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 jeffs713:

WU is clearer, but much more harsh on the eyes. Wiki is more attractive, but less clear. They are designed for different audiences.

WU - weather nuts, people more concerned with detailed data.
Wiki - general public, people more concerned with general info and asthetics.


no info when you cant read it.
And WU should just change their background to wikis background and there would be no difference
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Just yours. I logged during school a lot last hurricane season.


i got on on my phone easy but not the school computers
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This is the big wave in Central Africa.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Just yours. I logged during school a lot last hurricane season.


OOOHHHHH, i see how it is ;)
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


the ones you cant tell apart.

And the glaring WU maps are barely glaring.
They are much clearer

WU is clearer, but much more harsh on the eyes. Wiki is more attractive, but less clear. They are designed for different audiences.

WU - weather nuts, people more concerned with detailed data.
Wiki - general public, people more concerned with general info and asthetics.
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1004. Jax82
The rain has moved out, and totals are in...impressive.

...TROPICAL STORM DEBBY RAINFALL TOTALS FROM SUNDAY JUNE 24TH
THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING JUNE 27TH...

...NORTHEAST FLORIDA...

NWS CLIMATE STATIONS...

JACKSONVILLE INTL AIRPORT...13.78"
GAINESVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT...12.02"
***BOTH OF THESE ARE ALL-TIME RECORD 3 DAY TOTAL RAINFALL EVENTS

NWS CO-OP STATIONS...

LAKE CITY...17.29"
WHITE SPRINGS...16.67"
LIVE OAK...16.35"
JASPER...15.96"
GLEN ST MARY...14.59"
STARKE...13.90"
BELL...11.23"
JACKSONVILLE BEACH...9.88"
ORANGE SPRINGS...9.25"
HASTINGS...8.14"
OCALA...7.20"
HIGH SPRINGS...6.60"
PALM COAST...5.77"
CRESCENT CITY...5.58"
ST AUGUSTINE...4.35"

COCORAHS (COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE RAIN...HAIL...AND SNOW NETWORK)
RAINFALL REPORTS...

SANDERSON...17.93"
JACKSONVILLE BEACH...17.46"
MIDDLEBURG...15.62"
ORANGE PARK...15.44"
JACKSONVILLE WESTSIDE...15.37"
LIVE OAK...15.30"
YULEE...15.27"
LAKE ASBURY...14.54"
FORT WHITE...13.38"
GAINESVILLE...13.24"
NEPTUNE BEACH...12.49"
CALLAHAN...12.33"
GLEN ST MARY...12.02"
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS...11.67"
MACCLENNY...11.46"
MICANOPY...11.31"
GREEN COVE SPRINGS...11.24"
NEWBERRY...11.16"
HIGH SPRINGS...11.14"
INTERLACHEN...10.67"
TRENTON...10.66"
BROOKER...10.43"
FLORAHOME...10.29"
PALATKA...9.91"
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Quoting jeffs713:

I personally have no problems reading the wiki maps, they are easier on the eyes than the glaring contrast used on WU's maps. Both have their perks, but I like both. Which colors don't you like?


Well I am color blind so there is no way in hell I can ever read the Wikimaps, i love things with high contrast haha.
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The trolls can be few..if you ignore them that is...
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Quoting weatherh98:


schools have a progam that wont let you blog, ive tried.

Just yours. I logged during school a lot last hurricane season.
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Quoting jeffs713:

Are we reading the same blog?


i would agree with tribucanes.
If you dont respond to the trolls and just skip over their posts, you will see that there are not that many, mostly just that certain person when he is on.
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Quoting jeffs713:

Sorry, I had to earn my pay a bit today. I'll troll your blog in a few.


tag team trolling
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Quoting Grothar:
Well,a number of people asked me to do a blog last night. I did one early this morning and not ONE of you even looked at. So now I think I will keep you all in suspense about those suspicious waves.:)

Sorry, I had to earn my pay a bit today. I'll troll your blog in a few.
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Quoting jeffs713:

Are we reading the same blog?


clearly no
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Quoting jeffs713:

I personally have no problems reading the wiki maps, they are easier on the eyes than the glaring contrast used on WU's maps. Both have their perks, but I like both. Which colors don't you like?


the ones you cant tell apart.

And the glaring WU maps are barely glaring.
They are much clearer
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Deaths in Bangladesh from flooding!Link
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Quoting VR46L:


That doesnt make sense if the person is logging on from school, college or work you cant ban that IP address as several people could have access to that computer who is to say its the one person.

And the same goes for a home pc could be several people with access to that computer


schools have a progam that wont let you blog, ive tried.
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Quoting Tribucanes:
The trolls have been few, There's always a little friction, but I think that's healthy when you have a lot alphas with strong opinions.

Are we reading the same blog?
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992. VR46L
Quoting weatherh98:


only a troll...

thhey oughta IP ban certian people


That doesnt make sense if the person is logging on from school, college or work you cant ban that IP address as several people could have access to that computer who is to say its the one person.

And the same goes for a home pc could be several people with access to that computer
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Not sure if this has been posted or not but take a look at Colorado Springs.


Looks like a volcano erupted.


Not good...Those fires could easily make for a convective trigger-erupting dry thunderstorms and even igniting a few firewhirls(like waterspouts only with fire instead)!!!
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Quoting jeffs713:

I personally have no problems reading the wiki maps, they are easier on the eyes than the glaring contrast used on WU's maps. Both have their perks, but I like both. Which colors don't you like?


itshard to see the difference on wiki.

wu is way easier, IMO
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


dont

I personally have no problems reading the wiki maps, they are easier on the eyes than the glaring contrast used on WU's maps. Both have their perks, but I like both. Which colors don't you like?
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


Great to hear that! Such a great place,thought it might escape the huge mess left by Debby in central and northern florida, but ya never know Captiva is pretty thin. Thanks for the info!


You're welcome Joe. There was talk of shutting down the Causeway for a while on Monday because of the wind gusts creating some wave wash. But they never did close it down.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


is that a real picture?


Yes.. unfortunatly taken last year Canada's second most costliest disaster. All residents were evacuated a day before the fire came through. Alberta's largest evacuation in history and 50% of the town burned!
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


WELCOME

i see you survived your 24 hr wait, would you like that to be increased to 72hrs?
Just wondering, because some would like to see that, and as you just came through that i will ask you.
Would having to wait 3 days to say anything have deterred you from signing up?


It certainly would have been a nuisance to have to wait the extra 2 days, but I suppose I would have still signed up and gotten in on the fun on Friday.
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Well,a number of people asked me to do a blog last night. I did one early this morning and not ONE of you even looked at. So now I think I will keep you all in suspense about those suspicious waves.:)
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Quoting FtMyersgal:


They made out ok Joe. Some beach errosion and limbs down with the winds. Ft Myers official 3 day rain total was 5.87. I live east of I-75 and got a total of 6.3. Nothing like Tampa and points north got
We have blue skies and sun today. Gonna get toasty the rest of the week.


Great to hear that! Such a great place,thought it might escape the huge mess left by Debby in central and northern florida, but ya never know Captiva is pretty thin. Thanks for the info!
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Quoting Dragod66:
wow these fire pictures are absolutely terrifying reminds me of the Slave Lake fire last year in Alberta. All it took was a small change in wind direction. I think this is probably one of the worst feelings ever.



Slave lake After


is that a real picture?
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wow these fire pictures are absolutely terrifying reminds me of the Slave Lake fire last year in Alberta. All it took was a small change in wind direction. I think this is probably one of the worst feelings ever.



Slave lake After
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Here's a nice video of the wave conditions on Pensacola Beach this past weekend. Debby gave us some nice waves, but the offshore winds were howling, Video from surfsmooth.com -

Link: http://surfsmooth.com

Check out the Sunday Videos.


There's also some good pics at http://www.pensacolasurf.com/
Check the pics from Mid-day Sunday!

Mike
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


lite blue, lighter blue, gray blue, yellow blue, light yellow, lightest blue, lighter yellow, almost orange, orange red, reddish?


I cant tell what 5 they use

especially in storms that dont get past cat3


ooh thanks
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Quoting Minnemike:
can't take a joke?
or you have me mistaken with someone who cared about 'it' in the first place ;)


lol......i hope it was a joke.it wasn't a joke from alot of people in here for the last 3 days. maybe im over sensitive....i apoligize
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I've got none on mine, this has been a good year, the blog was flying as Debby developed. The trolls have been few, and it's usually just the same guy, which is far more sad than annoying. I won't give him the credit by naming him. Been friendly, been good debates, great information, and lots and lots of opinions. There's always a little friction, but I think that's healthy when you have a lot alphas with strong opinions.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


WELCOME

i see you survived your 24 hr wait, would you like that to be increased to 72hrs?
Just wondering, because some would like to see that, and as you just came through that i will ask you.
Would having to wait 3 days to say anything have deterred you from signing up?


only a troll...

thhey oughta IP ban certian people
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Quoting weatherh98:


what are those colors?


lite blue, lighter blue, gray blue, yellow blue, light yellow, lightest blue, lighter yellow, almost orange, orange red, reddish?


I cant tell what 5 they use

especially in storms that dont get past cat3

Since the background is blue and the land is green, we could have Yellow, Red, Purple, Light Blue, Orange, Pink, and another color, maybe White.
You could also use lime green for one of those.
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Quoting FutureWx6221:
Hello, all! I have been lurking here for a long while (to the tune of 4 or 5 years) and have just now created an account. I have been very interested in the tropics ever since the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. Through the years, I've learned so much from reading some of the very insightful analysis that is posted here. I hope that I can learn even more as a contributor to this blog.


WELCOME

i see you survived your 24 hr wait, would you like that to be increased to 72hrs?
Just wondering, because some would like to see that, and as you just came through that i will ask you.
Would having to wait 3 days to say anything have deterred you from signing up?
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:



Any one know how Sanibel/Captiva fared?


They made out ok Joe. Some beach errosion and limbs down with the winds. Ft Myers official 3 day rain total was 5.87. I live east of I-75 and got a total of 6.3. Nothing like Tampa and points north got
We have blue skies and sun today. Gonna get toasty the rest of the week.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Here ya go.
Link


Thank You very much sir!
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


I have noone on but I'm sure that I have made some folks


I have no doubt someone has put me on one
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Quoting Articuno:
I only have 4 people on my ignore list.
Weird huh?


I have noone on but I'm sure that I have made some folks
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


dont


what are those colors?
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Quoting FutureWx6221:
Hello, all! I have been lurking here for a long while (to the tune of 4 or 5 years) and have just now created an account. I have been very interested in the tropics ever since the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. Through the years, I've learned so much from reading some of the very insightful analysis that is posted here. I hope that I can learn even more as a contributor to this blog.


Welcome!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

We based it on unisys colors.


dont
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Quoting FutureWx6221:
Hello, all! I have been lurking here for a long while (to the tune of 4 or 5 years) and have just now created an account. I have been very interested in the tropics ever since the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. Through the years, I've learned so much from reading some of the very insightful analysis that is posted here. I hope that I can learn even more as a contributor to this blog.
Hello :).It's always good to see new people on.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


no , but it emerged on july 1st, and a td on july 3rd:
A lot further north than this wave:

wikipedia should change their color scheme for these, it is almost unreadable sometimes.


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Hello, all! I have been lurking here for a long while (to the tune of 4 or 5 years) and have just now created an account. I have been very interested in the tropics ever since the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. Through the years, I've learned so much from reading some of the very insightful analysis that is posted here. I hope that I can learn even more as a contributor to this blog.
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951. TropicalAnalystwx13 9:50 AM CDT on June 27, 2012 +0
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


do you think they will have minor troubles?
the wave seems to be falling apart a bit, it is barely even rotating, and it is way too far south.
The modles dissipate it fully when it runs into a low just off venezuela by the beginning of the south american wave train

btw, glad your mom and you are doing better.
The car accident wasnt to severe, i assume?
No it wasn't severe at all.

I blame the deer.
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sux for your grandpas car
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


Pulllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzeeeeeeeee quit
can't take a joke?
or you have me mistaken with someone who cared about 'it' in the first place ;)
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


no , but it emerged on july 1st, and a td on july 3rd:
A lot further north than this wave:

wikipedia should change their color scheme for these, it is almost unreadable sometimes.

We based it on unisys colors.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

No it wasn't severe at all.

I blame the deer.


Dear deer,

Why did run into the road?

- Insincerely, RidingWithDeerKillerCody


XD

glad it wasnt major
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


remember the wave for eventual Bertha back in 2008?


no , but it emerged on july 1st, and a td on july 3rd:
A lot further north than this wave:

wikipedia should change their color scheme for these, it is almost unreadable sometimes.
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Poor Debby could never catch up to all the energy she threw east the last three days. Now she just follows her blob she created to the NE and out of our hair forever. Gulf stream does nothing to Debby, and now I guess these fires become story #1, as this fire season looks like the worst in U.S history. Dry, dry, dry, from here in Wisconsin where we've had virtually no precipitation in the last 90 days in the southern half of the state, all the way to poor Texas again. Summer is just getting here, this heat is so oppressive, what in the world will a dry hot summer do to the heartland and Midwest? Right now in southern Wisconsin, crops aren't growing, ground is cracking horribly, and farmers are seriously concerned. No relief in sight for any of us. At least the ridge that brought the crazy record highs over the heartland will move east and bring a little cooling.
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