It’s August already and there really hasn’t been much to chase when it comes to waterspouts or even just lightning photography here in the Florida Keys. The two previous seasons were very slow, with low number of waterspouts sighted. This year, we’ve had a couple of good days in May but that has been just about it.
Now during the past few days, as the remnants of Tropical storms Emily are passing to the east of Florida, a very weak low level flow has set up here in the Keys and we were able to photograph a waterspout early this morning, and also another one late this afternoon. Unfortunately, both of these waterspouts were very short lived and lasted less than ten minutes.
Perhaps August and September will bring more storms, cloud lines and waterspouts as our wet season has only about fifty days and nights left here in south Florida.
It has been a very slow start to our typical wet/waterspout season so far. Persistent dry conditions in Florida Keys and south Florida mean much below normal rainfall and extreme drought conditions in the Keys.
South Florida mainland has been getting some nice thunderstorms due to the seabreeze action most afternoons, but we’ve hardly seen a rain cloud here in the Keys. It is quite unusual for mid June, but it’s weather.
There have been no good setups for waterspout chase yet. Perhaps this upcoming week the things can change to a bit more rainy pattern, so far the deep moisture has been stuck down in the Caribbean.
It so happens every Spring that just about last week in May brings a first, very unstable day when a waterspout outbreak happens somewhere in the Florida Keys. It is when the upper portions of atmosphere are still somewhat cold and there is a lot of heating going on near the surface.
We can only guess which day this occurs but it usually signals the arrival of a wet season and amazing few months of daily summer time thunderstorms, marine showers and waterspouts… We are only about two months away from this time of year as spring break is already here.
Seems like this spring so far has been similar to a 2007 season which would mean there should be a nice setup coming up for this summer and waterspout activity although it’s just a guess and only time and our persistence will show how successful we will be at intercepting waterspouts up close during the next several months.
Finishing some last minute projects and will be ready to get out there and catch some large waterspouts for the most incredible waterspout footage up to date!
Well, the 2011 is here and it’s only a few months of busy preparations before we fully engage the summer season of 2011. As usual, the hopes are high. Lot of chasing last two seasons didn’t bring the results we expected but the chase goes on. This will be a third year of full on chasing with several ultimate goals when it comes to waterspouts and summer time ocean/coastal storms in general. The previous two years didn’t favor any decent periods of storminess in general here in south Florida but hopefully the pattern is about to change for better. We’ll be ready mid May to go out there and bring the results on here in form of some incredible waterspout video footage. Soon I will post some photos of the ongoing preparations for the upcoming waterspout season.
With cool November being here, its safe to say the wet season is over. This past Summer has experienced one of the slowest wet seasons when it comes to waterspout occurrence here in the Florida Keys. Looking back it seems the first three weeks of June marked the ideal pattern for waterspout development yet sightings and reports were few. We’ve got six long months to go before the next wet season starts here in south Florida.
A waterspout boat chase feature video.