Our Mission

BayfrontWX.org has one simple objective for it's existence, and that is to bring accurate, comprehensive weather information to residents and visitors in and around Panama City, Florida, Bay County, and the surrounding area. There are important facts that everyone should keep in mind. The staff of BayfrontWX consists of IT and weather enthusiasts; there are no meteorologists on our staff. We rely entirely on information provided by some of the most trusted and well respected sources in the United States. For this reason, we cannot stress enough that no important decisions that could result in harm to people or property should be based solely on information obtained from this website. When receiving weather information always have a backup method such as a battery powered weather radio. BayfrontWX.org is privately owned and operated and is not affiliated with the City of Panama City or with any official local, state, or federal government agency. Refer to your local NWS office for weather related information.

About This Station

BayfrontWX was created in June, 2014, establishing it's presence solely on Weather Underground. The first weather station employed was an AcuRite 5-in-1 Weather Sensor, which was replaced in July, 2011. Since then, there have been several hardware upgrades, as well as an expanding online presence on Facebook, Twitter, and here, at BayfrontWX.org.

Eventually, the station consisted of a Davis Instruments Vue (6537) Integrated Sensor Suite, in combination with a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 Anemometer (6410) and a Davis Instruments Anemometer Transmitter (6332), along with an AmbientCamHD IP camera. Both weather data and video was processed using Brian Hamilton's Weather-Display software.

On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael roared ashore directly over BayfrontWX's location. The storms devastating winds, measured in excess of 155 mile per hour, caused catastrophic damage to the weather station's equipment and facilities. It took nearly 4 months to return the site to an operational status, and on January 26, 2019, the site returned online.

About This City

Originally incorporated in 1909, Panama City is the county seat of Bay County, Florida. Located along US Highway 98, it is the more populated of the two principal cities of the Panama City-Lynn Haven, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 2015 estimated population of over 38,000 makes Panama City the largest city between Florida's capital city, Tallahassee, to the east, and Pensacola to the west.

While the city was founded as an unincorporated settlement named "Floriopolis" in 1906, history books relate how the community became "Park Resort", and then "Harrison", prior to the arrival of developer George Mortimer West in 1909. According to the Panama City Public Library, West hoped to spur real estate development in Bay County during a period of intense popular interest in the construction of the Panama Canal by changing the town's name from Harrison to Panama City, because a straight line between Chicago and the capital of the Central American country of Panama intersected the Florida town.

Panama City and Panama City Beach are the centerpieces of the World's Most Beautiful Beaches. Resorts, hotels, restaurants and a wide array of other attractions greet hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Panama City has a humid subtropical climate, with short, mild winters and long, hot and humid summers. In January, the average low is 42°F (6°C), while in July the average high is 90°F (32°C).

Tourism, however, is not the only industry in the area. Two major military installations, Tyndall Air Force Base and the Navy Support Activity Panama City, make the federal government the area's largest employer, but the area is also home to several major industrial employers, including Gulf Power, Rock-Tenn (formerly Smurfit-Stone Container), Eastern Shipbuilding, and Trane, as well as Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) and Florida State University-Panama City.

For those travelling to the Panama City area, air transportation is available from several domestic airlines. Scheduled commercial flights, and general aviation traffic, may arrive and depart from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (KECP), which is located 20 miles north of the city, or if they do not mind a relatively short drive, travellers may utilize either Tallahassee Regional Airport (KTLH), which is 77 miles east, or the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (KVPS), 60 miles to the west.

About This Website

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