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2018 marked Greenland’s coldest summer since 1997

Written by on November 5, 2018 in Rest of World with 0 Comments
2018 marked Greenland’s coldest summer since 1997

It would seem summers have been on a cooling trend over Greenland in recent summers. In 2017, a new July record low of -33C was set at Summit. Thanks to a strong +NAO last summer, 2018 has been the coolest summer for Greenland in 20 years. Frequent snowfall increased the ‘surface mass budget’ or SMB […]

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East Pacific get back to back hyper active hurricane seasons thanks to boiling SST’s, El Nino and MJO

Written by on October 21, 2018 in Tropical with 0 Comments
East Pacific get back to back hyper active hurricane seasons thanks to boiling SST’s, El Nino and MJO

With the development of Vicente and Willa, the eastern Pacific hurricane season of 2018 has entered the record books as busiest ever following a very busy season last year. Like we’ve seen all too often this year, newly formed Willa has rapidly intensified off Mexico, gaining 60 mph and gaining ‘major’ status within 24 hours. […]

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Weird and wonderful Leslie remained a hurricane within 100 miles of Portugal, Strongest hit since 1880s

Written by on October 17, 2018 in Rest of Europe, Tropical with 0 Comments
Weird and wonderful Leslie remained a hurricane within 100 miles of Portugal, Strongest hit since 1880s

It was one of those oddities of the 2018 season, you get them now and again where they go one way, the other way, up and down and just keep on going. The eventual demise of Leslie was colder waters off Portugal but like Vince in 2005 and Ophelia in 2017, Leslie defied the laws […]

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Storm Callum Recap: Record low pressure, Worst flooding in Wales for 30 years, Warmest Oct Night & for so late!

Written by on October 13, 2018 in Rest of Europe, Tropical with 0 Comments
Storm Callum Recap: Record low pressure, Worst flooding in Wales for 30 years, Warmest Oct Night & for so late!

According to the Met Office, the central pressure within Storm Callum dropped from 986 to 938mb within 24 hours. That astonishing 48mb drop 24 hours made Callum an ‘atomic bomb’ cyclone, doubling the 24mb within 24 hours drop to constitute a ‘weather bomb’. It also broke the 1979 record of 939mb for early October UK […]

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Hurricane Michael makes landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida with 155-mph winds!

Written by on October 10, 2018 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
Hurricane Michael makes landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida with 155-mph winds!

At 12.30pm CT, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, FL as a top end Cat 4 hurricane packing sustained winds of 155 mph. Just 1 mph higher would have been this the first Category 5 landfall since Andrew in 1992. Michael was the Panhandle’s strongest ever landfall and 3rd strongest for the US in […]

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Michael becomes Dangerous Category 3 hurricane less than 24 hours prior to Florida landfall

Written by on October 10, 2018 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
Michael becomes Dangerous Category 3 hurricane less than 24 hours prior to Florida landfall

Despite encountering shear, some dry air and even the crossing of a cool ocean eddy, Michael has continued to strengthen. Just yesterday morning Michael was a tropical storm but as of this writing, he has become a 120 mph Category 3, poised to be one of, if not thee strongest hurricane to ever make landfall […]

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Michael quickly becomes storm, now hurricane and likely to target Florida’s Big Bend as a major

Written by on October 8, 2018 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
Michael quickly becomes storm, now hurricane and likely to target Florida’s Big Bend as a major

Back on Friday I posted on the CAG (Central American Gyre) and the potential for development. Yesterday we had Tropical Storm Michael, today’s it’s hurricane Michael and appears to be on it’s way to becoming a major tomorrow over the open Gulf of Mexico. This system has organised and intensified quickly to the east of […]

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‘Central American Gyre’ to bring widespread heavy rainfall and possible tropical development

Written by on October 5, 2018 in North and South America, Rest of World with 0 Comments
‘Central American Gyre’ to bring widespread heavy rainfall and possible tropical development

A broad circulation of disorganized thunderstorms is affecting much of Central America from Pacific to Atlantic. This is known as a ‘Central American Gyre’ which has been known to spawn tropical cyclones as well as flash flooding and landslides. Note the low is centred over the SW Caribbean Sea but the envelop of moisture covers […]

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Calgary has record snow day, 3 times the October average while Tampa’s 96F is hottest October day!

Written by on October 3, 2018 in North and South America, Rest of World with 0 Comments
Calgary has record snow day, 3 times the October average while Tampa’s 96F is hottest October day!

Following an unusually cold and snowy September, that trend continued and matured into October. The 13 inches of snow which fell on Calgary was not only the city’s biggest October 1-day snowfall but was in fact the 7th snowiest of all-time. Out of the city’s biggest snow days, this event was by far the earliest […]

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WU: An Atmospheric Rarity: Twin Cat 5s Prowl the Pacific

Written by on October 2, 2018 in Rest of World, Tropical with 0 Comments
WU: An Atmospheric Rarity: Twin Cat 5s Prowl the Pacific

Dr. Jeff Masters  ·  October 2, 2018, 11:05 AM EDT In a rare display of atmospheric violence, two Category 5 storms simultaneously churned across the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday morning. At 8 pm EDT Monday evening, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center elevated Hurricane Walaka a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds, and just three […]

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