A Digital Archive of Significant West central and southwest Florida weather events to improve the public's response to future warnings
The NWS Tampa Bay Area office has a wealth of record books, original weather maps, news articles, and photos of major past events. Most of the material is in poor condition but has now been preserved in electronic format. The historic significant weather events were divided into four categories: hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and freezes. The preserved records, now posted on the office's Web site, can serve as a historic reference for the public, media, and emergency planners, and a reminder to complacent residents that they have not experienced the worst that can occur. It is our hope that a better knowledge of the past will result in improved responses to future weather warnings.