Well, this is my first blog!!!
After exploring and using wunderground's great resources and lurking on various weather blogs for four years now, I decided it was about time to join wunderground myself!
After the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, I became fascinated with tropical cyclones. And then when I moved back to Florida in 2007, I became even more interested in learning about and tracking hurricanes since I now live in a hurricane prone area (the FL panhandle).
So what I will blog about today is the 2007-2009 hurricane seasons and their impacts to Florida. (the years I have been living in Florida) I will follow in the coming days to talk about atlantic hurricane seasons 2010-2011 and their impacts to Florida, and then give my thoughts on the upcoming 2012 atlantic hurricane season.
When I moved back to Florida in July of 2007, I was prepared to experience many tropical storms and hurricanes. However for the past five years, that has not been the case.
2007: A quirky year in that we had two very deep, intense hurricane (Dean and Felix) that had a classic long track much like Ivan in 2004 (except that Ivan went north into the GOMEX), but the rest of the storms that year were piddly and weren't that memorable (except for Noel which was a sort of hybrid storm) The only Florida landfall was Tropical Storm Barry which was more like a big rain blob than anything else.
2008: This was a very active year, and during the whole season, I was bracing for a big Florida impact/landfall. Three storms that stood out to me all at one time had a threat for hitting Florida (Fay, Gustav, and Ike). Fay (the Joker) was a weird storm that never got to hurricane intensity. At one point while near Jamaica, it looked as if Fay might eventally make it into the Gulf of Mexico and possibly strike any western part of Florida. However, the track shifted farther east and Fay moved over land areas that weakened it. It did impact South Florida as a strong tropical storm at first with incredible rain amounts, but it was not a destructive or intense impact. Gustav wasn't extremely threatening to Florida, but when it was crossing Cuba, the eastern side of the "Cone of Uncertainty" had the panhandle of Florida on the edge. Then when Gustav finished going through Cuba, it looked as if it were barreling more to the North through the Gulf of Mexico, making a Florida Panhandle landfall seem more likely. However, the track shifted farther and farther to the West as forecast and a non-event ensued in the panhandle. Then there was Ike. When Ike was approaching the Bahamas, there was a panic in South Florida as it looked as if another deja vu "Andrew" situation was unfolding. However, the track shifted farther south of Florida. A threat then loomed for the Florida Panhandle as a trough of low pressure looked like it would pick Ike up and pull it north. But similar to Gustav, Ike's path shifted to the west and Florida was untouched.
2009: This was a classic El Nino year that saw few storm in comparison to the past few years. The only impacts again to Florida were Tropical Storm Claudette and Tropical Storm Ida. Suprisingly, Tropical Storm Claudette moved ashore directly over where I live. And despite being a 50mph tropical storm, it had about three-fourths of an eyewall that moved ashore. I witnessed 50+mph winds with gusts higher at my location, giving me just a glimpse of what tropical cyclones can be like. However, the impacts Claudette had to Florida were almost nill. Then there was Ida. This was a suprising storm in that it strengthened into a category 2 hurricane while entering the Gulf of Mexico in November. Predictions of a category 1 hurricane making landfall near Penacola, Florida caused hurricane preperations to go underway in the panhandle. But then, Ida weakened and her track shifted farther to the west. It made landfall near Dauphin Island, Alabama as a low-grade tropical storm. The winds in my area were probably in the 30-35mph range at the most.
Well, thats all I have for today! I will finish my report on the 2010-2011 atlantic hurricane seasons and their impacts to Florida in the coming few days, as well as my thoughts on the upcoming 2012 atlantic hurricane season!!