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2017 Hurricane Names and Season Dates
Coconut palm trees in hurricane force winds.
When does hurricane season start in Florida?
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season in FL begins on Thursday June 1st, and runs through until November 30th. The months of August and September are considered the “peak months” of the season each summer. Have your hurricane plan ready!


What are the 2017 hurricane names?
Below you can find the list of hurricane names that will be used during the 2017 Atlantic basing season. Names are recycled every 6 years unless they are retired.

Arlene Bret Cindy Don Emily Franklin Gert

Harvey  Irma Jose Katia Lee Maria Nate

Ophelia Philippe Rina Sean Tammy Vince Whitney


Lightning Strikes Downtown Miami Building Overnight and Lake Okeechobee Waterspout

 The first weekend of August turned out to be a busy one storm-wise in South Florida, with heavy rainfall, waterspouts and vivid lightning striking a tall downtown Miami condo / building. All thanks to a tropical disturbance in the area, and outflow boundaries dancing all over the state.

Lightning hitting Miami building.

Sunday afternoon I headed out like I normally do this time of year in search of late afternoon sea-breeze thunderstorms. The sea and lake breeze boundaries were a mess on Sunday, as the tropical disturbance over the Bahamas was creating a lot of thunderstorm activity and sending out boundaries in every direction making it hard to zone in on the best convergence area's. 

I head out west towards my hot spots to chase near Lake Okeechobee. This is where I found an ongoing thunderstorm over the center of the lake slowly moving southeastward in my general direction. I was sitting up on the levee / dike at Port Mayaca and had a perfect view of the storm moving closer.

Lake Okeechobee waterspout

While on the phone talking to a friend, I noticed what looked to be a developing funnel cloud, but wasn't sure yet as it was covered up by some rain. About 7-10 minutes later the funnel became more organized and I had to hangup the call and start shooting video. Sure enough, a waterspout was developing, so I grabbed up my gear and fired off several shots before it dissipated about 2 minutes later. It was a very short-lived waterspout, and I wish it was a few miles closer so I could of captured some better detail.

Florida Lightning strike

From here I decided I would head for Miami in hopes of capturing some night lightning over the waterfront. I drove south through western Palm Beach and Broward counties on US 27 dodging cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. I finally got into Miami, and storms were moving in from the northwest and south-southeast. It was looking like a good convergence zone would setup not far from Miami Beach and downtown.

I setup a quick timelapse video (as seen below) of the developing heavy rains moving into downtown, and once I was over taken by the heavy rainfall I shot off the (top picture) lightning photo hitting the building along the waterfront. The storm lasted about an hour before tracking north-northeast up the coast and moving offshore.

A fun late Sunday to chase down some South Florida storms.

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