Retired Atlantic Hurricane and Tropical Storm Names

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, beginning June 1, is forecast to be less active than a year ago with the number of named storms and hurricanes near historical averages. Each season, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) retires the names of the hurricanes or tropical storms that were particularly deadly or destructive. Requests from countries that were hit […]
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Upgrade Sought to the Hurricane Monument in Islamorada

The towering hurricane monument at mile marker 81.8 could soon be the recipient of an expansion effort. Islamorada’s Historic Preservation Commission is interested in enlarging the lesser-used back area of the Florida Keys Memorial to attract more visitors there. “For starters, we want to erect a large map,” commission Vice Chair Barbara Edgar told the […]
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Atlantic 5-Day Tropical Weather Outlook

SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 815 AM EDT WED MAY 25 2016 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:1. An area of cloudiness and showers over the western Atlantic Ocean northeast of the Bahamas is associated with the interaction of an upper-level trough and a weakening front. […]
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Shipwrecks – Tree Rings Unveil Caribbean Hurricane History

The U.S. is currently in a decade-long hurricane “drought”: no major hurricanes of category 3 or higher have made landfall in the U.S. since Hurricane Wilma hit Florida in 2005. With damage costs for U.S. hurricanes from 1970 to 2002 estimated at US$57 billion (in 2015 dollars), this landfall drought is fortuitous for coastal communities […]
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Flood-prone Key Largo Neighborhoods to Get Help

Flood-prone neighborhoods could soon rise higher on the road repaving list after county officials told staff last week to make them a priority. At the Oct. 21 Monroe County Commission meeting in Marathon, Kevin Wilson, assistant county administrator in charge of Public Works & Engineering, was given a clear direction to address the flooding in […]
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80 Years Later: Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935

It was 80 years ago, on Sept. 2, 1935, the fiercest storm (even today) to hit North America, came ashore in Islamorada, wreaking death and destruction from Tavernier to Duck Key. The event marks a significant period in the life of the Upper Keys, a time that should never be forgotten. For the 80th anniversary, […]
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Revisiting The Lost Soldiers of 1935 Hurricane

BY JENNY STALETOVICH jstaletovich@MiamiHerald.com Just inside Woodlawn Cemetery off busy Eighth Street, across from an AutoNation Nissan dealership, a granite monument marks the final resting place of 79 U.S. soldiers buried in a mass grave after one of the worst hurricanes to ever strike U.S. shores. The marker, erected by a Miami American Legion Post, is […]
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