Sat Sep 16 2017 10:51 PM
Re: Irma Conditions/Observations in your Area

I just got power back on at noon today as well, making it almost six days without power since 5pm Sunday, 9/10.

Pinellas County definitely experienced some hurricane force gusts: 74mph at the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport ASOS and 87mph in Belleair. We will have to wait for the official post storm report from the NWS in Ruskin for the final numbers. There is definitely variation in wind damage. My area received quite a bit, but it doesn't look as bad a couple miles east in the central part of the county.

I used to have a personal weather station in my yard and it always under-reported wind by a large margin, so much so that I elected not to replace it for that reason. In most normal yard situations, it is impossible to place the anemometer at the appropriate height above ground and distance from obstructions to yield accurate readings.

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