Weather

The Weekend Tale of Two Tropical Storms

Jul 9, 2018

July is usually a quiet month in the tropical Atlantic. Not this year. Two tropical storms have formed in the past four days, one briefly becoming a hurricane and the other expected to by late Monday. Neither system is an imminent or significant threat. Floridians, however, might want to keep a close eye on one.

Beryl Barreling West

Jennifer WeeksThe Conversation

(THE CONVERSATION) June 1 marks the start of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, with some communities still rebuilding after last year’s largest storms.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday it will begin releasing water Friday from Lake Okeechobee because of concerns over rising water levels.

While it's not unusual to discharge water during periods of heavy rain, it is unusual to start this early in the summer. 

"Historic rain across the region since the middle of May has caused the lake to rise more than a foot," said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander, in a press release. "We have to be prepared for additional water that could result from a tropical system."

Climate change could impact the strength of hurricanes in the Atlantic. That’s according to Senior NASA Scientist Timothy Hall, who spoke Wednesday during a webinar hosted by ReThink Energy Florida, an environmental advocacy group.

Subtropical Storm Alberto came ashore Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle near Laguna Beach, just west of Panama City Beach. The remnant circulation from the system will move through Alabama today, but plenty of tropical moisture remains across Florida this week. This will enhance the typical sea breeze showers and thunderstorms, leading to heavier rainfall rates at times and longer-lasting episodes of thunderstorms in the coming days.

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