Vince: Spain's first tropical cyclone

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:44 PM GMT on October 11, 2005

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Tropical Storm Vince made history today as the first tropical cyclone ever recorded to hit Spain. Vince scooted just south of Portugal and came ashore on the southwest Spanish coast opposite Sevilla. Vince made landfall as a tropical depression with 35 mph sustained winds and a central pressure of 1002 mb. Heavy rains and sustained winds of 31 mph with winds gusts of 48 mph were measured at Rota, Spain today, and winds of 36 mph gusting to 51 mph were measured at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Vince is no longer a tropical cyclone, and is not expected to cause damage in Spain. In fact, since Spain and Portugal are suffering their worst drought in 120 years, Vince will bring welcome rains to many areas.


Figure 1. Hurricane Vince at landfall. Image credit: Navy Research Lab, Monterey, CA.

The only other tropical cyclone I could find record of to hit Europe was Hurricane Debbie, which hit northwest Ireland on September 16, 1961 as a Category 1 hurricane. Wind gusts as high as 113 mph were measured in the storm at Malin Head, the northernmost point in Ireland. Debbies's winds caused widespread destruction in Ireland's County Denegal.

Puerto Rico disturbance
A large area of disturbed weather extends from Bermuda southwards to Puerto Rico and then westward across much of the Caribbean Sea. Wind shear levels in the disturbed area are about 20 knots--too high for tropical storm develoment today. This wind shear may relax over the next few days, possibly allowing some developement to occur. Most of the global computer models continue to predict that a tropical storm will form from this disturbed area later this week and move north to threaten Bermuda. However, the models are being less aggressive with this development than in previous runs, and in general, the tropics are looking much less conducive for tropical storm formation than a week ago.


Figure 2. Current radar precipiation estimates out of Puerto Rico show heavy rains from a tropical disturbance have affected most of the island.

Stan
Improving weather has let rescuers reach many of the hardest-hit areas of Guatemala flooded by Hurricane Stan's rains last week. A new mudslide in the west part of the country buried up to 40 more vicitms Monday, and many hundreds more remain missing and presumed buried throughout the country.

Northeast U.S. flooding
The remains of Tropical Storm Tammy cause extensive flooding in New England and the mid Atlantic the past two days, killing at least ten and bringing New Hampshire its worst flooding in a least 25 years. With additional rain beginning tonight and extending through Thursday, New England can expect continued flooding problems this week. New rain amounts may be as high as 2 - 3 inches in some areas.


Figure 3. Radar estimates of rainfall in New Engalnd from the remains of Tropical Storm Tammy.

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The power of water (MemaNH)
A car ended up leaning against this tree when the Cold River flooded this weekend.
The power of water
Bridge collapsed (MemaNH)
This used to be a pretty double-arched bridge across the Cold River. This weekend's flood destroyed it.
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433. theboldman
7:43 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
night 888
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432. Hurriphoon
2:41 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
It's kind of like a movie showing the mental ward, you see a lot of people with delusional thinking. Lefty thinks he has a degree in Meter.. uuhh Meteor.. Weather, and wannabee has delusions of being a lawyer with 35 people working for him.
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431. theboldman
7:42 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
now hurri dont go blameing this stuff all on my laughting buddy
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430. 8888888889gg
2:34 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
ok all i wish that we had a hurricane to talk about out there like a cat 5 but we do not so i am calling it a night
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429. palmettobug53
2:41 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
So, no storms mean "I'm bored", and just gotta kick up some dust?
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428. Hurriphoon
2:37 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
palmetto, usually things are pretty cool, sometimes (like now when there is no cyclone activity) people (wannabee) are unaccepting of others (lefty) who have opinions of there own especially if they find out they feed their kids poptarts instead of nutritionally wholesome home cooked meals.
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427. theboldman
7:39 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
oh yeah leftyy snuck out of bed and typed all this mean stuff lol his mom got really mad lol you have to think hes only 10 lol
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426. theboldman
7:38 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
lol wannabe and pallmetto hey welcome and yes there is nothing tropical that is going to affect the us right now
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425. palmettobug53
2:38 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Nah, wasn't talking about the weather. It's been the atmosphere on the blog itself........
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424. theboldman
7:37 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
oh i think it is lol
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423. weatherwannabe
2:37 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
palmettobug53 while I know little and lefty will surely correct me I don't believe there is any tropical weather threating the USA
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422. theboldman
7:36 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
yeah thanks man i knew i could count on you


we will pave the way for fun and happyness lol
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421. weatherwannabe
2:36 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hurriphoon seems funny too. Is a sense of humow spreading in the blog - oh shyt
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420. palmettobug53
2:11 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hi, I'm a newbie here. I'd been checking out several weather blogs and was impressed with this one. Based on what I was seeing a few weeks ago, it's the only one I've registered with. Is the last couple of days the normal atmosphere? I'm a little freaked. I do realize it's a tight community here. Am I over-reacting?
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419. weatherwannabe
2:34 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
cool bold. At least 2 of will laugh
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418. theboldman
7:33 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
hey wannaabe i would like to make you my laughting buddy lol
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417. Hurriphoon
2:32 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
there's nothing wrong with a sister balancing a pot on her head, but for most guys a beer can will suffice
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416. theboldman
7:32 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
lol wannabe lol
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415. theboldman
7:31 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
yeah i do wish i could do that hurriphoon
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414. weatherwannabe
2:31 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hurriphoon that is very insensitive. Shame
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413. theboldman
7:31 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
so your a sped too huriphoon
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412. Hurriphoon
2:30 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
from your picture, balancing the POT on your HEAD
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411. theboldman
7:30 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
ok im done laughting soo hard lol
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410. weatherwannabe
2:29 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hurriphoon why would you think that?
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409. Hurriphoon
2:29 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
yeah, I'd like to dip you in cheez whiz and make a wish
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408. theboldman
7:29 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
gosh hurriphoon you think were both sexy lol
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407. theboldman
7:28 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
dang your funny wannabe take a bow lol
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406. Hurriphoon
2:27 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
yeah, I thought wannabee was a pothead
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405. weatherwannabe
2:27 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hurriphoon we need a new storm - I need some new material to use with lefty.
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404. 8888888889gg
2:22 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
so where is evere one tonight is this going to like it the winter time too or what going on her tonight?
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403. weatherwannabe
2:27 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hurriphoon you think I am sexy dont you
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402. Hurriphoon
2:26 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
I allmost forgot, someone wake me when lefty and wannabee go at it again (since there is no tropical activity)
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401. theboldman
7:25 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
why would we do that hurriphoon lol im sry if your in special ed too lol
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400. theboldman
7:25 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
it means special ed lol slang for that lol
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399. Hurriphoon
2:24 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
boldman, maybe you and wannabee should get a hotel room, now that's funny.... going back to sleep
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398. weatherwannabe
2:24 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
people hate me because I am so good looking. Look at me - my pic is on my blog.
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397. weatherwannabe
2:23 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
what is a sped bold?
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396. theboldman
7:22 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
you bet it is hey have you heard of this one

leftyy your a sped lol
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395. weatherwannabe
2:21 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
yea I laugh most of the time on the blog too its the best
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394. theboldman
7:20 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
see your funny im laughting right now lol
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393. theboldman
7:20 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
lol
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392. weatherwannabe
2:19 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
I'm a total idiot
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391. theboldman
7:19 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
LOL HAHA
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390. theboldman
7:18 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
i loved this one lol

anyway, this blog is great for laughs. Lefty sits here all day and night watching every fog bank from Texas to Africa. There is the hourly inevitable "we got a new monster forming" post follwed by hundreds of worthless observations about nonexistent recon and poorly interpreted satellite pics to follow until Masters makes a new professional post that discredits everything for the last 5 hours. Then you all start al over. LOL - I love this blog
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389. weatherwannabe
2:18 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
yeah people take themselves too seriously. And I am an old man with a cane too - I hate everyone. arrrrrrgggggggg
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388. theboldman
7:16 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
yeah i laughted at those posts you made to leftyy about the fog and stuff lol
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387. theboldman
7:16 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
acually david were nit going
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386. weatherwannabe
2:15 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
at least one person gets it
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385. theboldman
7:14 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
i dont see why they all hate you your funny its weird
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384. 8888888889gg
2:12 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
would it be all right if i come too?
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383. theboldman
7:13 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
oh ok right
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