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.

Reporting Severe Weather

If you’ve been through SKYWARN training, you can either report your severe weather on the SKYWARN net, or, if the net isn’t available, directly to the Tampa NWS Office through the 800 number you were provided. A reminder of what to report can be found on the SKYWARN Operations page.

If you are inside a Hurricane Affected area, have Internet access, and winds above 35 mph or significant weather events, consider reporting them to the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center via their online form.

Current Pinellas County Severe Weather Alerts

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Dangerous rip currents. * WHERE...Coastal Manatee, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal Sarasota, Pinellas, Coastal Charlotte and Coastal Lee Counties. * WHEN...Through this evening. * IMPACTS...Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away [...]
Tue, Jan 18, 2022, 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 0090 CONCERNING WINTER MIXED PRECIPITATION FOR PARTS OF EASTERN NC...EASTERN/CENTRAL SC...AND FAR EASTERN GA Mesoscale Discussion 0090 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0232 PM CST Fri Jan 21 2022 Areas affected...Parts of eastern NC...eastern/central SC...and far eastern GA Concerning...Winter mixed precipitation Valid 212032Z - 220200Z SUMMARY...A mix [...]
Fri, Jan 21, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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Day 4-8 Outlook Day 4-8 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0300 AM CST Thu Jan 20 2022 Valid 231200Z - 281200Z ...DISCUSSION... The lack of substantial low-level moisture is expected to greatly limit organized severe thunderstorm chances across the CONUS on both Day 4/Sunday and Day 5/Monday. [...]
Thu, Jan 20, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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SPC 0830Z Day 3 Outlook Day 3 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0212 AM CST Thu Jan 20 2022 Valid 221200Z - 231200Z ...NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... Isolated thunderstorms may occur across parts of south Florida and the Keys on Saturday, but severe thunderstorms currently [...]
Thu, Jan 20, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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SPC 0700Z Day 2 Outlook Day 2 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1230 AM CST Thu Jan 20 2022 Valid 211200Z - 221200Z ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN FLORIDA PENINSULA... ...SUMMARY... Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms may occur Friday [...]
Thu, Jan 20, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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SPC 1200Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1126 PM CST Wed Jan 19 2022 Valid 201200Z - 211200Z ...NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... Severe thunderstorms are not forecast across the contiguous United States on Thursday. ...Synopsis... A mid-level speed max will move from [...]
Thu, Jan 20, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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SPC 0100Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0655 PM CST Wed Jan 19 2022 Valid 200100Z - 201200Z ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS AND WESTERN/NORTHERN LOUISIANA... ...SUMMARY... Scattered damaging winds, hail and a brief tornado are [...]
Wed, Jan 19, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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MD 0089 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 16... FOR EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS INTO NORTHERN AND WESTERN LOUISIANA AND ADJACENT SOUTHERN ARKANSAS Mesoscale Discussion 0089 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0547 PM CST Wed Jan 19 2022 Areas affected...eastern and southeastern Texas into northern and western Louisiana [...]
Wed, Jan 19, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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MD 0088 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 17... FOR NORTHEAST LOUISIANA INTO WESTERN MISSISSIPPI Mesoscale Discussion 0088 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0518 PM CST Wed Jan 19 2022 Areas affected...Northeast Louisiana into western Mississippi Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 17... Valid 192318Z - 200115Z The severe weather threat for Severe [...]
Wed, Jan 19, 2022, Continue reading at the source
MD 0087 Image
MD 0087 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 16...17... FOR PARTS OF NORTHEASTERN LOUISIANA...SOUTHEASTERN ARKANSAS...WEST CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI Mesoscale Discussion 0087 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0300 PM CST Wed Jan 19 2022 Areas affected...Parts of northeastern Louisiana...southeastern Arkansas...west central Mississippi Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 16...17... Valid 192100Z - 192300Z The severe weather [...]
Wed, Jan 19, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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WW 0017 Status Updates STATUS FOR WATCH 0017 HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED YET [...]
Wed, Jan 19, 2022, Continue reading at the source

National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Weather Outlook

Eastern North Pacific 2-Day Graphical Outlook Image
ZCZC MIATWOEP ALL TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM Special Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 920 AM PST Thu Jan 20 2022 For the eastern North Pacific...east of 140 degrees west longitude: Special Tropical Weather Outlook issued for an area of low pressure located well to the east-northeast of Hawaii. 1. A well-defined area of low [...]
Thu, Jan 20, 2022, Continue reading at the source
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. [...]
Thu, Dec 02, 2021, Continue reading at the source
The Central North Pacific hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. [...]
Wed, Dec 01, 2021, 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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