'Noreaster Noel whips up high winds and huge waves

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:50 PM GMT on November 04, 2007

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'Noreaster Noel whipped past New England Saturday, bringing coastal flooding, heavy rains up to four inches, and numerous reports of downed trees and power lines. The top wind gust in the U.S. was 89 mph at Barnstable on Cape Cod. The highest sustained winds were measured on Nantucket Island--56 mph, gusting to 72. The highest wind gusts in Maine were 64 mph measured at Brooklin and Cutler. Acadia National Park had one of the highest rain fall totals, 4.2 inches, and up to three inches of snow was recorded in northwestern Maine. At the storm's peak, 43,000 people lost power in Massachusetts.

Huge waves up to 34 feet high were measured in Halifax Harbor in Nova Scotia, and waves up to 46 feet high were measured at the Georgian Bank buoy midway between Cape Cod and Nova Scotia. Top winds in Nova Scotia were 50 mph, gusting to 62 mph, measured at Brier Island between 4am and 6am this morning. The 'Noreaster is over the Gulf of St. Lawrence this morning, with a central pressure of 970 mb and sustained winds near 50 mph. The storm knocked out power to over 150,000 people in Nova Scotia.


Figure 1. Rainfall estimate for the six hours ending at 4am EST Sunday, 11/04/07. Rainfall amounts up to 3 inches (75 mm) were observed in extreme northeastern Nicaragua. Image credit: Navy Research Lab, Monterey.

Near-tropical depression hits Nicaragua and Honduras
A region of disturbed weather that was the southern portion of Hurricane Noel's rainy regime acquired a spin of its own, almost became a tropical depression, and has now moved inland near the Nicaragua/Honduras border. This disturbance (91L) is generating rains of up to three inches every six hours (Figure 1). Total rain rain amounts of 5-10 are possible in Nicaragua and Honduras along the path of 91L, which could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

I'll have an update Monday morning.

Jeff Masters

Noel's Beach Erosion (Skyepony)
No big hits this year but ended the season at a 19 year low for sand. Caught in the gradent between highs up north & 'canes down south, with a handfull of invests/depressions come through.
Noel's Beach Erosion
Shredded foresail (AuroraB)
The remnants of hurricane Noel passed just east of us this afternoon. Narragansett Bay experienced sustained winds over 40 mph with gusts over 60 mph. Most sailors got their boats to safe harbor, but some were not so fortunate. Five boats broke free of their moorings in Dutch Harbor. Four of them ended up on the rocks.
Shredded foresail
Broken free (AuroraB)
The remnants of hurricane Noel passed just east of us this afternoon. Narragansett Bay experienced sustained winds over 40 mph with gusts over 60 mph. Most sailors got their boats to safe harbor, but some were not so fortunate. Five boats broke free of their moorings in Dutch Harbor. Four of them ended up on the rocks. This one hit very hard
Broken free

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58. Sfloridacat5
6:35 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
I went a head and took down my storm shutters today.
I wanted to wait a couple more weeks just in case, but the weather is so nice today (75-80 degrees with low humidity) I couldn't resist.

The odd are in my favor of not having a major storm. If we do get a storm I will gladly put them back up because it will be something very rare.

Here's an article I found about Nov. Hurricanes.

Major storms, U.S. hurricanes rare in November

When Hurricane Michelle became a major hurricane with winds of 135 mph on Nov. 3, 2001, it was the first major Atlantic Basin hurricane in November since Hurricane Lenny in 1999 and only the sixth major hurricane in any November since 1900.

November hurricanes that hit the USA are even rarer than major November hurricanes. Only four hurricanes have hit the USA in November since 1900 and these were all were category 1 storms that hit Florida. While Michelle's tropical storm force winds (39 to 73 mph) hit Florida, its eye didn't cross the coast, which means the storm "brushed" but didn't hit the USA.

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57. ShenValleyFlyFish
1:06 PM EST on November 04, 2007
47. listenerVT 12:59 PM EST on November 04, 2007
Has anyone heard from Bonedog since he went storm chasing Noel?

If he's who I think (how many wunderblogers could have been storm chasing in Nova Scotia, locals would have seen similar and have enough sense to come in out of the rain) he's OK but weather messed up his camera. What happened to days of old Nikon F when you could drop it in salt water, slosh it out good with Vodka, sit it in the sun for a bit then spray it down with WD 40, and keep on gittin it? You still would have been considered a fool if you traveled without a spare back and lenses? Not saying Bonedog is a fool just seems strange how things change. Read an article in a mag by a pro animal photographer went to Jungle and didn't mention a backup.
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53. listenerVT
6:10 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Indonesia officials deny Mt. Kelud erupted
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=3815831
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52. ace59
6:10 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Funny, That's my shredded foresail in the pictures. One of the lucky ones though, the mooring bridle was worn almost all the way through.
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51. Weather456
2:12 PM AST on November 04, 2007
46. ShenValleyFlyFish 1:57 PM AST on November 04, 2007 Hide this comment.
39. Weather456 12:44 PM EST on November 04, 2007 My Home from Queen Mary 2 cruise ship web cam

Alright
btw how did you link to it, and how did you know camera was there?


Most cruise ships have public webcams and i knew queen Mary 2 was in dock today so i went to the website and link the image using the code image posting code.

http://www.cunard.com/bridgecam/qm2_cam1.asp
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50. listenerVT
6:02 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
MOUNT KELUD in Indonesia eruption:

The country is spread across 17,500 islands and is prone to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes because of its location on the so-called "Ring of Fire"--a series of fault lines stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia.
...
For weeks, authorities have pleaded with villagers to move to tent camps or government buildings, but have faced resistance.

Many people have insisted on staying behind to tend to crops or look after their houses.

Some apparently believe a local myth stating if they stayed at home without switching indoor lights on or speaking in a loud voice then the mountain would not erupt.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view_article.php?article_id=98647
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49. listenerVT
5:59 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
That's really sad about the broken boats! Thanks for the updates (yesterday and today) and for the photos, Dr. Masters!
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48. Dakster
12:49 PM EST on November 04, 2007
Weather456,

Nice Photos and I wouldn't want to live on a planet that is 2000C. A little too warm and toasty for me!

Hopefully no suprises for the end of the 2007 Hurricane Season. 2007 was kind to the U.S. Hopefully 2008 will be too. I feel sorry for The Carribean and South American and other countries that were not so lucky this year.
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46. ShenValleyFlyFish
12:57 PM EST on November 04, 2007
39. Weather456 12:44 PM EST on November 04, 2007 My Home from Queen Mary 2 cruise ship web cam

Alright
btw how did you link to it, and how did you know camera was there?
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45. utilaeastwind
5:49 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
storm,

With you all the way.
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43. Thundercloud01221991
12:49 PM EST on November 04, 2007
I have written a website to show off your weather images http://thundercloud.freeweb7.com/images/index.php
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42. listenerVT
5:46 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Can anyone explain to me why Dr. Masters uses the term 'Noreaster rather than Nor'easter? I live in the northeast and I've only ever seen the apostrophe replace the "th". Thanks.
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41. stormpetrol
5:45 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Looks like 91L might come offshore fairly intact around Roatan, Honduras and move more NW. Does anyone else see this possibility, I don't think it will make into the EPAC at this point.Just my opinion.
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40. ShenValleyFlyFish
12:46 PM EST on November 04, 2007
Environment Canada Weather Forecast

Marine Forecast issued for North Labrador Coast.
Issued: 9.30 AM NST on Sunday 04 November 2007.

Synopsis:
The remnants of post-tropical storm Noel will track northward over the western half of the Gulf of St Lawrence today then move northeastward over the Mid Labrador Coast tonight. On Monday the storm will continue its northeastward track across the East Labrador Sea. Ahead of the system winds will increase to gale to storm force southeasterlies south of the track while north of the track gale force northeasterlies will develop. In the wake of the system winds will shift to gale to storm force westerly winds. Winds will begin to diminish over western waters late on Monday as the storm pulls away.
Marine interests are advised that storm warnings are continued for South Labrador Coast..Mid Labrador Coast Hopedale and south..South Labrador Sea..And East Labrador Sea southern half. Gale warnings Are continued for all other areas.

Forecast:
Gale warning continued.
Winds southwest 20 knots becoming variable 10 to 15 early this afternoon then increasing to northeast 20 early this evening.
Winds increasing to northerly gales 35 overnight and to northwest gales 45 Monday morning. Gales diminishing to northwest winds 25 Monday evening. Snow beginning this afternoon ending Monday morning.
Visibility fair to poor in snow. Temperatures near zero.
Copyright © 2007 Environment Canada
All Rights Reserved
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39. Weather456
1:39 PM AST on November 04, 2007
My Home from Queen Mary 2 cruise ship web cam

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38. ShenValleyFlyFish
12:26 PM EST on November 04, 2007
from Enviroment Canada

Warnings

Nain to Hopedale
11:20 AM NST Sunday 4 November 2007
Blowing snow warning for
Nain to Hopedale continued


Blowing snow giving near zero visibilities at times can be expected today and tonight.

This is a warning that an extended period of blowing snow with poor visibilities is expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.



Post tropical storm Noel will move into southern Labrador today and is forecast to pass over Goose Bay this evening. Snow associated with this system will begin near noon for northern areas. Total snowfall of 20 centimetres is expected in parts of northern and western Labrador. Strong winds will also result in near zero visibilities at times in blowing snow over western and northern Labrador. Southwesterly winds gusting to 100 km/h are forecast to develop along the strait of Belle Isle this evening as the low passes by.

Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details and monitor future forecasts for additional warnings if required.
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37. utilaeastwind
5:02 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
It looks like 91l is travelling NW and will re-enter the Caribbean later today.

Should get real rough here on The Bay Islands of Honduras later on. If it gets real good I will take some pics and post.

Anybody know why the models are showing west or SW movement when it has been on a nw track almost constantly?

Thanks.
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36. Weather456
1:05 PM AST on November 04, 2007
By BBC

Scientists from Queen's University in Belfast have found three new planets orbiting their own stars.

The new discoveries have been named Wasp-1, 2 and 3 respectively. They are all gas giants similar to our Jupiter.

Using equipment they built themselves, the scientists from the University's Astrophysics Research Centre have been observing hundreds of thousands of stars for several months.


An artist's impression of an Exoplanet

Enlarge Image

The team is hunting what are known as exoplanets.

These are planets outside our Solar System. They orbit their own stars, or suns, many of them in just a couple of days, unlike the Earth which takes a year to make a full orbit.

Indeed, some of the planets discovered so far are so close to their stars that their "surface" temperatures probably exceed 2000C.

So there is little chance of life being present.


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35. Skyepony (Mod)
4:58 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Thanks for a feature pic spot Dr Masters:)

What has been shelled out & layed down after the 2004 storms has all been taken & then some. The pic was from across Coral Way in Indialantic, FL. The news & NWS is still pleeding with the public to stay out of the water because of the dangerous surf. In the same series as that erosion pic is a dude Kite Surfing. Has a huge parishute kite & a surfboard strapped to him.
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34. sydneyaust1
4:59 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Well 4AM and time for sleep - good thoughts to people of Philipines and hope you all have a good day and Mount Kelud erupted yesterday. Also may the Invests leave Mexico alone. Nite to all you North West hemisphere people.
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33. Orcasystems
4:57 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Blob? is there anything to the swirly blob around 17N/58W.

You can't beat technical mumbo jumbo like that.
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32. Weather456
12:45 PM AST on November 04, 2007
Station LAOAG, Philippines (RPLI) on the northwest coast of the island being impacted is reporting 12 Knot winds and 1005 millibar pressure. The core of tightest winds is near the center which is a tropical characteristic as oppose to non-tropical storm Noel whose winds were felt well away from the center decreasing near the center as it crossed over buoy 44004 yesterday.
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30. Weather456
12:43 PM AST on November 04, 2007
Typhoon 21W PEIPAH

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29. Weather456
12:39 PM AST on November 04, 2007
sydneyaust1,

thanks
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27. sydneyaust1
4:35 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Fantastic images 456
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26. Drakoen
4:32 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
There are two separate areas of low pressure.
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25. Weather456
12:31 PM AST on November 04, 2007
Cold Front Leaving Iceland

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24. Weather456
12:28 PM AST on November 04, 2007
Good Day

Non Tropical Vortex in the South Atlantic just to the East of Southern South America.

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23. sydneyaust1
4:21 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Thx ShenValley - This is a relatively new Typhoon Site setup by someone in the Philippines

Link
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22. ShenValleyFlyFish
10:47 AM EST on November 04, 2007
great link Sidney
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