When I entered broadcasting back in the early 70s, I was fortunate to train under Tampa Weather Legend Roy Leep. Roy was the Nash of Tampa and many top weather people visited our TV station (WTVT Ch. 13), one being Dr. Robert Simpson who was Director of the NHC. Dr. Simpson, along with civil engineer Herb Saffir, developed the Saffir-Simpson scale to rate hurricanes by Category. The scale has its flaws, but it is still in use today some 40 years later. Robert Simpson was 102 years old.
What a wonderful rainy Friday as the first heavy rainfall in many months soaked both sides of Lake P. The N-Shore saw 2-4”+ while the S-Shore generally was around an inch. It appears our dry pattern of the past several months could be ending as we’ll have another rain chance late Sunday into Monday and then again on Tuesday as a strong cold front will sweep on through the Gulf South. This will make for a very cold Christmas Eve & Christmas morning with a rapid warm up Christmas afternoon. Long range, there are signs of the Arctic Blast returning into the lower 48 for the last week in December and into January. I think we’ll be on the freeze watch many times this coming January. Stay tuned!