Dr. Masters co-founded wunderground in 1995. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. Co-blogging with him: Bob Henson, @bhensonweather
By: Bob Henson, 6:01 PM GMT on October 03, 2015
There is plenty of life left in Hurricane Joaquin as it moves away from the Bahamas. An Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft detected winds around noon EDT Saturday of 144 knots at the 700-millibar level, with stepped-frequency microwave radiometer (SFMR) data showing estimated surface winds of 138 knots (159 mph). The National Hurricane Center upgraded Joaquin’s strength to top sustained winds of 155 mph in a special advisory at noon EDT Saturday, up from 130 mph ...
Updated: 10:50 PM GMT on October 03, 2015
By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 11:16 PM GMT on October 02, 2015
A potentially historic rainfall event for the Carolinas has begun, with many locations set to receive between 1 and 2 feet of rain by early next week. An intense band of thunderstorms has set up across eastern NC and northeast SC, and cells are “training” northward through this N-S band, already leading to high rainfall totals. A station at North Myrtle Beach, SC, reported 8.03” in the 24 hours up through 6:24 pm EDT Friday. More than half of that amount (4.30...
Updated: 4:16 AM GMT on October 03, 2015
By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 4:39 PM GMT on October 02, 2015
Hurricane Joaquin continued to lash the Bahamas on Friday morning as it turned north on a course expected to keep it well away from the U.S. East Coast. However, several days of coastal flooding and beach erosion will occur from New Jersey to North Carolina, and extremely heavy rain could produce dangerous impacts in South Carolina. It was a long night of screaming winds, pounding waves, and lashing rains for residents of the Central Bahama Islands, where dangerous ...
Updated: 5:17 PM GMT on October 02, 2015
By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 9:22 PM GMT on October 01, 2015
Dangerous Hurricane Joaquin has intensified to a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds and a 936 mb pressure, making it the strongest Atlantic hurricane in five years. The last stronger storm was Hurricane Igor of 2010, which bottomed out at 924 mb on September 15, 2010. Joaquin is now the second major hurricane of 2015 in the Atlantic, joining Hurricane Danny, which peaked as a Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds on August 21. Joaquin's motion has slowed to a 5 mph w...
Updated: 10:36 PM GMT on October 01, 2015
By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 4:06 PM GMT on October 01, 2015
Category 3 Hurricane Joaquin is giving the Central Bahama Islands a ferocious pounding as the storm moves very slowly over the islands. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft made three penetrations of Joaquin's center on Thursday morning, and found top surface winds of 125 mph. The central pressure held steady at 942 mb between the first two passes at 7:47 and 9:23 am EDT, but dropped to 939 mb at 11:20 am, so Joaquin is still intensifying. The hurricane had a larg...
Updated: 10:04 PM GMT on October 01, 2015
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