A college student from NW FL, I love to track and experience any severe weather.
By: opal92nwf, 1:42 AM GMT on December 24, 2014
Gulf Coast Winter/Ice Storm of January 2014 in Ft. Walton Beach Area of the NW Florida Panhandle: taken about 10 miles from the coast.
This was extremely minimal in comparison to northern winter events, but at the same time extremely treacherous for people of the Gulf Coast, who almost never have to deal with ice accumulations. Ice accumulations in this video amounted to something on the order of 1/10th inch.
Updated: 5:36 PM GMT on December 24, 2014
By: opal92nwf, 7:46 PM GMT on April 06, 2014
This line of severe thunderstorms caused extensive wind damage in the FL Panhandle, especially near Ft. Walton Beach where a wind gust of 80mph was measured. A little farther to the northeast of there at my location (about 12 miles, but still hit solidly with severe warned line) it was not as bad, but still impressive; I estimate the max gusts I saw here were around 65mph.
About halfway through the storm the winds shifted from coming from the west t...
By: opal92nwf, 5:51 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
Now that we are getting into the peak of the hurricane season, it is a good time to see what the Gulf is doing with all the different eddies and temps. As I looked at the temperatures in the Gulf I observed that if we happen to get a Gulf storm at some time, it will have to work around this huge cold eddy in the Eastern Gulf.
However, I dare say that at least a category 3 is possible for anyone on the gulf coast. The reason I say this is because of the g...
Updated: 9:05 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
By: opal92nwf, 3:59 PM GMT on August 23, 2013
(this blog post started out as a comment, but was becoming too long so I decided to put it here!)
We all remember the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season for it's big Cape Verde hurricanes that eventually hit Florida. Thinking back on that season, you might say that 2004 was a year just for west tracking hurricanes. But what most people don't remember is that 2004 had some fish storms comparable with a seemingly harmless storm such as Hurricane Isidore in Late...
Updated: 4:00 PM GMT on August 23, 2013
By: opal92nwf, 10:49 PM GMT on August 07, 2013
It has been several years past since the seemingly inactive 2009 Atlantic hurricane season. In comparison to the 2010-2012 seasons which had twenty-plus storms, 2009 was indeed very quiet with only eleven named storms.
However, 2009 had some surprises. At first we had to wait until close to mid-August to have our first named storm, but after tropical storm Ana formed, there was an unexpected burst of activity when Bill and Claudette came onto the scene. F...
Updated: 6:49 AM GMT on February 21, 2014