A slow moving cold front will move across the First Coast Fri. bringing scattered showers & t'storms through the day. The strong upper level energy that fueled severe storms Thu. will lift far to the north of NE Fl./SE Ga., so the rain & storms will be weakening as the activity moves to the east (individual cells move NE while the entire area shifts E/SE). We may still manage a few strong storms, especially across Southeast Ga. along with some areas of heavy rainfall. The front will get far enough south so that Sat. will be a nice day before the front starts to move back to the north as a warm front igniting another round of showers & storms as early as Sunday afternoon.
I mentioned Thursday's severe storms. The system first started producing severe weather Wed. including an EF-2 tornado near St. Louis -- click here for the storm survey. At least several tornadoes occurred from Mississippi to Ga. Thu. Storm surveys will be conducted Fri. but there was at least one significant tornado in Mississippi -- check out the impressive video ** here **.
Speaking of severe storms....our Jax N.W.S. has posted on their website details of the severe supercell storm March 23rd -- click here. Click ** here ** for storm photos & First Alert Doppler radar images of the storm posted in a previous "Buresh Blog".
Sandy retired from list of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone names
Sandy has been retired from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone names by the World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee because of the extreme impacts it caused from Jamaica and Cuba to the Mid-Atlantic United States in October 2012.
Storm names are reused every six years for both the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins. If a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of the name would be insensitive or confusing, the WMO hurricane committee, which includes personnel from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, may retire the name. Sandy is the 77th name to be retired from the Atlantic list since 1954 (click here for the complete list). The name will be replaced with “Sara” beginning in 2018.
Sandy was a classic late-season hurricane in the southwestern Caribbean Sea. The cyclone made landfall as a category 1 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) in Jamaica, and as a 115 mph category 3 hurricane in eastern Cuba. Hurricane Sandy merged with a frontal system hours before making landfall as a post-tropical cyclone near Brigantine, N.J., and its size and strength caused catastrophic damage all along the mid-Atlantic shoreline.
Because of its tremendous size, Sandy drove a catastrophic storm surge into the New Jersey and New York coastlines. Preliminary U.S. damage estimates are near $50 billion, making Sandy the second-costliest cyclone since Katrina to hit the United States. There were at least 147 direct deaths recorded across the Atlantic basin due to Sandy, with 72 of these fatalities occurring in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. Sandy caused the greatest number of U.S. direct fatalities related to a tropical cyclone outside of the southern states since Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
The First Alert Weather Center will be at the annual Safety Fair at Regency Mall this Sat. It's a great event with lots of activities for kids. I'll be there from late morning into the early afternoon. Click ** here ** for details of the Safety Fair on what looks to be a partly sunny, warm day.