QuikSCAT, 1999 - 2009: R.I.P.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:34 PM GMT on November 24, 2009

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The QuikSCAT satellite is no more. The sad new of QuikSCAT's demise came yesterday in a terse message from NASA:

Several hours ago, shortly past 7:00Z today (23Nov), telemetry received from QuikSCAT indicates that the antenna rotation rate has dropped to zero and remains at zero. The motor remains powered. The system can be operated safely in this state for an indefinite period. The QuikSCAT operations team will be meeting later this morning, but in all likelihood this is the end of the nominal mission".

Launched in 1999, the QuikSCAT satellite became one of the most useful and controversial meteorological satellites ever to orbit the Earth. Forecasters world-wide came to rely on QuikSCAT wind data to issue timely warnings and make accurate forecasts of tropical and extratropical storms, wave heights, sea ice, aviation weather, iceberg movement, coral bleaching events, and El Niño. Originally expected to last just 2-3 years, QuikSCAT made it past ten, a testament to the skill of the engineers that designed the satellite. To show you what a dweeb I am, I'll admit to tearing up a bit when heard yesterday that the venerable old bird had finally bitten the dust. It was like losing a valued friend.


Figure 1. NASA's QuikSCAT satellite, launched in 1999. Image credit: NASA.

Alternatives to QuikSCAT
Two valuable alternatives to QuikSCAT are available, but neither can come close to making up for the loss of QuikSCAT. The Windsat instrument aboard the Coriolis satellite (launched in 2003) measures wind speed and wind direction using a different technique. Evaluation of these data at NHC and NOAA's Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) shown the winds to be unreliable in and around the storm environment. There's also the European ASCAT satellite, launched in 2007. Like QuikSCAT, ASCAT can measure global wind speed and direction twice per day. However, the data is available at 25 km resolution (two times coarser than the 12.5 km QuikSCAT), and ASCAT covers only 60% of the area covered by QuikSCAT in the same time period. QuikSCAT sees a swath of ocean 1800 km wide, while ASCAT sees two parallel swaths 550 km wide, separated by a 720 km gap. I find it frustrating to use ASCAT to monitor tropical storms, since the passes miss the center of circulation of a storm of interest more than half the time. On the plus side, ASCAT has the advantage that the data is not adversely affected by rain, unlike QuikSCAT.

The need for a new QuikSCAT
NOAA has been pushing for a QuikSCAT replacement for years. Former National Hurricane Center director Bill Proenza laudably made a big push in 2007 for a new QuikSCAT satellite. Unfortunately, he made claims about the usefulness of QuikSCAT for improving hurricane track forecasts that were not supported by scientific research, an error that may have ultimately led to his downfall. While there is evidence that QuikSCAT data may improve hurricane track forecasts of some computer models, NHC uses many models to make hurricane track forecasts, and some of these models are not helped by QuikSCAT data. For example, a 2009 model study by Dr. Jim Goerss of the Naval Research Lab found that QuikSCAT winds made no improvement to hurricane track forecasts of the NOGAPS model, one of the key models used by NHC to predict hurricane tracks. QuikSCAT is extremely valuable for many other aspects of hurricane forecasting, though. It provides early detection of surface circulations in developing tropical depressions, and for defining gale (34 kts) and storm-force (50 kts) wind radii. The information on wind radii from QuikSCAT is especially important for tropical storms and hurricanes outside the range of aircraft reconnaissance flights conducted in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific basins, and for the regions where there are no reconnaissance flights (Central Pacific, Western Pacific, and Indian Ocean). Accurate wind radii are critical to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC), and Guam Weather Forecast Office (WFO) watch and warning process, since they affect the size of tropical storm and hurricane watch and warning areas. Between 2003 and 2006, QuikSCAT data were used at NHC 17% of the time to determine the wind radii, 21% of the time for center fixing, and 62% of the time for storm intensity estimates.

A QuikSCAT replacement
A replacement dual-frequency QuikSCAT satellite that has superior capabilities to old one is being explored by NOAA and NASA, in partnership with the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA). The new QuikSCAT instrument would fly on the Japanese GCOM-Water Cycle satellite, scheduled to launch in January 2016. However, funding must begin in 2010 in order to meet this launch deadline, and no funding for a new QuikSCAT has been put into the Administration's FY 2011 budget. The proposed QuikSCAT replacement would be able to measure winds as high as 100 mph (Category 2 hurricane strength), and have improved ability to measure winds in heavy rain. The new satellite would have a 20% improvement in spatial resolution. The cost would be less than usual, since the rocket and and satellite are already paid for. However, there are additional costs involved in adapting QuikSCAT to the Japanese engineering requirements. The final costs of such a replacement QuikSCAT have not been determined yet, but would probably be several hundred million dollars. According to the Palm Beach Post, in September, U.S. Representative Ron Kline, D-FL, introduced a bill in Congress to fund a new QuikSCAT satellite. Klein introduced a similar bill in 2007, which failed. "Today's news of its failure simply strengthens our commitment to ensure that a next-generation satellite is constructed and launched as quickly as possible", Klein said in a statement made yesterday.

Thanks to all of you who've written your Senators and Representatives. Let's hope that the final failure of QuikSCAT yesterday will finally motivate Congress to fund a replacement satellite.

Rest in Peace, QuikSCAT.

References
2007 NOAA QuikSCAT user impact study:


Figure 2. Surface weather map for the time when the UK's record 24-hour rainfall event occurred, Nov. 19, 2009. A cold front trailing from a powerful low pressure system with a central pressure of 955 mb stalled over the western UK and dumped prodigious amounts of rain. Image credit: National Weather Service.

Heavy rains on tap for hard-hit flooded regions of the UK
Heavy rains of up to four inches are expected today over regions of the UK still recovering from last week's deadly floods. An extremely moist Atlantic frontal system stalled over across Northern Ireland, Cumbria and south-west Scotland last Thursday and Friday, dumping prodigious amounts of rain that triggered severe flooding in Cumbria. Loops of precipitable water reveal that part of this moisture may have come from the Hurricane Ida-enhanced Nor'easter that brought record storm surges to the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coast. The 24-hour total at Seathwaite (ending 0045 on Friday 20 November) of 314.4 mm (12.37 inches) is a UK record for a single location in any given 24-hour period, according to the UK Met Office. Records go back to 1914. According to wunderground member "Former Aussie", who has been working at the scene of the disaster, "the centre of the small town of Cockermouth was up to the tops of shop windows in water. Downstream, at Workington, bridges were washed away. Police constable Bill Barker was standing on one, stopping traffic as it fell, and he drowned, but the prompt and in cases heroic action of the emergency services meant no other lives were lost, as far as we know. Cockermouth was the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth. The house where he was born is still standing, but the contents are said to be seriously damaged. Cumbriafoundation.org is where anyone wanting to help some extremely distressed and hard hit people can go. Some thousands of people will be out of their homes for months, and as it's less that 14 months since some of them were flooded out the last time, some will be suffering uninsurable losses.

I'll have a new post on Wednesday.

Jeff Masters

P.S. wunderblogger Patrap attended yesterday's Cuban-American Hurricane Conference in New Orleans, and has posted a nice blog on the affair.

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Quoting Floodman:


it's okay...I have plenty of meds and to be honest I'm doing pretty well; the only problem is that about the time I start dozing pretty well the phone rings...by the way, I think I'm going to hell...I said some rather foul things to some Pentecostals about 30 minutes ago; they wouldn't stop knocking on the door, you see, so I slammed open the door (as best I can slam open a door these days) and asked them what sort of fornicating idiot would knock on a fornicating door for 10 cursed of God minutes when it was pretty cursed of God evident that no one was going to answer it... Told them that I belonged to a sect of eastern orthodox catholicism that performed human sacrifice of idiots that knocked on doors and could I please have their address...they left at a truly rapid pace

I'm likely to fall asleep again in a few minutes, folks; not being rude but between my meds and being exhausted I can't seem to stay awake today

BBL


Now THAT'S funny! Thanks Flood for that comedy relief! I hope your meds treat you right, get well soon!
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Quoting Floodman:


it's okay...I have plenty of meds and to be honest I'm doing pretty well; the only problem is that about the time I start dozing pretty well the phone rings...by the way, I think I'm going to hell...I said some rather foul things to some Pentecostals about 30 minutes ago; they wouldn't stop knocking on the door, you see, so I slammed open the door (as best I can slam open a door these days) and asked them what sort of fornicating idiot would knock on a fornicating door for 10 cursed of God minutes when it was pretty cursed of God evident that no one was going to answer it... Told them that I belonged to a sect of eastern orthodox catholicism that performed human sacrifice of idiots that knocked on doors and could I please have their address...they left at a truly rapid pace

I'm likely to fall asleep again in a few minutes, folks; not being rude but between my meds and being exhausted I can't seem to stay awake today

BBL
I like how well versed this post is Floodman. I hope to see more like it, they are even easy to read...jmo :)
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Quoting NEwxguy:


Yep,you will have to pay for that flood,the good news is that you are so drugged up right now you won't feel a thing when that lightning bolt hits your house.


Well, let's hope it just hits HIM and not the whole house, NE...I didn't holler at 'em, and I don't have the benefit of his drug-induced fog! LOL
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Quoting Grothar:


No comments on my BLOB in the GOM?


Its a Blob =)
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"The climate crisis is very real."

And that has now been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt by the whistle blower at CRU. The planet has warmed and cooled since it's inception without man's hand in it. If there truly is a "climate crisis" as you call it, there isn't a thing man can do about it. Much to many's dismay, man just isn't that significant to this planet. It has been here for milleniums before us, it will continue beyond our existence for many milleniums. We aren't even as significant to this planet as a single plankton is to the Atlantic Ocean.
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Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:



Why can't we just commit to reducing our negative impacts on the climate by as much as possible every year? Regardless who or what the cause is.

At the end of the day, if it turns out the AGW theory was just that, a theory, at least we would be living in a much cleaner & healthier environment.

And if it turns out that AGW was in fact the cause, we can rest assured that we did everything possible to prevent it.

The bickering, IMO, is a waste of precious time and energy.


The reduction of greenhouse emissions will have far reaching effects, beyond just climate. Healthier people breathing cleaner air = reduced health care costs and a better quality of life.

Why would anyone not want to strive towards that goal??


Exactly the point I've been trying to make as well! Thank you!
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Quoting Grothar:


No comments on my BLOB in the GOM?


I think I see a pinhole eye. LOL!!!
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Quoting Orcasystems:
Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?




If it is true, (I believe that it is,) then they ought to be brought up criminal charges.


Why? Because they're trying to get the morons on this planet to take care of it? Come on Doug, you sound like a teabagger with that fake outrage.
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Quoting IKE:


Excellent choice in kick-a** R & R!

"""Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss."""




Yes.


And really, if you don't have your volume knob somewhere up around 80-90%-don't bother!
: )
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Quoting weatherneophyte:
Regarding #10. Meant to say the now exposed junk science of "man made" global warming.


The climate crisis is very real. Whatever you want to call it, the combination of C02 emissions (man made or otherwise), deforestation, coral bleaching / ocean acidification, and artic ice melting will cause MAJOR problems for us in the not too distant future. Unfortunately, being able to say "I told you so" in this matter would be horrible. Why can't we all be good stewards to our planet and environment? Regardless of anything else it's the right thing to do.
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Quoting Floodman:


it's okay...I have plenty of meds and to be honest I'm doing pretty well; the only problem is that about the time I start dozing pretty well the phone rings...by the way, I think I'm going to hell...I said some rather foul things to some Pentecostals about 30 minutes ago; they wouldn't stop knocking on the door, you see, so I slammed open the door (as best I can slam open a door these days) and asked them what sort of fornicating idiot would knock on a fornicating door for 10 cursed of God minutes when it was pretty cursed of God evident that no one was going to answer it... Told them that I belonged to a sect of eastern orthodox catholicism that performed human sacrifice of idiots that knocked on doors and could I please have their address...they left at a truly rapid pace

I'm likely to fall asleep again in a few minutes, folks; not being rude but between my meds and being exhausted I can't seem to stay awake today

BBL


Yep,you will have to pay for that flood,the good news is that you are so drugged up right now you won't feel a thing when that lightning bolt hits your house.
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Well thank god for shear or I think we would have a problem in the western Caribbean and the western Gulf. But looks to be a lot of energy heading north. I know we sounded like so many before, I hope we don't get to much rain in Fl. But mother nature got her own agenda.
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Quoting NEwxguy:


Shortsightedness?I believe the government could be legally declared blind.
By the way how are you?Hope the pain after surgery is bearable.


it's okay...I have plenty of meds and to be honest I'm doing pretty well; the only problem is that about the time I start dozing pretty well the phone rings...by the way, I think I'm going to hell...I said some rather foul things to some Pentecostals about 30 minutes ago; they wouldn't stop knocking on the door, you see, so I slammed open the door (as best I can slam open a door these days) and asked them what sort of fornicating idiot would knock on a fornicating door for 10 cursed of God minutes when it was pretty cursed of God evident that no one was going to answer it... Told them that I belonged to a sect of eastern orthodox catholicism that performed human sacrifice of idiots that knocked on doors and could I please have their address...they left at a truly rapid pace

I'm likely to fall asleep again in a few minutes, folks; not being rude but between my meds and being exhausted I can't seem to stay awake today

BBL
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Humility is such an attractive personality trait in a man.

Where's Presslord?


LOL...go get 'em, Awake! :)
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Humility is such an attractive personality trait in a man.

Where's Presslord?


Humility???LOL,I'm glad you pointed that out,I obviously had the meaning of the word all wrong.
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No comments on my BLOB in the GOM?
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77. IKE
Quoting beell:
oh well,

GOOOOOOD MORNING, COPENHAGEN!



Excellent choice in kick-a** R & R!

"""Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss."""


Quoting Floodman:


It's the shortsightedness of governments...they'd rather spend time and money listening to our every phonecall, txt mssage and email rather than spend a tenth of that amount on a technology that might save lives. Doesn't anyone grow weary of this nonsense?


Yes.
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Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:


And that, my friend, is your improved quality of life. Granted, some would benefit far greater than others but, as a whole, life would be better.


And all the factories have closed and moved to China. They're just pumping the pollution out in China and we have a high unemployment rate.
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Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:
I grew up not too far from Gary, IN back in the day. I remember driving through the perma-smog to get to Chicago. It's much different now that the clean air laws have been passed. You can actually see more than 1/4 mile.

We are ranked one of the highest polluted areas in the country! That is why we have many residents who suffer from allergies, asthma and very high statistics of cancer. A doctor told a friend of ours that the spots in her lungs were not uncommon in our area. Isn't that reassuring to know that spots in our lungs are considered normal. Why? Because of the massive amounts of air pollution we have here. This is another reason that we have so many sufferers of emphysema, lung diseases and breast and other cancers.


And that, my friend, is your improved quality of life. Granted, some would benefit far greater than others but, as a whole, life would be better.
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Humility is such an attractive personality trait in a man.

Where's Presslord?
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I've come to the conclusion that this world needs a hero. That hero is me. Details to follow very soon.
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Quoting atmoaggie:

But what about people that bypass the doctor altogether for years because they are on the razor's edge, barely getting by, and cannot afford a copay? How does optionally increasing energy costs improve their quality of life? There is more to quality of life than health care and a false sense of accomplishment that will come with you or I reducing our CO2 emissions to the level of 1985.

Why would anyone not strive for that? I would think that is rather obvious.


I was merely pointing out that breathing cleaner, healthier air would lead to less respiratory problems which, indirectly, would lead to reduced health care costs. I did not single any one person or group out and realize that health care is a completely different subject.

Which by the way, costs have come down significantly.

Humana / $35 copay / 2 adults / 1 Child / $273 per month.

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Thanks Lawntonlooker, nice to know someone read it. People talk about cover ups and what not on this blot,should be led media story. While at least the people at MIT are smart enough not to let it disappear. Lastly the storm forming in western gulf get's scarier each satellite photo hope pressure stays up.
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Quoting pcbdragon:

SNOW in Florida? cool!


That would be pretty funny if Florida saw snowflakes before us up here in new england
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Quoting Jeff9641:


We'll see I doubt it though. Georgia for sure yes, Especially Northwest Georgia maybe 2 to 3 inches.


What's the snow potential for the NC piedmont?
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Are we looking at freezing temps in SW Fla, around Ft Meyers ?
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Quoting Patrap:
US-Cuba Hurricane Conference Entry,..


Interesting article!
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Quoting Grothar:


Nothing get by you, does it, Awake?

Not much, esp. the fun stuff and the CIVIL discussion!

Too bad my mental filters don't automatically set to ignore when it would be appropriate.

I just left a post in Mrs. Flood's blog that maybe Flood realized all the pain went away when he stopped throwing himself against the WU brick wall (that is, free-floating animosity, a great expression I've co-opted from an old friend.)
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US-Cuba Hurricane Conference Entry,..
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Quoting Floodman:


It's the shortsightedness of governments...they'd rather spend time and money listening to our every phonecall, txt mssage and email rather than spend a tenth of that amount on a technology that might save lives. Doesn't anyone grow weary of this nonsense?


Shortsightedness?I believe the government could be legally declared blind.
By the way how are you?Hope the pain after surgery is bearable.
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Quoting gordydunnot:
Floodman I know you are considered an intelligent poster with good cause. Did you read the MIT discovery about photovoltaic/hydrolysis method to generate hydrogen. May make all this GW discussion go away, posted article yesterday never heard a comment from anyone. I suppose most just love to argue.


I did read the article. It was interesting to use any power source,(wind, solar,or what ever and using the excess power to make the H2 and O2 for the fuel cell. Sounds almost like a perpetual electrical source
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Quoting Jeff9641:

A very big storm next week IKE. I think Florida is in for a very nasty severe weather outbreak on Monday or Tuesday. We could be looking at the biggest tornado outbreak since spring (dozens maybe). If models verify the wind patterns from the surface to aloft will be in a prime setup. The GFS is indicating there could be snow flurries all the way to Pensacola on Tuesday!! INTERESTING FOR SURE!!!!!

SNOW in Florida? cool!
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Still going to have to give the geckos a drink with eyedroppers, Grothar?


Nothing get by you, does it, Awake?
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Still going to have to give the geckos a drink with eyedroppers, Grothar?
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Floodman, it is good to have you back brother, I hope everything heals quickly.
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Geez, Hades, what did you do with Floodman?
Drown him with actual storm info?
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Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert (Re-issued)
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An area of convection (96W) located at 6.1N 106.8E or 280 NM south of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Animated multispectral satellite imagery shows a broad region of deep convection ramins persistent on the western half of an elongated low level circulation center. A recent WINDSAT Pass showed two regions of strong convergence on the northwest and southwest quadrant near the low level circulation center. However, winds near the center were rain contaminated but predominantly showed 20 knots. A 0626z AMSR-E Microwave image also indicated significant deep convection along the northwestern quadrant, but did not show a well organized low level circulation center. Upper level analysis support further development with good poleward outflow around and upper level subtropical ridge located to the northeast of the low level circulation center. With a favorable upper level environment the disturbance remains GOOD for developing into a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours
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India Meteorological Department
Tropical Weather Outlook
17:30 PM IST November 24 2009
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The low pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea persists
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Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Tropical Disturbance Summary (1800z 24NOV)
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An area of convection (95B) located at 5.4N 92.4E or 170 NM west of northern tip of Sumatra. Animated infrared satellite imagery indicates deep convection flaring to the west of a partially exposed low level circulation center. A 1354z TRMM 37V Microwave image shows weak banding with slight curvature to the west-northwest of the low level circulation center. Upper level analysis indicates that the low level circulation center is located in an unfavorable region for development south of the ridge axis with diffluent easterly flow. CIMSS low level vorticity indicates a weak elongated vorticity pattern.

Maximum sustained winds near the center is 20-25 knots with a mimimum sea level pressure of 1004 MB. The potential for this disturbance to form into a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is UPGRADED TO FAIR.
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Mauritius Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number EIGHT
PERTURBATION TROPICALE, FORMER BONGANI (05-20092010)
16:00 PM Réunion November 24 2009
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At 12:00 PM UTC, Tropical Disturbance, Former Bongani (1005 hPa) located at 10.9S 52.0E has 10 minute sustained winds of 25 knots with gusts of 35 knots. The disutrbance is reported as moving south at 5 knots

RSMC Dvorak Intensity: T1.5/2.0

Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 11.6S 51.0E - 25 kts (Perturbation Tropicale)
24 HRS: 12.1S 49.5E - 30 kts (Depression Tropicale)
48 HRS: 13.3S 46.2E - 30 kts (Depression Tropicale)
72 HRS: 15.1S 43.4E - 20 kts (Perturbation Tropicale)

Additional Information
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The last animated satellite picture depict a fluctuating convection in the vicinity of the low level circulation center. The system has tracked southward within the last few hours. Environmental condition are poor for a re-intensification. Actually, if upper condition are good, lower level convergence is expected to weaken during the next 48 hours, the system will be northwest of Madagascar. A poor monsoon inflow should temporarily be better between the next 24-48 hours, in phase with an upper level outflow southward. The system is expected to move on the western edge of a weak low tropospheric ridge and track west southwestward within the next three days
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Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:
The bickering, IMO, is a waste of precious time and energy.

Getting a second job so that my kids can enjoy quality and diversity of foods they enjoy today would be a waste of precious time and energy. As would be waiting in line at Walmart, chosen by those that are cheap and those that must buy the least expensive, regardless of quality.
Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:
Healthier people breathing cleaner air = reduced health care costs and a better quality of life.

Why would anyone not want to strive towards that goal??

But what about people that bypass the doctor altogether for years because they are on the razor's edge, barely getting by, and cannot afford a copay? How does optionally increasing energy costs improve their quality of life? There is more to quality of life than health care and a false sense of accomplishment that will come with you or I reducing our CO2 emissions to the level of 1985.

Why would anyone not strive for that? I would think that is rather obvious.
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Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #19
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM NIDA (T0922)
21:00 PM JST November 24 2009
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SUBJECT: Category Two Typhoon Near Caroline Islands

At 12:00 PM UTC, Severe Tropical Storm Nida (985 hPa) located at 9.2N 145.3E has 10 minute sustained winds of 50 knot with gusts of 70 knots. The storm is reported as moving north-northwest slowly

RSMC Dvorak Intensity: T3.5

Gale Force Winds
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180 NM from the center in northern quadrant
160 NM from the center in southern quardrant

Forecast and Intensity
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24 HRS: 11.6N 142.9E - 65 kts (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
48 HRS: 14.7N 140.7E - 75 kts (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
72 HRS: 17.1N 139.3E - 75 kts (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
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FLOOD!! AKA JERRY!!! (Where's NRAAmy -- let's celebrate the return of...!!)

I've been holding my breath (less global warming)...

How the heck are you? And the Mrs.?
I take it LongStrangeTrip is an understatement?
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Philippines Atmospherical Geophysical Astronomical Services and Administration

Tropical Depression "URDUJA" continues to move Eastward slowly.

Tropical Cyclone Bulletin #6
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At 11:00 PM PhST, Tropical Depression Urduja located at 10.2ºN 126.1ºE or 75 kms northeast of Surigao City has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots.

Signal Warnings
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Warning Signal #1 (30-60 kph winds)

Visayas Region
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1.Leyte
2.Southern Leyte
3.Biliran
4.Eastern Samar
5.Western Samar

Mindanao Region
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1.Surigao del Norte
2.Surigao del Sur
3.Agusan del Norte
4.Dinagat Island
5.Siargao Island

Additional Information
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Public Storm Warning Signals elsewhere now lowered.

Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes in areas under PSWS # 1 are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against possible flashfloods and landslides.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 AM tomorrow.
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