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.
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183. oriondarkwood
2:44 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Everyone,

I ain't dead from Barney (thier used to be a BBS game called Barney Splat). Remenber I am posting for work and sometimes I actually have to work, more so once I get another job or get unemployed (at the end of the month).
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182. guygee
6:42 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Yeah, like chanting an evil spell, only using reverse psychology...Orion you OK? We didn't mean it , honest.
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181. palmbeacher
6:44 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
me too cgables. Strange....
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180. cgableshurrycanegal
2:41 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
ROFL!!! Poor Dr. Jeff - he's gonna scroll thru alot of silliness to find anything worthwhile weatherwise...
Is anyone else showing every single post on his/her screen? I am open from the very first one by Jeremy. Weird...
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179. palmbeacher
6:43 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
He is actually standing by his desk dancing and singing it for all of his co-workers. ((((ORION))))
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178. CoconutCreekFLA
2:43 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Come back, Orion.. I won't let Barney get you... I'm giving him the Care Bear Stare right now!!!
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177. palmbeacher
6:42 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
He is Coconut, you put him into an Hysterical coma.
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176. CoconutCreekFLA
2:40 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Hey, where did Orion go? He is not writhin in pain on the floor from our singing is he?
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175. guygee
6:35 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Orion - Ohhhhh. Yea those dancin' bears are blinkies, I hear
those things can send your children into epileptic seizures.

I thought you meant frame dropouts on satellite loops.
Sure threw ME for a loop.
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174. CoconutCreekFLA
2:36 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Sing along...You all crack me up!!!
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173. palmbeacher
6:35 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
guygee, I am glad that I wasn't the only one singing along.
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172. oriondarkwood
2:31 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
CoconutCreekFLA,

Blinkies little gif aminations that you put on emails google the term and you learn quickly they are fun, but annoying as heck
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171. guygee
6:33 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
OK, CC, we all stopped posting to sing along for awhile,
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170. palmbeacher
6:32 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Coconut, step away from the caffeine!
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169. CoconutCreekFLA
2:29 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Orion...

I love you
You love me
We're a happy family
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you
Won't you say you love me too?

I love you
You love me
We're best friends
Like friends should be
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you
Won't you say you love me too?
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168. oriondarkwood
2:29 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
palmbeacher,

Gargamale should of used GPS.. but yea I would have packed my bags sold that fixer upper of his and moved someplace warm, sunny and no hurricanes (like Nevada)
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167. cgableshurrycanegal
2:27 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
cococreek, yeah, they x-rayed the python and there is a mammal w/retractable claws in it's belly, about the weight of the missing cat, incidentally, named Frances after last year's hurricane...
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166. guygee
6:27 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
orion - Yeah, seriously, what does create those? They seem to appear on most of the sites I use simultaneously, but not necessarily on all of them. Is it actual missing data from the download station, display software bugs, or what??
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165. palmbeacher
6:29 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
NO Not Barney, he scares my daughter, so I don't have to worry about that one.
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164. oriondarkwood
2:28 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
palmbeacher,

Eeek inflected by the Wiggles, Unclean, Unclean.. (LOL) Could be worse could be BARNEY!!!
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163. oriondarkwood
2:25 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Yea its werid,

As kids

In America we get the Wiggles, Care Bears and the Smurfs

In Asian they get Ramma 1/2, DBZ, Sailor Moon and LA Blue Girl (well maybe not that one)
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162. CoconutCreekFLA
2:26 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Thanks, Guygee.

Orion: what are you talking about "blinkies?"
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161. cgableshurrycanegal
2:24 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
guygee, I wish more people could have access the Herald expose on what is going on behind the scenes with NOAA, NWS and NHC so that they realize WHY forecasting is tripping over itself!
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160. oriondarkwood
2:24 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
guygee,

Yea them blinkies drive me nuts, my wife does that she even found a program to create them..
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159. guygee
6:17 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
CC - Looks like most of that convection is upper divergence from ULL, but there is a small surface circulation roughly near 22N 69N (hard to tell on the last chopped-off frame on GHCC). It is west of the convection, time will tell if convection develops around it. That ULL sure is stubborn, I thought it would develop into a tropical system by now, two days ago, but it has looked increasingly less tropical and drier every day since.
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158. oriondarkwood
2:17 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
MandyFSU,

1. C) Troll-a-nator 9000 .50Cal Sniper Rifle

I was raised in the boonies man- I know how to wield a gun!

YEEHAW!!! (LOL)


2. Uhhh... good?

Its a geek question (AD&D)
A 5th level fighter has a base to hit of +5 and a extra +2 with the magic sword (I won't even go into skills, feats and stuff)

To attack you roll a 20 sided dice and add 7 trying for a number which board side of a barn is a large target -5 to its Armor Class (the number your trying to hit) and wood has a AC of 10 or combined a AC of 5 so knowing that you can roll aleast a 8 you can hit the barn 100% of the time..


3. A) A lawyer

Verbally probed that is. I work for em so I know how to deal with em.

A lawyer screws you, kiss you then steals you wallet

The goverment screws you and then taxes you for the pleasure of it

And aliens are just looking at the plumbing (LOL)


Who would win a deathmatch between Gandalf, Harry Potter, Merlin and the Care Bears?

Harry Potter of course!

I think he might be using his other "wand" in book seven or aleast getting to round 2nd base (then agian he might come out of the closet with Ron)
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157. cgableshurrycanegal
2:22 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
OSHNBLU - if you are still around - am reading posts as seems slow!!!
Yes, Venetian Pool is National Historical Site I believe, at least is LOCAL historical, so definitely!
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156. palmbeacher
6:23 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Coconut, YOU are killing me..LOL
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155. CoconutCreekFLA
2:21 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
From Smurf Village to Century Village...
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154. CoconutCreekFLA
2:20 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Coconut: "lights, camera, action..."

PB: WIGGLES!!

Coconut: "welcome to our TV shoowwwww"
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153. quakeman55
6:18 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
CARIBBEAN SEA AND W ATLANTIC W OF 58W...
NO BIG CHANGES FROM YESTERDAY AS AN ANOMALOUS PATTERN REMAINS
WITH STRONG W TO WSW FLOW IN THE MID/UPPER LEVELS CONTROLLING
THE AREA S OF A TROUGH AXIS FROM THE WINDWARD PASSAGE TO NE
HONDURAS. VERY HIGH MOISTURE LEVELS AND UPPER DIFFLUENCE IS
CONTINUING TO PRODUCE A LARGE AREA OF UNSETTLED WEATHER OVER THE
CARIBBEAN SE OF THE TROUGH. 1005 MB LOW IS JUST S OF SE CUBA
WITH ANOTHER WEAK 1006 MB LOW JUST OFFSHORE OF NE HONDURAS.
SCATTERED SHOWERS/TSTM COVER THE REGION N OF S AMERICA BETWEEN
70W-81W. MORE ISOLATED ACTIVITY IS WITHIN 75 NM OF THE COAST OF
HONDURAS E OF 87.5W. A WEAK UPPER HIGH HAS FORMED NEAR 16N75W
PROVIDING PLENTY OF UPPER DIFFLUENCE FOR NEARBY SHOWERS/TSTMS.
FARTHER E... COMPLEX MID/UPPER LOW HAS A MEAN CENTER NEAR 26N71W
WITH A 1005 MB S OF THE LOW N OF PUERTO RICO NEAR 22N68.5W.
VERY HEAVY RAINFALL HAS BEEN BLANKETING THE ISLAND AND THE
ADJACENT ISLANDS APPROACHING ST. MARTIN. OVERALL SCATTERED
MODERATE CONVECTION COVERS THE AREA FROM 63W-70W BETWEEN 15N-20N.
HEAVY RAIN... FLASH FLOODING AND THE POTENTIAL FOR LIFE-
THREATENING MUDSLIDES EXISTS IN THE NE CARIBBEAN WITH THIS
WEATHER SYSTEM ESPECIALLY IN HIGHER TERRAIN. TROPICAL MOISTURE
IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN OVER MOST OF THE CARIBBEAN THROUGH MID
WEEK WITH AN ENHANCED CHANCE OF FLOODING... AND SOME DRYING OVER
THE NW CARIBBEAN INCLUDING YUCATAN AND W & CENTRAL CUBA. THINGS
COULD GET A LITTLE DRIER IN PUERTO RICO IN A COUPLE DAYS AS THE
LARGE LOW PRESSURE AREA HEADS NORTHWARD IN THE GENERAL DIRECTION
OF BERMUDA. UNFORTUNATELY THIS COULD PUT THE FLOODING-PRONE
ISLAND OF HISPANIOLA AT RISK FOR CONTINUED HEAVY RAINFALL
THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. OTHERWISE OVER W ATLC WATERS THE UPPER
TROUGH IS PRODUCING SCATTERED SHOWERS/TSTMS FROM 20N-31N BETWEEN
59W-68W. MODELS SUGGEST THAT SOME TYPE OF SUBTROPICAL LOW COULD
TRY TO FORM IN A FEW DAYS IN THE VICINITY OF BERMUDA THAT THERE
IS A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY ON IF IT WILL EVEN HAVE MANY
SUBTROPICAL LOW CHARACTERISTICS.

Does anybody think either of those two lows referenced in the Caribbean might have a chance of developing? It did mention a weak upper high over the area, and a couple of models are suggesting something might form from that area. Nevertheless though there is still a lot of convection out there.
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152. palmbeacher
6:18 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Remember how many times he was in Smurf villiage, but never could seem to find his way back. Well now, Gargamale is happily living in Boca Raton, and still has the ability to drive.
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151. palmbeacher
6:17 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
coco, my girl is 5 son is 9 and way to "cool" for this stuff. Sure lets go on tour! Sounds like fun.
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150. palmbeacher
6:15 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Crazy?? who? Not on here. No way! LMAO
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149. oriondarkwood
2:14 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
palmbeacher ,

Smurfs where werid, too happy in my opinion (probably the shrooms). And Gargaymale (sp) was a idiot.. should of put a tracking beacon one of of the smurfs the many times he caught one.. or just used Agent Orange
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148. CoconutCreekFLA
2:16 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
How old are your kids PB? I have a 4-year old daughter and know all the words to the wiggles too! Maybe we could get a cool bus and go on tour together!!
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147. palmbeacher
6:14 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
You aren't kidding! I know all the songs from the Wiggles. Do you know how people stare at me when I sing them in public.
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146. CoconutCreekFLA
2:14 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
21 you have to read back posts. PB isn't crazy (well, maybe a little but I suspect we all are) L)
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145. Pensacola21
6:14 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
LOL, you too Coconut!! Dont worry, I know every word to Shrek b/c of my little sister and brother... They watched it everyday!
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144. oriondarkwood
2:12 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
CoconutCreekFLA,

I think so, I remenber someone emailing me a link to a page that talked about cartoon characters and thier drug habits (ie Olive Oil was a speed freak, Droopy used downers, Woody Woodpecker was on PCP and Shaggy/Scooby where hitting the bong)
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143. Pensacola21
6:13 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Palm, you have been watching too many of your kids cartoons!! LOL
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142. CoconutCreekFLA
2:11 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
PB: I believe it is called the "care bear stare"
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141. palmbeacher
6:09 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Yes it does cc. Not good. Use the CareBear sunshine power to make it go away! LOL
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140. CoconutCreekFLA
2:08 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Check out the bottom right corner. Does it look like it is grouping together nicely?Link
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139. palmbeacher
6:07 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
SUB, I'll write them a letter for you!
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138. guygee
5:58 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
orion B, C, and sad to say the Care Bears. People always send me emails with those damn things a'dancin, makes me run to the nearest circular water-fixture. I am sure Gandalf and Merlin would melt like the Wicked Witch of the West upon viewing those evil creatures.
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137. MandyFSU
5:58 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Orion:

1. C) Troll-a-nator 9000 .50Cal Sniper Rifle

I was raised in the boonies man- I know how to wield a gun!

2. Uhhh... good?

3. A) A lawyer

Verbally probed that is. I work for em so I know how to deal with em.

Who would win a deathmatch between Gandalf, Harry Potter, Merlin and the Care Bears?

Harry Potter of course!
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136. subtropic
2:04 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Yeah heh heh. I should get a kickback from State Farm for this!
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135. palmbeacher
6:03 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
HEY SUBTROPIC!! Thanks again for buying that generator! It seems to be working as great repellent. Its just a shame you didn't get it last year.
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134. CoconutCreekFLA
2:03 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Look, look.... something about the weather:::

...TROPICAL WAVES...

E ATLC TROPICAL WAVE IS ALONG 27W S OF 17N MOVING W 10-15 KT. A
BROAD ROTATION IS NOTED WITHIN THE LOW CLOUDS WHICH HAS GOOD
CONTINUITY FROM YESTERDAY. ISOLATED MODERATE CONVECTION FROM
10N-14N BETWEEN 25W-28W. A SURGE IN ELY WINDS IS BEHIND THE
WAVE PRODUCING WIDELY SCATTERED MODERATE FROM 5N-14N BETWEEN
20W-25W.

CENTRAL ATLC TROPICAL WAVE IS ALONG 39W/40W S OF 18N MOVING W 15
KT. THERE IS A LARGE AREA OF CYCLONIC TURNING NEAR THE WAVE
AXIS WITH SW SHEAR ENHANCING ISOLATED MODERATE CONVECTION FROM
15N-20N BETWEEN 36W-40W. A MESOSCALE-CONVECTIVE-VORTEX (MCV) IS
LOCATED BEHIND THE WAVE NEAR 10.5N35.5W. LOW-LEVEL WIND DATA
SUGGEST THE WAVE IS FARTHER W ... DISPLACED DUE TO WLY SHEAR.

CENTRAL ATLC TROPICAL WAVE IS ALONG 49W S OF 14N MOVING W 10-15
KT. THIS REMAINS A LOW AMPLITUDE WAVE WITH ONLY A FEW ITCZ TSTMS
NEAR THE AXIS WITHIN 60 NM OF 10N49W.

TROPICAL WAVE ALONG THE LESSER ANTILLES NEAR 61W S OF 20N MOVING
W 10 KT. THE LOW ALONG THE WAVE APPEARS TO HAVE DISSIPATED.
COMPUTER MODELS SUGGEST A SMALL ENHANCEMENT IN SHOWERS/TSTMS IN
THE E CARIBBEAN TODAY. THE WAVE IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN
SIGNIFICANTLY AS IT INTERACTS WITH THE LOW/MID LEVEL WLY FLOW IN
THE E-CENTRAL CARIBBEAN. SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTION IS N OF
BARBADOS TO 20N BETWEEN 59W-61W.
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133. subtropic
2:02 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Hi Palmbeacher! Just stopped by to say hello and say how much I am enjoying this lull in the tropics (for us here in so fl).
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