Okaloosa County Severe Thunderstorm

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...

Gulf TCHP and Hurricane Ophelia

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

From Fish Storms to Caribbean Trackers

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

A Firsthand Experience with a 50mph Tropical Storm: Claudette

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

opal92nwf's Atlantic Hurricane Season 2013 Predictions

By: opal92nwf, 5:32 PM GMT on March 14, 2013

Here are my predictions for this year. It will be interesting to see how this season pans out. I think the three most prominent threats this year will be less recurving storms, the U.S. having a major hurricane strike, and Florida being hit by a hurricane.

1. First storm = early-mid June

2. Number of named storms = 15-18

3. Less recurves (mainly because we've been stuck in that pattern the last few years)

4. ^^And thus mo...

Updated: 9:29 PM GMT on March 14, 2013

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A college student from NW FL, I love to track and experience any severe weather.