Latest Tampa observations

Figure 1

Good quality observations have been coming in from Tampa every three hours overnight, it’s a great shame that the NWS don’t release the hourly observations that they must make. Forget about the position of Hurricane Irma and the contouring in this 09 UTC plotted chart (fig 1), at that time according to the NHC she was at 28.9° north and 82.6° west, with a minimum central pressure of 965 hPa, which is quite a way north of Tampa. I think it would be a good thing if most of the AWS in that part of the world are hardened/upgraded for the potential impact of a passing hurricane or occasional tornado. Observations from Key West stopped at 12 UTC yesterday, and the anemometer at Miami looks like it may have been severely damaged.

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An ex-metman passionate about all things to do with weather, climate and clouds
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