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Tracking Florida’s extra-tropical storm system

Southern Florida has been hammered by storms throughout the past 24 hours leading to widespread wind damage and severe flooding.

Some areas of Southern Florida saw radar estimates of over 7" of rainfall all tied to this one system.

If you for some reason found yourself looking at the ABC 17 Stormtrack Doppler Radar, you might have noticed what resembled a hurricane down to the south. This was actually an extra tropical system; you also might be asking yourself what's the difference?

An extra-tropical storm system is very similar to what drives our weather here in Mid-Missouri. It is driven from a cold-core low pressure system as opposed to a tropical storm which is warm-core centered. Fronts are the main driving force behind these cold-core systems. Even though these storm systems are different, hurricane force winds and flooding could be matched at times depending on the environment these cold-core systems pass through.

Many residents of South Florida are now dealing with the damage remaining from these storms. Many roadways remain flooded with downed trees and powerlines causing problems all on their own from high winds.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms.

Chance joined the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February 2021. He is currently the weekday noon meteorologist.


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