal norms through Tuesday.


It’s a menacing storm on satellite, and one many residents of The Bahamas are now scurrying to prepare for.  Floridians, however, can rest easy. 


Update: 10 a.m. Sunday: The National Hurricane Center says there's a 40 percent chance Erika could redevelop in the Gulf of Mexico.  


Heading into the weekend, Danny was a major hurricane. By Monday morning, it was barely a tropical storm as it approached the Leeward Islands. 

As expected, wind shear and dry air had taken its toll on the first and only hurricane of the season so far. Some minor fluctuations in intensity may occur Monday and Tuesday, but Danny is forecast to dissipate by midweek in the northern Caribbean. Beneficial rains and gusty winds will be the only byproduct of Danny for the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico in the coming days.


Few things are certain in our skies. But Thursday, Gerry Bell, lead forecaster from NOAA, says he is very confident in this year’s seasonal hurricane outlook.

Bell said, “The likelihood for a below normal season has jumped from 70% in May to 90% with today’s updated outlook.”

This is the highest level of confidence NOAA has ever had for a seasonal forecast since they started publishing them in 1998.

The coldest air of the winter season is poised to plummet south Wednesday night in the wake of an arctic cold front and stick around through Friday morning. The wind chill factor (what it will feel like) will have the greatest impact Wednesday night, falling to the 30’s all the way to Miami. Then on Thursday night and Friday morning, actual temperatures below freezing are possible as far south as Lake Okeechobee. It will be the first freeze for much of central and south Florida in over a year.