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.

Jeff Masters

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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.
Bridge collapsed

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383. theboldman
7:13 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
oh ok right
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382. weatherwannabe
2:11 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
nah I gotta go here soon. Nobody is here anyway.
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381. theboldman
7:11 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
oh lol ok cool thanks
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380. theboldman
7:11 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
hey wannabe want to go to the chat room to chat then we wont be bothered by people
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379. weatherwannabe
2:11 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
lol the funny person list
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378. theboldman
7:09 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
im meant what is the list
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377. weatherwannabe
2:08 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
you know the list - it's a positive I think
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376. theboldman
7:07 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
list for what may i ask
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375. 8888888889gg
2:04 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
ok then
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374. weatherwannabe
2:04 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
bold that is awesome dude you are on my list
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373. theboldman
7:03 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
wannabe hey man your funny i give you that lol
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372. theboldman
7:03 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
i dont know yet david let me think k
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371. 8888888889gg
1:30 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
theboldman good would like to be back on my yahoo im?
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369. Hurriphoon
1:32 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
speaking of rain here comes another downpour
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368. Hurriphoon
1:26 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
I think St. Augustine (like us) has yet to be hit with really high winds. Even during the worst part of last year I think we only saw max 100 mph bursts in Cape Canaveral. I'd say max winds here were maybe 75 mph based on wind charts the NWS Melbourne office put out.
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367. paweatherfan
1:27 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hurriphoon
Yea just looked at some of the models and noticed that they are not really developing anything now near PR.
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366. theboldman
6:24 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
hey david sup hows the blog going for ya
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365. HateHurricanes
1:10 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hurriphoon

We're on our way to St. Augustine on Sun. will be at the beach for a month. So I'm sticking to this blog like glue. Don't have a computer there and the weather guys in Jax know less than I do. Poor things. I can stand rain. I can stand a wet dog. I cannot stand high wind.
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364. tedly
1:13 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Children, children, children
This blog is about weather. Go suck your thumb and find a blog for your foolishness. Good grief, even Lefty is sounding mature in comparison. That should convince you of where you are unless even that is too complicated.
WEATHER WEATHER WEATHER - that's what we want to talk about.
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363. Hurriphoon
1:17 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
I've been studying the PR radar loops and it just looks sloppy, no circulation that I can see.
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362. Hurriphoon
12:56 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hate Hurricanes, I checked the radar when we were getting most of the rain and it was in sw to ne bands that were missing Orlando for the most part. But I can tell you my street was flooded ofr a short time Saturday nite and my renter called to tell me his street was flooded today.
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361. paweatherfan
12:51 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Alright, now that wannabe is gone let's talk weather!! By the way Lefty I would rather read opinions whether I daisagree or agree rather then listen to that jacka**wannabe spouting out all his BS and taking up everyone's time having to scroll through his logs. By the way you dont have to explain yourself to him. Anyway, what's the latest opinion on the PR blob?
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360. HateHurricanes
12:50 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Wow Hurriphoon

We live about 45m due west of you and had about 2" in the last week. Was expecting lots and lots of flooding, but guess you got most of it.
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359. Hurriphoon
12:44 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hello all, it looks like the blog got a little out of control earlier. Unfortunately a few individuals (trolls) are going to end up ruining it for not only for the regulars who love and are fascinated by weather, but those occasional users who come here to get more up to date, detailed information during life threatening situations. I appreciate the opinions of the highly devoted regulars here even though they are sometimes wrong. Itís been proven many times over to just ignore the trolls, even though itís hard to sit back and ignore the free-flowing insults and attacks. I would hate to see Dr. Masters pull the plug on this incredibly useful blog because of the actions of a few individuals.
On to the weather, here in Titusville, FL we have seen rainfalls over the last seven days unlike any I have seen in the last 10 to perhaps fifteen years. I wonder if the last 2 years hurricane activity is really within historical statistical boundaries or if we are seeing the beginnings of climate change. Sometimes it looks like things are just off the charts, statistically.
88..99gg I looked at your Blog and there are some very interesting articles, but I think it would be better if you gave credit to the source. When was the winter storm in Northern California? (although, having property in Trinidad, CA I donít consider Sacramento Northern at all!)
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358. 8888888889gg
12:28 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
theboldman HI
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357. theboldman
5:12 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
dang what happened here lol i come back on and iss it all again aw well i guess school is mor eimportant then immuture bickering lol
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356. 8888888889gg
12:07 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
NEW BLOG OUT THIS TIME THERE A LITTLE FUN IN THERE SO THAK A LOOK
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355. tornadoty
11:53 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Hecker, that "South Atlantic" system is really in teh southern Indian Ocean. Look at the coordinates.
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354. tornadoty
11:48 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Note also, Hecker, that they have noname 22, a notation usually used for storms that are about to be named.
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353. cgableshurrycanegal
7:41 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
gonna grab some dinner. see you all later!
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352. cgableshurrycanegal
7:38 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
couldn't get to the site, hecker. would this be like the system that hit Brazil that folks kept arguing wasn't a hurricane?
it waddled, quacked and swam, yet wasn't a duck. right.
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351. cgableshurrycanegal
7:34 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
I'm with you Cosmic, be over already.
Mitch was a nightmare. In the investigative reports done by Miami Herald they mention that lack of info on Mitch from the GulfStream (I believe) led them to not get the track right when it took that dip to the south.
Mitch gets forgotten by folks as it didn't impact the USA, but it was a major killer...
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350. Hecker
11:25 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
The Navy site seems to think something may be brewing in the SOUTH ATLANTIC (?!!)(link)
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349. CosmicEvents
11:28 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I do also think that the next area of interest will be in the SOUTHWEST Caribean. Pressures there continue to drop daily, and there are a couple of areas with some spin already. I don't expect anything to come out of the spinning areas out there now, but I'd look there over the next week. And let's hope we don't get anything like Mitch. No reason to think something like THAT is coming, but tis has been a crazy year. I just want this season to end already.
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348. cgableshurrycanegal
7:24 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
yeah, hecker, that HAS been very persistent. So far noone seems to have given it much attention.
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347. cgableshurrycanegal
7:20 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
so I've heard, possibly even more than 12"...
that's when hillsides start to slide and towns disappear.
for all that PR is a part of the USA there are areas that are quite remote and the houses are real basic and won't withstand that kind of rain and slide...
Probably 20 yrs back a no-name storm took out a HUGE section of mountain side on the sw corner of the island and at least a couple of hundred people were killed and some were never found, buried under tons of mud and debris...
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346. leftyy420
11:21 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
yeah cgb. i wil catch u guys later. gojg to start doinner soon as the wife gets off early tonight. be back around 1am with an update on theglobalmodels for any possible formation
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344. cgableshurrycanegal
7:18 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
GACK!!! impersonators? talk about being underhanded!
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343. Hecker
11:12 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I am still curious about that blip in the Atlantic way out east of Venezuela--it's still there, trying to do whatever it is trying to do. The shear (IMHO) still looks pretty fierce over the Caribbean; that ULL has been doing a good job of keeping the whole area shut down. That would have to let up before anything could develop there.
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342. leftyy420
11:18 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
cgb, parts of pr have recicved more than 12 inches of rain
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341. leftyy420
11:17 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
yeah cgb, i bet its really bad in pr
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339. cgableshurrycanegal
7:12 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
you know in all the discussion about the blob in eastern carib we are missing the fact that PR has been under flash-flood warnings and has had serious flooding for at least 2, if not 3 days. Those mountains in the center of the island get some pretty serious flash-flooding going and even if it doesn't rain on one side of the island, the watershed off the tops can create serious river floods onto that side.
Wonder if there are any photos anywhere...
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337. tornadoty
11:11 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
No, the extra y was after he went on a major tirade with a lot of cussing and was kicked off (again brought on by a bunch of trolls that I believe occupy Alec's blog). The Lefty impersonator was leftyy42O.
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336. WunderYakuza (Admin)
4:09 PM PDT on October 11, 2005
Everyone, take the personal battles offline, to other blogs, or to the message system. If you want to discuss the weather, even disagree about the weather, that's fine. All the rest of this stuff can go, since I have better things to do than delete comments.
333. tornadoty
11:07 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I still am feeling big time western Caribbean storm, and, for the little it's worth, so is Bastardi. It is at the tail end of the trough and in a climotologically favored area. And for those who disagree, time to look at Mitch.
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.