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Hurricane Education and Outreach in the Big Bend Region

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  1. Hurricane Education and Outreach in the Big Bend Region North Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society Mike Porter Alec Bogdanoff July 7, 2006

  2. What We Do • We are a group of meteorology students, faculty, professionals, and community members at-large who are interested in the weather! • We perform educational and community outreach within the Big Bend region, designed to teach people of all ages about hurricanes, preparedness, and the weather in general. • We are here today to talk to you all about our role in passing along knowledge about hurricanes to the general public and meteorologists – essentially, why they are telling you what they are today!

  3. Why is Hurricane Knowledge Important? (courtesy NOAA Coastal Data Center) Since 1851, 52 storms have passed within 50 miles of Thomasville! WHY they do so and WHAT they bring with them are very important to understand for understanding hurricanes!

  4. Three Major Tracks… • Across Florida from the Atlantic (southeast) • Like Hurricane Frances in 2004 • Most common during the peak of the season • From the Caribbean (south) • Like Hurricane Dennis in 2005 • Most common early on in the season • From the Gulf (southwest) • Like Tropical Storm Bonnie in 2004 • Most common early or late in the season

  5. L L L H The “Why” of Hurricane Tracks Hurricanes are steered by larger areas of high and low pressure… How they set up with respect to one another determines where the storm goes! Early in the year, storms tend to form in the Gulf and head this way. During mid-season, they tend to form out in the Atlantic. H H Late in the season, hurricanes tend to form closer to the US, but are usually keptaway from here by cold fronts passing through as we move into fall!

  6. …Three Major Impacts… • Winds • Hurricane Kate in 1985 • Image from State of Florida/Capital Area Red Cross Website ofTharpe St. in Tallahassee • Rainfall • Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 • Over 10” of rain across N. Floridaand S. Georgia in a 24-hr span • Waves & Storm Surge • Hurricane Dennis in 2005 • Covered by the Natl. WeatherService in their talk earlier (courtesy SE Regional Climate Center)

  7. Any questions?Thank you! Visit us on the web!http://www.northflams.org/ mporter@met.fsu.edu // abogdano@met.fsu.edu