MikeCAdministrator
(Admin)
Mon Sep 02 2019 09:42 AM
Dorian Conditions in Your Area

This is the thread for posting your local observations about Dorian in your area.

Here in Orlando, it's pretty nice, but hot at the moment, with a very slight southwest breeze..

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JMII
(Storm Tracker)
Mon Sep 02 2019 10:13 AM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

NW Broward area - Coral Spring / Margate / Pompano

https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KFLPOMPA60

Winds NW at 10, gusting to 20, light occasional rain, mostly cloudy. Pressure rising after bottoming out at 6AM


Prospero
(Storm Tracker)
Mon Sep 02 2019 12:01 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Absolutely gorgeous on Clearwater Beach right now. Looking like late Tuesday and early Wednesday is when we'd get any winds that make it to the west coast.

Clearwater Beach Live Beach Cam


kspkap
(Weather Watcher)
Mon Sep 02 2019 12:22 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Conditions may be nice now, but if Dorian does make it further west, Orlando wise, we will see the result of paving over Central Florida. It won’t be so pretty then.

GeorgeN
(Verified CFHC User)
Mon Sep 02 2019 01:56 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Wesley Chapel FL - just North of Tampa

Periods of heavy rain followed by sunshine. Area already flooded due to August rains.
2 inches of rain yesterday between 3:30 and 5:00 PM EST, rain caused 1 hour power outage in Lutz FL area

Another band came through at 12:00 PM EST, 0.63 inches in 10 minutes, large drops with not much wind velocity.

https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KFLWESLE73


JMII
(Storm Tracker)
Mon Sep 02 2019 02:46 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Just got our first real feeder band here in NW Broward. Conditions are overcast with fast moving bursts of rain (1.4" per hour). Winds are 12 gusting to 24 from the WNW. Pressure falling.

The setup across FL means the entire state is now getting swept with fast moving lines of strong storms. Many have the potential for embedded tornadoes.


MikeCAdministrator
(Admin)
Mon Sep 02 2019 03:20 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Afternoon models are maintaining the offshore track tomorrow, some are closer than others to the coast, some make landfall in NC others do not. The wind-field of Dorian is expanding, so there may still be a lot of erosion along the coast and winds, and rain. 4-7 ft of storm surge in places is very possible.

OrlandoDan
(Storm Tracker)
Mon Sep 02 2019 03:40 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Getting a little breezy is SW Seminole county. Rain showers moving quickly through and then sunshine. Only one house has boarded-up that I have seen.

Colleen A.
(Moderator)
Tue Sep 03 2019 12:22 AM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

I'm in Lakeland and we had some rain here this afternoon but not much. I've noticed in the last 30-40 minutes that the winds are picking up (not enough to blow my wig away, LOL...(and no, I don't wear a wig). However, I do not have a barometer so I wouldn't know the actual wind speeds or gusts. Everyone have a good night's sleep. :-) *anemometer*. Slaps forehead. I know the difference; the barometer is used to measure pressure.

jastrowx
(Registered User)
Tue Sep 03 2019 09:18 AM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Here in Ormond Beach we have had 2 rain bands rotate in over the last 90 minutes or so with brief bursts of rain and gusts estimated about 40 mph.

JMII
(Storm Tracker)
Tue Sep 03 2019 09:38 AM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Actually saw the sun peak out from behind some fast moving clouds. Less then 1/2" of rain so far. I'd call it breezy and partly cloudy. The stronger cells in the rain bands seem to keep just missing my location.

thatmoody
(Registered User)
Tue Sep 03 2019 11:55 AM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Sunny and a bit breezy in Melbourne near I-95. We've had a couple of brief heavy rain/wind bands come through this morning but nothing for a while. Breeze is picking up a bit the last hour or so but not much.

Prospero
(Storm Tracker)
Tue Sep 03 2019 01:09 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

We've had a steady 10 to 15 mph breeze today, just had a 28 mph gust with a line a rain that came through on Clearwater Beach at about 12:15 PM.

Mostly been a very nice day today, the breeze has been comfortable.

Clearwater Beach Live Webcam


MissBecky
(Weather Guru)
Tue Sep 03 2019 04:39 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

It’s gotten pretty breezy here in Fort Myers, with only the occasional rain band coming through.

justmeinflorida
(Registered User)
Tue Sep 03 2019 04:48 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Zephyrhills here. Have rain bands coming through. Gusty wind and rain. I feel bad for my low lying friends, they've already been flooded out with all the rain we've been having. Not going to be good if we get anything TS like.

IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Tue Sep 03 2019 05:10 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

https://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListDailyComments.aspx
Great rainfall data from hundreds of observers throughout Florida, part of a nation-wide network.
My station ID is FL-VL-42. My observation includes 24-hr rainfall, temperature, cloud cover, wind direction/speed, with comments on significant weather observed.


RDDW
(Registered User)
Tue Sep 03 2019 05:13 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Couple rain bands in north Melbourne (US1 and Pineda causway or thereabouts. Wind starting to pick up. Would be a normal day in Chicago without what we have offshore.

GeorgeN
(Verified CFHC User)
Tue Sep 03 2019 05:21 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Wesley Chapel - starting to get gusts at 3 pm
weather sensor says high of 17 mph, but at it's height I'm supposed to multiply that by 2
Trees are moving quite a bit, so 34 mph seems reasonable.
Small shower around 2 pm. 0.32 inches.

I picked up some sandbags at our local park. Used them to reinforce my culvert.
Still trying to get over the flu, but the facility was closing today and the culvert was developing holes.


OrlandoDan
(Storm Tracker)
Tue Sep 03 2019 05:44 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Not much happening in SW Seminole county. The worst weather was this morning with a good band that caused solid showers but little wind.

bob3d
(Weather Watcher)
Tue Sep 03 2019 05:48 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

30 MPH steady during extreme outer rain band; otherwise it's about 15 to 20 MPH in between bands. Had about 1/4 inch of rain so far since last night (not much). I'm in San Antonio, FL which is about 30 miles NE of Tampa, FL.

IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Tue Sep 03 2019 07:28 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Currently getting the first good taste of Dorian from an outer band. Torrential rain with wind N/NE 30+ mph (est) gusting to 40+ mph.

thatmoody
(Registered User)
Tue Sep 03 2019 08:50 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Melbourne again (8:48 pm). A little wind and rain from some bands coming through. The dogs don't mind going out, and the front yard has a little standing water.

IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Tue Sep 03 2019 08:57 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

That band that went through my location (a few miles south of Daytona Bch) is training onto the coast between Daytona Bch and Ormond, pounding Weather Channel's Reynolds Wolf ATM: https://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=MLB&product=NCR&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

thatmoody
(Registered User)
Tue Sep 03 2019 09:02 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Just talked to a friend in Cocoa Beach - steady wind of about 30 there, and pretty gusty. Power is still on out there.

MikeCAdministrator
(Admin)
Tue Sep 03 2019 09:14 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

First legit band recently happened in Orlando, only got a gust to 25, but the rain rate was around 2"/hr.

jastrowx
(Registered User)
Tue Sep 03 2019 09:32 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Ormond Beach
About 8 PM we got a brief but very heavy rainfall with estimated gusts to 45 mph. Some palm fronts came down; one hit the front of the house and startled me.Since then mainly light rain with occasional thunder, winds 20-30 mph.
Lights have been flickering at times. total rain today, through 8:30 PM = 0.86"


Prospero
(Storm Tracker)
Tue Sep 03 2019 09:47 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Tonight is the night we've been waiting for since last week.

All in all, not too bad. But even a few hours without power is a nightmare in Florida this time of year.

Sleep with CPAPs? You'll sure miss that electricity at night. Battery operated fans will help keep you cool enough, maybe, but almost impossible to get real sleep without that pressurized air blowing into your face.

We appear to be free of any bands on the west coast tonight. Whew!

Strapping on the CPAP very soon and will check FLhurricane by 4:30 am when we get up...


JMII
(Storm Tracker)
Tue Sep 03 2019 10:17 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

All these rain bands seem to rain themselves out just before reaching me in NW Broward.
Got a grand total of only 0.6" of rain over the last two days, I got 4X that alone on Thursday evening before all this began.
Pressure is up to 1007.1 (where normal is 1010-1014)


thatmoody
(Registered User)
Tue Sep 03 2019 10:38 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Quote:

Tonight is the night we've been waiting for since last week.

All in all, not too bad. But even a few hours without power is a nightmare in Florida this time of year.

Sleep with CPAPs? You'll sure miss that electricity at night. Battery operated fans will help keep you cool enough, maybe, but almost impossible to get real sleep without that pressurized air blowing into your face.

We appear to be free of any bands on the west coast tonight. Whew!

Strapping on the CPAP very soon and will check FLhurricane by 4:30 am when we get up...




I also sleep with a CPAP and I was worried that the power would go out in the middle of the night and I'd wake up suffocating (I wear a full-face mask). The wind was pretty good earlier but the new impact windows we got after the house was trashed in Irma are keeping the noise down so much I can't really tell.


IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Wed Sep 04 2019 07:21 AM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

In central coastal Volusia, currently 77F, wind NNW 25 gusting to 35+ with light to occ moderate rain. Emptied 1.21" from the gauge at 7 am. My heaviest rain came yesterday evening from the first out band. Highest winds (est. NE 35 G55) came in off the Atlantic around 2:45 am this morning from a band shortly after Dorian's center of circulation had cleared the Cape's latitude.

Rubber Ducky
(Weather Watcher)
Wed Sep 04 2019 07:57 AM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Cocoa Beach and Brevard County in general skated thru the storm with essentially no damage. Fewer than 2000 customers in Brevard lost power. 1.75 inches rain, max gust 43 mph three-quarters mile from ocean. Banana River is up a bit, but not over most docks. All in all, a better outcome than any of us expected.

OT: Oliver White's GoFundMe effort for his staff at Abaco Lodge has raised over $114,000 in less than 24 hours, a good guy doing a great thing for some really wonderful people. Bahamians and especially those on Grand Bahama and the Abacos are going to need massive assistance in the days ahead. We all should help.


IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Wed Sep 04 2019 10:20 AM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Quote:

OT: Oliver White's GoFundMe effort for his staff at Abaco Lodge has raised over $114,000 in less than 24 hours, a good guy doing a great thing for some really wonderful people. Bahamians and especially those on Grand Bahama and the Abacos are going to need massive assistance in the days ahead. We all should help.




Yes, our good fortune along Florida's east coast to dodge (by a little more than 100 miles) historical Dorian's worst-case scenario in the northern Bahamas should encourage us to send all resources that survivors of the catastrophic hurricane desperately need now, and for many months to come.

10am here (central coastal Volusia: 78F, light rain, wind WNW 20 G30.
When checking the dune area where I planted sea oat and RR vine earlier this summer, observed that the pre-dawn high tide hit the sea wall in places, and the wrack line on the DeMotte ramp (just south of Dunlawton Ave Cswy ramp) indicated last night's Dorian-driven high tide cycle peaked 3-4' above normal (Matthew was 5-6' above normal).
Walking down to the foot of the bridge to see how out how high the Halifax River is.


Prospero
(Storm Tracker)
Wed Sep 04 2019 05:53 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Since about noon today we've had a steady 27 to 29 mph breeze with a few gusts to 33 mph. Nothing impressive, but steady and consistent. It will likely not become any stronger, but definitely noticeable for we on the beach.

Clearwater Beach Web Cam HD Live Streaming

If you look at the cam right now, you will see only a few people on the beach. What is bad for tourism, is good for the handful of people who are on the beach!

The surf has kicked up, and we'll get some rollers over a few days even when the wind dies down. Surfers will enjoy the waves, and they are fun to watch for everyone.

No rain in the forecast. Typically an early September tropical system marks the end of the summer thunderstorm season. We may not see rain until another tropical system comes by or the late Fall cold fronts start coming through in November.


Tazmanian93
(Weather Master)
Wed Sep 04 2019 05:59 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

We were in Redington Beach for the entire Labor Day Weekend. While were grateful for no traffic, very low occupancy of the beach, decent weather, we really were heartbroken for the local businesses. And of course, nobody in the group could keep their eyes, hearts and thoughts off Dorian for any extended period of time.

Prospero
(Storm Tracker)
Wed Sep 04 2019 08:10 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Quote:

We were in Redington Beach for the entire Labor Day Weekend. While were grateful for no traffic, very low occupancy of the beach, decent weather, we really were heartbroken for the local businesses. And of course, nobody in the group could keep their eyes, hearts and thoughts off Dorian for any extended period of time.




Florida paid a huge price for last week's media "Florida is going to be hit with a Cat 3" when it was still five days out or more. Especially the west coast when we were out of the cone a few days ago. Granted I got caught up in the mass-hysteria on Friday morning when I couldn't find a bag of ice, C batteries, a place to get a tank of propane, and was one of the last to get gas at my favorite gas station. But by nightfall I started to realize it was panic, not what I usually use for storm planning. UGH

By then how many vacation visitors had cancelled, some of them losing their entire investment if on VRBO or TripAdvisor with random rental owners. Wow. Horrible.


kspkap
(Weather Watcher)
Thu Sep 05 2019 01:16 AM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

I agree! Like so many we were transfixed to the Weather Channel. “It’s going up the spine of Florida!” Evacuate! Evacuate! This was reported 5 days out! I have family & friends in my home town St.Cloud. My daughter is visiting me here on the MS Gulf Coast and the grandkids are in St. Cloud. We started rushing them to board the windows, get the generator ready, etc., etc. We also were in panic mode. Well, no more! Common sense is needed with weather reporting on hurricanes. I called my friend in St. Cloud and asked if she was boarding her windows. “No”, she replied. “Never have.” Her family has been there since the ‘30’s.

When a storm pops up alert folks to get their ducks in a row. Keep a full tank, have a few 5 gallon cans filled with gas (use it for your lawn mower later) cash on hand, but no alarms 5 days out! Don’t cause a run on everything. It’s not cheap to evacuate. This occurs almost every year. Well, next time there are going to be a lot of folks who won’t pay heed after what occurred this year. Funds spent needlessly, businesses losing summer income. Yes, Florida paid a huge price...and so did a lot of people.

Actually people in Florida should start their hurricane kit in June, picking up water, canned goods, etc., generator ready if needed, boards fitted, cut, and marked for each window, holes drilled for each tap con which are left permanently installed so the boards are easily fastened with wing nuts, etc. Store the boards in a dry place so they can be used if necessary.....like 3 days out!


GeorgeN
(Verified CFHC User)
Thu Sep 05 2019 12:14 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Unbiased and accurate storm reporting is a topic that I often discuss with family and friends. With so much weather info available, it seems like everyone with a computer wants to "help with the forecast". When you have so many people trying to get attention, you end up with statements like this:
"Dorian is about to hit Florida hard. The most urgently worded hurricane update
The storm is projected, at this time, to make landfall as a Category 4 or higher hurricane somewhere between Melbourne and Ft. Lauderdale."
https://community.windy.com/topic/9449/d...ricane-update/2

Granted this statement may have been posted with good intentions, but I think it inspired more panic than preparation. At the time, the storm was high over the Dominican Republic and hundreds of miles from Florida. Any landfall in Florida was pure extrapolation at this point, but it did not stop the author from making a statement that would surely gain public attention.

I think it's time to bring some honesty into the NHC forecast maps. Yes, the models were accurate, but only within a max of 2-3 days. The longer extrapolations seem to always point directly to Florida. The NHC makes it clear that this trajectory is just an extrapolation from models which are inaccurate past a certain point. But, people tend to jump at these projections and then make their own conclusions, and then make public statements.


Rubber Ducky
(Weather Watcher)
Thu Sep 05 2019 12:18 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Disagree. IMHO, NHC performed/is performing marvelously on DORIAN. Its job is to use science to produce information. It does so increasingly well year after year. How others use that information (e.g., altering it with a Sharpie) is outside NHC control.

GeorgeN
(Verified CFHC User)
Thu Sep 05 2019 12:51 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Quote:

Disagree. IMHO, NHC performed/is performing marvelously on DORIAN. Its job is to use science to produce information. It does so increasingly well year after year. How others use that information (e.g., altering it with a Sharpie) is outside NHC control.




I'm not saying the NHC is not performing, I'm saying their info is being used incorrectly. Places like Weather Channel use this info and then twist it into sensational journalism. If they would say "this is the NHC chart, and anything in dotted gray is speculative" then it would cause less panic. But they won't because saying anything besides "Florida is going to be toast" won't get them in the spotlight.

The NHC is getting very good. Especially with their new models and incorporating the European ensemble models. The forecast of such a strong storm coming to a direct stop, then turning sharply North was something I personally didn't believe. But it stopped, and turned just like the models predicted and the NHC was right to trust them.

In terms of people using the information incorrectly, I believe they should be held legally accountable. If you make statements that cause personal or financial distress, then that could be used against you in court. I'm not implying that amateurs like ourselves be accountable but people like the author of my posted statement should be.


kspkap
(Weather Watcher)
Fri Sep 06 2019 07:10 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

The “Sharpie” remark was not needed. As it turned out the NOAA backed the user of the Sharpie. There were reports Dorian could impact Alabama. Just like reports of Dorian “going up the spine of Florida”.

Edit: I failed to mention “a strong possibility Dorian will cross over Florida into the Gulf. People of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle should be on alert.” Guess what states are in between....Mississippi and Alabama! The Sharpie was correct!


kspkap
(Weather Watcher)
Fri Sep 06 2019 08:15 PM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

OMGosh! The link you posted is one for the record books! Is there any reason to wonder why people panicked?
Why a Sharpie was used? I actually have more faith in the knowledgeable folks here on this web site...Flhurricane.com /Hurricanes Without the Hype than the weather reporters. The NHC is getting very good in forecasting, but we don’t watch and listen to it hour after hour....day after day. We are transfixed to The Weather Channel, AccuWeather, etc. which turns us all into nervous Nellies!

During times of hurricanes my iPad is joined to my hip with Flhurricane up and running, but my tv is tuned to the histrionics of weather reporters with mic in hand bravely confronting the wind and driving rain. I actually saw one waist deep in the coming storm surge. As the saying goes, “Ya just can’t fix stupid!”


GeorgeN
(Verified CFHC User)
Mon Sep 09 2019 11:12 AM
Re: Dorian Conditions in Your Area

Just received an email from my nephew in Halifax. Lots of trees down and power outages. His power was down for 24 hours and he lost parts of his chimney during the windstorm. At the time, the storm had winds of 100mph and a forward speed of 30. Basically it ran over Nova Scotia, but was moving faster so less grinding than in the Bahamas.


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