Hurricanes Igor and Tomas get their names retired

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 8:19 PM GMT on March 27, 2011

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The names Tomas and Igor will no longer be used to name hurricanes in the Atlantic, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced this March. Hurricane Igor made landfall near Cape Race, Newfoundland on September 21, 2010, and was that island's most damaging hurricane in 75 years, with $200 million in damage. Hurricane Tomas smashed through the Lesser Antilles Islands on October 30 - 31, 2010, dealing a particularly harsh blow to St. Lucia, where eight died and damage was estimated at $500 million. Tomas also killed 35 people on Haiti, and contributed to a cholera epidemic that killed thousands.


Figure 1. Little Barsway bridge 10 km north of Grand Bank, Newfoundland, after flood waters from Hurricane Igor swept it away. Image credit: George J.B. Rose.


Figure 2. MODIS satellite image of Tropical Storm Tomas taken at 10:30am EDT Saturday October 30, 2010, as the storm began lashing the Lesser Antilles. At the time, Tomas was a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.

The retirement of hurricane names
The WMO maintains a list of hurricane names for the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific that repeats itself every six years. The names Igor and Tomas in the Atlantic would have appeared again in 2016, but will be replaced by Ian and Tobias. Each spring, the WMO meets to decide if any names should be retired from the list, due to notable death or destruction caused by one of the past season's storms. Any country that is a member of the WMO can request that a name be retired. If a country seriously affected by a hurricane does not request retirement of the name, then the name will not be retired. In the recent past, Mexico, in particular, has been reluctant to request retirement significant storms that have affected them. In 2010, two significant hurricanes affected the country, but Mexico chose not to request retirement of either: Hurricane Alex, which killed twelve people and did $1.5 billion in damage, and Hurricane Karl, which killed 22 and did $206 million in damage. Back in 2005, Mexico also did not request retirement of Hurricane Emily, which made two landfalls in Mexico as a major hurricane, destroying thousands of buildings, but not claiming any lives. A new storm named Emily will appear this year, as we are recycling the names from 2005 that were not retired (2005 holds the record for most retired names, with five.) Probably the best example of a hurricane that did not get its name retired, but deserved to, was Hurricane Gordon of 1994, which killed 1145 people on Haiti. Haiti did not send a representative to the 1995 WMO meeting when retirements for 1994 were decided. Gordon did not affect any other countries strongly enough to motivate them to request retirement, and the name Gordon will be used again in 2012.

Since Atlantic hurricanes began getting women's names in 1953, 76 names have been retired, an average of 1.3 retired names per year. The list includes one tropical storm, Allison of 2001, that caused billions in damage from its heavy rains. The storm with the most appearances so far is Arlene, which has appeared nine times: 1959, 1963, 1967, 1971, 1981, 1987, 1993, 1999, 2005. Arlene will make its tenth appearance this year. One exception to the retirement rule: before 1979, some storm names were simply dropped. For example, in 1966, Fern was substituted for Frieda, and no reason was given. Only three Eastern Pacific hurricanes have had their names retired--Hurricane Ismael of 1995, Hurricane Pauline of 1997, and Hurricane Kenna of 2002. All of these storms hit Mexico.

Cool Katrina animation
A new visualization created by Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois shows Hurricane Katrina spinning over the Gulf of Mexico during a 36-hour period in August, 2005. The animation is part of a full-length planetarium film called Dynamic Earth screened at the Fulldome UK festival on March 12 - 13. You can see the video at the newscientist.com or DynamicEarth web sites. The video description: Trajectories follow moist air rising into intense "hot tower" thunderstorms, and trace strong winds around the eye wall; rapidly rising air is yellow, sinking air blue. The sun, moon, and stars show the passing of time. The visualization highlights Katrina's awesome power and fierce beauty.

I'll be back with a new post Tuesday or Wednesday.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting Grothar:


That bad weather keeps slipping further South every time you post it. Wassup?



Sorry Gro. My son brought me a steak n Cheese foot long sub....that was more important.......LOL...hey brother. Hope all is well.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Kyodo: Radioactive water from No. 2 reactor due to partial meltdown; partial meltdown of fuel rods believed to be temporary.

Righttt....


You should balance your opinion some. Just sayin.

Here is a take on the week in review from another vantage point. Your opinion is only, and exactly just that !

http://www.sepp.org/twtwfiles/2011/TWTW%202011-3- 26.pdf
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152. Skyepony (Mod)
SOLAR
RADIO STORM
:
Sunspot 1176 is 'radio-active.'
Amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft sends this
report from his observatory in rural New Mexico:
"Over the past few days, I have been recording
a sustained solar radio storm at 180 MHz. It is
a broadband continuum storm of Type I radio bursts,
and it sounds like ocean surf. Here
is an audio sample
from March 27th at 1930 UT.
The sun seems to be entering a new phase of dynamism."


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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


It's interesting that you and flsky have the same connection problems but with different browsers (you use IE, right?)


Yes.
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146. Neapolitan 3:16 AM GMT on March 28, 2011
Kyodo: Radioactive water from No. 2 reactor due to partial meltdown; partial meltdown of fuel rods believed to be temporary.


What! I guess the fuel rods can just unfuse themselfs and go back to their origional state they were in prior to the beginning of the incident.
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Germany's anti-nuclear Greens defeat Merkel's party in state elections amid Fukushima disaster
Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press Mar 27, 2011 17:31:45 PM

BERLIN - Germany's anti-nuclear Greens on Sunday scored a remarkable victory over chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party in a state election that had turned into a referendum on nuclear power in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster.

The Greens doubled their voter share in wealthy Baden-Wuerttemberg state and seemed poised to oust Merkel's Christian Democrats who held power there for almost six decades, according to preliminary results released by the state electoral commission.

The Greens are also set to win their first ever state governorship, the results showed.

"This is a day that has strongly changed the political landscape in Germany," party chairwoman Claudia Roth said in Berlin.

The Greens secured 24.2 per cent of the vote, with the centre-left Social Democrats down 2 percentage points at 23.1 per cent. That secures them a narrow lead to form a coalition government with a combined 71 seats in the state legislature, the results showed.

"We have secured what amounts to a historic electoral victory," the Greens' local leader Winfried Kretschmann told party members in Stuttgart.

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148. Skyepony (Mod)
Sounds like it's expected to be "weeks" to stop the polluting from 2. Time to contain, cement & bury that that place.
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147. Skyepony (Mod)
BUNE on MIMIC is huge. There is some land overlay issues.

Rasta~ You too.. Be trying not to dance in it.
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Kyodo: Radioactive water from No. 2 reactor due to partial meltdown; partial meltdown of fuel rods believed to be temporary.

Righttt....
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Quoting Grothar:
Where is everyone, cleaning their cookies and defraging?


It's interesting that you and flsky have the same connection problems but with different browsers (you use IE, right?)
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144. Skyepony (Mod)
Around 3,700 Burmese fisherman are presumed dead after an unpredicted tropical storm swept their boats out to sea two weeks ago, according to a report last Friday by The Irrawaddy, is a news magazine published by Burmese exiles in Thailand. Out of the approximately 7,000 fishermen who were carried out into the Andaman Sea, 3,374 have been rescued, according a source connected with Burma’s Marine Fishing Association. Two hundred bodies had been recovered on Friday, according to the source, who also said that the majority of those killed were local fisherman whose smaller boats were less equipped to handle the violent storm. Burma’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology predicted heavy rain and wind with thunder and lighting, but not the tropical storm, which pummeled Burma (also known as Myanmar) with continuous 70 mile per hour winds for three days, The Irrawaddy reported. more here
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So Earlier Today I Posted The SST's, and so for all those that weren't on at the time... I showed:
Gulf Warmth Top 5:
2011: 37% Capable of TC; 1st Place

2007: 35% Capable of TC; 2nd Place

2005: 31% Capable of TC; 3rd Place

2008: 24% Capable of TC; 4th Place

2010: 4% Capable of TC; 5th Place
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141. Skyepony (Mod)
Saw 96º here today. Melbourne, FL set a new record. Feels like a hot summer coming on.

Pretty excited about this change in weather coming. Looks unsettled, with a lot of instability. Lightning looks the risk to pay for some rain. Threw all my summer grass seed to the pasture this evening.
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Well I tossed my cookies, defragged the PC and Grenades, and now Im relaxing with some Myers over ice.

"Clinkle,clinkle"

The darkness must go
down the river
of night's dreaming
Flow morphia slow,
let the sun and light come streaming,
into my life
into my life
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Quoting Grothar:


Worst month you can visit. That is usually when we get our heaviest rains.

Mmmhp.Anywho suddenly I have a taste for UTZ sour cream chips.My diet is ruiened!!.But I eat them once in a while (every 3 months)so shouldn't be that bad.....right..?
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Where is everyone, cleaning their cookies and defraging?
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Quoting TampaSpin:


That bad weather keeps slipping further South every time you post it. Wassup?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
In june I'll be making a visit to Florida.So I'll to take in on some of the strange weather that happens in Florida.


Worst month you can visit. That is usually when we get our heaviest rains.

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Quoting flsky:
In June, storm season is good. If you like thunder and lightning, head to "lightning alley," which runs from Orlando to the east coast. We get some pretty good ones in DBS, too!

I'm going to Universal Studios to be exsact.And no damn weather better ruin my stay...All though I know it will.
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Quoting TampaSpin:
Japan issues 50cm tsunami warning
Updated 34 minutes ago


Japan issues tsunami warning.
Japan has issued a tsunami advisory after a shallow 6.5 earthquake struck off the Miyagi coast, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The tsunami was expected to hit imminently at a height of 50 centimetres.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology says there is no threat to Australia's coastline.


It is rare for a tsunami from Japan to impact the Australian coastline, we have many barriers between us and them. Most likely a tsunami coming from New Zealand, USA/Hawaii and Indian ocean.
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130. flsky
In June, storm season is good. If you like thunder and lightning, head to "lightning alley," which runs from Orlando to the east coast. We get some pretty good ones in DBS, too!

Quoting washingtonian115:
In june I'll be making a visit to Florida.So I'll to take in on some of the strange weather that happens in Florida.
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No matter how hard you try to teach your cat general relativity, you're going to fail.



Brian Greene
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In june I'll be making a visit to Florida.So I'll to take in on some of the strange weather that happens in Florida.
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Quoting weatherboy1992:
It turns out that all the aftershocks, including the 7.7 and 7.9 aftershocks, add up to 4.3% of the energy released in the 9.0, assuming that each 1 point of magnitude is a 30 fold increase in energy.


There are a LOT of aftershocks in the 4.5-6.0 range, but they just don't amount to much.

If you assign a 9.0 earthquake a energy value of 10,000,000 units

a mag 4.5 = 2
a mag 5.0 = 12
a mag 5.5 = 68
a mag 6.0 = 370
a mag 6.5 = 2,029

The 7.7 and 7.9 are 120,155 and 237,228 and happened less than an hour after the main quake.

I'd expected all the aftershocks to add up to more when I eyeballed it. The energy released in the aftershocks so far is the equivalent of one mag 8.1 quake.

Thanks for that.
Interesting...
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Quoting twincomanche:


No reality is not what I think it is, it's what it really is.


Of course your reality is what it really is. I will try once to re-make my point. No one will see what you do, the way you do, because they are not you. Some may see things similarly. Some the exact opposite as in where you see black, they see white with no gray areas in between for either of you. Others do not have your thought process, your genetics, your upbringing and your life experience. That's all.
:)
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Quoting flsky:
Maybe it's just a Florida thang....



The windows updates and other security updates are very important. A lot of people do not know that you have to shut down a computer and not just do a "restart" Also, when you defrag, you have to do a complete error check on both before you can defrag properly. Even some techs do not know that. It should be done at least once a week.
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Looks like a little moisture building finally.

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I see the problem still continues for the blog format.Well did anybody write in to the admin about this?
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121. flsky
Maybe it's just a Florida thang....

Quoting Grothar:


Nah, that is not a good one. You can't argue with anyone on that blog. What's the sense.
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No severe weather here.

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Guess what, no storms, hype master flex

1041. RastaSteve 11:33 AM GMT on March 27, 2011 Hide this comment.
North FL and S GA is going to get rocked today! I would not be surprised if a moderate risk area gets issued for the Jacksonville area. Be careful and if a tornado warning is issued then take cover.
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Quoting TomasTomas:


Hey Jeff, MagicFan, all the other names you are, I dont mind the graphics you post and the models too, but all you do is hype everything way out of proportion. It gets old, you do it every hurricane season as well. Every storm is coming to C-FL. North FL got no storms today and you said they would get nailed. Glad you never got a Met degree, you may have been the worst forecaster on earth.

On a brighter note, my name was retired.
Ouch.Even if he is serval people up under different names he's behaving,unlike the 3 initial blogger who(sorry I'm still laughing at this saying of his)was making a come back.Lol.
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Quoting flsky:
Hmmm, I've cleaned out my cookies and temp file. I'm running W7 (us there something newer?), browser is updated to Firefox 4, fresh glass of wine. I think I'm jinxed....


I have used this process for some other folks with success to mitigate a problem for them (not windows 7). Try it at your own risk. I do not have an issue with my old garage PC (8 year old, 2.6 P4) on this site at this point. I hope this may help some if needed. Tuck it in your back pocket if nothing else. The security updates over the last few weeks have been many folks, including JAVA.

Edit, I did use it with windows 7 for my wife who got hijacked, as I was just informed, and reminded, unceremoniously

http://www.dslreports.com/faq/13616

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116. flsky
I haven't explored the video card issue. I'll check that out next. Sorry for belaboring this stuff folks. I'll stop now.
Quoting twincomanche:
I'm using the new form and it's fine. I think it's a video card issue.
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Quoting RastaSteve:


Someone in that are is going to get nailed later tonight and that disturbance should be the trigger to get storms going over FL by Daybreak. It's going to be a rainy commute tomorrow morning in orlando.


Hey Jeff, MagicFan, all the other names you are, I dont mind the graphics you post and the models too, but all you do is hype everything way out of proportion. It gets old, you do it every hurricane season as well. Every storm is coming to C-FL. North FL got no storms today and you said they would get nailed. Glad you never got a Met degree, you may have been the worst forecaster on earth.

On a brighter note, my name was retired.
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Quoting flsky:
Interesting, since I see your post, hahaha. What is the second best weather site - weather.com????



Nah, that is not a good one. You can't argue with anyone on that blog. What's the sense.
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111. flsky
Just another example of things not working, I guess. Sheesh.

Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


Didn't get it!

Have you cleared your cache and history?
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110. BtnTx
I often have to use classic.wunderground.com depending on computer and browser
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Quoting pottery:

"Classic Site" works fine.... still!


That is what I have to use. Works fine for me.
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Quoting Grothar:


My cookies are fine, thank you! The only site I have been having trouble with is this one. It only started when they revised it. It takes forever to load and refresh. No other site does that.

"Classic Site" works fine.... still!
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107. flsky
Interesting, since I see your post, hahaha. What is the second best weather site - weather.com????

Quoting Grothar:


Don't feel bad, fl. I can't get on this site at all.
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Quoting Ossqss:


Clean out your cookies, temp file, and update your OS, browser, and then beverage :)

Then run a full system scan!

This is not the first time I referenced this. That should help curve the issue, hopefully. Cheers!



My cookies are fine, thank you! The only site I have been having trouble with is this one. It only started when they revised it. It takes forever to load and refresh. No other site does that.
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105. flsky
Hmmm, I've cleaned out my cookies and temp file. I'm running W7 (us there something newer?), browser is updated to Firefox 4, fresh glass of wine. I think I'm jinxed....
Quoting Ossqss:


Clean out your cookies, temp file, and update your OS, browser, and then beverage :)

Then run a full system scan!

This is not the first time I referenced this. That should help curve the issue, hopefully. Cheers!

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Oh well. I'm all right, Jack.
And considering the State of Things right now, that's Good.
Hope youall are doing OK too?
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