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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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Fort Myers set a rain record on Sunday

On Sunday, April 11, 2.05″ of rain fell in the rain gauge at Page Field Airport in Fort Myers, setting a new rain record.  Before yesterday, the old record for April 11 was 1.1″ in 1911, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday’s rainy and stormy weather was also the first time Fort Myers had more than 1″ of rain in 24 hours dating all the way back to February 14 when 2.15″ fell on Valentine’s Day.  Sunday’s rain provided a good soaking for many communities. Doppler radar estimates peg more than 2″ west of Joel Boulevard in...

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NOAA revises new ‘average’ hurricane season stats

There’s a new normal when it comes to hurricane season, and based on decades of data the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has revised upward its statistics for what an average hurricane season is in the Atlantic.   According to a release today from NOAA, between 1981 and 2010, a typical season in the Atlantic included 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.  But between 1991 and 2020, the yearly average was 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.  Given the newer data, and effective this season, the Climate Prediction Center will...

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