Severe Weather

Severe weather isn’t out of the ordinary for Tampa Bay. This page collects information from various sources to provide a “situational awareness” into the current weather conditions.

SKYWARN®

The purpose of the SKYWARN® program in Pinellas County Florida is to provide the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office at Tampa Bay with timely and accurate reports of severe weather phenomena so that a timely warning can be issued to the public of dangerous weather conditions that include tornadoes, hail, flooding, and damaging thunderstorm winds.

Detailed information about SKYWARN® operations in Pinellas County can be found in the Pinellas County ACS/ARES® SKYWARN® Operations Plan and Standard Operating Procedures document.

Current Pinellas County Severe Weather Alerts

* WHAT...Dangerous rip currents expected. * WHERE...Pinellas, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal Manatee, Coastal Sarasota, Coastal Charlotte and Coastal Lee Counties. * WHEN...From 8 AM EDT this morning through this evening. * IMPACTS...Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. [...]
Sun, May 19, 2024, Continue reading at the source
* WHAT...Dangerous rip currents. * WHERE...Pinellas, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal Manatee, Coastal Sarasota, Coastal Charlotte and Coastal Lee Counties. * WHEN...Through this evening. * IMPACTS...Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. [...]
Sat, May 18, 2024, Continue reading at the source
* WHAT...Dangerous rip currents. * WHERE...Pinellas, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal Manatee, Coastal Sarasota, Coastal Charlotte and Coastal Lee Counties. * WHEN...Until 8 PM EDT this evening. * IMPACTS...Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. [...]
Fri, May 17, 2024, Continue reading at the source
At 916 AM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over Palm Harbor, or near Holiday, moving east at 25 mph. HAZARD...Wind gusts up to 50 mph. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and blow around unsecured objects. Locations impacted include... Tampa, Clearwater, New Port Richey, Lutz, Holiday, Palm Harbor, Beacon Square, Keystone, Greater [...]
Fri, May 17, 2024, Continue reading at the source
* WHAT...Dangerous rip currents expected. * WHERE...Pinellas, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal Manatee, Coastal Sarasota, Coastal Charlotte and Coastal Lee Counties. * WHEN...Through Thursday evening. * IMPACTS...Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. [...]
Thu, May 16, 2024, Continue reading at the source
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 244 UNTIL 5 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON WHICH REPLACES A PORTION OF TORNADO WATCH 243. THE NEW WATCH IS VALID FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN FLORIDA THE NEW WATCH INCLUDES 9 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA POLK [...]
Wed, May 15, 2024, Continue reading at the source
* WHAT...Dangerous rip currents expected. * WHERE...Pinellas, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal Manatee, Coastal Sarasota, Coastal Charlotte and Coastal Lee Counties. * WHEN...Through Thursday evening. * IMPACTS...Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. [...]
Wed, May 15, 2024, Continue reading at the source
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 243 IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EDT THIS MORNING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN FLORIDA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 9 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA POLK SUMTER IN NORTHERN FLORIDA LEVY IN WEST CENTRAL [...]
Wed, May 15, 2024, Continue reading at the source
At 1150 AM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Mascotte to Zephyrhills West to near Parrish to South Bradenton. Movement was southeast at 30 mph. HAZARD...Wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph and pea size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and blow around unsecured [...]
Tue, May 14, 2024, Continue reading at the source
SVRTBW The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Northwestern Manatee County in west central Florida... Southeastern Pinellas County in west central Florida... Southwestern Hillsborough County in west central Florida... * Until 1215 PM EDT. * At 1131 AM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located 7 miles southeast of Downtown Saint Petersburg, [...]
Tue, May 14, 2024, Continue reading at the source

Please be sure to check the NWS Tampa Bay Graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook daily. It’s an extremely useful to check daily. It presents a graphical view of likelihood of various types of severe weather. If you have a weather radio, Pinellas is covered by two transmitters and Pinellas has a “Specific Area Message Encoding” (SAME code) of 012103.

  • Largo Marine – 162.450 MHz
  • Tampa Bay – 162.550 MHz

National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center’s Latest Content

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MD 0849 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 266... FOR NORTHEASTERN AND EAST-CENTRAL OKLAHOMA Mesoscale Discussion 0849 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0343 AM CDT Mon May 20 2024 Areas affected...northeastern and east-central Oklahoma Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 266... Valid 200843Z - 201015Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch [...]
Mon, May 20, 2024, Continue reading at the source
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MD 0848 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 265...266... FOR NORTH-CENTRAL AND NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA Mesoscale Discussion 0848 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0142 AM CDT Mon May 20 2024 Areas affected...north-central and northeastern Oklahoma Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 265...266... Valid 200642Z - 200845Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch [...]
Mon, May 20, 2024, Continue reading at the source
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SPC 0600Z Day 2 Outlook Day 2 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0100 AM CDT Mon May 20 2024 Valid 211200Z - 221200Z ...THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM THE LOWER MISSOURI VALLEY TO CENTRAL WISCONSIN... ...SUMMARY... A broad area of severe-thunderstorm potential is [...]
Mon, May 20, 2024, Continue reading at the source
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WW 0266 Status Updates STATUS FOR WATCH 0266 HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED YET [...]
Mon, May 20, 2024, Continue reading at the source
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WW 266 SEVERE TSTM OK 200440Z - 201100Z URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 266 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1140 PM CDT Sun May 19 2024 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Northern into [...]
Mon, May 20, 2024, Continue reading at the source
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MD 0847 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 262... FOR PARTS OF WESTERN INTO CENTRAL MISSOURI Mesoscale Discussion 0847 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1038 PM CDT Sun May 19 2024 Areas affected...parts of western into central Missouri Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 262... Valid 200338Z - 200545Z The severe weather threat [...]
Mon, May 20, 2024, Continue reading at the source
WW 0265 Status Image
WW 0265 Status Updates STATUS FOR WATCH 0265 HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED YET [...]
Sun, May 19, 2024, Continue reading at the source
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WW 265 SEVERE TSTM KS OK 200250Z - 200700Z URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 265 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 950 PM CDT Sun May 19 2024 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of South-Central [...]
Sun, May 19, 2024, Continue reading at the source
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MD 0846 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 260... FOR PARTS OF SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS AND NORTH CENTRAL OKLAHOMA Mesoscale Discussion 0846 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0928 PM CDT Sun May 19 2024 Areas affected...parts of south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 260... Valid [...]
Sun, May 19, 2024, Continue reading at the source
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MD 0845 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 260...262... FOR SOUTHEASTERN KANSAS Mesoscale Discussion 0845 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0815 PM CDT Sun May 19 2024 Areas affected...southeastern Kansas Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 260...262... Valid 200115Z - 200315Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch 260, 262 continues. SUMMARY...Stronger surface gusts, [...]
Sun, May 19, 2024, Continue reading at the source

National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Weather Outlook

Atlantic 2-Day Graphical Outlook Image
ZCZC MIATWOAT ALLTTAA00 KNHC DDHHMMTropical Weather OutlookNWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL800 AM EDT Wed May 15 2024For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 7 days.&&Today, May 15th, marks the first day of routine issuance of the Atlantic basin [...]
Wed, May 15, 2024, Continue reading at the source
Eastern North Pacific 2-Day Graphical Outlook Image
ZCZC MIATWOEP ALLTTAA00 KNHC DDHHMMSpecial Tropical Weather OutlookNWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL1220 PM PDT Mon May 13 2024For the eastern North Pacific...east of 140 degrees west longitude:Special Tropical Weather Outlook issued to discuss possible development to the south of Mexico later this week. 1. South of the Coast of [...]
Mon, May 13, 2024, Continue reading at the source

Useful links

ACS – Pinellas County:  Pinellas County ACS Home Page
ACS/ARES® aresdb Database: http://www.aresdb.com/
Become a rain observer: http://www.cocoRahs.org
Become an ambassador: http://weather.gov/tampa/wrn
Emergency Managers Weather Information Network — https://www.weather.gov/emwin/ 
Facebook – NWS Tampa Bay: https://www.facebook.com/NWSTampaBay/
Hurricane Guide: http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/default.htm#hurricaneguide
Mike’s Weather Page: https://spaghettimodels.com/
National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Station – WX4NHC:https://w4ehw.fiu.edu/
National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/
NWS Radar: https://radar.weather.gov/
NWS Ruskin SKYWARN® Amateur Radio Station: https://www.weather.gov/tbw/wx4tor
NWS Ruskin SKYWARN® Page: http://weather.gov/tampa/skywarn
Sign up for weather alerts: http://AlertFlorida.com
Storm Prediction Center: https://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Tampa Bay Graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook: https://www.weather.gov/tbw/ghwo
Training – Spotter Network: http://SpotterNetwork.org
Training – MetED: https://www.meted.ucar.edu/education_training/course/23
Tropical Cyclone Guidance Project: http://hurricanes.ral.ucar.edu/realtime/current/
Twitter – NWS Tampa Bay: https://twitter.com/nwstampabay
VoIP SKYWARN®/Hurricane Net: http://voipwx.net/
Weather Spotter’s Field Guide: https://go.usa.gov/xnDYC
Windy.com: https://www.windy.com/
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