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 weatherh98:


Meant to put not! Edited


Well he did blog..I believe he was here in April.
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Appears this is more than a jog, as you can clearly see the movement here...

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Quoting weatherh98:


What if she doesn't?

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.
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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.




She continues to drift SSE/SE
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KOTG - What is that?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
If memory serves me correctly didn't Felix affect them.I see Floridians are starting to infest the blog again..Okay just 4Qing with you all :).


Pests these days jk
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XX/AOI/XX
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Quoting Dakster:



Then she goes west and follows the 'ridge'...

Hahahahaha
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Quoting ncstorm:


Yeah, he did show up on here earlier this season..


Meant to put not! Edited
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Quoting MoeWest:
That thing in the atlantic blew up like whoa! Curacao where I live is not an unimaginable threat i think
The ABCs do get a hit every now and then...

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hitting the nw corner of Flagler county now..st augustine getting some bad bands.. and the coc isn't due here till tomorrow afternoon..just glad the daytime heating is gone so that the storms don't keep firing up..bad enough we still will get a chance of rotation with the upper level winds...
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Quoting weatherh98:


What if she doesn't?



Then she goes west and follows the 'ridge'...
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Could there be a possibility that all the convection left Debby and potentially form another system?
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Quoting weatherh98:


I have


Yeah, he did show up on here earlier this season..
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My power just came back on. Pitty the person outside working in this rain. Raining VERY hard here in St. Aug.
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Quoting Dakster:


What if she pumps the ridge?


What if she doesn't?
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Quoting Dakster:


What if she pumps the ridge?
that could improve her look
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Karen at least stayed out to sea like a good ghost...

So if Debbie went in just N of the Suwannee, it could exit FL anywhere from Jax Beach to Daytona Beach...

Still around 30N, which means still fairly likely to be picked up.



Wonder how many Ghost of Karen jokes we will have next year when the name Karen actually gets used again.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

He's supposed to be blogging this season. Haven't seen him yet though.

Hi TAX13, I hope all is well with you and yours.
Weather 456 has a wife and baby now so maybe he doesn't have time to blog.
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He may show up this year.But expect it to be very limited.You have to catch him or else you'll won't be able to talk to him again.
Quoting allancalderini:
It would be amazing to have Ernesto near the cape verde island if its going to develop I think it would be near the lesser Antilles i remember how we were discussing with washingtonian115 of a system that was show in the Gfs trying to develop into something.
GFS had been consistent with it in it's runs for the last two weeks.I'm not sure why it has decided to hardly develop it when it had it stronger in those past runs(probably due to the dry air).
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

It should have been classified...


Agree! But it died fairly wuickly
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Quoting Dakster:


What if she pumps the ridge?


oh GOD! haha thats the first one this year! love it
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Karen at least stayed out to sea like a good ghost...

So if Debbie went in just N of the Suwannee, it could exit FL anywhere from Jax Beach to Daytona Beach...

Still around 30N, which means still fairly likely to be picked up.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

He's supposed to be blogging this season. Haven't seen him yet though.


I have not
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It's still early for a Cape Verde storm, but you never know, or do you?.
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Quoting TampaBayStormChaser:
If TD Debby moves south enough it may just get trapped under the ridge and forced west...


What if she pumps the ridge?
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
the storm that never was

It should have been classified...
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It would be amazing to have Ernesto near the cape verde island if its going to develop I think it would be near the lesser Antilles i remember how we were discussing with washingtonian115 of a system that was show in the Gfs trying to develop into something.
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Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:
Damn, I remember that thing like it was yesterday. That was back when Weather456 was an avid blogger, I wonder what happened to him...?

He's supposed to be blogging this season. Haven't seen him yet though.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
He has family problems right now.....


Sorry to hear that! Hope they all work out well. I enjoyed the posts too...
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Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:
Damn, I remember that thing like it was yesterday. That was back when Weather456 was an avid blogger, I wonder what happened to him...?
He has family problems right now.....
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Quoting stormpetrol:
Wouldn't surprise me for Debby to become a hurricane once she emerges off E Florida, this is most convection she had near the center.
i agree plus warm water that isnt so welled up
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Quoting Stormchaser2007:


That was was an anomalous monster...





the storm that never was
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Quoting Stormchaser2007:


That was was an anomalous monster...





Damn, I remember that thing like it was yesterday. That was back when Weather456 was an avid blogger, I wonder what happened to him...?
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Hi Everybody,

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Quoting MoeWest:
Sorry couldn't help it....

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ha ha ha ..love the humour..
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Quoting MoeWest:
Sorry couldn't help it....

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I always knew Debby was ugly.Inside and out.Now wonder why she never good looking and symmetrical.
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That thing in the atlantic blew up like whoa! Curacao where I live is not an unimaginable threat i think
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Wouldn't surprise me for Debby to become a hurricane once she emerges off E Florida, this is most convection she had near the center.
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416. JLPR2
Quoting MAweatherboy1:
AL, 04, 2012062700, , BEST, 0, 294N, 831W, 30, 998, TD


Haha! A 998mb TD, now I have seen everything.
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Quoting dewfree:
ok will ask again .where id Debby come ashore ?



...DEBBY MAKES LANDFALL NEAR STEINHATCHEE...COASTAL AND INLAND
FLOODING THREATS REMAIN...


from the nhc
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If you look on the S/E reg. radar it looks like Debby broke off from the trof and is moving SSE IMO.
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Interesting enough... GFS is showing some indications of a piece of energy or the T-Wave itself make it to FL by late next week or so.

Of course that will remain to be seen but given the strength of the ATL High, I won't be surprised if it does.
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well maybe it goes to miami as an epic naked swirl
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


Never know, could be like that one system in 2010 (92L) in June that attempted to become a cyclone before being eaten alive by SAL.


That was was an anomalous monster...

NOT CURRENT!!





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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

We had the Same feeling about Emily too. Just this time she's more annoying. Emily Literally was invincable when it came to surviving as a Tropical Cyclone. She managed to recover and form east of Florida then head out to sea, which lead to the formation of Gert. God Emily was a pest... Im done talking about her.
Let's not forget about the ghost of Karen :).
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