Category Hurricane season
In 1926, Southern Florida was impacted by a strong Category 4 storm whose impact went far beyond just the region. When adjusted for inflation its the costliest Hurricane in US history and had a direct impact on the end of the Florida Land Boom and the beginning of the Great Depression. This week on the […]
Tropical Storm/Hurricane Elsa finally cleared Florida on Thursday after over a week of waiting and impacts. Elsa was a rare early season Cape Verde-type storm which made its forecasting particularly difficult and unique. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) did very well in projecting a forecast track – remarkably well in fact. The modeling that the […]
Author’s Note: While at the time of this writing Isiais is still off the Florida coast but almost all of the bad weather associated with the system is almost certain to avoid the state. In the midst of a hyper-partisan election season and the worst pandemic the US has faced in over 100 years, Hurricane […]
In episode 10 of The Florida History Podcast Presented by The Florida Squeeze we look back at the impact of Hurricane Andrew on the governance, politics, attitude and demographics of Florida. Governor Chiles recorded the lowest ever approval rating in the state’s history immediately after the storm while President George H.W. Bush’s botched reaction helped […]
Editors note: Beginning today through Christmas Eve we will recommend a book for holiday gifts each day. Each of these books have been reviewed before on this site but the narratives are updated for December 2018. Hurricane Andrew’s fury was witnessed by South Dade residents and concerned citizens all over the region. But nobody has a more authoritative and credible voice on all matters Andrew and for that matter Atlantic basin Hurricanes in […]
Hurricane Michael aftermath: Is banning alcohol sales in a storm zone a good idea? Can polling help in the future?
Let me start this piece by saying I am all for free expression and free will. I understand people have different ways of coping with danger and fear. Alcohol is one of them, for better or worse. In the case of countless storms in the past I’ve worried about the prospect of “hurricane parties” (like […]
Editors note: At the time of publishing the AP reported a Florida death toll from Michael of 16. Our own TFS count is 19 based on local sources, but either way the number is certain to rise as rescue efforts continue. Michael could go down as the deadliest or second deadliest Florida Hurricane since 1935, a […]
Hurricane Michael was a historic storm but just the latest to potentially impact Florida close to an election.
In 1975, Hurricane Eloise became the first Major Hurricane to strike Florida since Hurricane Betsy in 1965. The storm made landfall near the Bay County/Walton County line as a Category 3 storm. It made landfall just to the west, by about 15-20 miles where Hurricane Michael is projected strike in the next day. A note on […]
A year ago, the entirety of peninsular Florida was impacted by a storm named Irma. Powerful as it had been when it impacted the Leeward Islands and other parts of the Caribbean, a slight wobble which took into northern Cuba significantly took away its bite as it approached Florida. Peninsular Florida also had the added […]