Physical Oceanography Major in the works Meteorology Grad-student hopeful Also loves music, sports, the outdoors, and beer!
By: win1gamegiantsplease , 5:53 PM GMT on October 17, 2013
Just signed up for Weather Underground today after my past satisfactory visits to this website, especially the tropical weather section and the doc's blog which is always very informative. It's also nice to see that most members posting comments aren't trolling but are also giving informative comments and opinions among each other.
This can be found at the about me message but since I'm new I'll dive a little deeper. I'm a physical oceanography major at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, right on the Cape Fear River and within a 45-minute bicycle ride to the ocean. I'm hoping to get a masters in meteorology and pursue working in the field of hurricanes to collect data and help save lives down the road. Conversely, I'm a hurricane nut to the point where I want to ride them out and document the event on videotape. Cape Fear isn't the worst place for that by any means.
Back to the main purpose of this blog, hurricane season as we all know though on the mark for named storms has done practically nothing as far as accumulated cyclone energy is concerned. While the dusty Saharan air sinking in the eastern Atlantic has definitely had an impact, the wind shear that has persisted over much of the ocean is really surprising to me. Even in the Eastern Pacific ACE percentages are down, and it's been 45 years since both zones lacked a major storm by the end of November.
I guess being on the coast and on one that sees it's fair share of tropical weather still leans me to keep cautious. Tropical activity on average picks up briefly around 20 October and by November we can still see storms such as Kate ('85), Lenny ('99), and Michelle ('01 or '02 don't remember exactly). It is also interesting to note that the strongest storm (on record) to make landfall in North Carolina was two days ago in 1954 (I tried putting a few pics on the blog but since I'm new and it probably didn't work just look at my page if interested).
If anyone knows why NOAA/NHC classifies Hazel as the farthest north landfalling Category 4 but most tracks have it as a Category 3 please let me know. I still think that three storms may have outdone Hazel: 1821 Norfolk/LI, 1879 Beaufort, and 1899 San Ciriaco. All of the equipment failed before the peak with these storms except for 1821 since they didn't have them.
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