Short post tonight, everybody. ¬ I just saw this on someone else’s site and wanted to share it with you. ¬ This is what the National Weather Service in New Orleans, LA put out as a special weather statement a day before Katrina hit. ¬ It’s chilling.
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE [...]
Photo Source: NOAA
Today was the first day for my intern, Corey, and we were thinking of a weather trivia question for the 6 PM news.¬† We wanted to do something with hurricanes and he came up with the idea of asking something about hurricane name retirement.¬† I liked it.
We looked up a website with retired hurricane names and started thinking of a trivia question.¬† We thought Irene would end up being retired so we started looking at which letter has been retired the most.¬† (It’s ‘C’ by the way.)¬† I then started looking at the I-named storms and found something interesting.¬† In the last 10 years, 6 out of those 10 I-named storms were retired.¬† Those were Iris, Isidore, Isabel, Ivan, Ike, and Igor.¬† Add this year, and that’s 7 of 11!
Here’s a couple more stats I found from the website (which I’ll link to at the end of this post)… (Read More)
Irene Satellite Photo, Courtesy: NASA
We talk from time to time about hurricane categories.¬ Do you know the scale?¬ If you do, nice job by you.¬ It’s not something I use all the time, so I have to look up the categories and what they mean whenever I mention them.
Here’s a rundown [...]
Hey gang!¬† Irene sure has been making a mess along the Atlantic seaboard over the last 24 hours.¬† The good news for us, locally, is that there isn’t much expected from Irene during the course of the storm.
The latest track is similar to what we’ve been saying the last 24 hours or so.¬† Take a look at the track below.
Current Track Of Irene
As of the 7 PM update on Saturday, the storm is a category 1 hurricane with winds of 81 MPH and the eye is located near Virginia Beach.¬† (Read More)
The trend over the last two days has been for an eastern shift in the track of Irene, which is good news for all! That would imply less wind and rain for the coast, but it will still be a major storm for them. Take a look:
As of 9 pm, the storm [...]
We haven’t had to really concern ourselves much about the tropics over the last few years, but this weekend could be a time to really pay attention.
Firstly, if you have vacation plans for this weekend on the Outer Banks or perhaps South Carolina, you may end up having your plans altered unfortunately. And [...]
NBC has a new show hosted by Cedric the Entertainer called “It’s Worth What?” where the contestants guess which objects are more expensive than others. In the weather department, we do that with weather disasters. Let’s play:
Which has cost more?
Hurricane Ivan (2004)
Hurricane Ike (2008)
What about this?
Blizzard of ’93 [...]
It’s hard to believe that we’re getting ready to head into hurricane season, but soon enough, we’ll be talking hurricanes.
A few days ago, NOAA issued it’s yearly hurricane outlook.¬ Here are the details for this year’s forecast:
12 to 18 named storms 6 to 10 of those named storms will become hurricanes 3 [...]
For all of you that like the weather and especially big storms, check this out:
It’s an animated loop of Igor out in the Atlantic. Pretty cool!
NOAA has come out with their hurricane forecast for the season.¬† Here’s a breakdown of what they’re calling for with regards to the Atlantic Hurricane Season…
- 14 to 23 named storms
- 8 to 14 of those named storms will be come hurricanes
- 3 to 7 of those hurricanes will be major hurricanes (category 3, 4, or 5)
Now, it’s your turn to predict this 2010 hurricane season.¬† Fill in the spaces below and submit your guess.¬† We’ll give props to the person who is the closest at the end of the season.¬† Click into the post to fill in your guesses.
Hurricane Ike in 2008 -- Credit: NOAA
Ok.¬† I’m going to be opportunistic (not lazy) and grab most of the post from a colleague of mine at our sister station in Steubenville, Ohio.¬† We’re talking about hurricanes and how they get their names.¬† Take¬†a look at this year’s hurricane names and then continue reading to see how hurricanes get their names.
It’s been over for over a month now and it’s time to take a look back at Hurricane Season 2009.
Our sister station, WTOV-9, posted this on their blog.¬† Have a look…
Hurricane season 2009 officially came to an end yesterday with the fewest named storms and hurricanes since 1997 and the second quietest in the 1995 to 2009 “active era” in terms of storms and hurricanes. So why was this season so uneventful?
Here’s more from NOAA on the rest of the hurricane season:
According to its August Atlantic hurricane season outlook, NOAA now expects a near- to below-normal Atlantic hurricane season, as the calming effects of El Ni√Īo continue to develop. But scientists say the season‚Äôs quiet start does not guarantee quiet times ahead. The season, which began June 1, is entering its historical peak period of August through October, when most storms form.
‚ÄúWhile this hurricane season has gotten off to quiet start, it‚Äôs critical that the American people are prepared in case a hurricane strikes,‚ÄĚ said Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
Here’s the first forecast from the NOAA on the upcoming Atlantic Hurricane Season:
NOAA forecasters say a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. However, as with any season, the need to prepare for the possibility of a storm striking near you is essential.
There’s been some talk recently about hurricanes, especially because of the F, G, H, and I hurricanes this year.¬† Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike caused significant problems for the United States and the damage is still being tallied today.¬† There’s been some talk that those four hurricane names could all be retired.
That got me thinking about retired hurricane names and prompted me to make up a short quiz about them…
Try to answer these 5 questions.¬† You will find the answer by clicking on the link below.
Question 1:¬† Which of the following letters has never had a hurricane retired?
Question 2:¬† It makes sense that the letters in the beginning of the alphabet have more retired hurricane names.¬† Which letter has the most retirees?
Question 3:¬† When a hurricane causes major damages, that name is retired.¬† In 1966, there was a hurricane name retired for no apparant reason.¬† What was the name?
Question 4:¬† Which of the following years did not have any hurricane names retired?
Question 5:¬† Since 1954, how many hurricane names have been retired due to destruction?
Here’s the latest on Hurricane Ike from the National Hurricane Center.
Latest Track / Details on Ike
…IKE BACK OVER WATER…RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT CURRENTLY APPROACHING…
AT 200 PM EDT…1800 UTC…THE GOVERNMENT OF JAMAICA HAS DISCONTINUED THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THAT ISLAND.
A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE CUBAN PROVINCES OF GUANTANAMO… [...]
No graphic with this one because the storm has only moved to the west a little bit.¬ Here’s the latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Center.¬ (Link Here)
…MAJOR HURRICANE IKE APPROACHING THE NORTH COAST OF EASTERN CUBA…
A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE CUBAN PROVINCES OF GUANTANAMO… SANTIAGO DE [...]
Well, the tropics have died down a little bit.¬† Maybe Ike’s been taking all of the energy for itself and not sharing with the other little boys and girls out there looking to grow up to be big storms.¬†(kidding).¬† Either way, it has slowed down, with the exception of Ike.
Click the link below for graphics and the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
This continues to look more and more like a non-event for most of us in the Alleghenies.¬ The area that needs watching is to the east.¬ The good news is that the latest run (12z) of Futurecast is printing out a little less rain for Harrisburg and Lancaster.¬ Take a look at the graphic [...]
It’s been a couple of days since the last hurricane update, so here we go.¬† Right now, we’re still watching Hanna, but it looks like that will be a miss for us in the Alleghenies.¬† Ike continues his westward progression, with an eventual shift a little north.¬† Josephine is still out there… and I mean out there!
More details inside the post.