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Tropic Topic 9/25/08: T.S. Kyle is here, and what is that off the southeast coast?

Well, you may already know that the low pressure area tagged as invest 93l for the last several days has finally developed a closed surface circulation and has therefore been dubbed Tropical Storm Kyle by the National Hurricane Center at 5pm today. (Live updating infrared satellite image.) The storm’s current position is a bit northeast [...]

93l not T.D. yet, but could become one soon

At 4:15pm EDT the NHC issued another Special Tropical Disturbance Statement regarding invest 93l: SATELLITE IMAGERY…SURFACE OBSERVATIONS…RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT DATA…AND NOAA DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR DATA FROM SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO INDICATE THE BROAD LOW PRESSURE AREA PREVIOUSLY OVER THE NORTHEASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA IS NOW CENTERED OVER CENTRAL AND WESTERN PUERTO RICO. THE AIRCRAFT REPORTED 30 TO [...]

93l better organized, could become T.D. "at any time"

At 10:30am EDT the National Hurricane Center had this to say about invest 93l: SATELLITE IMAGERY…SURFACE OBSERVATIONS…AND NOAA DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR DATA FROM SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO INDICATE THE LOW PRESSURE AREA LOCATED ABOUT 70 MILES SOUTH OF PUERTO RICO HAS CONTINUED TO BECOME BETTER ORGANIZED THIS MORNING. THIS SYSTEM COULD BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION [...]

State of the Tropics 9/19/08: Invest 93L

Not to be content after sending seven tropical storms or hurricanes in a row into the United State coastline (count ‘em: T.S. Cristobal battered the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in mid-July; Hurricane Dolly hit southern Texas just a few days later; T.S. Edouard made landfall near the Texas/Louisiana border in [...]

2am Thursday Tropics: Hanna on the move, Ike not so cute anymore

Geeze. Leave your computer for 8 hours, and what happens? A cute little category 1 hurricane in the middle of the ocean bombs out into a damn scary category 4 hurricane in a matter of hours. I kinda saw it coming, though: any storm with as good outflow as Ike had earlier today is not [...]

Atlantic Tropics 5pm Wed 9/3: Hanna on the move, Ike looking…cute

Perhaps saying that Tropical Storm (probably Hurricane by now) Ike looks really quite cute is insensitive to all those people in danger from the storm? If so, I’m sorry. But look at it: (Click for very large full-size version.) Anyway. The much less cute Tropical Storm Hanna is finally on the move and the forecast [...]

Atlantic Weather 1am Wed 9/3: it's only just beginning

The current tropics, in reverse order of threat to North America. Tropical Storm Josephine is just kinda out there not doing much (besides, you know, moving west at 10 knots an hour). It’s too early to tell yet if Josephine will ever be a threat to the USA or any part of North America for [...]

Atlantic Tropical Update 5pm 9/2: the Haiti attraction

Seriously, what did that country do to piss off the 2008 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes so much? First Tropical Storm Fay dumps tons of rain on the country, than Gustav lingers longer than expected over the country and kills a few dozen people (probably helped by all the rain Fay dropped on the country), [...]

8am Atlantic Weather check

I’m not sure “busy” even comes close to describing what’s happening in the Atlantic Ocean right now: Gustav – of course we all know what happened with that storm, it made landfall in central Louisiana and is currently causing heavy rain and flood issues in Louisiana and Texas. Hanna – is taking its sweet time [...]

Gustav 5am: hurricane force winds affecting Louisiana

A weather station at the very end of the Mississippi Delta just reported a sustained wind speed of 76mph and a gust of 108mph. In addition, the station reported an atmospheric pressure of 986mb and pressure falling at a rate of roughly 5-6mb per hour. Radar data suggests that Gustav’s eastern eyewall could brush by [...]