Monday, April 22, 2013
While the week is expected to have a wet start, forecasters say a dry stretch is on the way.
Rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the kickoff of the workweek, but forecasters say Land O' Lakes area residents shouldn’t expect that to last long. Monday’s rains are expected to give way to a week of rising temperatures and dry conditions. “The rest of the week stays dry until next Sunday (when there’s) a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon,” said Richard Rude, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office. Highs throughout the week are expected to climb to into the mid- to upper-80s range. Lows will only fall to the lower 60s at the lowest. While a nice week is on the horizon, residents should prepare for some potentially hazardous conditions on Monday, April 22. Rude said Monday would deliver…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The potential for lightning, damaging winds and hail is possible, but forecasters say the bad weather will clear out by the weekend.
The National Weather Service is urging Land O' Lakes residents to keep an eye on the sky April 4-5, but says the potential for severe weather will fade as we head into the weekend. The forecast for Thursday, April 4 calls for “more off-and-on showers and thunderstorms through tonight,” said Paul Close, a weather service meteorologist. “There’s a 70 to 80 percent chance of rain.” Rain alone, however, isn’t all Tampa Bay residents are likely to see. “Some of those storms later today or tonight (April 4) could be severe with damaging winds, hail and maybe an isolated tornado or two,” Close said. It’s possible the wet weather will continue into Friday, Close said, but things should clear up by the afternoon. “The rest of the weekend is …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The National Weather Service is asking residents to be mindful of conditions as they go about their day, Feb. 26.
A tornado watch is in effect in the Land O' Lakes area through 3 p.m. today, Feb. 26. According to the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office, that means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. Meteorologist Rick Davis says the threat of severe weather is possible later this morning and into this afternoon as “kind of a squall line will move through the area. The potential is there for isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts.” Thunderstorms are also possible. Davis urges Land O' Lakes residents to keep an eye on the weather as they go through their day. If a tornado warning is issued for the area it means a tornado has been spotted and residents should “seek safety until the warning passes.” While today’s weather is…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Forecasters are calling for rain to clear out as the long Presidents Day weekend approaches.
Grab those umbrellas if you’re heading out in the Land O' Lakes area. The National Weather Service’s Ruskin office says the cold front that pushed through the area Wednesday, causing some heavy rains and gusty winds, is likely to create more storms on Thursday and possibly again on Friday. Meteorologist Robert Garcia says area residents can expect fairly gloomy skies on Thursday with rain chances up in the 80 percent range. Severe weather, however, isn’t anticipated but an occasional thunderstorm might make an appearance. Aside from light sprinkles to pockets of heavy rain and some gusty winds, “(it’s going to be) just a gloomy looking day,” Garcia says. Rain chances diminish on Friday, but sprinkles are still possible. Overnight Friday, …
Friday, August 24, 2012
It's too early to know with certainty. Tampa is still in the cone of possible tracks, but Isaac may arrive west of Tampa Bay early next week.
We're not in the clear just yet. At 8 a.m. today, Tropical Storm Isaac churned at sea, just south of Haiti, where a hurricane watch is in effect. The National Weather Service expects the storm to crawl at about 15 mph toward Florida, crossing Cuba Sunday morning. But hurricane officials are not anticipating a direct hit on the Tampa Bay region. If current projections stand, Isaac will arrive west of Tampa Bay after midnight Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane. There is a chance that Isaac will impact Florida's panhandle next week. Of course, all that may change with the unpredictability of the storm as it edges closer to landfall, hurricane officials said. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Nicole Carlisle, the Tampa Bay …
Monday, July 9, 2012
You'll probably be grateful for a passing thunderstorm to provide some relief during the afternoons.
Staying inside if possible may not be a bad plan through the week as temperatures rise even higher than their summertime normal the next few afternoons. The weather pattern is familiar for the summer, said National Weather Service meteorologist Nicole Carlisle. Afternoon temperatures could creep to around 95 or 96 degrees in northeast Hillsborough and central Pasco counties. Toss in the soaring humidity and afternoons will feel like close to 100 degrees away from the coast, forecasters said. The heat index will make it feel like more than 95 before noon for the New Tampa area and all of northwest Hillsborough and Land O’ Lakes in central Pasco. New Port Richey could benefit from its location near the Gulf of Mexico and stay a few degrees …
Monday, June 25, 2012
The entire Tampa Bay area is now under a tropical storm warning.
Tropical Storm Debby isn’t doing a lot of moving in the Gulf of Mexico, but she does seem to have set her sights on a new target. According to the most recent projected path of the storm, Debby should make landfall sometime between Thursday and Friday in the area between Sarasota and Levy counties. The National Hurricane Center has put the entire Tampa Bay area into its Tropical Storm Warning zone, including Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties. Flood and tornado watches also remain in effect for much of the Bay area, the National Weather Service wrote in its 11:30 a.m. update on the storm. Watches are set when conditions are ripe for the formation of severe weather, such as tornados. A tropical storm warning …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Slightly drier air will make for little chance of rain and mornings a few degrees cooler than we've seen.
Rain will all but disappear from the forecast this weekend as some mildly drier air shuffles over West Central Florida. Outside of a small chance for a stray shower today, forecasters expect the rest of the weekend and start of the workweek to be dry. It will still be hot, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Colson, with temperatures hitting the low 90s today and Sunday over central Pasco and northeast Hillsborough counties. New Port Richey should be a few degrees cooler and reach only the high 80s. Outside of no rain, the main difference will be a small drop in the humidity as the dry air settles in behind a front that moved through Friday. “It won’t be quite as steamy,” Colson said. You may be able to notice a slight …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Any rain that pops up will likely be well east of Interstate 75 and move away from us.
It might be a good weekend to find someplace shady or partake of frozen margaritas for Cinco de Mayo festivities as distinctly summertime conditions dominate the weather. That would be summertime without the afternoon thunderstorms to provide some relief. “It certainly will feel like summer,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Ernie Jillson. “But not as much chance for rain.” Actually, forecasts call for afternoons in the low 90s over areas away from the coast with temperatures hitting the low 90s, or a few degrees above the normal 90 seen in June through August. A sea breeze will push off the Gulf of Mexico that will keep New Port Richey and places closer to the coast a few degrees cooler and possibly the high 80s rather than …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The National Weather Service says there is a 20 percent chance for rain on Wednesday, but otherwise close to summer temperatures.
You can expect to see plenty of sun on Wednesday with temperatures close to summertime levels. Forecasters at the National Weather Service give us a 20 percent chance of rain and maybe some thunderstorms, but not until later in the afternoon. That will let temperatures climb close to 90 with plenty of humidity to make it feel even warmer. The best chance for the scarce rain will be closer to the coast.