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Tag: tropics

Hurricane Omar

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Hurricane Omar has been fascinating to watch. It shows how quickly these storms can change. It rapidly intensified faster than I expected it to.

Hurricane Ike Aftermath

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Hurricane Ike which was only a category 2 storm made landfall in Texas and moved north through the Ohio valley yesterday proves that the rating doesn’t tell the whole story. They’re saying it caused 30 billion dollars n damage and has caused at least 30 fatalities. From what I’ve read it brought in a pretty high storm surge over a large area. What really made this storm was the size of it I think.

Large Hurricane Ike In The Northern Gulf Of Mexico

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Hurricane Ike has maximum sustained winds near 100 miles per hour right now but the real story is it’s size. It’s a big storm with hurricane force winds extending up to 115 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 255 miles from the center. The minimum pressure (945 millibars) is borderline low enough to support a category 4 storm but I imagine the size of the whole storm is keeping the gradient from being tight enough to cause the winds.

Tropical Storm Hanna Makes Landfall

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Tropical storm Hanna moved into the Carolinas last night and north, then northeast through Virginia and is now off the coast. It dumped heavy rains in some areas and in my back yard we received heavier rainfall than I had expected. I figure that was going to happen when I saw the radar this morning and felt the humidity. Dew point of 72 or 73 today made it feel like summer and not September.

Atlantic Tropics Still Active

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The tropics in the Atlantic basin are still active but it is near the peak of the season. At this point there are two tropical storms and a major hurricane. Tropical storm Hanna is the closest to affecting land and should move on shore in the Carolinas and move up the coast. It really doesn’t look that well organized right now as it’s being influenced by sheer. Hopefully it stays further east and doesn’t give us much rain.

Hurricane Gustav Makes Landfall

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Hurricane made landfall today in Louisiana. as a category 3 hurricane. It doesn’t seem to have been too bad so far. Nothing like Katrina was but it isn’t over yet and with Katrina the flooding happened after the storm and they thought the levees were good. It could’ve been a lot worse and looked like it would be for a while. It’s been fun to watch and track the storm though.

Tropical Storms Hanna And Gustav

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The tropics sure got active now.. In the Caribbean Sea there is tropical storm Gustav. It made another landfall today on Jamaica. It doesn’t really look that impressive but is forecast to go between Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula and strengthen over the warm water. We’ll see how it holds together. It seems to like land so far. We also have Tropical storm Hanna north east of the Leeward Islands. Again it doesn’t look all that impressive but does seem to have a burst of colder cloud tops now meaning that it has better convection.

Tropical Storm Dolly In The Gulf Of Mexico

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We have tropical storm Dolly which should become a hurricane soon in the Gulf of Mexico. That should give me something fun to watch. Looks like it should make landfall as a hurricane near the Texas and Mexico border. Wonder how much oil prices will go up..