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Tropical Depression Debby – Day 4

Tropical Depression DebbyPosition: 29.0N 82.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Southeast [125°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1000 mb ↑.

Currently about 110 miles [175 km] West of Daytona Beach, Florida.

At 7PM CDT Debby was downgraded to a Tropical Depression which cancels all Watches and Warnings. It should go ashore near Cedar Key tonight. It will probably not dissipate, but enter the Atlantic and then regenerate in a couple of days.

The 10AM CDT update shows the storm weakening slightly, which is hardly surprising given the wind shear, dry air, and land interaction. It’s best chance to rebuild doesn’t occur until it gets to the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic, but it is still dropping massive amounts of rain on the Florida peninsula. Northeast Florida was in a drought, so it was able to absorb a lot of the water, but it didn’t need all of the rain at once.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]


1 Badtux { 06.27.12 at 2:21 am }

So it sounds like the big story in your parts has been “Debby does Tampa”? 😈

Ah, rain. I’m not going to see any of that until the rainy season arrives again in October… well, *if* we have a rainy season this year. We didn’t last year. Heck, some of us ran the Rubicon Trail in freakin’ *FEBRUARY*, the only real issue was ice on the water crossings (which required a lot of winching since there was no traction with offroad tires on the ice), when usually the snow is deeper than the roofs of our Jeeps and we don’t make it more than a few hundred feet before having to be dragged back out to the highway via winch cable.

Weird weather this year indeed…

2 Bryan { 06.27.12 at 12:03 pm }

Last year everything was blamed on La Niña and before that on El Niño, but this year we have neither, and things are truly screwed up. If you get rain, it comes by the tanker truck. Otherwise, it doesn’t come at all.

The cities in the Midwest and Northeast had better brace for the heat wave that is coming, because the fire weather that caused all of the problems in Colorado is no its way there.

That Debby still exists in any form given all of the negatives that were trying to destroy it proves that it would have been a very major hurricane without both dry air and wind shear to hold it down. It came into existence 400 miles in diameter and was pulling moisture from the Gulf and the Atlantic. It had the potential to be another Katrina, which is why I obsessed on it.