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

Going Naked

This Cortez Resident Lives Without Air Conditioning. Yes, Really.

"We do fine," she says.

06/27/2018 By Pam Daniel

The Weather Man

Bob Harrigan Reflects on Three Decades of Sunshine and Storms

“People come to Florida for the weather. It’s a big factor in what they do every day. It’s also a point of pride—they love to tell friends back home about the weather.”

06/27/2018 By Pam Daniel

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

Storm Watch

Keep Your Eyes on the Gulf of Mexico This Weekend

Tropical Depression 16 is expected to strengthen into Hurricane Nate later this week.

10/04/2017 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Babies

What it Was Like to Work the Mother-Baby Unit During the Hurricane

While Hurricane Irma raged outside, more than 20 women were giving birth at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

09/15/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Irma

Paying it Forward After Hurricane Irma

Chef Judi reminds us that a cold drink or a batch of homemade cookies can make a huge difference in someone's day when times are tough.

09/14/2017 By Judi Gallagher

Irma

Sarasota County Opens "Comfort Stations" to Help Locals Recharge from Irma

You'll find water, air conditioning and phone charging stations at these locations.

09/14/2017 By Megan McDonald

Irma

Social Media App Nextdoor Kept Neighbors Connected During Hurricane Irma

In times of crisis, the Nextdoor social media app brings Sarasotans together.

09/14/2017 By Ilene Denton

Irma

Suncoast Blood Bank Needs Donations

The blood bank is especially in need of platelets.

09/13/2017 By Megan McDonald

Irma

Updated: These Sarasota Restaurants Are Open and Serving Food Post-Irma

Here's a preliminary list—we'll keep it updated throughout the week.

09/13/2017 By Staff

Irma

Holing Up at the Aloft Sarasota During Hurricane Irma

The Aloft Hotel in downtown Sarasota took in Sarasotans—and their furry family members—who were seeking shelter from Hurricane Irma.

09/12/2017 By Susan Burns

Irma

World Rowing Championships a Go After Hurricane Irma

The international rowing races will go on as planned thanks to minimal damage from Hurricane Irma.

09/12/2017 By Megan McDonald

Irma

Why Sarasota Lucked Out With Hurricane Irma

Weather Underground's Jeff Masters—a former NOAA Hurricane Hunter—shares his insight.

09/12/2017 By David Hackett

Irma

Riding Out the Storm at the Sarasota Magazine Office

It felt safe and scary at the same time.

09/12/2017 By Kay Kipling