Disasters

Hurricane Michael Insurance Losses Total Almost $4.3 Billion

Florida property and business owners have filed more than 131,000 claims related to damage caused by the storm.

12/14/2018 By Staff

Environment

Hurricane Season Ends

The Atlantic hurricane season ended on Friday with a total of 15 named storms, above the annual average.

12/03/2018 By Staff

Philanthropy

Patterson Foundation Donates $500,000 Toward Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Half will go to help those in regions affected by Hurricane Florence; the other half will help those in regions affected by Hurricane Michael.

10/23/2018 By Staff

Manufacturing

Hurricane Michael's Timber Damage Estimated at $1.3 Billion

The storm affected nearly 3 million acres of forest in 11 counties and also damaged timber processing facilities.

10/22/2018 By Staff

Science

Researchers Still Predicting Below-Average Hurricane Season

Scientists anticipate just one "major hurricane," which refers to a Category 3, 4 or 5 storm, this year.

08/06/2018 By Staff

Disasters

Researchers Reduce Number of Predicted Atlantic Hurricanes

Researchers at Colorado State University are reducing the number of Atlantic hurricanes they are predicting for this year from seven to four.

07/02/2018 By Staff

Tracking Irma

How Cuba Saved Florida From a Category 5 Hurricane

Weather expert Bob Bunting’s presentation shows how close the monster storm came to hitting Sarasota.

07/01/2018 By Bob Bunting

Weather Report

How Weather Shaped Our History

Pam Daniel and Robert Plunket consider the sunshine factor, hurricane havoc, fatal freezes—and more.

06/27/2018 By Pam Daniel and Robert Plunket

A September to Remember

Thanks to Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, There's Never Been a Hurricane Season Like 2017

Though conditions were favorable to storm development all summer, September was the month everything changed.

06/27/2018 By Pam Daniel

Good Day, Sunshine

Major Hurricanes Rarely Hit Our Region. Here’s Why.

Because of the shape of Florida’s land mass and atmospheric factors related to the rotation of the earth, hurricanes tend to make landfall to the south and travel east across Florida, or to curve north and hit the northern Gulf Coast.

06/27/2018 By Pam Daniel

Good Day, Sunshine

Golden Heat Built Our Fortune, Inspired Our Art, Plagued Our Summers and Made Us Who We Are Today

You could argue that everything good that’s happened here has been tied to our glorious weather.

06/27/2018 By Robert Plunket

Climate Catastrophe

A Historian Looks Back at Transformative Florida Weather Events

In the Sunshine State, epic hurricanes and killer freezes have wrecked economies and changed the landscape. Here are some that stand out.

06/25/2018 By Gary R. Mormino

From the Editor

Why Hurricanes Don't Scare Us Away

“Human psychology doesn’t give much weight to low probability with serious consequences.”

06/25/2018 By Susan Burns

Disasters

New State Website Created to Help Businesses Prepare for Hurricanes

The site includes information on resources available to Florida businesses before, during and after natural disasters.

06/08/2018 By Staff

Environment

Sarasota One of America's Cities Most at Risk From Climate Change

Sarasota trails only Miami Beach in a new ranking of American cities most at risk from climate change.

05/24/2018 By Staff

Climate

Free Hurricane Preparedness Workshop Offered

Engineers, insurance industry representatives, emergency management officials, property managers and more will discuss the topic on Thursday, May 17.

05/08/2018 By Staff

Energy

Florida Power & Light Manager to Discuss Lessons Learned From Hurricane Irma

Rae Dowling will outline what FPL learned during and after the hurricane at a Florida Public Relations Association luncheon.

05/03/2018 By Staff

Data

Researchers Predict Above-Average Hurricane Activity

Researchers at Colorado State University estimate the Atlantic region will see a total of 14 named storms this year, including seven hurricanes.

04/06/2018 By Staff

Unity Awards 2018

After Hurricane Maria Devastated Puerto Rico, a Group of Sarasotans Got to Work

The need remains great, and the group has no plans to stop.

01/23/2018 By Anu Varma

Manufacturing

Window and Door Manufacturer's Sales Dip Due to Hurricane Irma

The storm caused a 2 percent drop in PGT Innovations' net sales during the third quarter of this year.

11/02/2017 By staff