U.S. Wildfires 2015: Are The Worst Yet To Come?

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 4:38 PM GMT on September 02, 2015

Thus far, 2015 has been one of the worst U.S. wildland fire seasons since modern records began. More than 8.2 million acres have burned across the nation as of September 1, an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined. Across the last ten years, that’s the largest amount of fire-scorched U.S. acreage for the January-August period, and it’s close to 50% above the decadal year-to-date average. We are well ahead of the pace set in 2007, when 9,328,0...

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Updated: 10:31 PM GMT on September 02, 2015

Fred Weakens after Lashing Cape Verde Islands

By: Bob Henson, 4:21 PM GMT on September 01, 2015

Tropical Storm Fred, downgraded from hurricane status on Monday night, carved its way into the record books as it made the most direct hurricane strike on the Cape Verde islands in modern records. Fred has since weakened while plowing into a large batch of dry, dusty Saharan air. As of 11:00 am EDT Tuesday, Fred was located about 250 miles northwest of the islands, with top sustained winds down to 50 mph. The National Hurricane Center expects that Fred will continue...


Updated: 4:45 PM GMT on September 01, 2015

Rare Hurricane Pounds Cape Verde Islands

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 4:23 PM GMT on August 31, 2015

For the first time since 1892, a full-fledged hurricane is pounding the Cape Verde islands, as Hurricane Fred heads northwest at 12 mph through the islands in the far eastern North Atlantic. The eye of Fred passed just southwest of Boa Vista Island in the Republic of Cabo Verde (formerly called the Cape Verde Islands) near 8 am EDT Monday, with the northeastern eyewall likely hitting the island. The center of Fred is expected to pass over or very close to the northw...


Updated: 6:43 PM GMT on August 31, 2015

Fred Heading for Cape Verde Islands; Ignacio Skirting Hawaii

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 7:00 PM GMT on August 30, 2015

Residents of the Cape Verde islands are going through a rare experience today--a hurricane warning--as Tropical Storm Fred intensifies in the far eastern North Atlantic. As of 2:00 pm EDT, Fred was located near 14.1°N, 20.7°W, or about 195 miles east of the Cape Verde capital city of Praia. Outer rainbands are already beginning to reach the islands. The National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm from Invest 99L to Tropical Storm Fred in its 5:00 am EDT advisory,...


Updated: 7:13 PM GMT on August 30, 2015

Erika Dissipates

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 2:34 PM GMT on August 29, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika charged into the teeth of Hispaniola's high mountains on Friday night, and emerged from the encounter shattered, without a closed circulation, and is no longer a tropical storm. Measurements on Saturday morning from an Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft failed to find any tropical storm-force winds associated with Erika, and the plane did not find any westerly winds, showing the the storm had degenerated to a tropical wave.



Updated: 3:03 PM GMT on August 29, 2015

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Dr. Masters co-founded wunderground in 1995. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. Co-blogging with him: Bob Henson, @bhensonweather

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