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Gainesville man seeks compensation for home destroyed by floodingGainesville man seeks compensation for home destroyed by flooding

Benjamin McLeish
February 2, 2023
Mark Dake has notified the city of Gainesville and Alachua County in December that he is seeking compensation for the destruction of his home, which was flooded during Hurricane Elsa. Dake said he hopes the city or county will take over the property, destroy the home and refrain from building a new home on the ...


2022 ranks as Florida’s fifth warmest year on record2022 ranks as Florida’s fifth warmest year on record

Melissa Feito - FPREN
February 1, 2023
Florida’s climate hit a new record in 2022. According to NOAA, last year marked the fifth hottest year in the state’s recorded history. An unusually warm January followed in the new year, with most weather stations in Florida trending three or four degrees above normal in the past month. Karin Gleason, the monitoring section chief at ...


2022 racked up $165 billion in disaster damages — the third costliest year on record2022 racked up $165 billion in disaster damages — the third costliest year on record

Melissa Feito - FPREN
January 12, 2023
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its annual U.S. Climate assessment Tuesday at the 103rd Annual American Meteorological Society Meeting in Denver, Colorado. From hurricanes to tornados, winter storms to wildfires, the U.S. experienced 18 unique billion-dollar disasters in 2022 totaling $165 billion.


End of week cold front brings risk for severe storms, drop in temperaturesEnd of week cold front brings risk for severe storms, drop in temperatures

Megan Borowski - FPREN
January 10, 2023
Another cold front will approach and pass through the Southeast later this week, and it will pose a multitude of threats for parts of the Sunshine State. Thunderstorms capable of producing damaging straight-line winds are expected over the Panhandle on Thursday, and by Friday, northerly winds will cause temperatures to drop. On Tuesday afternoon, high pressure ...


Audio documentary: Surviving Ian

WUFT News
December 30, 2022
Surviving Ian is a thirty-minute documentary exploring how southwest Florida residents are slowly putting their lives back together after the disastrous storm and highlights some of the few positives emerging from all the destruction.    Stories include a look back on the aftermath of the storm in Southwest Florida, the struggles some residents are having with their ...


Wind chill, freeze alerts expand ahead of bitterly cold holiday weekendWind chill, freeze alerts expand ahead of bitterly cold holiday weekend

Justin Ballard - FPREN
December 23, 2022
Cold weather alerts are in place across much of Florida ahead of the arrival of plunging temperatures in time for the holiday weekend. A powerful cold front is sending much of the nation into a deep freeze Thursday afternoon and that front has the Sunshine State in its path. While wind-whipped snow may not be an ...


Late-week blast of cold air plunges some areas into the teens ahead of the holiday weekendLate-week blast of cold air plunges some areas into the teens ahead of the holiday weekend

Justin Ballard - FPREN
December 22, 2022
A hard freeze is likely across the Panhandle and portions of North Florida Friday night as lows fall into the 20s. (Meteorologist Justin Ballard/Florida Public Radio Emergency Network) A widespread hard freeze is likely in portions of the Panhandle and North Florida Friday night as an Arctic chill arrives before the holiday weekend. The winter solstice is ...


Experts stress cold weather safety ahead of a frigid holiday weekendExperts stress cold weather safety ahead of a frigid holiday weekend

Melissa Feito - FPREN
December 21, 2022
With a cold front expected to hit the east coast this weekend, experts are reminding people of cold weather safety tips ahead of the holidays. An arctic cold front is forecasted to sweep into Florida beginning Friday. The Panhandle and North Florida are expected to see the coldest temperatures, with lows falling below freezing and staying frigid ...


Florida gets several rounds of rain this week and a holiday weekend cold blastFlorida gets several rounds of rain this week and a holiday weekend cold blast

Jeff George - FPREN
December 20, 2022
Two storm systems will bring a lot of wet weather to Florida this week and some very chilly temperatures this weekend. The first weather system brings widespread rain to the Panhandle tonight and tomorrow morning.  That large wave of showers spreads into north Florida and the Peninsula during the afternoon and evening.  No severe weather is ...


After Hurricane Ian, sowing hopeAfter Hurricane Ian, sowing hope

Katie Delk
December 19, 2022
Editor’s note: Katie Delk is a 2022-2023 Florida Climate Institute Fellow reporting a series of articles about the impact of climate change on Florida’s farmers—and how they are adapting. Robert McMahon, in his faded denim jeans and straw hat, edged to the roof in a boom lift, three cows shuffling and chickens cawing underfoot. Once he ...


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