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Vince: Spain's first tropical cyclone

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:44 PM GMT on October 11, 2005

Tropical Storm Vince made history today as the first tropical cyclone ever recorded to hit Spain. Vince scooted just south of Portugal and came ashore on the southwest Spanish coast opposite Sevilla. Vince made landfall as a tropical depression with 35 mph sustained winds and a central pressure of 1002 mb. Heavy rains and sustained winds of 31 mph with winds gusts of 48 mph were measured at Rota, Spain today, and winds of 36 mph gusting to 51 mph were measured at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Vince is no longer a tropical cyclone, and is not expected to cause damage in Spain. In fact, since Spain and Portugal are suffering their worst drought in 120 years, Vince will bring welcome rains to many areas.

Figure 1. Hurricane Vince at landfall. Image credit: Navy Research Lab, Monterey, CA.

The only other tropical cyclone I could find record of to hit Europe was Hurricane Debbie, which hit northwest Ireland on September 16, 1961 as a Category 1 hurricane. Wind gusts as high as 113 mph were measured in the storm at Malin Head, the northernmost point in Ireland. Debbies's winds caused widespread destruction in Ireland's County Denegal.

Puerto Rico disturbance
A large area of disturbed weather extends from Bermuda southwards to Puerto Rico and then westward across much of the Caribbean Sea. Wind shear levels in the disturbed area are about 20 knots--too high for tropical storm develoment today. This wind shear may relax over the next few days, possibly allowing some developement to occur. Most of the global computer models continue to predict that a tropical storm will form from this disturbed area later this week and move north to threaten Bermuda. However, the models are being less aggressive with this development than in previous runs, and in general, the tropics are looking much less conducive for tropical storm formation than a week ago.

Figure 2. Current radar precipiation estimates out of Puerto Rico show heavy rains from a tropical disturbance have affected most of the island.

Improving weather has let rescuers reach many of the hardest-hit areas of Guatemala flooded by Hurricane Stan's rains last week. A new mudslide in the west part of the country buried up to 40 more vicitms Monday, and many hundreds more remain missing and presumed buried throughout the country.

Northeast U.S. flooding
The remains of Tropical Storm Tammy cause extensive flooding in New England and the mid Atlantic the past two days, killing at least ten and bringing New Hampshire its worst flooding in a least 25 years. With additional rain beginning tonight and extending through Thursday, New England can expect continued flooding problems this week. New rain amounts may be as high as 2 - 3 inches in some areas.

Figure 3. Radar estimates of rainfall in New Engalnd from the remains of Tropical Storm Tammy.

Jeff Masters

The power of water (MemaNH)
A car ended up leaning against this tree when the Cold River flooded this weekend.
The power of water
Bridge collapsed (MemaNH)
This used to be a pretty double-arched bridge across the Cold River. This weekend's flood destroyed it.
Bridge collapsed

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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83. oriondarkwood
12:46 PM EDT on October 11, 2005

That is a food group around here, along with Starbucks and Bagels.. hmm Starbucks and garbage plates.. might have to pick one up this week
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82. Jedkins
4:47 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Well I know south fllorida has Iguanas but now monitor lizards?Florida is like a dang jungle now...
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81. Jedkins
4:46 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
lol yes it be strange to find a huge python in my back yard one day but also would be interesting too!
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80. sunshinestate
4:34 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Hi all - we are having something new in SW Florida, mainly Cape Coral. I saw on the news that we are having an abundance amount of species of the monitor lizzards. If I recall correctly they said that they could grow up to be 6-8 feet. Wouldn't do a small person or animal any good.
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79. Jedkins
4:44 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I know it might be scary to you that a python can kill a gator without being hurt much but it is true because I know quite a bit about snakes it didn't try to claw it's way out it was already dead.
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78. buckeyefan1
4:42 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
jedkins- agree!!! you have a great point!! They usually know when something is to big, this one was just brain damaged!!!
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77. Jedkins
4:43 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
No and Id rather not see one do so!
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76. buckeyefan1
4:41 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I can't go to lunch yet!! That looks "yummy"!! I eat like a horse!! Ever see a 95lb woman eat a whole pizza?
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75. palmbeacher
4:42 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Orion, that is gross.
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74. Jedkins
4:38 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
No snakes of that sort ALWAYS kill their prey before swallowing it trsut me snakes,esspecially the big constricors are very strong and can constrict a gator without being hurt much,it didn't claw it's way out it was constricted and killed but was too big to swallow and the snake split open,normally they aren't dumb enough to swallow something to big they will stop once they figure out it is to big.But I do know alot about snakes anbd I can assure you a python can constrict and kill a alligator without being injured much.
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73. oriondarkwood
12:33 PM EDT on October 11, 2005

Depends on how much you want to eat.. up here the bulk up food of choice is a garbage plate

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72. palmbeacher
4:39 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Would it be called a snakeagator?
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71. buckeyefan1
4:37 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
ran a grooming business out of vet clinic for a few years. Not the first time that happened
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70. palmbeacher
4:35 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Jedkins, I am catching up on the posts and that gator/snake thing was just nasty! I couldn't believe it when I saw it on tv. We are getting flooded with these ex pets.
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69. Jedkins
4:33 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I don't think y'all relize that these snakes in south florida are not just from people letting their pets escape,it is because they are breeding now as are the iguanas,but they released the snake into a wildlife preserve in the intirior part of the state,in other words they aren't trying to stop them from populating they didn't kill it lol.
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68. buckeyefan1
4:35 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
not to big, just didn't die before it was eaten, it tried to claw it's way out
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67. 8888888889gg
4:31 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
hi all i am back and feeling good today then i did monday
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66. Jedkins
4:32 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
What happened was the snake won,but because it was stupid the gator was too big to eat so it exploded.
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65. Jedkins
4:30 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Well obviously the aligator died,the snake constricted the aligator but it was a stupid snake and the gator was a bit too big for it so it bassically exploded from over eating lol.
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64. buckeyefan1
4:29 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
That was pretty gross even for me!! I can handle alot! It looked like no body won!!
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63. Jedkins
4:26 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Ya normally they do not try to swallow something that is too big,normally a snake will stop trying to swallow something to big and will give up,but I guess that snake was a stupid one lol,I know that anacondas can easily eat gators and a full size python(like the type we have in south florida)can swallow a 8 to 10 ft aligator,but that was mostlikely not a full size onew and a stupid one at that,and yes I did see the piucture it was a nasty sight.
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62. buckeyefan1
4:29 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
To bad I can't be "supersized" LOL! :)
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61. KansasSoldier
4:26 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Yeah, I saw those pics of the exploded Snake in the Stars and Stripes... snake juices everywhere.
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60. oriondarkwood
12:25 PM EDT on October 11, 2005

"I'm just 5ft. and 95 lbs!! I'd be a tasty meal!!"

Can I get fries with that (LOL)?
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59. Jedkins
4:24 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I ain't afraid of no snake lol,I have a couple snakes as pets,but those pythons are now a new resident in south florida along with Igunas lol.
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58. GainesvilleGator
4:19 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Bill, I saw on the Internet last week about a Python that ate an alligator (8-9 ft). Both, the python & the alligator died. The python "exploded" from the inside.
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57. Jedkins
4:21 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I think the supposed 113 mph wind from supposed hurricane debbie was a bunch of crap,and I don't think they will get any more rain there eather,widespread amounts of 2 to 4 with isolated amounts as high as 10 is very very unusual in the northeast,I dought they will get the rain that is forecasted today.
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56. mendomama
9:17 AM PDT on October 11, 2005
kansas, don't be inside or stand near any tall bulidings,they tend to collasp.
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55. buckeyefan1
4:17 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I felt one in Ohio and in Ariz. Both were "nothing" according to the news, but they sure did wobble me around for just a sec. kind of scary.I couldn't imagine anything bad!!!
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54. KansasSoldier
4:12 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Oh, so it's not a holiday? Hmmm, oh well, its night time here, I will try again tomorrow, maybe they will be all caught up by then. BTW, that earthquake that killed so many in Pakistan was felt here, had no idea they could travel so far so fast. Was my first one, and being a native Kansan, I had no idea what to do. Anyone have any experience with these?
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53. buckeyefan1
4:15 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Hey Kansas...are you cooling off any yet?
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52. buckeyefan1
4:12 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I'm just 5ft. and 95 lbs!! I'd be a tasty meal!!
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51. mendomama
9:12 AM PDT on October 11, 2005
kansas, yesterday was columbus day
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50. CoconutCreekFLA
12:10 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
No Kidding! That was an 18 pound cat. What if a toddler or infant were playing there?
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49. buckeyefan1
4:10 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Hi there KansasSoldier!!! I wish it was a holiday!! They are playing catch-up!! LOL
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48. buckeyefan1
4:07 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Snakes are nothing new in the "glades". I'm just suprised that everyone is just now concerned. Wait until one wraps around a person..won't catch me anywhere near there!!
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47. KansasSoldier
4:06 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Is it a holiday there? No wonder I can't get any one in DC to answer the phone.
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46. buckeyefan1
4:04 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
The blob is making me crazy!!! She just sits and spins going nowhere!!!
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45. buckeyefan1
3:52 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
hi everyone!!! is there any word about Wilma?? I don't see anything, but it sure is looking good.
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44. DocNDswamp
3:35 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Ok, one brief post..

orion, LOL. I'll consider the offer..hey, hey...

gbreeze, yeah I saw that possibility (GFS model runs) of second formation near Sat. time frame...Way too early to guess/worry on poss. path back toward USA of 2nd sys...we'll see...

billsfaninsofla, couldn't agree more on irresponsible releasing of non-native species...bad enough introducing trop. fish displacing native populations..now SNAKES? Can't say politely what I think of such practices.

And what about lil Vince making history! As Dr. Masters mentions, landfall in Spain was a 1st, and local windspeed obs. confirm trop cyclone/remnants passed. 2005 - unreal history made aross Atlantic region...

Really gone now, ..take care..
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43. billsfaninsofla
11:48 AM EDT on October 11, 2005
rxse... interesting.. thanks for the link
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42. Pensacola21
3:38 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I didn't see any Gbreeze...
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41. rxse7en
3:27 PM GMT on October 11, 2005

Anyone have more info on that storm?

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40. CoconutCreekFLA
11:26 AM EDT on October 11, 2005
Gorgeous day here! I LOVE that the humidity is easing off. Today's weather is why we live here in storm land. Welcome to paradise!
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39. gbreezegirl
3:25 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Hey 21 - did fog roll in over you way too?
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38. CoconutCreekFLA
11:22 AM EDT on October 11, 2005
Hey, 21.

Yeah, I did hear about it. On the news it was a little amusing b/c the guy was like, "we haven't seen our cat in a few days and then this snake had a bulge in him... I think that's our cat" Meanwhile, they are doing an extreme close-up of this snakes belly! I heard in a preview that they x-rayed the snake but I don't know the results.
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37. oriondarkwood
11:22 AM EDT on October 11, 2005

Its runs on Java so its Platform indepentant (LOL). Sure I ship one just need a major credit card, a shipping address and a couple of hundred in small unmarked bills for misc expenses (ie we airdrop order items ourselves from our offshore HQ)
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36. quakeman55
3:18 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I notice the swirl too, just south of Jamaica there. I'm not sure if that's at the lower levels or not, but if convection persists there and if shear stays calm, development could be possible...who knows. We'll see what happens to it later today. Also, the swirl north of Puerto Rico's beginning to slowly take shape.
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35. Pensacola21
3:21 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Hey all..
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34. billsfaninsofla
11:16 AM EDT on October 11, 2005
CC... did you hear about the python that ate the 18 pound cat in Miami? These snake stories are starting to give me the creeps.. irresponsible people letting them go in the Everglades
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33. gbreezegirl
3:17 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Accuweather says the PR blob will split into two parts. One will head north and threaten East coast but they don't say much about the lower portion of the split that would be left poised to "go through the chute" and into the gulf.
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