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Severe Weather Collage

Local NWS offices have the responsibility of surveying sites which experience significant weather related damage.  The survey team is usually lead by the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) and often includes one or more staff meteorologists.  The team determines the type of damage (i.e. straight-line wind, microburst, tornado) based on the pattern of debris, and the most likely peak wind speed associated with the storm.  In the case of a tornado, the touchdown location is identified, as well as the length and width of track, and the strength based on the Fujita scale (F0 -weakest to F5 - strongest). Beginning in February of 2007, a new "Enhanced Fujita Scale" came into usage. Below are some pictures from recent surveys. If you witness storm damage, either as it is occurring or afterwards, we are interested in your report. Please contact us via telephone (321-255-0212), US Mail (421 Croton Road Melbourne, FL 32935), or by email .

If you are looking for specific spotter reports of storms or storm damage, visit the Local Storm Report Archive at the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

November 2022 Hurricane Nicole
September-October 2022 Hurricane Ian
June 23-24, 2022 Excessive Heat and Record Temperatures June 23-24, 2022
April 11, 2021 Central Florida Squall Line & Winter Park-Oviedo Large Hail Storm
March 6, 2021 Daytona Beach Large Hail Storm
August 18, 2020 North DeLand EF-2 Tornado & Orange City EF-0 Tornado
June 6-7, 2020 Orange, Lake, Volusia County Tornadoes and Wind Damage Events
May 24 - June 6, 2020 Coastal Martin County Heavy Rain & Flash Flood Summary and Rainfall Maps & Tables
May 21, 2020 Hail Event Across East-Central Florida (including large hail in Sanford/Lake Mary)
September 3-4, 2019 Hurricane Dorian
March 27, 2019 Hail Event in Brevard County
September 10-11, 2017 Hurricane Irma
July 7, 2017 Rural Orange/Kissimmee Tornadoes
April 6, 2017 Fort Drum EF2 Tornado
October 6-7, 2016 Hurricane Matthew
September 13, 2016 Grant Valkaria EF0 Tornado (Tropical Low/Julia)
September 1, 2016 Hamlin Grove EF0 Tornado (Tropical Cyclone Hermine)
June 6-7, 2016 Tropical Storm Colin
May 17, 2016 EF1/EF0 Tornadoes Indian River/St. Lucie
January 17, 2016 EF1 Hobe Sound Tornado
July 25, 2014 EF1 Edgewater Tornado
March 29, 2014 EF0 Lake Mary Jane Tornado
February 12, 2014 Cold Front brings severe winds and hail to East Central Florida
January 9, 2014 Severe storm produces wind damage in Hobe Sound
June 6, 2013 Tropical Storm Andrea brings heavy rainfall
April 14, 2013 EF0 Tornadoes strike Viera/Rockledge and Cocoa
March 24, 2013 Severe storms track across Lake, Orange and Brevard
December 10, 2012 Edgewater Tornado
October 26-27, 2012 Hurricane Sandy
August 25-27, 2012 Tropical Storm Isaac
June 23-27, 2012 Tropical Storm Debby
October 29, 2011 EF0 Hobe Sound Tornado
October 18, 2011 EF0 Tornadoes hit Vero Beach and Indiantown
October 7-10, 2011 Columbus Day Weekend Storm (reports)
August 25-26, 2011 Hurricane Irene passes offshore from East Central Florida
March 30, 2011 Widespread wind damage from squall line
January 25, 2011 Severe storms bring wind damage (radar loop)
December 2010 Coldest December on record across East Central Florida
March 28, 2010 EF0 Tornado Brevard County
February 24, 2010 Severe Storms with Large Hail - Martin and southeast St. Lucie counties
January 21-22, 2010 Tornado and Wind Damage from Squall Line
January 2-13, 2010 Record Cold, Freeze and Sleet across East Central Florida
July 24, 2009 Ormond Beach and Port Orange Tornadoes
July 15, 2009 Orange County Tornado
May 19, 2009 Casselberry Tornado
May 18-24, 2009 Flooding and record rainfall across Volusia county and Lake George Boating Tragedy.
April 14, 2009 Squall Line brings severe weather to east-central Florida (radar loop)
August 18-22, 2008

Tropical Storm Fay causes tornadoes, dumps record amounts of rainfall on east-central Florida...

10th Anniversary of Tropical Storm Fay (2018)

March 6, 2008

Stuart/Whitham Field Downburst --gust 97 mph.

February 12, 2008 EF0 tornado developed along the coast between Melbourne/Palm Bay and Satellite Beach around 2:00 PM. (radar loops:  Reflectivity   Velocity )
September 20, 2007 Eustis Tornado  (radar loop)
June 1-2, 2007 Tropical Storm Barry area summary.
February 2, 2007 The Groundhog Day Tornado Outbreak of 2007
December 25, 2006 The Christmas Day Tornado Outbreak of 2006
November 7, 2006 The Election Day Tornadoes of 2006
August 28-31, 2006 Tropical Storm Ernesto passes through the area (radar loop)
April 27, 2006 Port St. John Wildfire
October 23-24, 2005 Hurricane Wilma  (Radar Loop)
slashes through Martin County and affects much of east-central Florida with tornadoes, wind, and flooding.
September 8-9, 2005 Hurricane Ophelia lingers offshore the Space Coast.
August 24, 2005 Hurricane Katrina  brushes the area.
August 4, 2005 Winter Garden storm
February 27, 2005 F-1 Tornado in Palm Bay  (radar loop)
September 26, 2004 Hurricane Jeanne in east-central Florida.
Preliminary Summary Report for Hurricane Jeanne
Selected Radar Images of Jeanne's Passage through central Florida, and much more...
September 4-5, 2004 Hurricane Frances in east-central Florida  (radar loop)
Preliminary Summary Report for Hurricane Frances
Selected Radar Images of Frances' Passage through central Florida, and much more...
August 13, 2004 Hurricane Charley in east-central Florida  (radar loop)
Preliminary Summary Report for Hurricane Charley
Selected Radar Images of Charley's Passage through central Florida, and much more...
August 4, 2004 F0 Tornado in Canova Beach
June 4, 2004 Wind Damage in LaGrange  (radar loop)
April 27, 2004 Microburst in Melbourne
April 8, 2004 Hail & Wind Storms hit Central Florida
September 20, 2003 Deadly Lightning Storm (radar loop)
August 6, 2003 Rockledge Waterspout--Weak Tornado
August 1, 2003 Okeechobee Storm
March 19, 2003 Deltona Storm
January 24, 2003 Cold & Flurries
December 13, 2002 Wabasso Tornado  
November 16, 2002 West Melbourne Microburst
September 4, 2002 Tropical Storm Edouard Summary
August 27, 2002 Port St. Lucie Microburst

July 27, 2002

Ft. Pierce F0 Tornado/Landspout

September 14, 2001

Tropical Storm Gabrielle--Brevard County Tornadoes

June 24, 2001

Indian River County/Sebastian Tornado

May 22, 2001

Osceola County F0 Tornado (radar loop)

March 13, 2001

Volusia County Macroburst/Tornado Survey

July 20, 2000

Leesburg Convective Wind Storm

October 16, 1999

Hurricane Irene Summary

Sep. 14-15, 1999

Hurricane Floyd Summary
Summer 1998 Record Heat Wave

February 22-23, 1998

Central Florida Tornado Outbreak (radar loop)
On February 22, 1998, a massive and powerful weather system approached central Florida from the northwest and Gulf of Mexico.  Later that night, thunderstorms associated with this storm system spawned three tornado-producing supercells, and we've all seen the tragic results.

20th Anniversary Summary of Central Florida Tornado Outbreak (2018)

February 17, 1998

Indialantic Tornado

December 27, 1997

St. Cloud (Lake Toho) Tornado

November 13, 1997

Lake Washington (Melbourne) Tornado

November 2, 1997

New Smyrna Beach Tornado

March 29, 1997

KSC Microburst Survey
October 7, 1996 Tropical Storm Josephine--Edgewater Tornado
May 12, 1996 Okeechobee Tornado
March 31, 1996 Indian River County Hailstorm
March 30, 1996 Severe Weather Outbreak & Cape Canaveral Tornado

March 28, 1996

Possible Volusia County Tornado
August 2, 1995 Hurricane Erin  (radar loop)
November 15, 1994 Tropical Storm Gordon--Barefoot Bay Tornado (radar loops:  reflectivity  velocity)
Jan-Feb & Aug-Sep 1994 SWIFT BOAT I and II Project
Early to mid 90s WSR-88D Hits Early to mid 90s WSR-88D Hits
March 12-13, 1993

March 12-13, 1993 ("Storm of the Century")  (Radar loop)

25th Anniversary of the March 1993 "Storm of the Century"

March 6 & 25, 1992 March 6 & 25, 1992 Hailstorms  March 6 radar loop  March 25 radar loop