Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.
By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 11:13 PM GMT on August 05, 2006
Hello all, Jeff Masters back again from a few days on Lake Superior. That's always a great way to beat the heat, but not so much during this incredibly hot summer of 2006. I have never been able to do what I did today--dive to 20 foot depth in Lake Superior and not be bone chilled. The water temperature in the lake--and all the Great Lakes--are at record levels this summer. I was able to spend up to 30 minutes at a stretch in the ridiculously warm 70+ degree water in some of the bays of this usually 45-55 degree lake. In any case, I'm ready and rested to take on the peak part of hurricane season, now that the preliminaries are over with.
The "curse" of Chris comes through
As I mentioned in my Wednesday blog, storms named Chris have been notorious for their lack of oomph, and I was counting on this to be the case again this year when I decided to take a few days off this week. Well, I got away with it, but don't think I wasn't concerned. I did call in to check and see if Chris of 2006 was going to bash Florida, and was ready to cut short my trip. My friend Dr. Chris Landsea of NHC was also concerned, and was ready to start boarding up the house again. But, the curse of Chris came through again, and the storm is dead. Will it rise again? Tune in tomorrow, and I'll have an analysis of this, plus all the other news from the tropics.
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