This is not a test. Hide your family. Sell all of your belongings for canned food and weaponry. Prepare yourself for utmost destruction. The year's first tropical disturbance is churning just off the coast of Florida, and the time has come to PANIC! Wait, what's that? It's basically just a big rain ... More >>
Compared to the miles-wide F5 monsters that roar across the Kansas and Nebraska plains, Florida's tornadoes are usually quaint little dust devils that pop up momentarily and never get the space to grow into city-destroying catastrophes. Yet it's the Sunshine State's mini-twisters that are the deadl ... More >>
It's been nine years since the double-whammy of Katrina and Wilma walloped Miami, and the Magic City has coasted through every hurricane season since without a scratch. Most weather experts have predicted more of the same this year, with another strong El Niño system tamping down tropical storms. ... More >>
Prior to yesterday, most Floridians' experience with the Richter scale was limited to the former Universal Studios attraction, Earthquake: The Big One. At around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a rare, 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck outside Cuba leaving residents of the seismically stable country -- and ... More >>
Have you noticed there haven't been any hurricanes this year? It's hard to miss a palm tree floating down the middle of Collins Avenue, but there hasn't even been a 'cane that's petered out in the middle of the Atlantic. Are you now realizing an alarming absence of those awesome local TV news segmen ... More >>
Tropical Storm Chantal was pronounced dead today at approximately 4:40 p.m. after dissipating in the Caribbean Sea about 260 miles south of Cuba. So all you relatively newly arrived folk who haven't gone through this hundreds of times before can all stop freaking out. Though, Chantal's remnants co ... More >>
It's the first Monday of hurricane season, which means all across the Sunshine State thousands are heading into work with the vague feeling they've forgotten something important (PSSST! Hurricane supplies, people. Specifically: vodka and board games.). Well, here's a kick in the ass to get that kit ... More >>
Hurricane Sandy isn't expected to make landfall in Florida, but the storm will still be annoying as the outer bands hit the southeastern part of the state throughout the day.Miami-Dade is under a tropical storm warning, meaning a lot of rain and wind are expected. The conditions are forecasted to la ... More >>
The worst of Tropical Storm Isaac has officially blown through the Keys and into the Gulf this morning, though its sloppy remains are still drenching Dade. Riptide's storm experts have begun tallying the damage Isaac wrought in Florida: 80,000 or so without power, minor flooding here and there, and ... More >>
It's only fitting that on the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, there's a storm brewing out in the Caribbean (with another one nipping at Isaac's ankles). It is fiercely debated whether Hurricane Andrew was the worst natural disaster in American history. At the time, the Category 5 hurricane tha ... More >>
If you're like us at Riptide, your eyes have been rolling all morning watching NBC 6, CBS 4, Local 10, and WSVN make fools of themselves reporting on the "awful" conditions brought by Tropical Storm Isaac. Yeah, there's been some rain and wind, and Miami even experienced some brownouts last nig ... More >>
It's happening, people! Southern Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys are under a hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Isaac keeps moving northwest at 17 mph. The northern part of the county remains under a hurricane warning.The latest NOAA update has the storm making landfall in Cuba with max sustained win ... More >>
Riptide's crack meteorological team has just issued this update on Tropical Storm Isaac: 09:17:00 AM EST Due to favorable wind shear and hot ocean temps, by Monday TS Isaac is expected to rage with the devastating power of ten thousand nuclear bombs. It will personally find your house, smash each in ... More >>
Between the cash-hungry strip clubs, the prime-time Rick Scott speech, and the 50,000-plus conservatives and 20,000 protestors squaring off, Tampa is already going to be one insane circus from hell next week. The only thing that could possibly make the Republican National Convention better would be ... More >>
Congratulations! You survived Emily, Irene, Rina, and all those other storms that threatened to come near us, yet never did. Yes, we've endured another hurricane season, and we won't even have to think about any possible category fives until next June.
Crack reporter Dan Rather rockin' out like a freakin' hurricane.One of the biggest drags about living in South Florida is the fact that we don't experience a change of season. Save one ... The dreaded hurricane season. It's bad enough we can't look forward to the leaves changing colors. Or bein ... More >>
"We are the most vulnerable metropolitan area in the world when it comes to sea level rise," says University of Miami professor Harold Wanless. Sitting in his office, the avuncular geologist paints a bleak picture. Global warming is a fact, and the results are already visible: hurricanes are gett ... More >>
It's been a strange week for Miami Heat star-turned-executive Alonzo Mourning. He was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident, with the other driver filing a lawsuit. He then hosted his annual Zo's Summer Grove charity weekend only to have Dave Chappelle involved in a metaphoric on-stage car ... More >>
Michael E. MillerHaitian president Michel "Sweet Micky" MartellyHurricane season starts tomorrow. And while South Florida is again bracing for the big one, nearby Haiti is still dangerously behind schedule after last year's devastating earthquake.Last summer the still-grieving country escaped the ... More >>
Miami's least favorite time of year, Hurricane Season, kicks off officially on June 1st, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above average Atlantic season with as many as 18 named storms, ten hurricanes and six major hurricanes.
Just a year after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf and just in time for Earth Day there are reports of oil washing up on the beach at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne. Oil has also been spotted on the shores of John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania Beach.
Last chance to sue Transocean, at least until the next environmental disaster.Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 rig workers and released 206 million gallons of crude into the ocean. And while the oil spill undoubtedly ... More >>
We don't need to remind you of the terrible ordeals currently facing the nation of Japan. The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami destroyed large sections of the island's northeastern coast, leaving tens of thousands dead or missing. And as if that wasn't catastrophic enough, workers are s ... More >>
via Flickr BlatantNews.comRadiation in your food and water? Fuggedahboutit!Due to devastation caused by the Tsunami that recently hit Japan, the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is leaking radiation. It might not sound like a big deal to us, except for the fact that said radiation is traveling all t ... More >>
With Japan on the brink of a devastating meltdown, nuclear power is coming under increased scrutiny around the globe. We talked to Jupiter-based Thomas Saporito, a former instrument control technician and safety whistleblower at nuclear power plants in Florida, Arizona, and Texas. Saporito now wo ... More >>
Entourage hottie, Adrian Grenier, is putting his celebrity to good use. He, Oceana, GQ's Gentlemen Fund, and Nautica have joined forces to fight extermination of the bluefin tuna in the Atlantic. The population of these huge creatures has been reduced by nearly 82 percent as a result of overfishin ... More >>
Taint gone: the oil spill is with us for years to come, whether we like it or notYesterday scientists at the University of California, San Francisco published a report on the dangers to humans and wildlife still posed by the gigantic Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. To the cha ... More >>
Paula NiñoDuncan and Shipman prepare pork buns and Asian burritos in the Oil Spill (test) Kitchen Michelle Duncan and boyfriend David Shipman have been talking about owning a food truck for a while. When not working in the kitchen at Morgan's Restaurant, the couple of Le Cordon Bleu grads spends ... More >>
via National Hurricane CenterThe Cone of Panic! Cue the breathless local TV announcers and the runs on milk, bread, and stout whiskey at Publix: Miami is officially in line to get hit with its first tropical storm of the season.The National Hurricane Center just issued a tropical storm warning fo ... More >>
As you can see above, a pretty solid freak-out hit Duval Street yesterday when upwards of 50 tar balls turned up in the ocean and on beaches around Key West. But not to worry! Turns out these floating blobs of disgusting petroleum didn't come from the massive BP gusher in the Gulf. Which is, we gu ... More >>
Photo by Jacquelynn D. PowersEmeril Lagasse addresses the Gulf Coast oil spill. While New Orleans is still reeling from Hurricane Katrina, this latest Gulf Coast oil spill is not helping matters much. Local fisheries and fishermen are preparing to be shut down by the encroaching oil. Clearly, thi ... More >>
via The AwlHeaded to a beach near you?The devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has concerned us, but we didn't think it would actually reach the beaches of Miami and other east coast shores. However, a University of Florida oceanographic engineer says that the east coast of Florida is at g ... More >>
Forecaster predicts an "above normal" Hurricane season in 2010, with about two or three hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. [Herald]Florida is number three in total foreclosure filings. [Herald]And here's another cherry stat: Unemployment in Florida is at an all-time high of 11.9 percent. [CBS4]A ... More >>
A woman perishes in a collision with an Indian leader's kin. Her family cries coverup.
From a local standpoint, the recently concluded hurricane season seemed to be a non-event, but less lucky locales such as Cuba and Haiti got hit hard by strong storms. Overall, it was an above average season, and next year is shaping up to follow in its path. A well-respected Colorado State Universi ... More >>
New Orleans artists take to the road for a rebound
Hurricane season howls again
Aim giant fans toward the ocean. Irrigate Africa. Fire NOAA. And other paranoid rants from the feds' conceptually challenged file.
Destruction. Upheaval. Change. Rebirth. In the two years since Hurricane Andrew, Biscayne National Park has had to learn an entirely new vocabulary
Six weeks into hurricane season, and barely a sprinkle. Forget the so-called weather experts, it's time for some real forecasting.