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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


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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.


Miami Flooding And Possible New Tropical Storm

Deep Tropical Moisture = Street Flooding For Miami.

An elongated tropical disturbance (now known as Invest 94L) that has been over the northwestern Caribbean Sea the last few days, and that has brought flooding rains to Miami-Dade County, has finally begun to track northeastward into the Bahamas. Rainfall recored already for the month of May in Miami is 12.30 inches (avg. 3.40), and kicking off a fast start to the summer wet season.

Pickup truck driving into standing water.

Metro Southeast Florida has experienced some very impressive rainfall totals over the last 72 hrs, and the system that is to blame for all the heavy precipitation is now possibly slowly organizing into a tropical low east of the peninsula. The National Hurricane Center Wednesday afternoon upgraded the outlook to 40% of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours or so for the weather system over the long holiday weekend.

Gusty winds in the low range of tropical storm force have been blowing across metro Broward and Miami-Dade Counties today, as the tropical system just offshore tightens up the pressure gradient. For a short time today, the National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning, but has canceled it in the last hour as winds have begun to subside along the coast.

Radar of possible tropical low pressure.

Could We See Tropical Storm Beryl This Weekend?

Everyone will be closely monitoring the tropical disturbance going into Memorial Day weekend for any signs of becoming a sub-tropical or fully tropical storm offshore the southeast United States. There is some computer forecast support for development, and the current trends today to the east of the state possible show an organizing system. Keep tabs on the weather this weekend if you'll be along coastal area's of the southeast as there could be yet another tropical storm before the actually beginning to hurricane season on June 1st.