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

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING... * 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 [...]
Thu, Jan 26, 2023, Continue reading at the source
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM EST THIS MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING... * WHAT...Dangerous rip currents expected. * WHERE...Pinellas, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal Manatee, Coastal Sarasota, Coastal Charlotte and Coastal Lee Counties. * WHEN...From 10 AM EST this morning through Thursday evening. [...]
Wed, Jan 25, 2023, 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

Day 1 Outlook Image
SPC 1630Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0950 AM CST Thu Jan 26 2023 Valid 261630Z - 271200Z ...NO THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... No thunderstorms are forecast to develop across the continental United States today or tonight. ...Synopsis... A 990 mb surface low over [...]
Thu, Jan 26, 2023, Continue reading at the source
Day 4-8 Outlook Image
Day 4-8 Outlook Day 4-8 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0355 AM CST Thu Jan 26 2023 Valid 291200Z - 031200Z ...DISCUSSION... Beneath a confluent mid-level regime across and east of the Rockies, cold surface ridging appears likely to overspread much of the central and eastern U.S. [...]
Thu, Jan 26, 2023, Continue reading at the source
MD 0111 Image
MD 0111 CONCERNING HEAVY SNOW FOR NORTHERN MAINE Mesoscale Discussion 0111 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0151 AM CST Thu Jan 26 2023 Areas affected...northern Maine Concerning...Heavy snow Valid 260751Z - 261345Z SUMMARY...Heavy snow -- with rates averaging 1" to 2" per hour -- is expected over the [...]
Thu, Jan 26, 2023, Continue reading at the source
MD 0110 Image
MD 0110 CONCERNING FREEZING RAIN FOR NEW ENGLAND INTO WESTERN MAINE Mesoscale Discussion 0110 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1218 AM CST Thu Jan 26 2023 Areas affected...New England into western Maine Concerning...Freezing rain Valid 260618Z - 261115Z SUMMARY...Freezing rain accumulations appear likely across portions of New England [...]
Thu, Jan 26, 2023, Continue reading at the source
Day 1 Outlook Image
SPC 1200Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1142 PM CST Wed Jan 25 2023 Valid 261200Z - 271200Z ...NO THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... No thunderstorms are forecast to develop across the continental United States today or tonight. ...DISCUSSION... A large-scale upper-level troughing pattern will [...]
Thu, Jan 26, 2023, Continue reading at the source
MD 0109 Image
MD 0109 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY FOR PORTIONS OF EASTERN NC AND THE OUTER BANKS Mesoscale Discussion 0109 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0828 PM CST Wed Jan 25 2023 Areas affected...portions of eastern NC and the Outer Banks Concerning...Severe potential...Watch unlikely Valid 260228Z - 260430Z Probability [...]
Wed, Jan 25, 2023, Continue reading at the source
MD 0108 Image
MD 0108 CONCERNING HEAVY SNOW FOR NORTHEASTERN NY AND NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND Mesoscale Discussion 0108 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0707 PM CST Wed Jan 25 2023 Areas affected...northeastern NY and northern New England Concerning...Heavy snow Valid 260107Z - 260700Z SUMMARY...Local heavy snowfall rates of 1-2"/hr are [...]
Wed, Jan 25, 2023, Continue reading at the source
Day 1 Outlook Image
SPC 0100Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0657 PM CST Wed Jan 25 2023 Valid 260100Z - 261200Z ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS PARTS OF EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA... ...SUMMARY... Isolated damaging wind gusts and perhaps a tornado will [...]
Wed, Jan 25, 2023, Continue reading at the source
MD 0107 Image
MD 0107 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH POSSIBLE FOR PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN CAROLINAS Mesoscale Discussion 0107 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0524 PM CST Wed Jan 25 2023 Areas affected...portions of the eastern Carolinas Concerning...Severe potential...Watch possible Valid 252324Z - 260030Z Probability of Watch Issuance...40 percent SUMMARY...A broken line [...]
Wed, Jan 25, 2023, Continue reading at the source
Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook Image
SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0201 PM CST Wed Jan 25 2023 Valid 261200Z - 271200Z ...NO CRITICAL AREAS... No changes are needed to the D2 Fire Weather Outlook. See previous discussion below. ..Thornton.. [...]
Wed, Jan 25, 2023, Continue reading at the source

National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Weather Outlook

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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