It will zig-zag all over the place by going up, down, sideways, forwards and backwards. TECO Energy, Tampa’s electric utility, spends over millions of dollars annually to repair transformers and other equipment damaged by lightning strikes,” reports Wikipedia. The Tampa Bay Vipers play in the second edition of the XFL. The City Council is a legislative body served by seven members. Petersburg", "How the Toronto Raptors landed in Tampa", "(NCAA Div. With 22 fire stations, the department provides fire and medical protection for Tampa and New Tampa, and provides support to other departments such as Tampa International Airport, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and MacDill Air Force Base 6th Medical Group. Three[which?] The Lightning lost the Eastern Conference Final in 2011 in 7 games against the eventual champion Boston Bruins. The city is home to the main campus of the University of South Florida (USF), a member of the State University System of Florida founded in 1956. They are now part of the American Athletic Conference. [171] Southern Technical College is a private two-year college that operates a campus in Tampa. Bayshore Boulevard runs along the bay and is east of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood. The South and North Poles and the oceans get fewer lightning strikes. After decades of trying to lure an existing Major League Baseball franchise, the Tampa Bay area finally gained a team in 1998, when the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays began play at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Think about what runs into and all around the inside of your house. [109] As of 2010, Tampa residents faced a decline in rent of 2%. Tampa is bordered by two bodies of water, Old Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Bay, which flow together to form Tampa Bay, which in turn flows into the Gulf of Mexico. The name may have come from the Calusa language or possibly, the Timucua language. [148], Tampa was also home to the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League. Limited transportation by privately operated "Neighborhood Electric Vehicles" (NEV) is available, primarily in Downtown Tampa and Ybor City. There are copper telephone wires running to every phone jack, again from a utility pole or some other metal box on your street. The Tampa Bay Titans play in The Basketball League (TBL). [15][16] Tampa Bay was labeled Bahía de Espíritu Santo (Bay of the Holy Spirit) in the earliest Spanish maps of Florida, but became known as B. Tampa (Bahía Tampa or Tampa Bay) as early as 1576. John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island. Petersburg.[173]. [116][117][118][119] WWE's former developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, was also based in Tampa. In 2004, the team won their first Stanley Cup by defeating the Calgary Flames in 7 games. [122] A Tampa Cuban sandwich is distinct from other regional versions, as Genoa salami is layered in with the other ingredients, likely due to the influence of Italian immigrants living next to Cubans and Spaniards in Ybor City.[123][124]. The Rowdies made the USL Championship Final for the first time in 2020, though it was cancelled due to COVID-19.[159][160]. A border patrol agent was struck by lighting back in 2005 while he and his partner were responding to a car accident near the border. "St. Petersburg, FL: St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE)", Research and Innovative Technology Administration, "Sarasota/Bradenton, FL: Sarasota/Bradenton International (SRQ)", Tampa Port Authority: General Cargo Facilities, Ports America Berths. Many business offices began moving away from the traditional downtown office building into more convenient neighborhood office plazas. Scientists estimate that we see about 16,000,000 thunderstorms around the world every year, and the United States alone averages about 22.5 million flashes of cloud-to-ground lightning in a typical year. The Rowdies were an immediate success, drawing good crowds and winning Soccer Bowl '75 in their first season to bring Tampa its first professional sports championship. You should also watch for falling debris from damaged chimneys, shingles or walls. [11] It is on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico. Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. Other Tampa landmarks include the Tampa Riverwalk, which is a 2.6-mile-long (4.2 km) open space and pedestrian trail development along the Hillsborough River, and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. That’s a little nerve-wracking when you consider that a single bolt of lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and packs enough electricity that a direct strike to your body can stop your heart before you have time to react,” according to Mentalfloss.com. The Tampa Bay Mutiny were the first MLS Supporters' Shield winner and had much early success beginning in 1996. The last widespread freeze occurred on the morning of January 18, 2018, when the official temperature at Tampa International Airport dropped to 29 °F (−2 °C). Lightning has no mass and defies the laws of gravity. Afternoon thundershowers occasionally intensify into a severe thunderstorm, bringing heavy downpours, frequent lightning, strong straight-line winds, and sometimes hail.[56]. In addition to Ybor, the areas of Seminole Heights and South Tampa are known for their restaurants. In 2009, the new Frank Wildhorn musical Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure hosted its world premiere at the Straz Center. Three motor vehicle bridges cross Tampa Bay to Pinellas County from Tampa city limits: the Howard Frankland Bridge (I-275), the Courtney Campbell Causeway (SR 60), and the Gandy Bridge (U.S. 92). During the summer, west-central Florida receives as much lightning as the world’s true lightning … That title actually belongs to the African country of Rwanda, which has 2 1/2 times the lightning strikes we have in Florida. Greco, J., Henriquez, F., Freedman, S. (1993). There are also many Colombian, Puerto Rican, Vietnamese and barbecue restaurants. of the area's hospitals were ranked among "America's best hospitals" by US News and World Report. Tampa is rated sixth on Maxim magazine's list of top party cities.[115]. But it's doesn't rank very high overall: It's No. The Civil War ended in April 1865 with a Confederate defeat. Interstate 75 runs along the east side of town for much of its route through Hillsborough County until veering to the west to bisect New Tampa. [108] Many of the new downtown developments were nearing completion in the midst of a housing market slump, which caused numerous projects to be delayed or revamped, and some of the 20 projects TDP lists have not broken ground and are being refinanced. As of 2000, the largest European ancestries in the city were German (9.2%), Irish (8.4%), English (7.7%), Italian (5.6%), and French (2.4%).[87]. It travels great distances, sometimes as much as 70 miles! 79 - Foreign Trade Zone Regulationsr", RUNNING OUT OF ROOM? The Children's Museum of Tampa opened in 1986. The per capita income for the city was $26,522. Busch Gardens Tampa is a 335-acre (1.36 km2) Africa-themed park near the University of South Florida. “Though the Tampa Bay area is sometimes referred to as the “Lightning Capital of the World”, it is more accurately called the “Lightning Capital of North America” if measured by average number of days with thunderstorm activity per year. [152][153] However, over a decade later, rivalry between Tampa and St. Petersburg and the challenges of financing a new ballpark has kept the Rays playing in Tropicana Field. It was created in response to the need for informal cultural and learning environment for the need of young children. A Spanish map of 1757 renamed Tampa Bay as "San Fernando". Not returned separately by enumerators in 1860. [183], Uceta Rail Yard on Tampa's east side services CSX as a storage and intermodal freight transport facility. [51], The University of South Florida was established in North Tampa in 1956 and opened for students in September 1960. They also won American League East titles in 2008 and 2010 under manager Joe Maddon before slipping back in the standings. East Tampa, historically a mostly black community, was the scene of several race riots during and for some time after the period of racial segregation, mainly due to problems between residents and the Tampa Police Department. Tampa grew considerably as a result of World War II. The Law Center houses the Tampa branch of Florida's Second District Court of Appeal. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males. since 2008 in just orange, seminole and osceola counties there have been on average 73,000 lightning strikes each … It appears in the Cars and Planes series. 1850 census population included Fort Brooke, which was located outside the municipal limits. Notable structures include El Centro Español de Tampa, Centro Asturiano de Tampa and other social clubs built in the early 1900s. [48], Profits from the bolita lotteries and Prohibition-era bootlegging led to the development of several organized crime factions in the city. [13] As of 2018, Tampa's annual growth rate is 1.63%.[14]. “If your home is hit directly by lightning, your immediate concern should be for any fires that may have been ignited. During the summer, west-central Florida receives as much lightning as the world’s true lightning leaders such as the Lake Victoria region of Africa and the central Amazon River Basin. The Bolts were Eastern Conference champions in 2015, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Finals. However, the club folded in 2001 when local ownership could not be secured mainly due to a financially poor lease agreement for Raymond James Stadium. [80], The Story of Tampa, a public painting by Lynn Ash, is a 4-by-8-foot (1.2 m × 2.4 m) oil on masonite mural that weaves together many of the notable aspects of Tampa's unique character and identity. Tampa has hosted four Super Bowls: Super Bowl XVIII (1984), Super Bowl XXV (1991), Super Bowl XXXV (2001), and Super Bowl XLIII (2009). At the end of the war, MacDill remained as an active military installation, while the auxiliary fields reverted to civilian control. [185] Petroleum and phosphate are the lead commodities, accounting for two-thirds of the 37 million tons of total bulk and general cargo handled by the port in 2009. [163], The University of Tampa Spartans compete in 20 sports at the NCAA Division II level in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). At the time of European contact in the early 16th century, the Safety Harbor culture dominated the area, with indigenous peoples organized into three or four chiefdoms around the shores of the bay. It boasts over 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2) of exhibits through 12,000 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.3 males. [47], Beginning in the late 19th century, illegal bolita lotteries were very popular among the Tampa working classes, especially in Ybor City. The real damage can come from lightning traveling through conductive surfaces like wires and pipes in your home. In addition to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, which is "host wing" for the base, MacDill is also home to Headquarters, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the 927th Air Refueling Wing, Headquarters, United States Marine Forces Central Command (USMARCENT), Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command Central (USSOCCENT), and numerous other military activities of the active and reserve components of the armed forces. [95] There is a Korean Baptist church,[96][97] a Mennonite church, several Haitian churches, and a Vietnamese Baptist Church. How Lightning Works; The Tampa area is home to a number of museums that cover a wide array of subjects and studies. With the establishment of an independent U.S. Air Force in 1947, MacDill Field became MacDill Air Force Base. [29] Fort Brooke was established in January 1824 at the mouth of the Hillsborough River on Tampa Bay, in Downtown Tampa. As of 2010, there were 157,130 households, out of which 13.5% were vacant. Tampa and its surrounding suburbs are host to over 20 hospitals, four trauma centers, and multiple Cancer treatment centers. [31], Florida became the 27th state on March 3, 1845. [75], Downtown Tampa as seen from Bayshore Boulevard, Fountains at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, The Sulphur Springs Water Tower, a landmark in the Sulphur Springs section of the city, stands 214 feet tall and was built by Grover Poole in the late 1920s. Including L'Unione Italiana or the Italian Club, at 1731 East 7th Avenue in Ybor City. [88], Communities of faith have organized in Tampa from 1846, when a Methodist congregation established the city's first church,[89] to 1939, when a 21-year-old Billy Graham began his career as a spiritual evangelist and preacher on downtown's Franklin Street,[90] and through to today. the highest and lowest temperature readings during an entire month or year) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010. Phosphate and commercial fishing exports could be sent north by rail,[44] and many new products were brought into the Tampa market, along with the first tourists. During a thunderstorm, it is important to not be near running water and electrical devices. THPLS operates 25 libraries throughout Tampa and Hillsborough County, including the John F. Germany Public Library in Downtown Tampa. Your peace of mind is important to our family! [60] However, all three storms turned to the east and made landfall in southwest Florida instead. Shriners Hospitals for Children is based in Tampa. Perhaps the most well known and anticipated events are those from Tampa's annual celebration of "Gasparilla", particularly the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, a mock pirate invasion held since 1904 in late January or early February. Lightning is an underestimated killer. Except for two cannons displayed on the University of Tampa campus, all traces of the fort are gone.[40]. [citation needed]. Several Major League baseball teams conduct spring training in the area, and most also operate minor league teams in the Class-A Florida State League. The Bandits made the playoffs twice in their three seasons under head coach Steve Spurrier and drew league-leading crowds to Tampa Stadium, but the team folded along with the rest of the USFL after the 1985 season. This, as far as I know, is the most interesting thing that Tampa has going for itself. Along with the city's freeways, major surface roads serve as main arteries of the city. There were only five teams during the 2017 season, after which the Storm's ownership group suspended operations. North America has 53; South America has 67 and Oceania has 10. Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (PDF) (Report). This growth spurred expansion of the city's highways and bridges, bringing thousands into the city and creating opportunities for Tampa business owners, who welcomed the influx of tourists and new residents. The Hillsborough River flows into Hillsborough Bay, passing directly in front of Downtown Tampa and supplying Tampa's main source of fresh water. The current mayor is Jane Castor, who took office on May 1, 2019. The major daily newspaper serving the city is the Tampa Bay Times, which purchased its longtime competition, The Tampa Tribune, in 2016. [145] The hiring of Tony Dungy in 1996 started an improving trend that eventually led to the team's victory in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 under coach Jon Gruden. The design for the renovated Tampa Museum of Art displays post-modern architecture, while the city hall and the Tampa Theatre belong to Art Deco architecture. [61], Because of tremendous population growth and coastal development since the last hurricane strike combined with rising sea levels due to climate change, Tampa and the entire Tampa Bay area is considered one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to a direct hit from a major storm. [155] Due to the COVID-19 shortened season, 16 teams made the playoffs, so the Rays had to play a best of 3 series against the division rival Toronto Blue Jays in the first round where they swept the visitors in two games at Tropicana Field. After his death in 1954 from cancer, control passed to his son, Santo Trafficante Jr., who established alliances with families in New York City and extended his power throughout Florida and into Batista-era Cuba. 234 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 ™, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. Completed in 1973, it was the tallest skyscraper in Tampa until the completion of One Tampa City Center in 1981. There are a number of institutions of higher education in Tampa. By 1900, over 10,000 immigrants had moved to the neighborhood. A significant majority of the civil service and contractor personnel are, in fact, themselves retired career military personnel. [36][37][38] On June 30, 1862, the gunboat USS Sagamore sailed into Tampa Bay and opened fire on Fort Brooke, which returned fire. The city also has 147 high-rises,[74] second only to Miami in the state of Florida. Two of these auxiliary fields would later become the present-day Tampa International Airport and St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Thunderstorms: The ‘Stormiest’ Places in The U.S.A. and the World June normally marks the beginning of the monsoon season in America’s Southwest and some areas may expect to … The New York Yankees conduct spring training in Tampa, and the Tampa Tarpons play there in the summer. Tampa is also a seasonal port for Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, as well as Royal Caribbean International's MS Rhapsody of the Seas and MS Radiance of the Seas. By Blitzortung.org and contributors. [129] Cruise itineraries from Tampa include stops in the Western Caribbean islands, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico. [149][150] They played at Tampa Stadium, which hosted the 1984 USFL Championship Game.[151]. 232.52 lightning flashes per square kilometer per year. [35], In 1861, the Union Navy set up a blockade around many southern ports to cut off the Confederacy. Ybor City's factories rolled their first cigars in 1886, and many different cigar manufacturers moved their operations to town in ensuing years. Generally, the city is divided into the following areas: Downtown Tampa, New Tampa, West Tampa, East Tampa, North Tampa, and South Tampa. For U.S. Census purposes, Tampa is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Occasional cold fronts push through the area during the season, usually bringing a brief period of rain followed by daytime highs in the 50s °F (10–13 °C) and nighttime lows near 40s (5 C) for a day or two. The Florida Aquarium is a 250,000 sq ft (23,000 m2) aquarium in the Channel District. We’re so used to thunderstorms that their presence is almost second nature unless they’re unusually strong. [62] Afternoon thunderstorms, usually generated by the interaction of the Gulf and Atlantic sea breezes, are such a regular occurrence during the summer that the Tampa Bay area and nearby inland areas of Central Florida are recognized as the "Lightning Capital of North America". [128] Previously, Tampa had been home to the Floriland Mall (now an office park), Tampa Bay Center (demolished and replaced with the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers training facility, known as "One Buc Place"), and East Lake Square Mall (now an office park). The shores of Tampa Bay have been inhabited for thousands of years. [186] The port is also home to Foreign Trade Zone #79, which assists companies in Tampa Bay and along the I-4 Corridor in importing, exporting, manufacturing, and distribution activities as part of the United States foreign trade zone program.[187]. Mainly due to the proximity of large bodies of water, the official high temperature has never hit 100 °F (37.8 °C) – the all-time record high temperature is 99 °F (37 °C), recorded on June 5, 1985 and June 26, 2020. MacDill Air Force Base remains a major employer as the parent installation for over 15,000 active uniformed military, Department of Defense (DoD) civil service and DoD contractor personnel in the Tampa Bay area. ( MORE: Top 5 Lightning-Prone States) Tampa is home to a number of attractions and theme parks, including Busch Gardens Tampa, Adventure Island, the Lowry Park Zoo, and the Florida Aquarium. [98] Tampa has several Jewish synagogues practicing Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform. Some fires inside the walls and attic may not be immediately apparent and not easily accessible. “Though the Tampa Bay area is sometimes referred to as the “Lightning Capital of the World”, it is more accurately called the “Lightning Capital of North America” if measured by average number of days with thunderstorm activity per year. The old Gandy Bridge was completely replaced by new spans during the 1990s, but a span of the old bridge was saved and converted into a pedestrian and biking bridge renamed The Friendship Trail. [17][18] "B. Tampa", corresponding to Tampa Bay, appeared for the first time on a printed map in Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas's Description del Destricto del Audiencia de la Espanola, from his book Descripcion de las Indias Ocidentales, printed in Madrid in 1601. Beyond the initial invasion, numerous Gasparilla festivities take place each year between January and March, including the Gasparilla Children's Parade, the more adult-oriented Sant'Yago Knight Parade, the Gasparilla Distance Classic, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, and the Gasparilla International Film Festival, among other pirate themed events. Amalie Arena will be the home of the NBA's Toronto Raptors for the 2020–2021 season because of Canadian government regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tampa is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area. Hillsborough Community College is a two-year community college in the Florida College System with campuses in Tampa and Hillsborough County. Freight and container cargo operations at the city's seaports also depend upon dockside rail facilities. Tampa became the first city in Florida to host a major league team for spring training in 1913, when the Chicago Cubs trained at Plant Field. [105] Several large corporations, such as banks and telecommunications companies, maintain regional offices in Tampa. It was commissioned in 2003 by the city's Public Art Program and can be found in the lobby of the Tampa Municipal Office Building.[81]. It is on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf … Plant Pathology Department, UF/IFAS Extension, University of Florida. The University of South Florida is the only NCAA Division I sports program in Tampa. The NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning was established in 1992, and play their home games at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa. [156] then play a divisional series against the New York Yankees, which they won in 5 games at a neutral site in San Diego. The NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning call Tampa home, while the Tampa Bay Rays of the MLB play across the bay in St. Petersburg. Nonetheless several developments were completed, making downtown into a 24-hour neighborhood instead of a 9 to 5 business district. [130] Longer sailings include the Panama Canal, the ABC Islands and the Eastern Caribbean. It is the eighth-largest school district in the United States, with around 189,469 enrolled students. The National Weather Service says Florida is the lightning capital of the country, with more people dying from strikes in the state each year than any other state. II Champions) 1984-85 Swimming Team (2009) - USF Athletic Hall of Fame", "Hillsborough Community College Athletics", "Joe Henderson: Mayor-elect Jane Castor ready to accept the baton in Tampa", "The University of Tampa - Tampa, Florida - UT Profile", Friendship Trail Bridge Claims Status as Longest Overwater Recreation Trail, "It's Final: Friendship TrailBridge Is Closed". In the United States, the researchers found that the most lightning occurs near Orangetree, Florida. Since the Tampa area is home to a diverse range of freeze-sensitive agriculture and aquaculture, hard freezes, although quite rare, are a major concern. It was the first public skatepark to be constructed in Florida and the third on the East Coast. Call the fire department! by No1HomeRoofing | Feb 22, 2019 | Roof Damage, Roofing, Roofing Company, Roofing Repairs. Tampa averages two days of frost per year, although a winter or two may pass without any frost. The Tampa Bay area has long been home to nationally competitive amateur baseball and has hosted spring training and minor league teams for over a century. In 2006, the median income for a household in the city was $39,602, and the median income for a family was $45,823. Charlie Wall was the first major boss, but various power struggles culminated in consolidation of control by Sicilian mafioso Santo Trafficante Sr. and his faction in the 1950s. 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