Hurricane Information and Resources for Gulfport, Florida
Gulfport, Florida¬†is located on the Boca Ciega Bay off the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storms and Hurricanes are¬†often on the minds of most coastal Florida residents even though they rarely cause any real problems for us. But when we do fall into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) "Cone" of probability for a particular storm, we take notice and begin to prepare for a worst case scenereo, just in case. Local conversations turn towards the named storm and there will always be a mix of those in denial¬†of anything happening and those¬†anticipating the impending doom of a direct hit.¬†In order to stay sensible during the warning period, one may check out the current storm discussion forums on the Central Florida Hurricane website where meteorologist and weather experts share their opinions and knowledge with the public.¬†
How is the Weather in Gulfport?
The weather in Gulfport, Florida is some of the most interesting weather I have experienced. Of course we have the warm sunny days in winter that everybody expects in this part of the world. Snow is very rare, and as someone who lived in the ski towns of Colorado for many years, it makes me laugh when people tell me, "Yes it snows here, in fact about 20 years ago we saw some flakes."
Spring is great and provides many clear sunny days with a crystal blue sky. We get enough rain in the Spring to bring the flowers out, but it is considered our "dry" season.
The Fall is probably my favorite time of the year with¬†nice warm days and quiet cool nights. The air is pure and the ocean breezes make for comfortable evenings.
Summer is Florida's off-season. It is thought by out-of-state people that it is just too hot to be in Florida. Well, it is hot and humid in Florida¬†during the summer, there's no doubt about that. But we have a natural air-conditioner in Gulfport; the Gulf of Mexico. It never gets above the 90s and the air does move around here. I've spent summers in Virginia and the stagnant hot humid conditions there are much more severe than here. Compared to the "Deep South", we are much more comfortable and at worst are nowhere near as bad as places like Washington DC or Richmond, VA¬†where days with 105 degrees with 90% humidity¬†are not uncommon.
We have thunderstorms almost daily¬†in the summer. A typical day starts out nice and fresh with smells of trees and flowers. As the day heats up it starts to get muggy and you will see some puffy white clouds develop. (This is the best time to visit the beach or swim in the Gulf!) As the afternoon progresses the clouds begin to block out the sun at times and the thunderstorms build to spectacular heights. They are a beautiful and powerful natural event! Then in late afternoon or early evening they unleash their force. Lightning, thunder, wind, and rain perform a show of power! I love¬†thunderstorms and I¬†believe them to be one of the gifts of living near the¬†coast. And then all of the sudden they are¬†done and the sun comes out to make a rainbow and settles down into a beautiful sunset. The storms bring the temperatures down so the evenings start out clean and refreshed. What more could you ask!
Thunderstorm in Gulfport, Florida on June 13, 2008. It was intense, but beautiful.¬†