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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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Anybody keep getting this?


I am not using chrome. :)
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Anybody keep getting this?


I'm using Chrome , but I'm not seeing that.
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Quoting weatherh98:

lean mean swimming machine. I nearly ouble your weight. Im 185 and 6 3.

okay i lift weights too but hey


you are almost a foot taller than me.
i am a lean mean machine too

BTW what are the problems people keep saying they are having with wunderground, i havent had any
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let me try again:


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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Anybody keep getting this?



wunderground is slow right now but no
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


some water to fill you up?
how tall are you?
Im 5 4 and weigh 125 and im just already 15


puberty bro
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Anybody keep getting this?

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'm nearly 15 and I weigh 100 pounds. Quite the opposite, really.

lean mean swimming machine. I nearly ouble your weight. Im 185 and 6 3.

okay i lift weights too but hey
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Quoting FutureWx6221:
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I wouldn't count Debby out just yet...look at how she is firing thunderstorms on the south end of her center...





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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


some water to fill you up?
how tall are you?
Im 5 4 and weigh 125 and im just already 15

Same height as you.
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1348. kwgirl
Quoting VINNY04:
I disagree. I will go with Florida as being the best state. We have beaches on THREE sides plus some islands down south. It doesnt get too hot. Just 108 sometimes. No snow in most of the state. And plenty of alligators. Who cant like that? Anyone agree?
HEY! Those "some Islands" ARE Florida. Everything else is south Georgia.:)
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Quoting Articuno:

I drink water only when I go outside and it's hot


I drink almost a gallon a day if i can
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:I Love louisiana it has the most extreme weather and all. GA is straight boring.


ya dont say
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'm nearly 15 and I weigh 100 pounds. I'm quite the opposite, really.


some water to fill you up?
how tall are you?
Im 5 4 and weigh 125 and im just already 15
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Quoting weatherh98:


If you dont drink water, you have a lot of sugary drinks, are you obeese?


dehydration is nothing to fool with either

I'm nearly 15 and I weigh 100 pounds. Quite the opposite, really.
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The Beginning of Debby part 2?
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Quoting Ameister12:

Well you learn something new everyday. Thanks for warning me.


you can go, if its too hot for you leave.
thats all i say

but if you live anywhere but the ohio valley and NE, or the Pac NW, you might have a bad time.
Barely been 90s in GA for a week and it is already too hot.
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Quoting AllStar17:
To me it appears Debby's circulation is moving southeastward. I see no northern component whatsoever. Here is a question for everyone...what would you do if Debby was left behind by the trough? LOL.
Vis Loop


Interestingly enough, there is some model support for this...it appears as though the BAMM has this solution. I think this is a highly unlikely circumstance, but if it were to happen, BAMM projects Debby to come ashore at about the latitude of Lake Okeechobee.
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Quoting weatherh98:


You called louisiana a beautiful place? Why thank you.
I see you have finally come around
But i know GA is a much nicer place and that TX is better than LA and i just wanted to have some fun pretending LA was even worth considering.



OK
XD
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Quoting weatherh98:


water takes more energy to heat up and cool down than iron. therefore whenever you try to cool off it doesnt work. you sweat in water, a lot. 90 degrees is too hot. its like a soup

Well you learn something new everyday. Thanks for warning me.
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1338. nigel20
Quoting FutureWx6221:
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I wouldn't count Debby out just yet...look at how she is firing thunderstorms on the south end of her center. She seems to be ventilating quite nicely for a tropical depression. She is sitting in an area of decreasing shear, and as it is, it is a moderate 20 kts. We will see her upgraded again to TS at 5:00. Can anyone tell me how she has contributed to this year's ACE?

Debby's ACE: 2.45
Total ACE: 7.41
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Quoting Neapolitan:
The blast furnace continues, shifted a bit to the east from yesterday. Again, every station in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas should see triple digits today, along with many/most stations in Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The good news (if there is any): fire-weary Colorado should be slightly cooler today (though that's a relative term; it'll still be very hot, with a wide swath of 100-degree-plus temps in the eastern third of the state).

Hill City, KS, was already at 111 as of 1:00 PM.

hit
one saving grace i've noticed is dewpoints are very low... there's a small comfort in knowing the 'feels like' temp is lower than the actual temp :/
those humid blasts are what get me the most, with upper 90's feeling as hot as the actual temps occurring now, when sweating does nothing.. these dewpoints are Not good for the fire situation though.. hoping for that rain you just hinted at!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'm not.

I drink water only when I go outside and it's hot
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
I would NEVER make a backwater swamp the top weather state

justsayin


You called louisiana a what?
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'm not.


If you dont drink water, you have a lot of sugary drinks, are you obeese?


dehydration is nothing to fool with either
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1333. HrDelta
Quoting Neapolitan:
There's a rather largish storm moving toward Colorado Springs from the southwest. It's still hours away, but if it can hold together that might be good. Or not; microburst from a collapsing storm in the mountains can causing devastating wind gusts to

At the moment, no rain in the fire area. From atop Pikes Peak:

fire


Briargate is getting a relatively good amount of water. The rain is bring down ash from the clouds.
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I wouldn't count Debby out just yet...look at how she is firing thunderstorms on the south end of her center. She seems to be ventilating quite nicely for a tropical depression. She is sitting in an area of decreasing shear, and as it is, it is a moderate 20 kts. We will see her upgraded again to TS at 5:00. Can anyone tell me how she has contributed to this year's ACE?
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'm not.


SURE you're not.
Its what everybody says
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Quoting Ameister12:

Umm. I'd really like to know what I need to understand. O_O


water takes more energy to heat up and cool down than iron. therefore whenever you try to cool off it doesnt work. you sweat in water, a lot. 90 degrees is too hot. its like a soup
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I would NEVER make a backwater swamp the top weather state

justsayin
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There's a rather largish storm moving toward Colorado Springs from the southwest. It's still hours away, but if it can hold together that might be good. Or not; a microburst from a collapsing storm in the mountains can causing devastating wind gusts to move across the fire area and cause a massive blow-up.

Anyway, a the moment there's no rain in the fire area. From atop Pikes Peak:

fire
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


WHAAAAT!!!!!
Gatorade isnt good for you to drink all the time.
Water is the best

you gonna have some problems,kid
Id be willing to bet you are dehydrated right now.

I'm not.
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Quoting Tribucanes:
I threw New Jersey out there as a joke...........Louisiana as a top state, I would have to disagree. Hot, very hot, and burning hot in summer, big hurricanes seems to really like Louisiana too. Northwest Louisiana is technically in tornado alley and the state, as a whole ranks high for states that get tornadoes. If you like the seasons, Louisiana isn't the place either. Top ten places to visit, Louisiana might crack that list. Gulf Coast is so beautiful.


ITs the happiest state too....

the girls arent from florida but the definitely aint from Mississippi LOL
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Quoting Ameister12:

What don't I understand? =/


imagine being cooked in a 90Pool

If that sounds unnapealing, stay at home

when you jump in, it probably wont even feel cool
and if you expect to cool at all, you had better stay very inactive, and then the sun will bake you anyway.
And dont even consider playing a game, or swimming and pretending you are phelps or lochte.
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Quoting weatherh98:


trust us.

Umm. I'd really like to know what I need to understand. O_O
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1322. HrDelta
Nobody here know how happy I am about the rain here! I'm guessing Debby may regain TS strength shortly?
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I hate water.


WHAAAAT!!!!!
Gatorade isnt good for you to drink all the time.
Water is the best

you gonna have some problems,kid
Id be willing to bet you are dehydrated right now.
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Quoting 7544:
might see a upgrade at 5pm if she can hold on looks like very stong winds in so fla today


It does appear as though Debby will be upgraded at 5:00 pm to a tropical storm again...at least according to the most recent file on the storm.
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I threw New Jersey out there as a joke...........Louisiana as a top state, I would have to disagree. Hot, very hot, and burning hot in summer, big hurricanes seems to really like Louisiana too. Northwest Louisiana is technically in tornado alley and the state, as a whole ranks high for states that get tornadoes. If you like the seasons, Louisiana isn't the place either. Top ten places to visit, Louisiana might crack that list. Gulf Coast is so beautiful.
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Live streaming video of the waldo canyon fires.
Link
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Another blogger provided the second link I am just re posting.
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Quoting Ameister12:

What don't I understand? =/


trust us.
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1316. 7544
might see a upgrade at 5pm if she can hold on looks like very stong winds in so fla today
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I hate water.

Well, that's unfortunate. I can't help you there. Gatorade maybe (we went through a case of those yesterday too)?
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I hate water.


Mio?
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To me it appears Debby's circulation is moving southeastward. I see no northern component whatsoever. Here is a question for everyone...what would you do if Debby was left behind by the trough? LOL.
Vis Loop
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:



YES IT WOULD!!!!!!

you just dont understand

What don't I understand? =/
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1311. rxse7en
Quoting weatherh98:


pools are too hot
Debby lowered my pool temp to 64º F! Heat wave should warm it back up. Just drove around the neighborhood here in Jax near the Intracoastal and the flood waters were marked by debris 4-5' up on people's lawns! Our lake drainage systems caught up with the rain but were up 4-5' too. There's also a creek in my 'hood that's usually very shallow and slow--today it's about 6 feet deep with black/brown water and rapids. If it wasn't for disease, snakes, drowning, poop and debris I'd consider tubing.
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Quoting 1900hurricane:

Oh come on, it's not that bad. I work in this heat almost every day and had a pretty epic Ultimate Frisbee Tournament yesterday. Just make sure you drink plenty of water and you'll be fine (we went through several cases yesterday).

I hate water.
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Quoting Ameister12:
Gosh! It's going to be hot this week. (especially tomorrow)


Wouldn't be a bad idea to head to the pool. =)





YES IT WOULD!!!!!!

you just dont understand
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