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A rare winter storm hits NWFL in January.
12:18 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Panhandle Winter Storm Yr Ender

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Officials in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties joined the rest of the Florida Panhandle in late January, in bracing for a rare taste of winter precipitation.

A winter storm warning was put into effect for the western Florida Panhandle, as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico joined forces with a major blast of Arctic air. Dave Eversole at the National Weather Service, said that would mean sleet, freezing rain and possibly some snow.

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Winter Weather
3:53 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

More Arctic Chill Is Coming

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  One week after the first taste of winter for northwest Florida and south Alabama, another, colder round is on tap for the next couple of days. Shelters are gearing up as the temperatures go down.

According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, a cold front is pushing through the area, bringing with it will push through our area later today. Forecaster Joe Maniscalco says this is an atypically cold air mass for November, for the central Gulf Coast.

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Arctic Air Moving Across U.S.
4:48 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Panhandle Shivers In Pre-Winter Cold Blast

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  Any doubts that winter is approaching will be dispelled over the next few days and the colder weather is hanging around for the next week or so.

Temperatures across the Midwest and Plains are in the teens and 20s, with reports of snowfall amounts ranging from 10 to 16 inches. Steve Miller at the National Weather Service in Mobile says the chill is heading south later today and tonight.

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Summer Heat
2:47 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

This Weekend Temperatures Will Soar

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The “Dog Days” of August are upon us, with a week and a half to go in the month and this weekend is expected to be an extra sultry one.

Florida in August is always hot, but Mother Nature is raising the bar over the next few days. John Purdy is at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

"Generally we're looking at high pressure systems, which keep the clouds away. That means more sunshine which heatens up the surface of the earth."

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Pensacola Flooding
4:50 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Pensacola Deals with Massive Storms, Flooding

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Residents in the Florida Panhandle are assessing the damage from Tuesday’s storms. Action is underway on the local and state levels to deal with more than 20 inches of rainfall in some areas.

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Severe Weather
3:36 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Storms Moving Through Panhandle

Doppler Radar forecast as of 3:35 pm 4/29.

That large, slow-moving storm system that’s been pummeling the Midwest and Southeast is making its presence felt along the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama.

At least 31 deaths are blamed on the system, including three in Alabama. And Don Shepherd at the National Weather Service in Mobile says the areas that were hit Monday night, likely will get more of the same today.

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Severe Weather
2:20 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Severe Weather Expected In The Wake Of Tornadoes

Severe weather from the south midwest is traveling towards northwest Florida.
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Forecasters say 30 tornadoes were reported overnight in seven states, resulting in at least 17 deaths in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Northwest Florida and south Alabama will catch the southernmost end of that weather system.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma says the weather system will continue moving eastward over the next few days, bringing powerful storms and the potential for tornadoes to parts of the Midwest and Southeast.

Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana are facing the greatest risk today, but a number of storms are also likely for this area.

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El Nino
1:35 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

El Nino Making A Comeback in 2014

Sea surface temperature guide; warming waters in the Pacific Ocean cause the phenomenon known as "El Nino".
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Forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean known as “El Nino” will provide a break for weather-weary Americans this year.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Nino watch Thursday. In a typical El Nino year, there’s a stronger flow of wind at the Jet Stream level, and a stronger Jet Stream over the southern U.S.

Jeff Garmon, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile, says that can increase the potential for severe storms: tornados, severe thunderstorms, squall lines, things of that nature.

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Winter Storm 2014
2:42 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

UPDATE -- Winter Storm Hits FL Panhandle

Winter precipitation is moving into the Florida Panhandle, the produce of frigid arctic air and Gulf moisture.

Escambia County’s Emergency Operations Center activated at midnight. Emergency Management Chief John Dosh says they’re at level-2, with only key agencies on hand for now.  

Throughout the year the Escambia EOC conducts table-top exercises to cover a number of scenarios – hurricanes and other natural and man-made disasters. Dosh says those – and the current winter storm development – are all part of what he calls “consequence management.”

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Winter Storm
1:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Winter Storm Warning for NW Florida

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Officials in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties join the rest of the Florida Panhandle in bracing for a rare taste of winter precipitation.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the western Florida Panhandle for all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning, as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico joins forces with another blast of Arctic air. That, says Dave Eversole at the National Weather Service, means sleet, freezing rain and possibly some snow.

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