Tropical Storm Debby breaks record with early debut

June 26, 2012EARTH - An unusually early spate of tropical storms has been keeping forecasters busy this year, and now Tropical Storm Debby, the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, has set a record – this season marks the first time in more than 150 years that so many storms have showed up so early. “This is first time we’ve had four tropical storms develop in the Atlantic basin before July 1,” said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. U.S. records for tropical storms and hurricanes stretch back to 1851, Feltgen told OurAmazingPlanet. And although Tropical Storm Debby has broken the century-and-a-half-long record, there is certainly a chance that four storms may have formed this early in the past, yet escaped notice simply because forecasters didn’t have the tools to see them. “We figure that back in the day there could have been several storms per season that could have been missed,” Feltgen said. “We didn’t have satellites.” Forecasters relied largely on ship reports and on firsthand observations when a storm hit land. -OAP
Where is Debby going? Forecast models show Debby making landfall along the northern Florida Gulf Coast later this week. Dubbed “Debby Downer” in some local media reports, it could dump more than a foot (30 cm) of rain in some areas of the state, with isolated amounts of more than two feet in north Florida, the hurricane center said. Flash flood warnings were in effect for many areas, including some where streets were already under water, and emergency management officials cautioned that inland flooding was associated with more than half the deaths from tropical cyclones in the United States over the last 30 years. –Reuters
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8 Responses to Tropical Storm Debby breaks record with early debut

  1. Granny Bear says:

    Your Severe Weather Watches and Warnings
    This is in my back yard. Wet, very wet. But I am grateful for it. We do need this rain. However, lots of skeets is what comes next. Oh well.
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    COLUMBIA COUNTY IN NORTHERN FLORIDA
    HAMILTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN FLORIDA
    SUWANNEE COUNTY IN NORTHERN FLORIDA
    UNION COUNTY IN NORTHERN FLORIDA
    SOUTHERN CHARLTON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
    DUVAL COUNTY IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA
    NASSAU COUNTY IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA

    * UNTIL 515 AM EDT

    * AT 112 AM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
    VERY HEAVY RAIN CONTINUING ACROSS THE WARNING AREA. A PERSISTENT
    BAND OF HEAVY RAIN EXTENDED FROM SUWANNEE COUNTY EASTWARD ACROSS
    COLUMBIA…BAKER…SOUTHERN CHARLTON…NASSAU…AND NORTHERN DUVAL.
    THIS BAND IS YIELDING RAINFALL RATES OF ONE TO TWO INCHES PER
    HOUR…OVER AN AREA THAT HAS RECEIVED 6 TO 10 INCHES OF RAIN.
    AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN IS EXPECTED THROUGH 5 AM ACROSS
    A LARGE PART OF THE WARNING AREA. SIGNIFICANT FLOODING IS EXPECTED
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    Debby’s Next Move: The Atlantic Coast
    News – Jun 26, 2012; 12:31 AM ET
    The Atlantic is likely to be Debby’s destination late in the week.

    Debby’s Damage Captured in Photos
    News – Jun 26, 2012; 12:19 AM ET
    Debby is wrecking Florida with tornadoes, flooding and wind. See photos of floating cars, flooded streets and an alligator escaping the flooding.

    Under Feet of Water
    Video – Jun 26, 2012; 2:00 AM ET
    Debby is causing widespred flooding across Florida.

    Debby’s Positive Side: Drought Relief
    News – Jun 26, 2012; 12:07 AM ET
    Rain from Debby is reaching some drought-stricken areas of the Southeast U.S.

    Breaking Weather: Debby’s Deluge
    Video – Jun 25, 2012; 11:47 PM ET
    Life threatening flooding continues as rain from Debby pours down on Northern Florida.

    Historic Flooding Underway
    Video – Jun 25, 2012; 11:34 PM ET
    Rain continues to pour down on Northern Floriday as Debby spins over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

    Live Update: Heavy Rain from Debby Soaking Florida
    News – Jun 26, 2012; 12:01 AM ET
    A state of emergency has been declared in Florida, while more than a foot of rain has fallen.

    Florida Rescue
    Video – Jun 25, 2012; 11:00 PM ET
    Coast Guard rescued a family of nine and two dogs Sunday in extreme weather conditions.

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  2. Dennis E. says:

    This seems to be acting like Irene last year. Slow moving, much rain, much damage.
    Although last year Irene was a reported cat I-II, the damage seemed to me as intense as a Cat III.

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  3. Wiseguy says:

    Mother Nature is doing a new trick again… When we are expecting Florida and the East Coast flooded by a giant tsunami, nature is surprising us with major tropical storms unusually slow. I’m sure it never happened before even if we would have statistics from a thousand years !!! Again, it will be billions paid by the insurers, and with Eurozone and down markets, they must feel the heat.

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  4. Flagirl says:

    Thanks for your comments Granny Bear – yes we DO NEED this rain in Florida – DESPERATELY! Too many times we focus on the coastal flooding, up rooted trees, property damage, a few sink holes and overlook a blessing in disguise. “Things” can be repaired, without water we are in serious trouble!

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  5. Irene C says:

    Well, Debby has FINALLY made landfall. Sinkholes are opening up all over the place. They are forecasting that she will cross Florida and reach the Atlantic, where she will meet the Gulf Stream and possibly strenghten again. Yes, Florida did need rain, desperately, but this could be too much of a good thing. I saw a sign that read “For those who were praying for rain, you can stop now.” This water is also filled with snakes and alligators. @Granny Bear, thanks for the info. Stay safe. Praying for all of you.

    Maranatha

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  6. Granny Bear says:

    I washed my hair in the rain, today. There was no thunder or lightening, though plenty of it last night. Just lots of nice, clean, rain. The trees and plants are all clean, too. Then hours of drizzle, and it is not raining now, Radar makes it appear to be at least partly off shore, in the Atlantic, now. 9:30 PM. EST The river which is the back yard property line, and run’s north, here, has not crested yet, but there have been much worse storms in other years. And perhaps there are worse to come in this year. But I just can’t seem to make myself get all upset that parking lots paved on top of fill dirt are getting extra large potholes that they are calling sink holes. Fill dirt just does not always stay where you put it. And if it is not compacted properly guess what happens to your parking lot? We have too many durn parking lots anyway.

    If La Palma falls into the sea or if the Mona Straights crack open, Or the Atlantic Rift sends a deluge, or if the New Madrid creates an inland sea, I will be broken hearted to see many beautiful places go. But storms, such as this one, certainly are not the worst that has happened or can happen or yet, will happen. This one, was just house keeping.

    I’ve always wondered, how do little hummingbird survive storms? They do, you know. I’ve seen the tiny little guys flying WHILE it was raining and windy.

    i am getting a disconnect somehow, I have a live (several) radar link on this computer, and it does not seem to show what I have been emailed and telephoned from relatives living in other places, that they are seeing on the weather channel. Perhaps I am fortunate to not have that particular television satellite link.? It doesn’t work when it is cloudy, anyway.

    Thank you for the prayers, we are fine, knock on wood. This isn’t enough to restore the water table, but perhaps it will hold the fires at bay, this year.

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  7. Granny Bear says:

    Satelite views:
    — SEVERE STORMS (1 updated events, 2 new images) —

    TROPICAL STORM DEBBY
    Slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby brought heavy rains and tornadoes to the southeastern United States in late June 2012.
    * http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=78385&src=nha
    *** (TRMM) image from Jun 24, 2012 (Posted on Jun 26, 2012 5:25 PM)
    * http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=78376&src=nha
    *** MODIS(Terra) image from Jun 25, 2012 (Posted on Jun 26, 2012 2:37 PM)

    Volunteer firemen knocked on our door, last night, to warn me that the river is rising fast, faster and higher than in 2004. Probably be another day, at least, before it crests. Today is Thurs. the 28th, here. That visit, rather than an email or telephone call, I think, was incredibly thoughtful. NOAH sent an email update at the request of the Emergency Management Services, night before last telling where the nearest opened shelter is, but also advising not to drive through water on roadways, especially at night..
    Seemed like if you can get there, you don’t need it. If you can’t get there, you do need the shelter. A Catch 22.

    Sun is coming up now. I’m gonna go see what the St. Mary’s looks like, this morning. Last night, the sky was washed clean, with wonderfully bright stars ….. Wish I could send some of this river water, which is headed for the Atlantic, to Colorado and Utah and New Mexico, and probably Texas and New Jersey, soon …..

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