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weather-forecast-image-249x187Beautiful Weather Expected Behind Cold Front… Mostly Sunny Skies Will Accompany Seasonal Temperatures…

charlie-creel-swearing-in-249x187Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel swore in and provided credentials to WCSO deputies, detention deputies, Public Service Officers and reserve deputies Wed., Jan. 9 at River of Life Church in Crawfordville.

weather-forecast-image-249x187Unseasonably Warm Temperatures through the Week… Mostly Sunny Conditions throughout the Peninsula…

candy-flavored-tobacco-249x187On Nov. 5, 2012 The Wakulla County BOCC adopted an ordinance that goes into effect Feb. 1, 2013 restricting the selling or distribution of flavored tobacco products at stores that sell to minors.

In this update:

Severe weather outbreak possible on Christmas Day continuing into Wednesday Morning



An energetic and strong storm system will move across the Southern Rockies today and near the Western Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday morning.  As this system quickly moves eastward across the Mid South, numerous showers and thunderstorms will develop in the increasingly unstable airmass across the Southeast. 

Initially, some of these storms could be strong to severe on Tuesday afternoon, but the bulk of the severe weather threat is likely to be late Tuesday evening and into the overnight hours, finally ending on Wednesday.

As is typical with storm systems that affect our part of the country this time of year, wind shear with this storm system is very strong and would support the formation of severe storms if enough instability is present.  At this time, however, it is still uncertain how much moist unstable air will return northward out of the Gulf of Mexico. 

Should it become warmer and more moist than currently indicated in many of the computer models, a significant severe weather outbreak would be possible across our region.

Threat Area:  7 am EST Tuesday to 7 am EST Wednesday


The Storm Prediction Center has placed the western two-thirds of our forecast area within a slight risk area for severe weather for Tuesday into Wednesday.  Probabilities for severe weather are lower further to the east across South-central Georgia and into the Florida Big Bend through 7 am EST Wednesday.  However, after 7 am EST Wednesday the slight risk has been expanded eastward to cover the remainder of the forecast area as shown below.

Also, although the primary threat for severe weather will be associated with the squall line, a secondary threat for isolated tornadoes will be possible across far western portions of the forecast area as indicated by the “hatched” region in the top right diagram.

Threat Area:  After 7 am EST Wednesday


Based on the latest forecasts, showers and thunderstorms will increase on Tuesday morning and into the early afternoon hours as a warm front retreats further northward. 

Later Tuesday evening and into the overnight hours, the severe weather threat will increase, as a strong cold front approaches from the west with a squall line.  This squall line will likely be the primary severe weather event and be capable of producing damaging straight line winds in excess of 60 mph and isolated tornadoes.

The severe weather threat will completely end once the cold front passes through the area during the day on Wednesday.

Impacts and Summary:

There is potential for severe weather across the region starting on Tuesday afternoon and continuing through Wednesday morning.

The greatest severe weather threat is across Southeast Alabama and into the Florida Panhandle

Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are the main threats with this system.

You can view a very descriptive video here of the latest predictions on the storm:

If you have any questions, please give our office a call at 850-942-8833 or on our toll free line at 800-598-4562 and ask to speak to a meteorologist.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SevereWeather-image-249x187In the link below, you will find a briefing packet outlining the threats related to the upcoming frontal system set to impact the region on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

house-fire-12-12-1-249x187Wakulla County Fire Rescue responded to a report of a house fire at 11:17 a.m. Sunday morning, December 16, 2012.

severe-weather-possible-graphic-249x187It looks like we will see increasing showers and thunderstorms Monday as a weak upper system skirts by the region.

weather-forecast-image-249x187Showers and Storms Possible For Much of the State Tuesday and Wednesday…

Wakulla-county-logo-new-2012-125The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners has received notification from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that the 90-day appeal period of its revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Wakulla County will begin on December 6, 2012.

outdoor-campfire-image-smiling-faceFlorida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service are encouraging Floridians to be cautious with outdoor fire while enjoying time with friends and family this holiday season.

weather-forecast-image-249x187Above Normal Temperatures Expected to Continue Statewide This Week…

the-flu-image-249x187Crawfordville—The Wakulla County Health Department (WCHD) today confirmed a death related to the influenza virus.

st-marks-powder-crewWakulla County Sheriff Donnie Crum recognized three members of the St. Marks Powder (SMP) crew as local heroes Thursday, Nov. 29.

weather-forecast-image-249x187Mostly Sunny and Dry Conditions throughout the State the Rest of the Week…

EDDIE-EVANS-AND-FSAWakulla County Sheriff Donnie Crum recognized Assistant State Attorney Eddie D. Evans with a Distinguished Service Award for contributing to the Florida Sheriff’s Association for 25 years.

holiday-work-249x187The Department of Economic Opportunity Labor Market Institute recently released the local and state unemployment figures for October 2012.

fl-dep-logo-150TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is expanding its efforts to restore Silver Springs and Kings Bay by finalizing restoration goals and committing $2.5 million to water quality improvement projects.

house-fire-image-249x87Two Wakulla County residential homes were destroyed following house fires during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 21, according to Wakulla County Sheriff Donnie Crum.

weather-graphic-11-21-2012Mostly Dry and Pleasant Conditions Statewide this Week…

Birds-flying-in-249x187The weather has been getting cooler and that usually heralds the arrival of our young whooping cranes, migrating south!

weather-forecast-image-249x187Chilly Temperatures and Gloomy Overcast Skies Expected this Weekend…

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