Weather

Hurricane Preparedness & Placard Reminder

We are now in the beginnings of hurricane season. If the citizens and business owners of Davis Shores and/or Anastasia Island are evacuated they will need a colored placard to return to the island. You must have an orange or green placard, without it you will not be allowed to cross either the 312 Bridge or the Bridge of Lions.

Firestorm 2011 has a smoky choke-hold on area but relief on the way in the short and long-term!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Yes, it certainly was like a never-ending severe weather cut-in during last night's weather casts. I showed one plume of smoke after another and at one point a dozen new wildfires were being tracked per hour on live doppler radar. I have never seen anything like it. I have been tracking weather all over the country for about 20 years at different media outlets and on my own since I was 4 years old drawing weather maps. I usually love weather extremes but I have put fires and smoke on the list with ice storms as my least favorite weather to track and forecast. The main thing yesterday like every day is keeping people safe and sticking to the basics. I got word out on the wind direction that may threaten neighborhoods. Luckily there were no big wind shifts and evacuations were minimal. Good for people, but bad for our lungs as the air quality went into the unhealthy range for sensitive groups.

Hurricane Safety Notes From the St. Augustine Police Department

Hurricane Safety Notes From the St. Augustine Police Department

Hurricane season starts in June and runs through November.  When a hurricane strikes it can be accompied by tragedy if you are not prepared.  There are few things you can do to be ready if a hurricane is coming toward the northeast coast of Florida.

Tips for Staying Cool

Tips for Staying Cool

As the temperature creeps close to 100 degrees, our ER doctors want to remind the public to stay safe.

“Hot weather illnesses can creep up on you,” says Memorial Hospital’s Dr. Steven Blake. “You have to drink a lot of water and realize that you can get a heat-related illness during any time of the day when it is this hot.”

Even Monday's Rain Can't Squelch Raging Wildfires

Even Monday's Rain Can't Squelch Raging Wildfires

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Parts of the First Coast got some much-needed rain Monday, but the Division of Forestry said that even this wet weather hasn't been able to tame the wildfires raging in several counties.

According to DOF spokesperson Annaleasa Winter, the heaviest rain hit in areas, like Southside and Mandarin, that don't have any fires burning.

In fact, Winter said it's possible that lightning strikes from the storms coming though the area Monday may have started some new fires.

DOF investigators believe the lightning is to blame for fires along County Road 209 and near the Dee Dot Ranch on the Southside.

Smoky Skies: Weather Pattern to Be Similar for the Weekend

Smoky Skies: Weather Pattern to Be Similar for the Weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Smoke is covering much of the First Coast like a blanket, and it's coming from all around.

Dozens of fires are burning north, west and south of Jacksonville.

Light, variable winds all morning, combined with high pressure sitting right over Jacksonville, forced smoke from all around over the city and left it nowhere to go, according to meteorologist Mike Prangley.

The seabreeze kicked in this afternoon, forcing the smoke back to the west and clearing the air in Jacksonville,

Chief Meteorologist Tim Deegan said the pattern that caused today's situation will be in place again Saturday -- smoke hovering in the morning, clearing in the afternoon -- and similar, if a bit worse, Sunday.

As next week begins, Deegan said a mixed blessing is in store.

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.