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Unseasonably stout wave in Caribbean bringing enhanced showers and tstorms for several days, but lacks model support for development 5/26
Days since last H. Landfall - US: Any 272 (Idalia) , Major: 272 (Idalia) Florida - Any: 272 (Idalia) Major: 272 (Idalia)

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Loc: Sarasota, FL
Re: Conditions in your area [Re: ftlaudbob]
      #82217 - Tue Aug 19 2008 11:53 AM

Nothing but wind here in Sarasota as of 8:00AM. Clouds are building in the East, so I should see some rain in an hour or two.

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How many landfalls can a Florida storm have? [Re: ftlaudbob]
      #82358 - Tue Aug 19 2008 11:07 PM

Well, as we wait to see if Fay makes it back over water, somewhere off Melbourne, heres a question that i'll pose ( moreso just to have fun with the debate ).

Fay first made landfall, when hitting Key West in the Florida Keys, before moving over Florida Bay. Fay then struck Florida's lower S.W. coast near Marco Island. Then, assuming emergence off the Fla. east coast (assuming that some of the model guidance verify's), after having crossed the state, Fay now would be over water in the Atlantic again, again re-entering some point on the Florida east coast, then back to the Gulf of Mexico....... Finally, if not enough wandering around, what if after entering the Gulf, Fay turned north and again, struck somewhere in the Florida Panhandle? Add it up.....how many landfalls do you get????

Is a "landfall" only a landfall when entering a land mass, or also when hitting an area on the way out?

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Loc: Loxahatchee, FL
Re: How many landfalls can a Florida storm have? [Re: weathernet]
      #82621 - Thu Aug 21 2008 02:15 PM

They were talking about this on the news last night. Now, the used the words "tropical storm", not hurricane so I don't know if this applies to both. But WPTV was saying that as Fay comes back in central Florida, that will make 3 landfalls. If it gets to the GOM and comes back into the panhandle, that will be 4, a record for FL.

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