Hurricane Irene of 2011 now rated history's 6th most damaging hurricane

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:33 PM GMT on May 03, 2012

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New damage estimates released last month by NOAA now place the damage from 2011's Hurricane Irene at $15.8 billion, making the storm the 6th costliest hurricane and 10th costliest weather-related disaster in U.S. history. Irene hit North Carolina on August 27, 2011, as a Category 1 hurricane with 85 mph winds, and made landfalls the next day in New Jersey and New York City as a tropical storm. Most of the damage from Irene occurred because of the tremendous fresh water flooding the storm's rains brought to much of New England. Irene is now rated as the most expensive Category 1 hurricane to hit the U.S. The previous record was held by Hurricane Agnes of 1972, whose floods did $11.8 billion in damage in the Northeast. NOAA also announced that the name Irene had been retired from the list of active hurricane names. Irene was the only named retired in 2011, and was the 76th name to be retired since 1954. The name Irene was replaced with Irma, which is next scheduled be used in 2017.


Figure 1. True-color MODIS image of Hurricane Irene over North Carolina taken at 11:35 am EDT August 27, 2011. At the time, Irene was a Category 1 hurricane with 85 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.

At last month's 30th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology of the American Meteorological Society, Paul Ruscher of Florida State University explained how Irene's storm surge came within 8 inches of flooding New York City's subway system, which would have caused devastating damage. At the current global rate of sea level rise of 3.1 mm/year, a repeat of Irene 65 years from now would be capable of flooding the subway system, if no action is taken. Since sea level rise is expected to accelerate as the planet warms in coming decades, an Irene-type storm surge would likely be capable of flooding the NYC subway system much sooner than that. To read more about New York City's vulnerability, see Andrew Freedman's analysis at Climate Central, Climate Change Could Cripple New York’s Transportation, or my November 2011 blog post, Hurricane Irene: New York City dodges a potential storm surge mega-disaster.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting WxGeekVA:


I said it on like comment number 20...



Not over 9000 in particular, more like the entire season happening on that entire day.

Although it would be EPIC if a storm formed on december 21st.
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Quoting yqt1001:
First storm: December 21st.
Last storm: December 21st.

How many storms? OVER 9000!

Couldn't manage to watch a day go by without someone saying this. :P


I said it on like comment number 20...

Quoting WxGeekVA:


Why isn't the NHC on this thing!?!?!?

SARCASM FLAG: ON (LEVEL OVER 9000)

I love these little MCVs though, they are really cool features to look at, as they look a lot like tropical systems, but aren't.

Oh, and also I will begin issuing UNOFFICIAL forecasts for the hurricane season from my own Liberal Forecasting Center, where every blob with a little spin will be tagged as an invest, and we will err on the side of stronger-than-it-really-is. We are in no way affiliated with the NHC, so please refer to them for official forecasts.
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A weather joke:

...wait for it...

...Jose.

(rimshot)
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First storm: December 21st.
Last storm: December 21st.

How many storms? OVER 9000!

Couldn't manage to watch a day go by without someone saying this. :P
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Well actually June 23 at 14:25:57 GMT

Quoting snotly:
May 3 - May 2

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
When does everybody think our first named storm will form?

I'm going with May 21 to June 2.


I'm going with May 13-30...
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May 3 - May 2

Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
When does everybody think our first named storm will form?

I'm going with May 21 to June 2.
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The Flash Flood Watch for Puerto Rico has been extended until Friday evening.

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
753 PM AST THU MAY 3 2012

PRZ001>013-VIZ001-002-041000-
/O.CON.TJSJ.FF.A.0002.000000T0000Z-120505T0000Z/
/00000.0.OT.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/
SAN JUAN AND VICINITY-NORTHEAST-SOUTHEAST-EASTERN INTERIOR-
NORTH CENTRAL-CENTRAL INTERIOR-PONCE AND VICINITY-NORTHWEST-
WESTERN INTERIOR-MAYAGUEZ AND VICINITY-SOUTHWEST-CULEBRA-VIEQUES-
ST. THOMAS/ST. JOHN/ADJACENT ISLANDS-ST CROIX-
INCLUDING THE MUNICIPALITIES AND/OR ISLANDS OF...SAN JUAN...
CAROLINA...FAJARDO...HUMACAO...GUAYAMA...ARROYO.. .YABUCOA...
SALINAS...COCO...CAGUAS...ARECIBO...VEGA BAJA...DORADO...COAMO...
COROZAL...AIBONITO...VILLALBA...JAYUYA...PONCE... AGUADILLA...
ISABELA...HATILLO...QUEBRADILLAS...UTUADO...SABAN A GRANDE...LARES...
ADJUNTAS...HORMIGUEROS...MOCA...AGUADA...LUYANDO. ..CABO ROJO...
LAJAS...CULEBRA...ESPERANZA...ANNA`S RETREAT...CHARLOTTE AMALIE...
CHARLOTTE AMALIE EAST...CHARLOTTE AMALIE WEST...CRUZ BAY...
CHRISTIANSTED...FREDERIKSTED...FREDERIKSTED SOUTHEAST...GROVE PLACE
753 PM AST THU MAY 3 2012

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF PUERTO RICO AND VIRGIN ISLANDS...INCLUDING THE
FOLLOWING AREAS...IN PUERTO RICO...CENTRAL INTERIOR...CULEBRA...
EASTERN INTERIOR...MAYAGUEZ AND VICINITY...NORTH CENTRAL...
NORTHEAST...NORTHWEST...PONCE AND VICINITY...SAN JUAN AND
VICINITY...SOUTHEAST...SOUTHWEST...VIEQUES AND WESTERN INTERIOR.
IN VIRGIN ISLANDS...ST CROIX AND ST. THOMAS/ST. JOHN/ADJACENT
ISLANDS.

* THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING

* A MID TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL REMAIN LOCATED JUST WEST THROUGH
NORTH OF THE LOCAL AREA THROUGH FRIDAY. IN ADDITION...AN
ASSOCIATED SURFACE TROUGH WILL CONTINUE TO EXTEND NORTH ACROSS
THE LOCAL AREA FROM THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN...BRINGING ADDITIONAL
MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR ACROSS THE REGION. THIS MOISTURE AND
INSTABILITY WILL COMBINE WITH THE MID TO UPPER TROUGH AND LOCAL
EFFECTS...TO PRODUCE SEVERAL ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
ACROSS THE LOCAL ISLANDS. THESE SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL BE SLOW
MOVING AND CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PERIODS OF INTENSE RAINFALL WITH
RATES OF AN INCH OR MORE PER HOUR.

* RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF TWO TO FOUR INCHES ARE POSSIBLE... ESPECIALLY
ACROSS THE EASTERN THIRD OF PUERTO RICO...AS WELL AS PARTS OF THE
SOUTH COASTAL SECTIONS...AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS DURING THE
NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF UP TO SIX INCHES
ARE POSSIBLE IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF PUERTO RICO. THESE
OVERALL AMOUNTS MAY BE SUFFICIENT TO CAUSE FLASH FLOODING OF
SMALL STREAMS...RIVERS AND DRY GUTS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR HEAVY
RAIN ACROSS THE WATCH AREA...WHICH MAY LEAD TO FLOODING. IF YOU ARE
IN THE WATCH AREA...CHECK YOUR PREPAREDNESS REQUIREMENTS...
ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE INTERESTS ALONG AREA RIVERS. KEEP INFORMED...
AND BE READY FOR QUICK ACTION IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR IF A FLASH
FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED.

PEOPLE IN THE WATCH AREA SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE AWARE OF THE
POSSIBILITY FOR HEAVY RAINFALL. AVOID LOW LYING AREAS...AND BE
CAREFUL WHEN APPROACHING HIGHWAY DIPS AND UNDERPASSES. THE HEAVY
RAIN COULD ALSO CAUSE MUDSLIDES IN AREAS OF STEEP TERRAIN.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...LOCAL TV...RADIO OR YOUR CABLE
TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

THIS PRODUCT...ALONG WITH OTHER WEATHER...HYDROLOGICAL AND CLIMATE
INFORMATION...IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB AT HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/SJU
OR AT HTTP://WEATHER.GOV.

&&

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Quoting cyclonekid:


Between Now and December 1, 2012. ;)


ZING
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
When does everybody think our first named storm will form?

I'm going with May 21 to June 2.


Between Now and December 1, 2012. ;)
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
When does everybody think our first named storm will form?

I'm going with May 21 to June 2.

Something similar to your guess. I'm thinking the last week of May into early June. (May 26-June 5)
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June 15 - 21. I don't know, and don't particularly care. It is what it is.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

June 1- June 10


Y'all are too hopeful haha
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Quoting Articuno:
Look what I found.

I know what that one guy's favorite word is.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
When does everybody think our first named storm will form?

I'm going with May 21 to June 2.


June 16- july 1
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
When does everybody think our first named storm will form?

I'm going with May 21 to June 2.

June 1- June 10
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When does everybody think our first named storm will form?

I'm going with May 21 to June 2.
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Quoting MississippiWx:


Yep. Doppler radar detected winds in excess of 300mph during the tornado.
I drove thru F2 tornado that was scary enough and I drove thru Jarrell Texas after F5 hit that area which has been hit by few tornadoes throughout the years. Drought here is getting bad again but La Nina is over and we may have normal rainfall this Summer which would be Awesome. I think alot of areas of the U.S. in a drought will get some relief soon. Rain Chances increase here next week and by middle of May.

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Quoting EugeneTillman:

Yes, Sir.


Cool. There were a lot of storms that year.
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Quoting Articuno:

The answer to that is 1933 with 21 storms.


Sorry meant to say in July..
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Quoting charlottefl:


No, the most storms besides 2005

The answer to that is 1933 with 21 storms.
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Quoting EugeneTillman:

No joke


Was that a yes?
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Look what I found.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Wow.

Despite the tornado producing winds over 200 mph at this time, you wouldn't believe it from the radar signature.

Just goes to show you can't use radar data as the basis for intensity.



It looks strong but not more than 200 mph strong!
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Wow.

Despite the tornado producing winds over 200 mph at this time, you wouldn't believe it from the radar signature.

Just goes to show you can't use radar data as the basis for intensity.

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Quoting Articuno:

The tornado?
1999.


No, the most storms besides 2005
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Quoting charlottefl:
Is it 1995?

The tornado?
1999.
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SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
615 PM EDT THU MAY 3 2012

FLZ041-044>047-053-054-058-059-064-141-144-147-04 0000-
COASTAL VOLUSIA-INDIAN RIVER-INLAND VOLUSIA-MARTIN-NORTHERN BREVARD-
NORTHERN LAKE-OKEECHOBEE-ORANGE-OSCEOLA-SEMINOLE-SOUTHERN BREVARD-
SOUTHERN LAKE-ST. LUCIE-
615 PM EDT THU MAY 3 2012

.NOW...

SKIES WILL BECOME MOSTLY CLEAR TO CLEAR AFTER MIDNIGHT. FRIDAY
MORNING LOWS WILL RANGE FROM THE MIDDLE 60S WEST OF INTERSTATE 4 TO
THE LOWER 70S AROUND HOBE SOUND AND JUPITER INLET. SOUTHEAST WINDS
WILL DIMINISH TO 5 TO 10 MPH AT THE COAST AND 5 MPH OR LESS WEST OF
INTERSTATE 95. IF THE WIND BECOME LIGHT TO CALM NEAR ANY SMOLDERING
BRUSH FIRES IN THE INTERIOR... THE SMOKE MAY GET TRAPPED BENEATH THE
LATE NIGHT TEMPERATURE INVERSIONS AND POTENTIALLY REDUCE ROAD WAY
VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER OF A MILE FOR THE MORNING
COMMUTE.

&&

ADDITIONAL DETAILS...INCLUDING GRAPHICS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT:
HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/MLB/BLOG.PHP

$$

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Quoting CaribBoy:
GFS shows a very significant rain event in the already wet Eastern Caribbean islands

Model loop

Any thoughts?
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Is it 1995?
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Quoting MississippiWx:
Have yet to see it mentioned, but today is the 13th anniversary of the Moore, Oklahoma F5 tornado.


O_O
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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:
May 3, 2012, 3:00 PM

Secretary of Defense on Climate, Foresight and the National Interest

By ANDREW C. REVKIN
It's worth noting Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta's remarks on energy, climate and security last night at an Environmental Defense Fund event honoring the Defense Department for its work on the intersection of these issues. Here's an excerpt:

Our mission at the Department is to secure this nation against threats to our homeland and to our people. In the 21st century, the reality is that there are environmental threats which constitute threats to our national security. For example, the area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security: rising sea levels, to severe droughts, to the melting of the polar caps, to more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

I was pointing out the other day that with the polar cap melting, we now have problems with regard to who claims the area in the polar region. And very frankly, one of the things I hope we get a chance to work on is to finally get the United States of America to approve the Law of the Seas treaty, which has been hanging out there for so long. We are the only industrialized nation that has not approved that treaty. It's time that we did that.

...

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/secr etary-of-defense-on-climate-foresight-and-the-nati onal-interest/
I saw a news clip,russians are claiming alot of that new-unfrozen land in the artic, we had better get on the ball up there before one day we will be locked out of the northwest passage when its fully melted and open
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BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WS 233
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
645 PM CDT THU MAY 3 2012

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 233 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1200 AM CDT
FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

ILC007-031-037-043-053-063-075-089-091-093-097-099 -103-105-111-
141-197-201-040500-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0233.120503T2345Z-120504T0500Z/

IL
. ILLINOIS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BOONE COOK DE KALB
DUPAGE FORD GRUNDY
IROQUOIS KANE KANKAKEE
KENDALL LAKE LA SALLE
LEE LIVINGSTON MCHENRY
OGLE WILL WINNEBAGO


INC007-073-089-111-127-040500-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0233.120503T2345Z-120504T0500Z/

IN
. INDIANA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BENTON JASPER LAKE
NEWTON PORTER


LMZ740-741-742-743-744-745-777-779-040500-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0233.120503T2345Z-120504T0500Z/

CW

. ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS INCLUDED ARE

WINTHROP HARBOR TO WILMETTE HARBOR IL

WILMETTE HARBOR TO NORTHERLY ISLAND IL

NORTHERLY ISLAND TO CALUMET HARBOR IL

CALUMET HARBOR IL TO GARY IN

GARY TO BURNS HARBOR IN

BURNS HARBOR TO MICHIGAN CITY IN

LAKE MICHIGAN FROM WINTHROP HARBOR TO WILMETTE HARBOR IL 5NM
OFFSHORE TO MID LAKE

LAKE MICHIGAN FROM WILMETTE HARBOR TO MICHIGAN CITY IN 5NM
OFFSHORE TO MID LAKE

ATTN...WFO...LOT...
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Here's a really good map of all the tornadoes in the May 3-4, 1999 outbreak. Click to enlarge it. Shows Kansas and Oklahoma tornado paths. From NWS Norman page for the outbreak.
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From wikipedia

By the afternoon the CAPE values reached nearly 6,000 J/kg over the region. Large supercell thunderstorms developed and in the late afternoon through the mid-evening hours of that Monday, tornadoes began to break out across the state.


Quoting MAweatherboy1:

One of the strongest ever actually:

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Ahem
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Damage from the May 3, 1999 F5 Moore tornado:

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Quoting Articuno:
Alright, one question I'd like to ask, I have always wanted know what state took more damage from Irene, North Carolina, or Vermont?

Vermont.
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281. Neapolitan:-
"That stuff is just the tip of the iceberg--so to speak. And that's just one location, mind you; wait until the climate change landslide really gets moving, and the entire globe is dragged along for the ride... :-\"

Wait till you see the storms that are going to be churning the place up as well.
Its going to need a separate Blog Issue to cover the Articanes!
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May 3, 2012, 3:00 PM

Secretary of Defense on Climate, Foresight and the National Interest

By ANDREW C. REVKIN
It's worth noting Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta's remarks on energy, climate and security last night at an Environmental Defense Fund event honoring the Defense Department for its work on the intersection of these issues. Here's an excerpt:

Our mission at the Department is to secure this nation against threats to our homeland and to our people. In the 21st century, the reality is that there are environmental threats which constitute threats to our national security. For example, the area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security: rising sea levels, to severe droughts, to the melting of the polar caps, to more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

I was pointing out the other day that with the polar cap melting, we now have problems with regard to who claims the area in the polar region. And very frankly, one of the things I hope we get a chance to work on is to finally get the United States of America to approve the Law of the Seas treaty, which has been hanging out there for so long. We are the only industrialized nation that has not approved that treaty. It's time that we did that.

...

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/secr etary-of-defense-on-climate-foresight-and-the-nati onal-interest/
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Quoting presslord:


I'll bet Vermont...by a lot...

Probably what it is, if it is, that's what I thought.
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Quoting Articuno:
Alright, one question I'd like to ask, I have always wanted know what state took more damage from Irene, North Carolina, or Vermont?


I'll bet Vermont...by a lot...
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Quoting Grothar:
Question of the day. What year had the most July storms, other than 2005?



Sheeeeeeze! I have enough trouble trying to remember which month had the most July storms.
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Alright, one question I'd like to ask, I have always wanted know what state took more damage from Irene, North Carolina, or Vermont?
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