Delta slams Canary Islands; Epsilon next?

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:58 PM GMT on November 29, 2005

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Tropical Storm Delta slammed into Spain's Canary Islands last night at near hurricane strength, killing at least seven people. One man died when he was blown off the roof he was trying to repair, and six African illegal immigrants drowned after winds caused their boat to capsize while attempting to reach Gran Canaria Island. Twelve of the immigrants remained missing while 32 were rescued. Each year, thousands of migrants try to reach the Canary Islands from Africa and many die in the attempt, but usually not in a tropical storm!

Sustained winds of 71 mph gusting to 86 mph were recorded at Tenarife, and a wind gust of 94 mph was recorded at La Palma. The near hurricane force winds caused extensive damage to utility poles, roofs, and trees all across the islands, which are a popular tourist destination for Europeans. Power is still out to over 223,000 residents today, but is expected to be restored to a large majority by Wednesday. Delta weakened considerably after smashing through the Canary Islands, and came ashore in Morocco this morning with only 45 mph winds gusts and some isolated pockets of heavy rain. Delta's rains were expected to provide a boon to local farmers unaccustomed to heavy precipitation.

Now that Delta is gone and the official end of hurricane season lies only two days away, we must ask--is hurricane season over? Of course not! This is the Hurricane Season of 2005, and naturally there is another area of disturbed weather we need to be concerned about. A large non-tropical low pressure system in the mid-Atlantic near 30N 50W continues to look impressive, with two areas of deep convection firing up near its center. Wind estimates from the military's F-14 polar orbiting satellite show winds of 30 - 40 mph near the heaviest convection. If this convection manages to wrap all the way around the center of the center of circulation, the NHC will likely start issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Epsilon. This does not appear likely to happen today, but could occur on Wednesday or Thursday as the storm slowly moves westward towards Bermuda. This system is unlikely to reach Bermuda, and will probably recurve to the north and east late in the week and possibly threaten the Azores Islands.


Figure 1. Early track model forecasts for the tropical low that may turn into Epsilon.


Jeff Masters

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36. jorick
8:40 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Bills, I didn't hit the Wilton Manors area. So maybe I just happened to hit the areas that were up already.

As for the Ft. Lauderdale airport, it's conceivable that they recorded only a 99 MPH gust. Some wind recorders have a 2 digit limitation. 0 to 99 only.

Some of the major trees down around here are obviously from higher wind speeds. Ain't no way a 1 foot+ diameter branch is gonna get ripped from a perfectly healthy tree in only 99 MPH.
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35. billsfaninsofla
8:20 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
jorick... well, my office is in Oakland Park, we didn't get power until Thursday, the week following the hurricane .. and all the same around this whole area.. one thing they did do differently this time is get the major intersections up quicker.. I live in Wilton Manors and no power until Saturday/Sunday (can't remember- have a generator so not as big of a deal) ...my neighbors didn't get it until the following week.. just my observations...
BTW... you did see in the paper the other day they are still trying to say only 99 mph gust at Ft Laud Airport?? unreal.. no way..
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34. dcw
8:13 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
I can see this being the 2005-2047 hurricane season :D
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33. TampaSteve
8:01 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
I doubt we would reach Omega by year's end...but after that, who knows? Probably something like 2005-46, 2005-47, etc...
32. sngalla
7:53 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Alpha a
Beta b
Gamma g
Delta d
Epsilon e
Zeta z
Eta h
Theta th
Iota i
Kappa k
Lambda l
Mu m
Nu n
Xi x
Omicron o
Pi p
Rho r
Sigma s
Tau t
Upsilon u
Phi ph
Chi ch
Psi ps
Omega o
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31. dcw
7:49 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Yeah, there are 50-some Elvish runes from LOTR. I actually wrote in Elvish for a while...don't ask.

Α alpha
Β beta
Γ gamma
Δ delta
Ε epsilon
ζ zeta
η eta
θ theta
ι ?
κ kappa
λ lambda?
μ mu
ν
ξ
ο omicron?
π pi
ρ
ς
σ
τ
υ upsilon?
φ rho?
χ
ψ
ω omega

Are the ones I know.
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30. iyou
7:36 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
lol jorick! Do you think that would suffice?!
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29. jorick
7:29 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
I evacuated to New Hampshire for a week after Wilma went through. When I came back, I didn't see any areas with outages. But then I didn't go around to every block, either. I was in the area between Commercial Park in Ft. Lauderdale and Oakland Park.

Sure, there were still people without power when I got back. But it appeared that the vast majority had power.

Now, for all you Greek alphabet lovers, ...

ΑΒΓΔΕζηθικλμνξοπρςστυφχψω

We have only 20 letters after Epsilon before we have to find some other alphabet. Elfin runes a la Lord of the Rings anyone???
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28. dcw
7:14 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
"Take heart everyone. The Greek word "Epsilon" means "end""

Yep, it IS the end of the month!
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27. rxse7en
6:43 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
I can feel it! Epsilon is the Jacksonville Killer we've been waiting for. Cat 5 by Saturday with landfall at the Sea Turtle Inn.

After Greek alphabet it goes to Klingon or Cartoon Characters...your choice. Or make something up, it doesn't matter because by that time it will be the end of days.
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26. palmettobug53
6:17 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Weasel, just asked someone here at work the same thing.....what'd we do after the Greek alpha? LOL
Jeez, Louise.........
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25. WeatherWeasel
6:10 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
What happens when they run out of Greek letters, do they use the Cyrllic alphabet? At this rate, we should see the last Greek named storm in late February...and to think that I STILL tell people I moved to south Florida for the weather...
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24. txnascarguy
6:02 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
If I told you in January that not only would we finish the regular alphabet, but we would go through 21% of the Greek Alphabet... you would put me in a mental institution!

One more and we will have a "Z" named storm! Who says there are no "Z" named storms?

LOL

Joe
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23. RainBiker
5:58 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
This is Educational! I'm learning the Greek alphabet. Can we do next season with the periodic table? or another alphabets, or capitals or Presidents? Better yet, we could name storms after geological epochs: teach evolution while following cyclones.
22. FLexpatriate
5:42 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
I hate to say it OGal, but I'm afraid that parts of the Gulf Coast won't be half way back to normal when the 2008 hurricane season hits.
21. OGal
5:38 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Hey TPaul, if you do the food I will do the drinks in the "End of Cantore" party. I sit in my (at the present time) dry home and truly wonder what next year will bring. Dr. Gray has been busy coming up with next year's estimates.....I am not sure I want to hear them. What will the Gulf Coast do?????They will not even be half way back to normal when the 2006 storm season hit.
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20. TPaul
5:22 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
So if Epsilon is the end, should we start talking about getting prepared for June 1, 2006. I mean, I remember the end of the 2004 season when everyone was talking about it being a once in a lifetime event. Then we get the 2005 season, what are we going to be saying on November 29, 2006. Do we even dare ask that question? I do not say that jokingly, and if a another hurricane never formed and Jim Cantore was out of a job I would be the first to throw a party and I don't live in Florida, but my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has lost so much.
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19. DocNDswamp
5:12 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Good day everybody,
Dr. Jeff...Thanks for the info on Delta's impact..Couple of us were wondering on that last nite. Seemed stronger than they expected, and you can imagine what a shock arid Morocco's in w/ all that rain..
And Hello Epsilon..we've been expecting you, glad to see you spin by!

ricstevenson, LOL. Epsilon probably only means "end...of November"!!!
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18. Levi32
5:10 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Here is a visible picture of Epsilon. Nice banding, and even and eye! Just kidding, that's no eye. Just subsidence in the center made pronounced by dry air.

Link

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17. Cregnebaa
5:08 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Here in Cayman we went without power for 2 months and some people further out for over 3 months after Ivan, but then I suppose we were hit by Cat 5 winds (shudder). Interestingly the new concrete elecrical posts had the same failure rate as the old wooden ones.

2 days left of 'Hurricane Season', fingers crossed this is the last one
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16. weatherdude65
4:42 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Hey 21! Amazing to see yet another tropical storm!
15. billsfaninsofla
4:38 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
yeah... Palmbeacher... I know... almost everyone I know was a good 10 days and most longer..good ole FPL... Some people are still without phone and cable... 5 weeks later.. I'd go bonkers w/o phone service considering we are still on dial up.. solved the cable problem by getting a satellite dish..

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14. oriondarkwood
4:26 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
I think they (TWC) did the Storms of 2005 special too early (LOL)
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13. palmbeacher
4:21 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Billsfan I can second that up here
in Palm Beach County, it was over 2 weeks
before I got power. And, parts of Western
Ft. Lauderdale are still having problems from
what I've heard.
12. ricstevenson
4:21 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Take heart everyone. The Greek word "Epsilon" means "end"
11. billsfaninsofla
4:17 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Jorick... not to argue with you, but not true, not "nearly" everyone had power back within a week in the Fort Lauderdale area.. no way... I know some people that went 18 days (certainly not the norm).. my area was 14 days...

I understand that Wilma was much stronger, however if you remember correctly we also lost power for DAYS with Katrina, a supposed Cat 1, as well as days and days with Frances and Jeanne..
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10. Pensacola21
4:04 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
WOW!

How is everyone today?
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9. jorick
4:02 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Bills, the Canary Islands got hit with a slightly less than cat 1 tropical storm. South Florida got hit with a cat 2-3 hurricane. Not to mention that they have a lot less people and therefore a lot less electrical wiring than the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area.

Also, only one week after Wilma came through, nearly everyone in Ft. Lauderdale had electricity.
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8. billsfaninsofla
3:55 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
amazing, unreal.... and apparently the Canary Islands must possess a clearly superior electrical system than South Florida since they expect to be up and running just two days after the storm, as opposed two weeks!
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7. jetra2
3:35 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
OMG. I had looked at satellite pictures this morning and said we would have Epsilon by the 10pm EST advisory. I was about 12 hours too long. Wow...this is amazing!

Jason
6. palmbeacher
3:27 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Will it ever end?????
Enough is enough!
5. WapakLurker66
3:25 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
I normally just lurk, but I have to say this season is like a train wreck in slow motion. I have heard some predict that 2006 may be more busy. At least this one is not a threat to land.
4. FLCrackerGirl
3:21 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Epilson Models
Skeetobite/NHC Model AL96/Ops Models
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3. NOLAinNC
3:15 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Oh lordy.
2. weatherdude65
3:14 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
All I can say is...unbelievable!!!
1. Lovethetropics
3:08 PM GMT on November 29, 2005
Good morning Dr. Masters:

WTNT34 KNHC 291446
TCPAT4
BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM EPSILON ADVISORY NUMBER 1
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
11 AM AST TUE NOV 29 2005

...TROPICAL STORM EPSILON...THE 28TH NAMED STORM OF THE 2005
ATLANTIC SEASON...FORMS OVER THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC OCEAN...

AT 11 AM AST...1500Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM EPSILON WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.6 NORTH... LONGITUDE 50.4 WEST OR ABOUT
845 MILES...1360 KM...EAST OF BERMUDA AND ABOUT 1395 MILES...2245
KM... WEST OF THE AZORES ISLANDS.

EPSILON IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 8 MPH...13 KM/HR...AND THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH... 75 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 200 MILES...325 KM
FROM THE CENTER... ESPECIALLY TO THE NORTH AND WEST OF THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 993 MB...29.32 INCHES.

REPEATING THE 11 AM AST POSITION...31.6 N... 50.4 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...WEST NEAR 8 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS... 45 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 993 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
AT 5 PM AST.

FORECASTER STEWART


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