Hurricane center highlights first tropical wave in nearly a month
For the first time since July 13, the National Hurricane Center is highlighting a tropical wave for possible development. The area of disturbed weather is currently over Africa, but is expected to emerge into the Atlantic over the weekend.
Here’s the list of storm names for the 2021 hurricane season
Storms are given a name to help communication between forecasters and the overall public. During the season, forecasters could be tracking and supplying information on multiple storms. Naming them allows information to be streamlined to reduce confusion about which storm is being described.
Hurricane hunting drones: The future of tropical forecasting
But even outside Hurricane Season, hurricane hunters remain busy working on testing new tools that could greatly improve hurricane forecasts. Last month the NOAA Hurricane Hunters launched a new uncrewed aircraft over Maryland that has the potential to change the world of tropical forecasting. This model is similar to those being tested by scientists aboard NOAA Hurricane Hunters. The lead meteorologist from the NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, Joseph Cione, says “deploying the un-crewed aircraft from NOAA Hurricane Hunters will ultimately help us better detect changes in hurricane intensity and overall structure. " AdThis is welcomed news in the weather world, especially after the 2020 pandemic stunted the progress in long range forecasting.
A look at what made the 2020 Hurricane Season so active
This week in Forecasting Change I want to say goodbye to the 2020 Hurricane Season. Check out the graphic below:The rapid intensification of tropical storms is what can make them deadly hurricanes. (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.) (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.) (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)
Looking back at 2005, the last time hurricane season went Greek
With the 29th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season skimming past Central Florida and potentially a 30th named storm sitting in the Caribbean, this season is one for the record books. Meteorologists have often compared the 2020 hurricane season with 2005. The 2005 tropical season started off with tropical storms Arlene and Bret forming in June, making it only the second time in history to have happened. Tracks and intensity of the 2005 hurricane season. Flooding in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina (2005).
Tropical Storm Omar forms east of North Carolina
ORLANDO, Fla. – Just hours after Tropical Storm Nana formed south of Jamaica, Tropical Depression 15 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Omar. Omar, which is expected to be short-lived, according to the National Hurricane Center, is located about 310 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. [READ MORE: Tropical Storm Nana and Tropical Storm Omar form in the Atlantic]Tropical Storm #Omar forms east of North Carolina, and is expected to be short-lived as it moves away from land over the next few days. “Omar is expected to degenerate into a remnant area of low pressure by late Thursday.”Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Nana is moving over the Central Caribbean Sea. Here is the 5 p.m. advisory and forecast track for #TropicalStormNana from the National Hurricane Center.
Cabo Verde season: When monster storms are born
The Cabo Verde season, on average, runs in correlation to the peak of Hurricane Season, between July and September. During Cabo Verde Season, there is an obvious uptick in activity near the islands in the Eastern Atlantic. To put it into perspective, the distance between Cabo Verde Islands and the eastern seaboard is roughly 3500 miles, with much of this swath with waters over 80 degrees. Here are some memorable Cabo Verde Storms in the past few years:Hurricane Ivan (2004) - Category 5Hurricane Matthew (2016) - Category 5Hurricane Florence (2018) - Category 4No matter where we are in Hurricane Season, remember it only takes one. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 31.
How to best prepare for hurricanes: Quiz on do’s, don’ts that can save your life, possessions
Hurricane season is upon us, and make no mistake: There’s not much that can be done when a hurricane strikes, considering how powerful they can be. But preparing for a hurricane is a different story. Readiness is in our control, so the damage can be minimized as much as possible. To help prepare for the start of hurricane season, take this quiz, below. Even if you don’t nail a good score, the knowledge gained will help you pass with flying colors and lessen the damage, should the real thing strike.
With storms in May, Florida lawmaker wants a longer hurricane season
ORLANDO, Fla. – Even though the six-month Atlantic hurricane season lasts as long as a typical Major League Baseball season, a Florida congresswoman thinks it needs to be longer. In 2020, three tropical storms — Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal — formed in mid-May and the beginning of June, she said. There has been only one named hurricane before June since the satellite era started in 1966 — Hurricane Alma in 1970. “I don’t think there is any reason to lengthen the hurricane season, since we haven’t had a hurricane in May in 50 years," Klotzbach said in an email. “Hurricane season was also never intended to include ... all of the activity, just the majority of it," said McNoldy, who works for the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science.
How prepared are you for a massive power outage? Take this quiz and find out
Hurricane season is upon us. And really, as is the case with any major storm, winds and heavy rainfall have the power to create some pretty massive power outages. Are you, or would you, consider yourself stocked up at home, in the event of an emergency? Take the quiz below to find out. All of the checklist items are listed on ready.gov as what you’ll need in your basic disaster supplies kit, as well as some additional emergency supplies that the website recommended.
Tropical Storm Sebastien forms in Atlantic
ORLANDO, Fla. – With just days left in the Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Sebastien has formed. Sebastien has maximum sustained winds up to 45 mph with higher gusts and is moving northwest at about 12 mph, forecasters said. Forecasters predict Sebastien will become an extra-tropical cyclone in a couple of days before being absorbed by a cold front later this week. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provided the following definition for an extra-tropical cyclone:“An extra-tropical cyclone is a storm system that primarily gets its energy from the horizontal temperature contrasts that exist in the atmosphere. Hurricane season ends Nov. 30.