Tropical Storm Debby Breaks Record with Early Debut

An unusually early spate of tropical storms has been keeping forecasters busy this year, and now Tropical Storm Debby, the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, has set a record — this season marks the first time in more than 150 years that so many storms have showed up so early.

"This is first time we've had four tropical storms develop in the Atlantic basin before July 1," said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla.

Tropical Storm Debby roared to life over the Gulf of Mexico and attained tropical storm status late in the afternoon on Saturday, June 23.

The first named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Alberto, appeared on May 19, the earliest debut for a named storm since 2003; Tropical Storm Beryl and Hurricane Chris followed.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday, as slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby brought power outages, heavy flooding, and the prospect of 10 to 20 inches of rain to the Sunshine State.

Debby continued to spin just off the west coast of Florida. A tropical storm warning was in effect for most of Florida's Gulf coast.

While not forecast to reach hurricane strength, Debby is expected to pound Florida with heavy rain for the next few days.

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Comment by Granny Bear on June 27, 2012 at 1:59am
Comment by astrogal50 on June 26, 2012 at 10:15pm

Did torrential rain/flooding regularly cause sinkholes in the past or is this a new phenomenon?  Did a single tropical storm (not a hurricane) frequently cause 20+ tornados before Planet X/Nibiru arrived?

My answer:  No!  Looks like even more evidence of the Wobble.

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... The National Hurricane Center predicted parts of northern Florida could see 25 inches of rain by the time Debby crosses Florida and exits into the Atlantic.

Weather.com noted that 2012 broke the record for the most named storms so early in the Atlantic season. Debby makes four so far, "leapfrogging Dennis from July 5, 2005.

Image: Truck in sinkhole
Alan Youngblood  /  The Ocala Star-Banner via AP
This sinkhole opened up in Salt Springs, Fla., on Monday due to the deluge.

"In an average year, the fourth named storm would have occurred by August 23," it added. "In terms of named storm counts, we're roughly two months ahead of the pace. That said, there is no correlation between a fast start to the season and the degree of activity of the rest of the season."  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47958727/ns/weather/

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