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By: Jess Parker and Kari Kiefer , 12:53 AM GMT on August 27, 2010
Hey Travel Buds!
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Here are some of this week's highlights!
Weather News Around The Globe
Rain totals are posted from this week's New England super soaking storm. The National Weather Service released a public information statement of unofficial storm total rainfall measurements for the event that began on Sunday, August 22nd. Rain totals in this report have ranged from 1.67 inches in Windsor Locks, CT to 7.59 inches in Blue Hills, MA. The Logan Airport in Boston reported 4.48 inches. To view this list visit the NWS Boston site.
In the Atlantic, Hurricane Danielle has grown to a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of more than 105 mph. By Friday afternoon, Danielle is expected to reach Category 3 status with winds above 110 mph. The forecast track has it heading toward Bermuda over the next several days.
Also in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the warm waters of of the Tropical Atlantic. Earl has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is expected to become the Atlantic season's third hurricane by Saturday.
In the eastern Pacific, Hurricane Frank formed off the southwestern coast of Mexico on Wednesday. The storm could strengthen within the next two days as it swings west, northwest of Baja California through the weekend. It is not expected to pose any threat to land. Thus far, the storm has left at least three people dead in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
In the western Pacific, Tropical Storm Mindulle hit Vietnam's north-central coast on Tuesday. The storm killed 10 people and injured 64 others, according to the national floods and storms control committee. Mindulle also damaged 47,000 homes and 158,000 acres (64,000 hectares) of rice fields. In more recent headlines, ten Vietnamese fishermen were rescued after floating in rough seas in tiny traditional basket boats for two days after Tropical Storm Mindulle sunk their fishing trawler.
For more information on tropical storms, please visit our Tropical and Hurricane page. Also check out hurricane guru, Dr. Jeff Masters' Wunderblog.
While taking a look at headlines in the Southern Hemisphere, we found one that "sparked" our interest: Weeks of drought led to brush fires across Brazil and even a rare fire tornado! The fiery whirlwind was fed by brush fires and strong winds in Sao Palo. Want to see it in action? Of course you do! Check out this spectacular sight at MSNBC.
This Week's Best and Worst
**Disclaimer: The following locations are based on OUR opinions...they're not the, "official best & worst" so relax!
Worst: Austin, Texas.
Can you say HOT, HOT, HOT...and humid?! Ick! High pressure over the East will push moist air in from the Gulf of Mexico, allowing for more humid days. Expect highs near 100 degrees and heat indicies ranging from 110 to 120.
This is a wonderful time of year to do some sightseeing in Maine. After that front passes, high pressure will build in and bring sunny skies and warm temperatures across the region. Expect highs from the mid-70s to mid-80s, with lows near 60 this weekend!
Best: Barcelona, Spain.
We have three words for you: Sun, Sand, and Sangria! (make those virgin Sangria's or smoothies if you choose to go the healthier route ;-) ). Usually July and August aren't entirely the best times to travel to Spain because of the crowds and scorching hot daytime temperatures. However cooler temperatures are expected in Barcelona next week with highs in the mid-70s to to mid-80s. Outside of a few slight chances of showers during the mid-week, conditions will be generally fair and perfect for taking in some sites
Hurricane Danielle poses a potential threat to Bermuda as it will probably reach peak intensity Saturday night or Sunday morning. This will be near the time of its closest approach to Bermuda. The National Hurricane Center is giving Danielle a 41% chance of becoming a major Category 3 hurricane. Thus, significant rainfall, strong thunderstorms, and increasing north-northeasterly strong gusts to gale force are expected to affect the island.
Travel Spotlight: Let's Go To Italy!!!
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Italy is beautiful European country filled with amazing people, rich cuisine, and glorious history. The Apennine Mountains form the peninsula's backbone, the Alps form its northern boundary. The Po, Italy's longest river, flows from the Alps on the western border with France and crosses the Padan plain on its way to the Adriatic Sea. With a total area of 301,230 km², the "boot" shaped nation has a population of about 60,200,060.
Some info on Italy's Climate
The moderating influence of the Mediterranean Sea and the protection given by the Alpine barrier from the cold north winds combine to give Italy a temperate climate.
The winter is very cold in north, near the Alps; cold and foggy in the Po Plain and the central Apennines; mild and even warm on the Ligurian coast, the Neapolitan coast and in Sicilia. In mountain areas, winter is ideal for skiing, and summer for excursions, hiking, etc.
The summer is hot and dry, but the temperature is mitigated on the coast by sea breezes and in the Apennines and Alps it is pleasantly cool.
The recommended months for travel to Italy is during April and May (spring) or September and October (autumn), when the weather is favorable and resorts and tourist sites are less crowded.
Whenever you decide to travel, Weather Underground has you covered. We have 667 reporting weather stations sprinkled throughout the country, allowing you to get the BEST weather updates around. Before you book a trip, check out Weather Underground's Trip Planner to help make sure weather won't ruin your vacation.
Some interest facts about the country:
1. Italy is famous for its sports cars (Ferrari, Lamborghini), and for the Vespa motor scooter.
2. The city of Pompeii was completely buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
3. Italy is the Birthplace of many famous architects, artists, authors, scientists, engineers, and political scientists (Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Niccolo Machiavelli just to name a few).
So what does one do in Italy?
This culturally rich place allows everyone to experience fulfillment. Go for an exciting and breathtaking hike in Alps and Apennine Mountains. Submerse yourself in the rich history and culture by exploring some of Italy's beautiful monuments and cathedrals, as well as the fascinating catacombs.
Most importantly, indulge in the nation's divine cuisine. È squisito!
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Until next week,
Your Travel Mets
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