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Texas last August, Hawaii this August… US gets hit by 2 ‘wettest tropical cyclones on record’ in 12 months!

Written by on August 29, 2018 in Rest of World, Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
Texas last August, Hawaii this August… US gets hit by 2 ‘wettest tropical cyclones on record’ in 12 months!

Last August, Category 4 Harvey hit Texas with tremendous force. While wind and storm surge impacts were massive, the rainfall was simply off the charts as the vast system stalled for 5 days. 60.58 INCHES of rain fell on Nederland, TX setting a new record for most rainfall within a single US tropical cyclone. That […]

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Hurricane Lane drops 51.53″ of rain on Hawaii making for 3rd wettest US tropical cyclone

Written by on August 27, 2018 in North and South America, Tropical with 0 Comments
Hurricane Lane drops 51.53″ of rain on Hawaii making for 3rd wettest US tropical cyclone

Hurricane Lane, like most Pacific hurricanes, passed close but not over the chain of pearls. He was always going to be a big rain maker but not wind maker. Certainly Lane delivered on the rain, so much so it he has entered the record books. When it rains, it rains, especially when it’s from a […]

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Much of the Gulf of California surface area has warmed to 32C (90F)

Much of the Gulf of California surface area has warmed to 32C (90F)

Like the Middle East’s Persian Gulf, the narrow Gulf of California is surrounded by desert or semi desert terrain which heats the water in between. In a typical summer the Gulf of California warms to between 25-30C (75-86F) with the thin strip of land on the west side known as the Baja of California heating […]

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July 2018 saw the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation at it’s lowest value since 1950

Written by on August 8, 2018 in Tropical with 0 Comments
July 2018 saw the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation at it’s lowest value since 1950

There’s been a lot of attention this spring and summer on the cool Atlantic and rightly so. According to Colorado State University’s index, the mean July 2018 AMO (Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation) was at it’s lowest value since 1950. The imbalance of warm Pacific, cool Atlantic through the tropics has led to stronger than normal easterly […]

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Thoughts on the Atlantic Hurricane Season 2018 (Inc video)

Written by on June 1, 2018 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
Thoughts on the Atlantic Hurricane Season 2018 (Inc video)

This is not a forecast or outlook but more thoughts regarding this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. Today is of course the first day of the season and we’ve already seen Alberto. Not a particularly noteworthy system from a tropical point of view but it helped contribute to the wettest May on record for parts of […]

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TWC: Updated 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Calls for Near-Average Activity

Written by on May 31, 2018 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
TWC: Updated 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Calls for Near-Average Activity

Below article from weather.com By Chris Dolce May 31 2018 12:51 PM EDT weather.com Story Highlights Colorado State University expects 13 more named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes, a slight reduction from its initial forecast. This is near the 30-year average for the number of hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin. […]

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Sagar was strongest cyclone to hit Somalia and westernmost in Indian Ocean

Written by on May 28, 2018 in Africa, Tropical with 0 Comments
Sagar was strongest cyclone to hit Somalia and westernmost in Indian Ocean

Recent Severe Cyclone Sagar set a few records last week by becoming the westernmost ever cyclone within the Indian Ocean basin. The cyclone was also the strongest to ever hit Somalia after traversing the entire east-west length of the hot Gulf of Aden. Despite being locked in on three sides by desert, the Gulf of […]

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Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto becomes 5th system in last 7 years to form Prior to June 1

Written by on May 25, 2018 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto becomes 5th system in last 7 years to form Prior to June 1

Subtropical storm Alberto has formed in the western Caribbean off the Yucatan and promises to track north towards the US Gulf Coast hammering Memorial Day weekend for beachgoers. Not the best of afternoon’s in Cancun due to the presence of Alberto just off to the east. Pre June 1 development has happened often over the […]

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First Ever Tropical Cyclone Forms Off Chile in 16-20C (60-68F) Water?

First Ever Tropical Cyclone Forms Off Chile in 16-20C (60-68F) Water?

The Pacific off South America’s west coast is typically too cool for support tropical cyclones and so the feature which has popped up in the last 36 hours off Chile could be a first. The below chart showing global tropical cyclone tracks say it all. There is no record of anything in this region of […]

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WU: Good Riddance to the Brutal Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2017

WU: Good Riddance to the Brutal Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2017

Dr. Jeff Masters  ·  November 30, 2017, 1:17 PM EST The Atlantic hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 to November 30, has finally drawn to a close. The brutal 2017 season was an awful reminder of the huge hurricane vulnerability problem we face, and how unprepared we are for a potential future where […]

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