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Tropical Storm Ida strengthening, expected to become a major hurricane

Tropical Storm Ida now has winds sustained at 60 mph and is on track to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane this weekend in the Gulf of Mexico. Ida is bringing heavy rain, strong winds, and storm surge to Cuba today.  Steered by high pressure, Ida will target Louisiana bringing 8 to 12 inches of rain along the central Gulf Coast with isolated spots receiving up to 15 inches. Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been posted for the central Gulf Coast.  Ida will have a favorable environment for rapid intensification into the weekend due to warm sea surface temperatures. SWFL is outside...

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Grace barrels toward the Yucatan, Henri poses threat to Northeast next week

Grace continues to move towards Mexico as a strong category 1 hurricane. Grace is expected to gain additional strength on approach to the Yucatan peninsula as it moves over the open waters of the Caribbean over the next  24 hours. SWFL will not experience any impacts from Grace as the track remains hundreds of miles to our south.  Tropical Storm Henri A significant shift to the west in the forecast for Henri now includes NYC and Boston by the beginning of next week. Henri is expected to reach hurricane status by Friday as it moves to the west. From there, a sharp north turn is anticipated...

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Remnants of Fred to bring breezy showers to SWFL this weekend

As of the 11 PM advisory, the remnants of Fred have reemerged over open waters again, north of Cuba. Over the next 48 hours, this wave is expected to regain some organization as it moves north over the open waters of the Gulf, 300 miles west of SWFL. From there it is forecast to strengthen back into a tropical depression and eventually a storm as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast. For SWFL, the track of Fred will be far enough west to keep impacts at a minimum.  Dangerous rip currents and a marginal tornado threat will be the biggest threats, although some isolated flooding cannot...

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Odds for development decrease near Florida East Coast

The National Hurricane Center has lowered the chances of development from 60 percent to 50 percent for an area of low pressure off the Space Coast. Earlier this evening the Hurricane Hunters flew into the system to investigate how well organized it had become. They found that, while it had a well-defined center of circulation, the storm development was still far removed from the center. Over the next few days, this system will continue to battle a large expanse of dry air in the atmosphere. This will create a hostile environment for any type of development which is why the odds were lowered...

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How to become a SKYWARN storm spotter

The National Weather Service Office in Tampa has opened registration for the next round SKYWARN storm spotter training. This is a volunteer network of weather enthusiasts and community-oriented citizens who commit to taking a weather training course and then during times of weather, report to the NWS via the network.  “The program is open to all.  This is basic training and focuses on weather safety and how to report to the National Weather Service in Ruskin,” Warning Coordination Meteorologist Dan Noah said.   No formal degree or college-level training in meteorology is required...

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How and why is volcano ash different from wildfire ash?

Friday marks one week since the start of the eruption of La Soufrière, a volcano on the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean Sea. Over the course of this past week, ash has been blown more than 5 miles into the air, before raining down on St. Vincent and nearby islands like Barbados. The ash from the volcano is increasingly becoming a humanitarian crisis, as reports place some 20,000 people as being displaced right now. You can learn more about what’s happening on St. Vincent with the ongoing eruptions from NBC News here.     When you see video of the volcano’s ash,...

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Drought conditions remain unchanged across SWFL

Each Thursday, NOAA in conjunction with the National Drought Mitigation Center [NDMC] at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and US Department of Agriculture release a report on current drought conditions across the United States.   Despite copious amounts of rainfall from this past weekend’s cold front, this week’s drought report remains unchanged from last week. The lack of change in the drought report this week may come as a surprise to some considering the soaking rains from the weekend. Fort Myers alone picked up over 2 inches of rain, with higher amounts reported...

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NBC2 Live Doppler Radar gets upgrade

FORT MYERS, Fla. – If you watched NBC2 on your television this past weekend for a storm update or checked the radar on the NBC2 Weather App, you probably saw something like the picture below. There looks to be a loss of data right over Fort Myers and part of Cape Coral. This is called the “cone of silence” and it happens with all radars. A radar spins 360° in order to see all around it, but it also tilts up to see into storms— but radars can only tilt as high as 19.5°. Since radar does not point straight up, a “cone of silence” develops where the radar cannot...

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