27 June 2012

Debby makes landfall and crosses Florida

At about 21Z on Tuesday (5pm EDT), Debby made landfall near Steinhatchee FL as a minimal tropical storm.  Of course, for such a broad disorganized system, landfall is a bit anti-climatic.  Here is the visible satellite image near the time of landfall, showing the strongest storms northeast of the center and smaller but still potent thunderstorms associated with rainbands extending much further south...

Upon making landfall, Debby was downgraded to a Tropical Depression, and as of this post (1230Z), is exiting Florida as a very sloppy elongated Depression, and merging with a frontal system.

The updated rain total map shows the 20"+ areas extending further east across northern Florida, and isolated areas south of Tallahassee did receive an amazing (and destructive) 30" of rain in just a few days. 

Something else to keep an eye on, but far away from land... there's an easterly wave that exited the African coast back on June 22 and is now centered near 35W.  You can monitor is trek across the Atlantic at http://andrew.rsmas.miami.edu/bmcnoldy/tropics/hovmoller/atlantic/, and I'll discuss it further in the coming days if it shows signs of organization.

Finally, an update about my website... if anyone has it bookmarked (or any of its subpages), be aware that they've all moved to http://andrew.rsmas.miami.edu/bmcnoldy/.  Products on the old site will not be updated effective today.

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