Summer in March, 2012, draws to a close

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:54 PM GMT on March 23, 2012

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The most incredible spring heat wave in U.S. and Canadian recorded history is finally drawing to a close today, after a ten-day stretch of unprecedented record-smashing intensity. Since record keeping began in the late 1800s, there have never been so many spring temperature records broken, and by such a large margin. Airports in fifteen different states have set all-time records for March warmth, which is truly extraordinary considering that the records were set in the middle of the month, instead of the end of the month. The 29.2°C (85°F) measured at Western Head, Nova Scotia yesterday was the third warmest temperature ever recorded in Canada in March, according to Environment Canada and weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera (top two records: 31.1°C at Alberini Beaver Creek BC on March 29th 1926, and 29.4°C in 1921 at Wallaceburg.) Michigan's all-time record for March warmth was toppled on Wednesday, when the mercury hit 90°F at Lapeer. The previous record, 89° at Lapeer in 1910, was matched at three stations yesterday--Ypsilanti, Dearborn, and Lapeer. The duration, areal size, and intensity of the Summer in March, 2012 heat wave are simply off-scale, and the event ranks as one of North America's most extraordinary weather events in recorded history. Such a historic event is difficult to summarize, and in today's post I will offer just a few of the most notable highlights.


Figure 1. Clear skies over the Eastern U.S. caused by a blocking ridge of high pressure on March 21, 2012, are apparent in this visible satellite image. The comma-shaped cloud pattern over the Central U.S. is associated with a "cut-off" low pressure system. This low is moving over the Eastern U.S. today through Saturday, and will bring an end to "Summer in March" over the U.S. and Canada. Image credit: NOAA's Environmental Visualization Lab, and modified by Andrew Freedman of Climate Central.

Low temperatures beating previous high temperature records for the date
I've never seen a case where the low temperature for the date beat the previous record high. This happened on at least four occasions during "Summer in March, 2012":

The low temperature at Marquette, Michigan hit 52° on March 21, which was 3° warmer than the previous record high for the date.

The low at Mt. Washington, NH on March 21 (44°) beat the previous record high for the date (43°.)

The low temperature for International Falls, Minnesota on March 20 bottomed out at 60°F, tying the previous record high for the date.

The low temperature in Rochester, Minnesota on March 18 was 62°F, which beat the previous record high for the date of 60°.

Breaking all-time April records for warmth in March
Not only did many locations in Canada set records for their all-time warmest March day during "Summer in March, 2012", a number also broke their record for warmest April day:

St. John, New Brunswick hit 27.2°C (81°F) on March 21. Previous March record: 17.5°C on March 21, 1994. April record: 22.8°C.

Kejimkujik Park, Nova Scotia hit 27.9°C on March 21. Previous March record: 22.5°C on March 30, 1986. April record: 25°C on April 27, 1990.

Yesterday, I reported that Halifax, Nova Scotia hit 27.2°C (81°F) on March 22, 2012. Previous March record: 25.8° set the previous day. April record: 26.3°C, set on April 30, 2004. However, Rob Paola, a meteorologist with Environment Canada's Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, wrote to tell me that Halifax did not break its April record: In fact, Halifax recorded a temperature of 29.5°C on April 28, 2009. For some reason, that stat does not show up on EC's normal/extremes climate site for Halifax, which only has data up to 2006 for extremes. More details on my blog at http://robsobsblog.blogspot.ca/

Breaking daily temperature records by more than 30°F
It is exceptionally rare for a weather station with a 50+ year period of record to break a daily temperature record by more than 10°F. During "Summer in March, 2012", beating daily records by 10° - 20°F was commonplace, and many records were smashed by over 20°. Two stations broke records by more than 30°F, which is truly surreal. Western Head, Nova Scotia hit 29.2°C (85°F), yesterday, breaking their previous record for the date (10.6°C in 1969) by 18.6°C (33°F.) Yesterday's high temperature was 24°C (44°F) above average. Pellston, Michigan in the Northern Lower Peninsula--dubbed "Michigan's Icebox", since it frequently records the coldest temperatures in the state--hit 85° on March 21. This broke the previous record for the date (53° in 2007) by 32°, and was an absurd 48°F above average.

Breaking daily temperature records nine consecutive days or more
It is extremely rare for stations with a 50+ year period of record to break a daily high temperature record for seven or more days in a row. The longest such streak of consecutive high temperature records at International Falls, Minnesota, was a 5-day period March 3 - 7, 2000. The city has tied or broken their high temperature for the date ten consecutive days, as of yesterday. This streak will likely end today, as the high is predicted to be 60 - 65, and the record high for the date is 66. Chicago, Illinois has tied or broken their daily high temperature record the past nine days in a row. This ties the nine-day streak of record highs set on August 26 - September 3, 1953. Other cites that have set daily high temperature records the past nine days in a row include Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana. Numerous cities have broken high temperature records on seven consecutive days during "Summer in March, 2012", including Gaylord, Pellston, and Traverse City in Michigan.


Figure 2. All-time high temperature records set in March 2012 for the U.S. The grey icons show locations where the March record was broken on multiple days. Image taken from wunderground's new record extremes page, using data from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

The big picture: the impacts of "Summer in March, 2012"
I've always said living in Michigan would be much more bearable if we could just get rid of March. March weather here is always horrible, with brutal cold, high winds, damaging ice storms, heavy snow, interminable cloudy stretches with no sun, all interspersed with a few teasing warm spells. Well, this year, I got my wish. This March, we started with twelve days of April weather, followed by ten days of June and July weather, with nine days of May weather predicted to round out the month. This has been a huge benefit to the economy--vastly reduced heating costs, no snow removal bills, and far fewer traffic accidents due to icy roads. However, there is major downside to the "Summer in March, 2012" heat wave. The growing season is now in full swing, five weeks early. A damaging freeze that will severely impact the fruit industry and other sensitive plants is very likely. Indeed, the forecast calls for lows in the upper 20s in the cherry-growing region of Michigan near Traverse City on Monday night. The exceptional March warmth has also melted all the snow in the northern U.S. and southern Canada, drying out the soils and setting the stage for a much warmer than average summer, and an increased chance of damaging drought conditions. The early loss of snowpack will also likely cause very low flow rates in the major rivers in late summer and early fall, reducing the amount of water needed for irrigation of crops. Low flows may also cause problems for navigation, limiting commercial barge traffic on Midwest rivers.

Links
Andrew Freedman of Climate Central interviewed a number of climate scientists who are experts in studying the link between extreme weather events and climate change for his post, Global Warming May Have Fueled March Heat Wave Odds.

Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt will be posting a more comprehensive summary of the "Summer in March, 2012" heat wave this weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and I'll be back Monday with a new post. I expect I'll be hard at work this weekend, mowing my lawn for the first time ever in March!

Jeff Masters

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1052. Grothar
Quoting PedleyCA:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-174 88 450

that link I posted didn't work either this does.



Here, try this.

Link
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1051. nigel20
Quoting hydrus:
Gilbert was one of the most incredible storms ever seen. Its path of destruction was devastating. Definitely one of the most memorable storms I have tracked.Formed September 8, 1988
Dissipated September 19, 1988
Highest winds 1-minute sustained:
185 mph (295 km/h)
Lowest pressure 888 mbar (hPa); 26.22 inHg
Fatalities 433 total
Damage $7.1 billion (1988 USD)
Areas affected Windward Islands, Venezuela, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Central America, Yucat�n Peninsula, Northern Mexico, Texas, South Central United States, Great Lakes region, Canada..The barometric pressure was actually 26.13.-Not 26.22.

Good evening all. Yeah,look at how perfect it looks on satellite...it's amazing something that beautiful can be so destructive
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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


It says "may" not "in the cards" and it's here. 3.0 C is the upper end of the bound.


Thanks Brian, I am new to this blog and never was any good at getting this web stuff to work.
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927 percylives: Here's a youngster who is definitely an outlier on the bell curve of achievement. [shortTEDvideo]Link

And here's a relatively lengthy article on how he did it.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17488 450

that link I posted didn't work either this does.
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Quoting PedleyCA:



That link doesn't work. For one thing it has a space in it. Removed that and got a 404 anyways. What's up with that?


It says "may" not "in the cards" and it's here. 3.0 C is the upper end of the bound.
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Just when everything is getting talkative, I have to sleep a bit to be prepared to plaster walls tomorrow.
I hope that that any earthquakes and volcanic eruptions stay clear until we are all back tomorrow night to decide their fates.
Whats happening about that nasty low ousing in over the North Western regions, that might cause a few moments of distress?
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Link

works without the http://
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I was able to seep Jupiter in the daylight for the first time earlier today which was pretty cool.

I've seen Venus in the daytime a lot but that's easy to find the majority of the time if you know where to look.
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Quoting PlazaRed:
One of those things about The Free Press, is that they keep reporting things.
Here a bit from the BBC ( Auntie,) that say that 3/c increase by 2050 is on the cards!
I Don't yet know who is holding the deck?:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-174 88450

Link to copy and paste.



That link doesn't work. For one thing it has a space in it. Removed that and got a 404 anyways. What's up with that?
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1042. hydrus
Quoting sunlinepr:


Should look something like this ;)

I imagine that today a small drone can be sent down to film those waves. Even if it is lost, the video can be captured through satellite....

Here is a slow motion full video of Garrett McNamara world record for largest wave surfed by successfully navigating this 90-foot wall of watery death. The previous record 77 feet was set by Mike Parsons in 2008. The song is Surfer Girl by Chris Blackwell.


He really must like to surf......lol
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1041. Patrap


Magnitude 4.5 - GUATEMALA
2012 March 26 02:01:16 UTC


Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 4.5

Date-Time
Monday, March 26, 2012 at 02:01:16 UTC
Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 08:01:16 PM at epicenter
Location
14.069°N, 90.217°W
Depth
18.9 km (11.7 miles)
Region
GUATEMALA
Distances
26 km (16 miles) SSE (157°) from Cuilapa, Santa Rosa, Guatemala
42 km (26 miles) SW (234°) from Jutiapa, Jutiapa, Guatemala
42 km (26 miles) WNW (292°) from Ahuachapán, Ahuachapán, El Salvador
65 km (40 miles) SE (142°) from Villa Nueva, Guatemala, Guatemala
71 km (44 miles) SSE (153°) from GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 29.3 km (18.2 miles); depth +/- 7.7 km (4.8 miles)
Parameters
NST= 79, Nph= 81, Dmin=318.4 km, Rmss=1.22 sec, Gp=173°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=8
Source
Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID
usc0008pym
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1040. Grothar
Quoting hydrus:
I noticed that too. It is still kinda early to be putting much faith in the models. I do believe that if there is not a major shift toward an El-Nino soon, that will increase our chances of neutral conditions for the peak of hurricane season. Atlantic temps are low and drought conditions are present, but things close to home are toasty and there could be some serious storms in our part of the world..jmo


I believe he has close to an 87% accuracy rate within a small margin of error. It shall be interesting to see how the April report will read.
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1039. hydrus
Quoting Grothar:


I'm doing well, hydrus. I was just reading his pre-forecast and wondered why he was calling for an El Nino and most of the other models are calling for an ENSO neutral through mid-summer? (Hope things are getting better for you)
I noticed that too. It is still kinda early to be putting much faith in the models. I do believe that if there is not a major shift toward an El-Nino soon, that will increase our chances of neutral conditions for the peak of hurricane season. Atlantic temps are low and drought conditions are present, but things close to home are toasty and there could be some serious storms in our part of the world..jmo
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That's a shame. For a second I did a double take and thought of Kenau Reeves.

Always sad when someone dies before their time.
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Quoting Grothar:


Hi, Brian. I see TropicalA stole my rhyme line.

Whoa Gro! I did no such thing yo!
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What's the news about the Chile earthquake?
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1035. Grothar
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
AccuWeather's Ken Reeves Passes Away

It is with great shock and sadness that we report fellow Expert Senior Meteorologist, Vice President and General Manager of AccuWeather, Inc. Television Network, Ken Reeves has passed away.

Ken is survived by his wife Raychel, his parents, a brother and a sister. Ken and Raychel were married in October 2011.

He died as a result of a tragic accident, which occurred at his home in Lemont, Pennsylvania, Sunday afternoon, March 25, 2012.

Ken had been with AccuWeather 29 years, since he graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1983 with a degree in Meteorology.

According to Barry Lee Myers, Chief Executive Officer of AccuWeather, Inc. "Ken was a person of great energy, was liked all and will be greatly missed."

As a friend and fellow colleague, Ken was always willing to offer his expertise on dramatic and controversial weather issues.

According to Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder and President of AccuWeather, Inc., "Ken contributed to the success of the company in many ways over the years."

All of our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Ken was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Abington High School in 1979.


Sad to hear. He was around a long time.
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1034. hydrus
Quoting Neapolitan:
I liked the man; that's sad. He was apparently removing Christmas lights when he fell from his roof.
Very sad and heartbreaking. That is why I tell everyone I love them at least once a day...
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1033. Grothar
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Yo Gro!


Hi, Brian. I see TropicalA stole my rhyme line.
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1032. Grothar
Quoting hydrus:
You calling anything old is hilarious, considering you yourself predate anything and everything that has ever existed in not just our little universe, but any of them. Dr. Grey has contributed a lot to the field of Tropical Meteorology. Especially after suffering a debilitating stroke many years ago. I hope you are doing well my friend..:)


I'm doing well, hydrus. I was just reading his pre-forecast and wondered why he was calling for an El Nino and most of the other models are calling for an ENSO neutral through mid-summer? (Hope things are getting better for you)
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Bumps fist with analyst! :)

Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

:O

Hi Bri!


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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Yo Gro!

:O

Hi Bri!
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Tomorrow if the weather is fair where you are try to see Venus in the daylight. The moon will be your guide. Venus will be to the right of the moon.

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Quoting hydrus:
Good evening Chicklit..I know his view on global warming is quite unusual for a tropical meteorologist, but it is not his specialty. One might think so due to the fact he basically studies atmospheric steam engines,,:)

Yeah, he really stepped into it by overreaching his area of expertise and not backing up his opposition with reasonable claims. Anyway, off to wonderland again. goodnight.
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Win. Chuck Norris Style!
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One of those things about The Free Press, is that they keep reporting things.
Here a bit from the BBC ( Auntie,) that say that 3/c increase by 2050 is on the cards!
I Don't yet know who is holding the deck?:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-174 88450

Link to copy and paste.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
AccuWeather's Ken Reeves Passes Away

It is with great shock and sadness that we report fellow Expert Senior Meteorologist, Vice President and General Manager of AccuWeather, Inc. Television Network, Ken Reeves has passed away.

Ken is survived by his wife Raychel, his parents, a brother and a sister. Ken and Raychel were married in October 2011.

He died as a result of a tragic accident, which occurred at his home in Lemont, Pennsylvania, Sunday afternoon, March 25, 2012.

Ken had been with AccuWeather 29 years, since he graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1983 with a degree in Meteorology.

According to Barry Lee Myers, Chief Executive Officer of AccuWeather, Inc. "Ken was a person of great energy, was liked all and will be greatly missed."

As a friend and fellow colleague, Ken was always willing to offer his expertise on dramatic and controversial weather issues.

According to Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder and President of AccuWeather, Inc., "Ken contributed to the success of the company in many ways over the years."

All of our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Ken was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Abington High School in 1979.
I liked the man; that's sad. He was apparently removing Christmas lights when he fell from his roof.
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For those on the Pacific coast it is not too late to try to see Jupiter in daylight. Jupiter is to the left of the crescent moon.

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Yo Gro!
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1022. hydrus
Quoting sunlinepr:


Should look something like this ;)

I imagine that today a small drone can be sent down to film those waves. Even if it is lost, the video can be captured through satellite....

A superb idea. And with today,s tech, more than feasible.
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1021. hydrus
Quoting Chicklit:

Peter Webster, a Georgia Institute of Technology professor, has been part of the anonymous peer review on several of Gray's National Science Foundation proposals. In every case he has turned down the global warming research component because he believed it was not up to standards, but recommended that Gray's hurricane research be funded.[10]
From Wikipedia:
Webster, who has co-authored other scientific papers with Gray, is also critical of Gray for his personal attacks on the scientists with whom he disagrees. "Bill, for some very good reasons, has been the go-to man on hurricanes for the last 35 years," says Webster. "All of a sudden there are a lot of people saying things Bill doesn't agree with. And they're getting a lot of press%u2014more press than I like, actually. I like the ivory tower. But he's become more and more radical."[10]

Also, Gray's reputation has suffered from his sloppy thinking about global warming:
Link Real Climate: Gray and Muddy Thinking About Global Warming
Good evening Chicklit..I know his view on global warming is quite unusual for a tropical meteorologist, but it is not his specialty. One might think so due to the fact he basically studies atmospheric steam engines,,:)
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1020. hydrus
Quoting Grothar:


Wow, 1929. That guy must be old. I don't ever want to be an Emeritus Professor. That means you are too old to teach, but they still think you are smart.
You calling anything old is hilarious, considering you yourself predate anything and everything that has ever existed in not just our little universe, but any of them. Dr. Grey has contributed a lot to the field of Tropical Meteorology. Especially after suffering a debilitating stroke many years ago. I hope you are doing well my friend..:)
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Not wanting to be HARPING on about these things BUT!
There are too many anomalies about at the moment and the last thing we need are earthquakes, as they cause destruction and human related problems.
Sooner, rather than later we are going to have to contend with the hurricane season ,no more than 10 weeks away now.
After all the fun time with the summer in spring delights, the realities of summer, 2012 might be a difficult pill to swallow!
If it moves, move it; if it cant be moved, insure it as something else might move it.
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Quoting hydrus:
More than once I have tried to imagine flying into a cat-5 like Allen, Camille, Gilbert, and getting down low enough to really see what the ocean looks like in the eye. I have been in 25 to 30 footers. I can only wonder what 70 or 80 footers look like.


Should look something like this ;)

I imagine that today a small drone can be sent down to capture those waves. Even if it is lost, the video can be captured through satellite....

Here is a slow motion full video of Garrett McNamara world record for largest wave surfed by successfully navigating this 90-foot wall of watery death. The previous record 77 feet was set by Mike Parsons in 2008. The song is Surfer Girl by Chris Blackwell.


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For those who may have missed the CSU brief update that came out on the 21rst before their complete outlook of April 4th,here it is. An average season is what the Colorado State University team expects.



Link
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AccuWeather's Ken Reeves Passes Away

It is with great shock and sadness that we report fellow Expert Senior Meteorologist, Vice President and General Manager of AccuWeather, Inc. Television Network, Ken Reeves has passed away.

Ken is survived by his wife Raychel, his parents, a brother and a sister. Ken and Raychel were married in October 2011.

He died as a result of a tragic accident, which occurred at his home in Lemont, Pennsylvania, Sunday afternoon, March 25, 2012.

Ken had been with AccuWeather 29 years, since he graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1983 with a degree in Meteorology.

According to Barry Lee Myers, Chief Executive Officer of AccuWeather, Inc. "Ken was a person of great energy, was liked all and will be greatly missed."

As a friend and fellow colleague, Ken was always willing to offer his expertise on dramatic and controversial weather issues.

According to Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder and President of AccuWeather, Inc., "Ken contributed to the success of the company in many ways over the years."

All of our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Ken was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Abington High School in 1979.
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1015. hydrus
Here is one that does not get talked about much, but was horrific. 1963,s Hurricane Flora...From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Hurricane Flora Category 4 hurricane (SSHS)
Radar image of Hurricane Flora
Formed September 26, 1963
Dissipated October 12, 1963
Highest winds 1-minute sustained:
145 mph (230 km/h)
Lowest pressure 940 mbar (hPa); 27.76 inHg
Fatalities 7,186 - 8,000 [1]
Damage $528 million (1963 USD)
Areas affected Tobago, Lesser Antilles, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba
Part of the 1963 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Flora is among the deadliest Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history, with a death total of over 7,000. The seventh tropical storm and sixth hurricane of the 1963 Atlantic hurricane season, Flora developed from a disturbance in the Intertropical Convergence Zone on September 26 while located about 755 miles (1,215 km) southwest of the Cape Verde islands. After remaining a weak depression for several days, it rapidly organized on September 29 to attain tropical storm status. Flora continued to quickly strengthen to reach Category 3 hurricane status before moving through the Windward Islands and passing over Tobago, and it reached maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour (233 km/h) in the Caribbean.

The storm struck southwestern Haiti near peak intensity, turned to the west, and drifted over Cuba for four days before turning to the northeast. Flora passed through the Bahamas and accelerated northeastward, becoming an extratropical cyclone on October 12. Due to its slow movement across Cuba, Flora is the wettest known tropical cyclone for Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. The significant casualties caused by Flora were the most for a tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Basin since the 1900 Galveston Hurricane.
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Quoting hydrus:
William M. "Bill" Gray (born 1929) is Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU), and head of the Tropical Meteorology Project at CSU's Department of Atmospheric Sciences. He is a pioneer in the science of forecasting hurricanes[1] and one of the world's leading experts on tropical storms.

Peter Webster, a Georgia Institute of Technology professor, has been part of the anonymous peer review on several of Gray's National Science Foundation proposals. In every case he has turned down the global warming research component because he believed it was not up to standards, but recommended that Gray's hurricane research be funded.[10]
From Wikipedia:
Webster, who has co-authored other scientific papers with Gray, is also critical of Gray for his personal attacks on the scientists with whom he disagrees. "Bill, for some very good reasons, has been the go-to man on hurricanes for the last 35 years," says Webster. "All of a sudden there are a lot of people saying things Bill doesn't agree with. And they're getting a lot of press%u2014more press than I like, actually. I like the ivory tower. But he's become more and more radical."[10]

Also, Gray's reputation has suffered from his sloppy thinking about global warming:
Link Real Climate: Gray and Muddy Thinking About Global Warming
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1012. Grothar
Quoting hydrus:
William M. "Bill" Gray (born 1929) is Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU), and head of the Tropical Meteorology Project at CSU's Department of Atmospheric Sciences. He is a pioneer in the science of forecasting hurricanes[1] and one of the world's leading experts on tropical storms.


Wow, 1929. That guy must be old. I don't ever want to be an Emeritus Professor. That means you are too old to teach, but they still think you are smart.
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1011. Grothar
Quoting spathy:


Thanks for the response and link Grothar.


Anytime, sp. Very strange weather on the east coast for the last few years. Hardly any rain at all on the coast. It has been very warm this entire winter. We need it badly. I miss those afternoon thunderboomers. At one time you could almost set your watch by them. Now, nothing. I expect this to get worse.

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1010. hydrus
William M. "Bill" Gray (born 1929) is Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU), and head of the Tropical Meteorology Project at CSU's Department of Atmospheric Sciences. He is a pioneer in the science of forecasting hurricanes[1] and one of the world's leading experts on tropical storms.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
Could there be a chance of severe weather for NC on the 28th or 29th? Because 500mb windspeeds will be moderately strong blowing that way, and 850mb winds will be blowing this way, with surface windspeeds going towards that direction.
300mb

500mb

700mb

850mb

Surface

There is no trigger, so no. The whole state should see sunshine both days.
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Could there be a chance of severe weather for NC on the 28th or 29th? Because 500mb windspeeds will be moderately strong blowing that way, and 850mb winds will be blowing this way, with surface windspeeds going towards that direction.
300mb

500mb

850mb

1000mb
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1006. hydrus
Quoting Patrap:
NOAA plane flies through the eye of hurricane Gilbert in 1988

Dr. Jeff Masters on board, Flight Met

Hugh Willoughby has a bit more snow on the roof then he did in 88..lol...Link
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Quoting Grothar:


He didn't mention anything about rain.


He did slip off the pole a few times.
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Quoting presslord:


yup...das my boy


Very cool!
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1003. Grothar
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


I hear Gene Kelly had the same problem.


He didn't mention anything about rain.
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1002. Grothar
Quoting spathy:
You know I have been wondering the same sort of thing.

The weather pattern here in SW Fl has been very summer like and there has actually been some sea Breeze showers in the early evening late afternoon for the past several weeks.
Very much like those years.
But I wasnt thinking Canes I am wondering about a good early start to our rainy season.
Any chance this pattern will continue into early May?


Doesn't look like spathy.

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