Today was certainly an active weather day for the area! Atmospheric instability resulted in a few severe storms in Eastern locations of Polk county in the afternoon. This was followed up by a squall line ahead of a cold front in the evening hours bringing very high winds to the entire area. I am at work, so no cool pictures or stories to tell. Instead I offer you the local storm reports from the NWS below, most involve high wind speeds.
- 4:53pm - Lake Wales, Polk County: 5 minute duration of dime size hail, and 60mph winds. Hail destroyed shade houses.
- 4:58pm - Lake Wales, Polk County: 1.00 inch hail and 60-70mph wind gusts.
- 5:33pm - Babson Park, Polk County: 0.88 inch hail
- 6:25pm - Cedar Key, Levy County: 57mph wind gust at C-MAN site
- 8:55pm - St Pete (Albert Whitted Apt), Pinellas County: 43mph wind gust at ASOS site.
- 9:05pm - Tampa (MacDill AFB), Hillsborough County: 48mph wind gust at ASOS site.
- 9:12pm - Palmetto (Port Manatee), Manatee County: 41mph wind gust at C-MAN site.
Other observations around the area:
- 8:45pm - 46mph gust observed at Treasure Island CO-OP site (Fire Station, 2 blocks north of me)
- 10:31am - 31mph gust observed at my weather station
My weather station caught a few 29mph gusts around 8:45pm. Unfortunately its current location is in shadow of multi story buildings to the SW, W, NW. The wind was from the West at this time, thus missing the strongest wind gusts.
As of this writing, 0.38in of rain have fallen since 8:45pm (4 hours), rain is still falling.
There were two severe storm warnings today, both issued for Polk county as a result of the above storm reports.
EDIT: Air Pressure dropped like a rock as of 4/6/08 around 1:10am. At its lowest rate, the pressure was dropping at a rate of 0.101 in/hg per hour. This is the fastest pressure drop I have seen in quite some time. It only lasted for about 20 minutes, the pressure quickly rose back up. Not sure what causes this but its pretty interesting!>