The First Tropical Disturbance of the Year Is Rumbling Off Florida's Coast

Categories: Category 5

via the National Hurricane Center
Look upon your demise and tremble.
This is not a test. Hide your family. Sell all of your belongings for canned food and weaponry. Prepare yourself for utmost destruction. The year's first tropical disturbance is churning just off the coast of Florida, and the time has come to PANIC!

Wait, what's that? It's basically just a big rain shower that has essentially no chance of developing into a tropical storm? Hmm. Well, you may as well at least prepare yourself for the coming five months of Weather Channel and local TV news freakouts over every other disturbance within 500 miles of South Florida.

We'll do our best to stay slightly more reasonable, though we can't promise we won't raid Riptide's sizable emergency subterranean liquor supply while covering hurricane season.

As of 8 a.m., the National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on a disturbance that's churning out thunderstorms and showers about 70 miles off the coast of Daytona Beach. The system does have the low pressure typical of developing storms, but it isn't very likely to strengthen this weekend.

The hurricane center gives it just a 10 percent chance of growing in strength by next week. Dr. Jeff Masters at the blog Weather Underground wrote that high wind shear throughout the Caribbean is making it tough for any storms to blow up.

"Vertical wind shear will be very high over most of the tropical Atlantic," he wrote earlier this week, "and there will be a large amount of dry, sinking air, making it difficult for tropical storms to form."

So yeah, it's probably OK to venture out of your prepper shelter for the moment.

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13 comments
Jorge Castellanos
Jorge Castellanos

That was the one I meant, where a chunk of broward was without power for a long ass time.... Ridiculous.

Shayla Walsh
Shayla Walsh

I was in Ike, was prepared AND threw a hurricane party. What I wasn't prepared for was the 5 weeks without power.

Jorge Castellanos
Jorge Castellanos

You can be prepared AND throw a hurricane party as well (cat 2 or less tho).

Nicole A. Moler
Nicole A. Moler

Exactly, it's way better to be prepared, than getting a last minute warning and not be prepared at all.

George Wiggins
George Wiggins

The sky is falling omg the sky is falling . Hurricane forecast is just as bad the rain forecast . 100% rain it doesn't rain . No rain it rains all day.

Alex Garcia
Alex Garcia

If you haven't lived through a real hurricane then shut up! Advanced notice and preparation are the only ways to keep our families safe, then again from the comments on here I'm sure most of you will be throwing hurricane parties instead.

Tim S Porter
Tim S Porter

learlier this month the Gulf of Mexico had a "area" with a 70% chance that fizzled

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

I'm fully convinced that Publix and Home Depot have special marketing arrangements with the NHC and the media to stir up hysteria every time a cloud rolls along the east coast......

Brian Bartlett
Brian Bartlett

Its not rumbling anything, the surf is 2 inches high. Quit hyping shit up until the surf pics up. There isnt barely a ripple to speak off through out the entire state its Flat all the way to St Augustine..

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