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

...Strong thunderstorms will impact portions of Manatee, southern Pinellas, southern Hillsborough and north central Sarasota Counties through 430 PM EDT... At 356 PM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Bay Pines to 7 miles north of Memphis to 6 miles southeast of Greater [...]
Fri, Sep 23, 2022, Continue reading at the source
...A strong thunderstorm will impact portions of central Pinellas and central Hillsborough Counties through 330 PM EDT... At 304 PM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over Tampa International Airport, or near Tampa, moving southeast at 15 mph. HAZARD...Wind gusts up to 50 mph. [...]
Fri, Sep 23, 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 1829 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY FOR EASTERN TN AND SOUTHEAST KY Mesoscale Discussion 1829 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0331 PM CDT Sun Sep 25 2022 Areas affected...Eastern TN and southeast KY Concerning...Severe potential...Watch unlikely Valid 252031Z - 252230Z Probability of Watch Issuance...20 percent SUMMARY...Isolated severe gusts [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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MD 1828 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY FOR PARTS OF NORTHEAST TX...SOUTHWEST AR...AND NORTHWEST LA Mesoscale Discussion 1828 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0248 PM CDT Sun Sep 25 2022 Areas affected...Parts of northeast TX...southwest AR...and northwest LA Concerning...Severe potential...Watch unlikely Valid 251948Z - 252215Z Probability of Watch Issuance...5 [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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MD 1827 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY FOR SOUTH-CENTRAL/SOUTHEAST VA...VA TIDEWATER Mesoscale Discussion 1827 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0239 PM CDT Sun Sep 25 2022 Areas affected...South-Central/Southeast VA...VA Tidewater Concerning...Severe potential...Watch unlikely Valid 251939Z - 252145Z Probability of Watch Issuance...20 percent SUMMARY...Isolated damaging gusts and/or hail is possible [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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MD 1826 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY FOR PARTS OF WISCONSIN Mesoscale Discussion 1826 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0220 PM CDT Sun Sep 25 2022 Areas affected...Parts of Wisconsin Concerning...Severe potential...Watch unlikely Valid 251920Z - 252145Z Probability of Watch Issuance...5 percent SUMMARY...Isolated strong to severe gusts and marginal [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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MD 1825 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY FOR PARTS OF WESTERN/CENTRAL PA AND FAR NORTHERN WV Mesoscale Discussion 1825 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0151 PM CDT Sun Sep 25 2022 Areas affected...Parts of western/central PA and far northern WV Concerning...Severe potential...Watch unlikely Valid 251851Z - 252015Z Probability [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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MD 1824 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 543... FOR FAR NORTHERN VA...CENTRAL MD...DELMARVA PENINSULA...SOUTHERN/CENTRAL NJ Mesoscale Discussion 1824 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0135 PM CDT Sun Sep 25 2022 Areas affected...Far Northern VA...Central MD...Delmarva Peninsula...Southern/Central NJ Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 543... Valid 251835Z - 252030Z The severe weather threat for [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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MD 1823 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH POSSIBLE FOR SOUTHERN WV...SOUTHWEST VA Mesoscale Discussion 1823 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1114 AM CDT Sun Sep 25 2022 Areas affected...Southern WV...Southwest VA Concerning...Severe potential...Watch possible Valid 251614Z - 251815Z Probability of Watch Issuance...40 percent SUMMARY...Ongoing thunderstorms are expected to continue eastward into [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source
WW 0543 Status Image
WW 0543 Status Updates STATUS FOR WATCH 0543 HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED YET [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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WW 543 SEVERE TSTM DC MD PA VA WV CW 251540Z - 252300Z URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 543 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1140 AM EDT Sun Sep 25 2022 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source
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MD 1822 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH POSSIBLE FOR EASTERN WV...SOUTHWEST/SOUTH-CENTRAL PA...WESTERN/CENTRAL MD...NORTHERN VA Mesoscale Discussion 1822 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0923 AM CDT Sun Sep 25 2022 Areas affected...Eastern WV...Southwest/South-Central PA...Western/Central MD...Northern VA Concerning...Severe potential...Watch possible Valid 251423Z - 251630Z Probability of Watch Issuance...60 percent SUMMARY...Thunderstorm coverage is expected [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source

National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Weather Outlook

Atlantic 2-Day Graphical Outlook Image
ZCZC MIATWOAT ALL TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Sun Sep 25 2022 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Active Systems: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Ian, located over the western Caribbean Sea, on Tropical Storm Gaston, located a [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source
Eastern North Pacific 2-Day Graphical Outlook Image
ZCZC MIATWOEP ALL TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 500 AM PDT Sun Sep 25 2022 For the eastern North Pacific...east of 140 degrees west longitude: Active Systems: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Newton, located a few hundred miles southwest of the southern tip of the [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, Continue reading at the source
Central North Pacific 2-Day Graphical Outlook Image
ZCZC HFOTWOCP ALL TTAA00 PHFO DDHHMM Tropical Weather Outlook NWS Central Pacific Hurricane Center Honolulu HI 200 PM HST Sat Sep 24 2022 For the central North Pacific...between 140W and 180W: No tropical cyclones are expected during the next 5 days. $$ Forecaster Powell NNNN [...]
Sat, Sep 24, 2022, 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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