I'm just a 21 year old weather graphic geek. Most of you know Max.
By: trHUrrIXC5MMX , 6:43 AM GMT on February 16, 2013
I have been working this past month on Hurricane Sandy Video and on some new graphics and information for this upcoming hurricane season.
I know it's too early for the hurricane season, in fact, it's about 3 months from now for the 2013 Eastern Pacific Season to start.
I know that many of you are anxious for the Spring Tornado Season which could be more of interest than hurricanes which I would certainly understand and respect. Personally, I lean more towards snow storms, rain storms, wind temperature and hurricanes than tornadoes as my favorite weather topics. Again, I respect your choices if otherwise.
The upcoming tornado season could be very busy, unlike last year, this year's spring season may be dangerous and possibly destructive, especially for those of you in the "tornado ally" please listed to your local weather offices and most importantly obey the warnings, if given, of tornado threats even if nothing happens. The choice is ultimately yours.
As regarding to the hurricane season, same thing when warnings come around, even for tropical storms. It is important to think about where to go in advance of a storm or hurricane. People seem to think that just because tropical cyclones are not hurricanes (in some cases not even tropical storms) no attention or preparation should be made, however, that is a very wrong and possibly irrevocable statement. Never underestimate the power of nature. Winds are not the only threat if you live near rivers, flat lands, steep slopes or coastal areas. Too many people pay attention to the storm's intensity, "oh is it a hurricane, category 1?...naa, no big deal". (No big deal?)
Counter examples of above....
...Hurricane Humberto 2007 - very unexpected deepening to hurricane so close to landfall.
...Tropical Storm Allison - Slow mover, very heavy rains led to widespread flooding yet only being a "tropical storm" killing over 40 people and damages up to $9 billion.
...Hurricane Ike 2008 - Although it was a strong hurricane "what people normally looks for to act" was taken action for, however, the gigantic waves crashing along the Galveston, TX area and all Gulf of Mexico deceived many, and widespread washouts/coastal flooding occurred. Ike's size was largely ignored. Ike became the 3rd US costliest Hurricane ever.
...Hurricane Sandy - Devastating storm for New York, Philadelphia and the rest of Northeast and Great Lakes area. Very dangerous waves flooded the entire NYC Subway system, in other places there were extensive washouts, wind damage, extremely high number of people left without power, heavy rains and surprisingly heavy snows as well for the Appalachians something not so common in hurricanes. Sandy was a monster storm, larger than Ike and worst than Ike which consequently took it's place for the Second most devastating costliest storm on record for the USA.
That's why it's important to watch the news, my key phrase for you is: Tropical Awareness.
All this message comes up to my new graphics I have been diligently working on for many months,since right after Sandy. They are more understandable, clearer information, and always updated.
Figure 1: Broad Atlantic View..
I'll be focusing more in the Atlantic basin than in the Eastern Pacific unless there is a storm that bears attention, most of them head out to sea and die harmlessly along the way.
Figure 2: Broad Atlantic View, The Nomina
Just like the first map, I would be using this one (taking away the central name box) for the broad atlantic view.
Also note that those are the names to be used for this upcoming Hurricane Season of 2013.
Figure 3: Alert map
I'll use this map only in storms posing a threat to the lower-48.
This is just a sample of course.
Figure 4: HURRICANE ALERT
To be used only for hurricanes that could be very devastating (cat 3-4 or 5) to any land areas, not only the USA). Examples could be Irene, Ike, Dean, Gustav or Sandy) I'll take into consideration the structure of the storm to decide whether to use it or not. This graph is only for those special occasions.
All of the above (except for the 2nd image) are scenarios only for the sake of display. To be used in real life if necessary.
Well I hope everyone waiting for the tornado season would have a great time... In my case fun comes in few months.
One last thing..I don't plan to flood the blog putting this up every 10 minutes...only once or twice a day everyday... if necessary.
"Due to the current public monitoring (Mods) in the site I'll be more formal in posts on the blog to you guys. I'm 20 years old for goodness sake. "
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NOTE: "nomina" is the Latin word for names. Common word for me.
May you all have a great day!
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