June, 2012

Debby Close to the Coast

June 26th, 2012 at 4:01 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

Tropical Storm Debby is very close to Florida’s western Gulf Coast this afternoon. The tropical storm is very weak, with winds at 40 mph. The main issue is heavy rain for parts of Florida. We expect Debby to continue to track away from our area and weaken to a depression.  We are seeing hot and dry weather in the wake of this system. Our highs this afternoon have been in the mid 90′s. Heat index values are in the 105-110 range!


Debby is Weaker, Moving Away

June 25th, 2012 at 3:18 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

From the FOX 10 STORMtracker Doppler Radar Center… Tropical Storm Debby is slowly moving to the NE at 4 mph in the Gulf of Mexico off Apalachicola, Fl this afternoon. As of 1pm, Debby was located at 29.0N, 85.2W with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm is much weaker today. All Tropical Storm Warnings in our area have been canceled.

The storm is expected to move slowly to the east and make landfall on the west coast of Florida. With this track, the threat to our area will remain much lower.

T.S. Debby is a fairly large system and we will see some impacts here regardless of the exact track. There is a high risk of rip currents along the beaches. Tides are now running about one foot above normal. If you have pictures you’d like to share, send them to ReportIt@fox10tv.com but remember safety first. Check out fox10tv.com for the latest information… We will have a full update on Fox Ten News at 4pm and 5pm.


Animation Rules In June

June 25th, 2012 at 12:26 pm by under The Movie Guru, Uncategorized

This past May of 2012 it was all about The Avengers.  June 2012 would have to go to the ink, the charcoal, the paints, and the CGI that makes up the celluloid imagery that is Movie Animation.  At the begining of the month was saw Dreamworks’ Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted beat out Prometheus and Rock of Ages for the top spot at the Box Office.  Now in comes Disney Pixar Brave - and it has set records being the 13th “Number 1″ opening in a row for the animation powerhouse.  This past weekend Brave & Madagascar 3 took the Number 1 & 2 spots for box office “Big Bucks” – No Whammys here when it comes to delivering a good time at the movies.

Now you ask why are these types of movies always do well – The Answer – KIDS!  It’s Summertime and the kids are out of school on summer vacation.  You have to do something with them … and it’s HOT out there.  A cool movie theater is a great place to be together out of the heat if you can’t get to a pool or the beach.  For us here on the Gulf Coast with T.S. Debby just sitting there adding rough surf making it really not safe to swim right now the movies is a good alternative to entertaining the whole family unit.  One more factor is that Disney Pixar & Dreamworks and other film animators and companies are making films that appeal to the kid at heart that’s in the adults who take their kids to the movies – i.e. all the jokes that characters say in the film that we adults would get but our kids may not fully understand.  They see us laughing so they think it’s funny too and laugh with Mom and Dad.  That’s why comedians do so well voicing these characters.  Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Cedric The Entertainer, just to name a few recent ones on the Big Screen – Animated.

Another major reason they do so well, especially during the Summer Movie Blockbuster Season, is that most R-rated and some PG13-rated films that get released at the same time DON’T appeal to the “kid demographic” which would generate more ticket sales than if you went to those types of movies by yourself if you are 13 years of age and older.  Prime Example …. Myself.  The Movie Guru.  I went to see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – based upon the popular novel – and it wasn’t half bad.  But when I went the audience was mostly teenagers and college student there with me because it was a R-rated movie.  Now this week my niece and I are going to see Madagascar 3 and Disney Pixar Brave.  Two Movies – Two Tickets each – in an audience with other parents and their kids …… More Money Spent (and if you see them in 3D ….. WOW!).   And we haven’t even bought the popcorn, nachos, and sodas yet.

June 2012 is almost in the books and the June 29th Movie Showdown will be Magic Mike vs. Ted.  Two more movies that might not be for the “kid demographic”  but are getting big buzz from critics and test audiences and other blogs besides mine.  I’ll give my previews on those film in my next entry.  For now – if Disney Pixar Brave and Madagascar 3 beats out these two new entries this coming weekend – you now know why.

But Get Ready – JULY 2012 is ONLY ONE WEEK AWAY!  Two Superheroes Will Be Battling For Your Box Office Bucks and Vying For The Movie Of The Year Top Spot – Currently Owned By Marvel’s The Avengers. 

Will The Amazing Spider-Man or The Dark Knight Rises Claim This Title?  Get Your Web-Shooters and Batarangs Ready For “The Movie Showdown Of The Year“.   Are You “Team Parker” or “Team Wayne”?

I’m Marcus Jackson, The WALA / WFNA Resident Movie Guru.  Have Fun With Your Kids Today!  I’ll See You With My Kids At The Movies!  Disney & Dreamworks Will Thank You For It!


Debby Stalled in N’east Gulf

June 24th, 2012 at 9:11 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

Tropical Storm Debby is stationary in the Gulf of Mexico tonight. As of 10pm, Debby was located at 28.3N, 85.9W with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Dry air wrapping in has weakened the storm appearance on satellite imagery.

The forecast remains highly uncertain. The weak steering flow makes for a tricky forecast. The system is expected to move very slowly. The computer models greatly differ in opinion on the track, and changes in the forecast are likely. The forecast track could be anywhere from the MS/AL line to Florida’s Big Bend. The most likely scenario is for the system to track towards the eastern Florida Panhandle. A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama line eastward to Suwannee River, Florida.

T.S. Debby is a fairly large system and we will see some impacts here regardless of the exact track. We do expect the outer rain bands to affect our area through Tuesday. Winds to Tropical Storm force and rough surf will affect the beaches. Tides will run 2-4 feet above normal. There is a high risk of rip currents along the beaches. If you have pictures you’d like to share, send them to ReportIt@fox10tv.com but remember safety first. Check out fox10tv.com for the latest information…


T.S. Debby Slowly Moving

June 24th, 2012 at 5:14 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

 

Tropical Storm Debby is slowly moving to the NE at 4 mph in the Gulf of Mexico off Apalachicola, Fl this afternoon. As of 1 pm, Debby was located at 29.0N, 85.2W with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

We’re finally starting to see some agreement with the models and the National Hurricane Center’s newest track reflects that. Essentially, the storm is expected to crawl to the east for the next few days before making landfall somewhere on the west coast of the Florida Peninsula by Thursday. Obviously, with such weak steering flow this forecast could change again, but the threats to our area will remain minimal.

T.S. Debby is a fairly large system and we will see some impacts here regardless of the exact track. There is a high risk of rip currents along the beaches with red flags flying to warn swimmers away from the water. Also, an occasional squall may affect beaches in the panhandle, and gusty winds will be possible along the coast as well.

We’re closely monitoring the track of Debby. The next advisory on Debby is expected around 4pm CDT.

 


T.S. Debby – Latest Info

June 24th, 2012 at 12:56 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

Tropical Storm Debby continues to slowly strengthen as it drifts northeastward over the central Gulf of Mexico. The storm is currently located at 28.3N 85.9W with Maximum sustained winds of 60 MPH. It is moving n’east at 4 mph.

The forecast is highly uncertain. On the current forecast track, the storm would hit Louisiana by mid-week. The computer models greatly differ in opinion on the track, and changes in the forecast are likely. Other models bring T.S. Debby east towards the Florida peninsula.

T.S. Debby is a fairly large system and we will see some impacts here regardless of the exact track. The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for our coastal counties in Alabama and along the Florida Panhandle. We do expect the outer rain bands to affect our area through Tuesday. Winds to Tropical Storm force and rough surf will affect the beaches. Tides will run 2-3 feet above normal. There is a high risk of rip currents along the beaches. Check out fox10tv.com for the latest information…


Update on Debby, Track is Uncertain

June 24th, 2012 at 12:30 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

It’s a low confidence forecast, as Debby remains in a weak steering environment. The ridge over the central U.S. to possibly steer it west on Monday and Tuesday. This would keep the center of Debby off our coast. On the current forecast track, the storm would hit Louisiana by mid-week. The computer models greatly differ in opinion on the track, and changes in the forecast are likely. Other models bring T.S. Debby east towards the Florida peninsula.

T.S. Debby is a fairly large system and we will see some impacts here regardless of the exact track. The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for our coastal counties in Alabama and along the Florida Panhandle. We do expect the outer rain bands to affect our area through Tuesday. Winds to Tropical Storm force and rough surf will affect the beaches. Tides will run 3-5 feet above normal. There is a high risk of rip currents along the beaches. Check out fox10tv.com for the latest information…


June 24th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

Tropical Storm Debby continues to slowly strengthen as it drifts northeastward over the central Gulf of Mexico. The storm is currently located at 28.0N 86.2W with Maximum sustained winds of 60 MPH. It is moving n’east at 6 mph. We expect the ridge over the central U.S. to possibly steer it west on Monday and Tuesday. This would keep the center of Debby well off our coast. On the current forecast track, the storm would hit Louisiana by mid-week.

However, Debby is a fairly large system and we will see some impacts here. The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for our coastal counties in Alabama and along the Florida Panhandle. We do expect the outer rain bands to affect our area through Tuesday. Winds to Tropical Storm force and rough surf will affect the beaches. Tides will run 2-3 feet above normal. There is a high risk of rip currents along the beaches. Check out fox10tv.com for the latest information…


Tropical Storm Debby Forms in Gulf

June 23rd, 2012 at 4:23 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

Tropical storm Debby has formed in the central Gulf. Presently the storm is at 26.1N 87.5W with 50 mph winds.

TS DebbyTropical Models

There is plenty of confidence that this storm will creep north for the next 36-48 hours into the Northern Gulf… After that forecasting confidence goes down. There are two paths the storm could take; a couple of the models favor it taking a 90 degree turn eastward to the Florida peninsula as a trough picks up the system, the rest of the models see this trough missing the system and high pressure behind the trough pushing the storm due west towards Texas. More models favor the western solution making it the most likely scenario. A couple things to note; the models don’t bring it all the way into our area; and none grow the storm into a hurricane. 

 
If all this holds up Debby will have little impact on our area besides some rough surf and an occasional outer band of scattered rain. Of course we’ll alert you to any changes with this system…

 

 


Update on Gulf Disturbance

June 22nd, 2012 at 8:28 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

From the National Hurricane Center:

SATELLITE IMAGERY AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATE THAT THE
CIRCULATION ASSOCIATED WITH THE LARGE SURFACE LOW PRESSURE AREA
LOCATED ABOUT 100 MILES NORTH OF THE NORTHEASTERN TIP OF THE
YUCATAN PENINSULA HAS CONTINUED TO BECOME BETTER DEFINED. SURFACE
PRESSURES ARE STILL FALLING ACROSS THE AREA…AND SHOWER AND
THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY HAS BEEN STEADILY INCREASING OVER MUCH OF THE
CENTRAL AND EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO TODAY. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN CONDUCIVE FOR A TROPICAL DEPRESSION TO FORM
DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO AS THIS LARGE DISTURBANCE DRIFTS SLOWLY
NORTHWARD. THIS SYSTEM HAS A HIGH CHANCE…80 PERCENT…OF BECOMING
A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. INTERESTS ALONG THE
UNITED STATES GULF COAST SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS
DISTURBANCE THROUGH THE WEEKEND. HEAVY RAINS AND LOCALIZED FLOODING
ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE YUCATAN PENINSULA…WESTERN CUBA…AND
SOUTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SATURDAY.