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

Hurricane Beryl will be approaching the Lesser Antilles this weekend, while a new tropical storm is likely to form off the coast of North Carolina. Beryl is forecast to weaken in the Caribbean, but still could move close to Puerto Rico as a tropical storm Monday. Soon-to-be Tropical Storm Chris could also become a hurricane by early next week, but is likely to be a just a menace to the Mid-Atlantic states and stay offshore.

“Brazen” Beryl Barreling West

It took less than 15 hours for Tropical Depression Two to become the season’s first hurricane in the Atlantic basin. With an eye only five miles wide and a wind field of only about 60 miles in diameter, Beryl has defied every forecast (so far) to become a tiny, but potent Category 1 hurricane.

Two Systems Might Soon Develop in Atlantic

Jul 5, 2018

Two areas of interest are being monitored by the National Hurricane Center for possible development in the Atlantic Ocean, but neither are a current threat to Florida or the United States.

Medium chances off Mid-Atlantic coast

Summer Arrives; Just Another Day in Florida

Jun 21, 2018

Summer began at 6:07 am EDT this morning. Considering sweltering heat and afternoon storms have been occurring for over a month now, it's a rather anticlimactic event in Florida. And of course, the same pattern is likely to continue for several months.

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Caribbean Comes Alive, but Not a Likely Threat

Jun 11, 2018

An area of disturbed weather in the southwest Caribbean Sea has caught the eye of forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. In an outlook issued Monday afternoon, the system was labeled as having a “low chance” of developing over the next five days.

Gov. Rick Scott's Office

Clay County Emergency Management officials are advising residents along the south prong of Black Creek to keep an eye on rising waters.

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.

A tropical storm is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico by Saturday, potentially strengthening and approaching the Florida Panhandle by Memorial Day.


Forecasters with the NOAA Climate Prediction Center say there’s a good chance we’ll see a bumper crop of named storms during the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

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.

Hurricane Center Watching Gulf this Week

May 21, 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.


Jessica Palombo

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