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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532. VeroBeachNative
2:02 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Sorry, that would be Dr. Masters - please forgive me, I haven't had any caffine this morning!
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530. VeroBeachNative
2:00 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
New post by Dr. Matthews!
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525. MandyFSU
1:39 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
A Florida Hurricane late next week? Geez... we were just talking about Florida escaping the rest of the season yesterday. lol
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524. AM91091
1:36 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
I knoww you dont like Bastardi, but here's his free colunm...scary if true, which I doubt it will be.
523. palmbeacher
1:33 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
And the sad thing is that I am stuck in the office!! I do get tomorrow off. Going to take the kids to the beach, now watch it will rain all day...
522. weatherdude65
1:32 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Palmbeacher, you're right, you do have clear skies... Link
521. palmbeacher
1:31 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
I'll take 84 for a high!!
520. MandyFSU
1:30 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Sunday's high is 84 here. Yeehaw- break out the parkas!

Juuuuust Kidding.
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519. palmbeacher
1:29 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Nothin' but Blue Skies.
518. weatherdude65
1:28 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Sunday mornings low is supposed to be 66!!
517. MandyFSU
1:27 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hasn't rained here in awhile. But it almost looks "cold" outside, ya know? Dark overcast with a breeze.
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516. palmbeacher
1:27 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
I thought you would like that Mandy.. "TWIXT and TWEEN"
515. palmbeacher
1:27 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
lol weatherdude, thats the way it goes. I was just looking at NOAA loops and I don't think we have anything to be concerned about. I could be wrong because I don't know anything (lol) but thats my 2 cents.
514. MandyFSU
1:26 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
LOL Palmbeacher.
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513. weatherdude65
1:25 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
palmbeacher, the funny part was Monday afternoon I finally turned the sprinkler system back on after having it off for over a week. I get home in the pouring rain and the sprinklers are going full force LOL
512. palmbeacher
1:22 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
I had to water my lawn and my flowers. I don't think we even had rain in the western communities, which is odd.
511. weatherdude65
1:21 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
It was ALL right here!!!! It just kept training, I thought it would never stop
510. palmbeacher
1:20 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Looking for the DR. to give us an update....
509. VeroBeachNative
1:20 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
The sun is just starting to shine here - it's rained off and on for about 2 hours now! Yuck!
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508. palmbeacher
1:19 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
morning, Sorry to say but you got all the rain up your way. None here.
507. palmbeacher
1:18 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Mandy weatherdude is "TWIXT" me and you!lol
506. weatherdude65
1:18 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
mornin palmbeacher
505. weatherdude65
1:18 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Near cocoa beach....place called Rockledge
504. weatherdude65
1:17 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
overcast here so far this morning.....lefover moisture from yesterdays rains.
503. MandyFSU
1:17 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Where are you at dude?
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502. palmbeacher
1:16 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
No rain either.
501. palmbeacher
1:16 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hot sunny day here.
500. weatherdude65
1:15 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Good morning everyone!! Wow!! Did we ever get some rain yesterday....about 3 inches in an hour!!
499. MandyFSU
1:14 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
How is everyone? It's cloudy and nasty here. Wonder what's going on?
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498. gbreezegirl
1:13 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Good morning all! Lovely day in the neighborhood. Something brewing?
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497. VeroBeachNative
1:02 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Good Morning!

I was just catching up on the latest posts - looks like something may be brewing, huh??
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496. palmbeacher
1:00 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hi mandy, just checking things out.
495. MandyFSU
12:50 PM GMT on October 12, 2005
Hello? Anyone home this early?
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494. turtlehurricane
10:56 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
i hav updated my winter blog
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493. dcw
10:24 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Whats that developing on the IR way east of the Virgin Islands?
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492. StormJunkie
7:47 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Man that is odd.

The Charleston SC radar looks almost exactly like it did 24 hrs ago. A small blob of rain to the WNW of Chs trailing back to the coast in a thin band. Felt like Dejavu for a minute.
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491. leftyy420
7:43 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
hey sj
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490. StormJunkie
7:36 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Anyone there?
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489. theboldman
7:03 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
oh we got a blondie in the house oh my gosh lol
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488. WillJax
6:56 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Things have been looking much more organized in the area just to Puerto Rico's North, and IMHO we may see a depression within 24 hrs.

There is a tight area of convergence occuring near 23N 63W, very near 25N 65N, the center of the low pressure in that area. Shear has dropped off from 20-30 knots in the area to 5-10 knots in some spots. The upper-level environment in the entire area has improved, as far as cyclone development goes, compared with 24 hours ago.

The south-east side of this system has great outflow, and there is moderate outflow to the east side.

No doubt that this area will be at the top of Dr. Master's post tomorrow.
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487. LakeWorthFinn
6:43 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
sry quake, don't undestand. In what big post above lake worth? I'm new here, and Englsh is not my mother tongue - besides I'm blond! LOL
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486. quakeman55
6:18 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
I put a link in my big post above lakeworth if you wish to see.
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485. leftyy420
6:07 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
not like the blow up to the north. the shear is still 20-30kts to the south but top thenorth it has relaxedto 5-10kts in a small area. right where the convection is blowing up
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484. theboldman
6:05 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
oh ok not me either lol when you said going down you sounded like a street rapper lol
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483. LakeWorthFinn
6:04 AM GMT on October 12, 2005
Is there convection below Jamaica? I have no access to proper sat loop - Lefty? Anyone?
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