Jeff Huffman

Meteorologist

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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Recent track forecast improvements prevented millions of Floridians from unnecessarily evacuating ahead of Hurricane Dorian last year, but a new report also reveals record-setting errors in its intensity forecast.

An arctic front will send freezing temperatures deep into the Southeast this week, including portions of the Florida Panhandle by Wednesday morning. The front’s arrival Tuesday will be marked by showers or even a brief thunderstorm, followed by a 20-degree temperature drop within just a few hours.

More than 85 percent of all hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin occurs after the middle of August.

Some consider Aug. 15 as the “real” start to hurricane season. To others, like former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, it’s synonymous with the start of football season.

Heavy rain and potential flooding is in the forecast this week across parts of Florida, and a tropical storm might even form nearby.

Regardless of its tropical status, several inches of rain are likely to fall in Tampa Bay and near Florida’s Gulf Coast this week. Nearby seas will also grow unsettled, with minor coastal flooding and multiple beach hazards expected.

The National Hurricane Center has begun advisories on Subtropical Storm Andrea, the first named storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

A non-tropical disturbance is expected to approach Florida Thursday and Friday, producing summer-like downpours and thunderstorms across much of the state.

FloridaStorms.org

A dangerous squall line of thunderstorms is expected to sweep across the entire Florida Peninsula today.

A dangerous squall line of thunderstorms is expected to approach the Florida Panhandle Thursday night, then sweep across the entire Florida Peninsula Friday.

Thunderstorms capable of producing minor wind damage, or even an isolated tornado, are possible across the Florida peninsula today.

The weather is fooling many Floridians today, and it's not just a mean joke. A strong cold front has moved into the Sunshine State, producing rain and dropping temperatures by nearly twenty degrees in some places. As of Monday morning, the front was located just north of the I-4 corridor where the contrast between conditions on both sides was very evident.

Winter has made a comeback in Florida. Freeze Warnings have been issued from Jacksonville to Pensacola, and a Wind Chill Advisory was in effect early Wednesday morning as far south as Orlando.

wind chill map of North Florida
Florida Storms

Winter has made a comeback in Florida. Freeze warnings have been issued from Jacksonville to Pensacola, and a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect tonight as far south as Orlando.

Winter has made a comeback in Florida. Freeze Warnings have been issued from Jacksonville to Pensacola, and a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect tonight as far south as Orlando.

A strong cold front is slated to sweep through the state this weekend, dropping temperatures in the Tampa Bay area into the 30s by Monday morning.

There's the possibility that some spots north of Tampa will experience a freeze.

The first freeze of the season is expected across the northern third of Florida Tuesday night. A Freeze Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for all inland areas of the Florida Panhandle, and for locations along the I-10 corridor from Lake City to just west of Jacksonville.

Floridians from the Emerald Coast to the Nature Coast are urged to review their hurricane plan and be prepared to act on it within a couple of days.

A tropical wave will move across the Florida peninsula this weekend, enhancing rainfall and potentially washing out holiday plans for many Floridians.

Drier weather is expected Tuesday through Thursday from a more northerly flow on the back side of Tropical Storm Chris. 

July is usually a quiet month in the tropical Atlantic. Not this year. Two tropical storms have formed in the past four days, one briefly becoming a hurricane and the other expected to by late Monday. Neither system is an imminent or significant threat. Floridians, however, might want to keep a close eye on one.

Beryl barreling west

FloridaStorms.org

10:45 am update from the National Hurricane Center: Subtropical Storm Alberto is now official. The National Hurricane Center reports the storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and sustained winds of 39 mph.  It's moving north, northeast at six mph.

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

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

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.

"schools closed" sign with bus and rain
Ware County Schools via Facebook

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.

FPREN

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.

rainfall map
FPREN

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

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

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.

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

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.

damage risk
FPREN

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.

FPREN

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.

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