Last tropical cyclone of the year?

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:02 PM GMT on December 21, 2006

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Tropical Cyclone Bondo, a major Category 3 storm, is battering the Seychelles Islands between Madagascar and Mozambique today. I expect Bondo will be the final major tropical cyclone of 2006, which has been an active year for intense storms world-wide. Bondo brings the tally of major (Category 3, 4 and 5) tropical cyclones to 29 for the year. The global average for such storms is 24, and the record, 30. This year has also seen 21 Category 4 and 5 cyclones, which is well above the average of 17, but quite a bit short of the record of 25. Bondo is expected to pass very close to Dzaoudzi in the Comoros Islands near 12 UTC on Friday, and is expected to pass between Madagascar and the African coast over the weekend, and possibly strike the northern Madagascar coast as a powerful Category 3 or 4 storm early next week.


Figure 1. Visible image of Tropical Cyclone Bondo taken by NASA's Terra satellite on December 20 at 0635 UTC.

I'll be back Friday with a new blog.
Jeff Masters

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317. atmosweather
12:00 AM GMT on December 23, 2006
Yep we got a pretty good sonic boom here in east Orlando.
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316. Skyepony (Mod)
10:42 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Coming in from the NW like that, no sonic booms for me this time. Nice coverage by the local news though.
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314. CybrTeddy
10:38 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Welcome home Space Shuttle Discovery hey did anyone see the or hear the sonic booms?
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313. Thunderstorm2
10:34 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
im away. Good Evening everyone
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312. Thunderstorm2
10:29 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
it must get really annoying because while your trying to talk about something he starts complaning about what u've posted!!!!
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311. cajunkid
10:29 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
hi everyone, welcome home Discovery, and merry Christmas! now I'm back to work
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308. Patrap
10:26 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Yhat was it Cajun kid...right on time...
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307. Thunderstorm2
10:25 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
MichaelSTL does cyclonebuster never stop complaning???
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306. Patrap
10:24 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Woo HOO!..Sonic Boom New Orleans..4:24 :15..welcome back Discovery!
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304. Thunderstorm2
10:23 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
hi cajunkid
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303. cajunkid
10:22 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
just heard what might be the sonic boom in Baton Rouge
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302. Thunderstorm2
10:19 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
some people might disagree with that cyclonebuster
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299. Patrap
10:17 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
speed..11,000mph..and slowing
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298. Patrap
10:16 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Alt..38nm...1100 statue miles to KSC
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297. Patrap
10:15 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Discovery approaching sw Texas ..will be heard over Houston around 4:22 cst...
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296. Thunderstorm2
10:14 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
UK
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295. Patrap
10:13 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
KSC has T-Linkshowers to its sw ..the Orbiter will Miss them coming in from the NW...
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294. ryang
10:13 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Thunderstorm2 where do you live.
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293. Thunderstorm2
10:13 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
yes i know that cyclonebuster but we get the point about your "cooling waters" situation but you keep on ranting about it!!!!!!
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291. Thunderstorm2
10:09 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
could we please get on to more tropical weather situations other than cyclonebuster's ranting about cooling water and other silly rubbish
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290. Patrap
10:08 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Discovery 3000 nm to touchdown..Touchdown in 24 minutes
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288. Patrap
10:06 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Knock yerself out.Here, have a snickers too.
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286. Patrap
10:03 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Heres a neat note.Discovery touchdown at 5:32 pm EST.. Sunset KSC 5:32pm EST
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285. Patrap
10:01 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Discovery now entering the atmosphere..entry interface..On schedule for a 4:32 pm cst landing at KSC.
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284. Patrap
10:00 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Undersea vulcanism puts Millions of more BTUS into the oceans in 1 hour than all the vessels in the world ever could..ridiculous to consider such. ...LOL
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283. Thunderstorm2
9:58 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
I've just looked at cyclonebuster's blogs and i agree now with weatherboykris and MichaelSLT.
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281. weatherboykris
9:55 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Thunder,cooler waters do indeed weaken hurricanes.Still,I'm looking at Cyclonebuster's blogs and I have to agree with MichaelSTL.It's impossible to find a practical way to do it.
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280. Patrap
9:54 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
NO Tunnels,..no More...5
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279. Thunderstorm2
9:52 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
The water cooling would i think take alot of money to do and their is no proof that it would work
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278. weatherboykris
9:52 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Did you guys notice the date on the link I posted.It was last updated the day Charley hit.ironic
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277. weatherboykris
9:51 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
That's from NHC FAQ
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276. weatherboykris
9:51 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Since hurricanes draw their energy from warm ocean water, some proposals have been put forward to tow icebergs from the arctic zones to the tropics to cool the sea surface temperatures. Others have suggested pumping cold bottom water in pipes to the surface, or releasing bags of cold freshwater from near the bottom to do this.

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275. weatherboykris
9:50 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Oh I get it.Cyclonebuster wants to bust cyclones
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274. weatherboykris
9:49 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Here's why the NHC says cooling the waters wouldn't work.
Link
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273. ryang
9:49 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
I think this does not see florida link
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270. weatherboykris
9:46 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
What tunnels?
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269. Thunderstorm2
9:44 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
23, It has been a busy year across the pacific and unless 90S and/or 98W intensify rapidly then Bondo is going to be the last powerful storm this year. el nino should be gone by june.
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268. MTJax
9:44 PM GMT on December 22, 2006
Taz should make an ID we would never recognize like Tazmanian2. Nobody could figure that one out.

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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.