Tropical Storm Debby makes landfall in Florida

By: Angela Fritz , 9:07 PM GMT on June 26, 2012

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Debby continues to weaken this afternoon, but remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. The storm's center of circulation made landfall this afternoon near Steinhatchee, Florida. Hurricane hunters continue to find surface wind speeds that just meet tropical storm criteria and surface buoys on Wundermap are all clocking in at or below 30 mph. The storm's upper-level circulation is being stretched out into the Atlantic by the same steering forces that will transport it to the other side of Florida, and this combined with dry air has led to a messy-looking tropical cyclone over the past couple of days. Though there was no lack of rain yesterday in the Florida panhandle, Debby has certainly been weakened by the dry air that has wrapped into its center (figure 1). Water vapor imagery from satellite shows Debby's center is almost completely void of moisture, though rain continues to fall on the northeast side of the storm where moisture is still available. A 6 foot wide, 12-15 foot deep sinkhole swallowed a small portion of I-10 in Madison County west of Jacksonville, Florida, this morning, where heavy rain continues, though this hole will likely be filled and the lane reopened by tomorrow morning. Wind shear around 20 knots is also keeping Debby at bay, but the real disrupter is the lack of moisture.


Figure 1. Where's Debby? On the left: visible satellite imagery. On the right: water vapor satellite imagery, where the dry air ranges from black to rusty orange. Debby's center is almost completely void of moisture. These images were captured around 1pm EDT.

Forecast for Debby
The forecast for Debby continues to be similar to previous forecasts. The storm will likely continue to lose strength as it moves over Florida this evening and Wednesday, but could gain some momentum again when it reaches the yet untapped Atlantic water. There's a high chance Debby will be downgraded to tropical depression status this evening. The HPC continues to forecast up to 8 inches of rain for far northeast Florida over the next 5 days, likely because of the slight strengthening forecast to occur on Thursday and beyond. Debby's center will most likely be over Atlantic water Wednesday night.


Figure 2. Advisory map for the U.S. Tuesday afternoon. Heat advisories (pink) blanket the central U.S. This heat is expected to move eastward over the next few days as the ridge of high pressure advances.

The Heat Continues

Record highs continue to fall Tuesday afternoon in the central U.S., where Denver, Colorado had its fifth consecutive day of triple-digit heat after it reached 100°F at 1pm MDT, and could continue to rise this afternoon. This ties the all-time record for consecutive 100°F+ days. Nebraska and Kansas are particularly toasty this afternoon; McCook, Nebraska has reached 113°F so far, and Hill City, Kansas is up to 112°F. Though, to put that in perspective, the state record for Nebraska is 118°F, and the state record for Kansas is 121°F.

The heat moves east tomorrow, and by Thursday, many of the major Midwest cities are forecast to be in the triple-digits, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. By Friday the heat will be beating down on the East Coast. In the meantime out west, the forecast high in Fresno for this weekend is 82°F, which would tie as the coolest final weekend in June on record, according to the Hanford forecast office.

Angela

Tropical Storm Debby (apphotos)
Boats are sunken and thrown up on a dock at the Rock Landing Marina in Panacea, Fla., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. High winds and heavy rains spawned by the approaching Tropical Storm Debby caused the damage. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Tropical Storm Debby
Tropical Storm Debby (apphotos)
Jesse Deese uses his skim board to shield from blowing sand in Panama City Beach, Fla., Monday, June 25, 2012. Tropical Storm Debby raked the Tampa Bay area with high wind and heavy rain Monday in a drenching that could top 2 feet over the next few days and trigger widespread flooding. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Tropical Storm Debby

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NO!.Debbie better not go to Texas.Stay the heck away from the u.S mainland Debbie!!
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507. skook
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
The center of Debby made landfall this afternoon, but has sense backed offshore. What if, after all it has out us through already, it decided to head to Texas? Lol.



Maybe... all the models were right.....
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Power flashing. UPS buckup online. Shutting down and lookingm out the window. WOW Good night all.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
The center of Debby made landfall this afternoon, but has sense backed offshore. What if, after all it has out us through already, it decided to head to Texas? Lol.
Team Levi
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I dunno if this is just a wobble, but Debby looking like she is going almost due South. (South with a twitch to the East)
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
The center of Debby made landfall this afternoon, but has sense backed offshore. What if, after all it has out us through already, it decided to head to Texas? Lol.


What if it goes around Florida? :)

So does this make Grothar right or wrong? He predicted the correct landfall location, but she went back offshore.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Taz does. Obviously.
lol
Quoting nofailsafe:


No, Florida can keep Debby, we're ok. We'll take the baking over the pouring.


Sarcasm
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Quoting dartboardmodel:
Ummmm... we have a problem with Debby again. She is moving more South than East on the radar . Uh ohhhhh....


Lol...

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The center of Debby made landfall this afternoon, but has sense backed offshore. What if, after all it has put us through already, it decided to head to Texas? Lol.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Taz I want twennie(20) dola :).


I'll take fitty dolla...
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Quoting weatherh98:


Cue the west casters


No, Florida can keep Debby, we're ok. We'll take the baking over the pouring.
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I'm sorry Mr. Mixon. Tough night and days ahead.
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Quoting weatherh98:


2 dolla!? Who makes a bet fo 2 dolla?

Taz does. Obviously.
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Taz I want twennie(20) dola :).
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Quoting dartboardmodel:
Ummmm... we have a problem with Debby again. She is moving more South than East on the radar . Uh ohhhhh....


Cue the west casters
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THis ridge has made things HOT
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Ummmm... we have a problem with Debby again. She is moving more South than East on the radar . Uh ohhhhh....
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Quoting MrMixon:
Well the good news is we just got a brief shower that actually put wet water on the ground. The bad news is it was only about 0.03" and there were gusty winds and a fair amount of cloud-to-ground lightning. Again, this is about 6 miles west of the fire - it's hard to say if they got rain on the fire or not. We're continuing to pack the car and keeping an eye on the ridge for now.

Luckily, we rent the home we live in and our "stuff" is insured. So all we have to do is get the irreplaceable stuff in the car (almost done) and wait to see if we get that call...

Will post some more photos once we're packed.


Praying you don't have to leave -- but happy to see you are properly prepared to do so.
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God debby just be over i cant take the disorganization any more! it looks like a cold front on radar and wide donut on sat! get out of here!
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Ivan's Curse part two... lmao.
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Quoting Tazmanian:



oh yes they can you want too make a bet on that?


i bet you $2 that they can


2 dolla!? Who makes a bet fo 2 dolla?
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Quoting Chicklit:
p.s. Is Debby headed for a Daytona exit? And how long will it take her to make it across the peninsula?
Thx in adavance.


During rush hour across I-4 or late at night?
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Quoting winter123:
Why is everyone saying debby made landfall? It's moving south along the coast. you can still see the center clearly off the coast on shortwave. Does look like It's being stretched though. I think the energy could transition right over Florida and reform on the east coast.
Because the NHC said its made landfall
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Quoting Autistic2:
My power just came back on. Pitty the person outside working in this rain. Raining VERY hard here in St. Aug.
Get ready to lose it some more too..looks like she's taking a little break and stalling for a while over you..lol...
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Well the good news is we just got a brief shower that actually put wet water on the ground. The bad news is it was only about 0.03" and there were gusty winds and a fair amount of cloud-to-ground lightning. Again, this is about 6 miles west of the fire - it's hard to say if they got rain on the fire or not. We're continuing to pack the car and keeping an eye on the ridge for now.

Luckily, we rent the home we live in and our "stuff" is insured. So all we have to do is get the irreplaceable stuff in the car (almost done) and wait to see if we get that call...

Will post some more photos once we're packed.
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Quoting winter123:
Why is everyone saying debby made landfall? It's moving south along the coast. you can still see the center clearly off the coast on shortwave. Does look like It's being stretched though. I think the energy could transition right over Florida and reform on the east coast.


She moved onshore, but then drifted SouthSoutheast. And it appears Thunderstorms are firing close to her center
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Quoting washingtonian115:
The admin are hilarious.They are trying to find out what 4 and a Q together means...and even if they did they can't ban me.



oh yes they can you want too make a bet on that?


i bet you $2 that they can
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KOTG - Looks like an organizing weather system attempting to become a TD. But they all look that good that far out. Something to watch out for.

Now a CV storm this early in the season is a harbinger for an active season. Why do I get the feeling we will have an active season? (Oh wait, because the experts said it would be a below normal season and mother nature has a profound sense of humor)
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p.s. Is Debby headed for a Daytona exit? And how long will it take her to make it across the peninsula?
Thx in adavance.
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Quoting Chicklit:
It must be tough for Coloradoans and Texans to listen to us Floridians complaining about 'all this rain.' Sorta like rich people complaining about having to pay taxes on all that money they made.

Sorry 'bout that. Glad to hear the heat wave is loosing its grip in Colorado soon though only to move farther east! We've been very fortunate in ECFL to get the rains we have. Not too much and not too little for the most part.


We need the rain here in NE FL but enough now for a couplem of days. I dont think you can make up for a long shortfall all in 2 days. alot just runs off.

All in all, glad for the rain w/o the major wind.

But enough
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The admin are hilarious.They are trying to find out what 4 and a Q together means...and even if they did they can't ban me.
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Why is everyone saying debby made landfall? It's moving south along the coast. you can still see the center clearly off the coast on shortwave. Does look like It's being stretched though. I think the energy could transition right over Florida and reform on the east coast.
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may be it will move back overe in too the open gulf of MX and make landfall in TX
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I remember when my aunt had a stroke.I was 5 at the time .She just suddenly started moving strange =and then she froze up..she died in the same position that she had frozen up in.I still have the image in my head...Okay back to weather.


:(

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Quoting weatherh98:


Pests these days jk
PFFFTTTT! to quote patraps favorite expression...lol...
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Quoting BrickellBreeze:
Imagine if she moves SW... LOL


What did she miss South Florida and has to come back?
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Pretty cool sat. loop...

Mediterranean/Sahara
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Quoting ncstorm:


Well he did blog..I believe he was here in April.
Oh okay hahaha
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Quoting Dakster:
KOTG - What is that?
thats our area of interest at 10 percent by the NHC

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Quoting Dakster:
Great... Still not following any of the models. Gotta love it.


Her Center now appears to be over water once again... LOL

She wont die.

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I remember when my aunt had a stroke.I was 5 at the time .She just suddenly started moving strange =and then she froze up..she died in the same position that she had frozen up in.I still have the image in my head...Okay back to weather.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

But what if she does?

Thanks all for the prayers/wishes earlier. I talked to her earlier..she was ready to come home. Hopefully the doctors will figure out how to stop the seizures/strokes.


Ill Pray for the doctors too!
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Imagine if she moves SW... LOL
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Great... Still not following any of the models. Gotta love it.
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It must be tough for Coloradoans and Texans to listen to us Floridians complaining about 'all this rain.' Sorta like rich people complaining about having to pay taxes on all that money they made.

Sorry 'bout that. Glad to hear the heat wave is loosing its grip in Colorado soon though only to move farther east! We've been very fortunate in ECFL to get the rains we have. Not too much and not too little for the most part.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


Wonder how many Ghost of Karen jokes we will have next year when the name Karen actually gets used again.
The remnants are still out there, albeit less potent than it was.
They circle the globe like a tropical pox satellite.
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Quoting weatherh98:


Meant to put not! Edited


Well he did blog..I believe he was here in April.
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