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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

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333. tornadoty
11:07 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I still am feeling big time western Caribbean storm, and, for the little it's worth, so is Bastardi. It is at the tail end of the trough and in a climotologically favored area. And for those who disagree, time to look at Mitch.
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328. cgableshurrycanegal
7:06 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
here's an investigation area, compliments of:
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327. leftyy420
11:05 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
thanks for the support guys. just gopt back. had to chnage one of those diapers and make a bottle lol.

will catch uip with u guys later. will have an update on the pr blob but at this toime doubt it will be anything more than a hybrid storm that will mainly affect bermuda and possibly the candian maritimes. update around 100am when the global models come out
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326. CosmicEvents
10:53 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
This blog is like "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". It's out of control. In the anonymity of the Internet, in one corner we have lefty(y)....supposedly a stay at home dad of kids under 6...yet he sleeps from 5AM-11PM. I'm a stay at home dad and this is prime time for kids that age. Also, he's been known to put in 18 hour days while he's awake, posting evry 30 seconds. Who's changing diapers or feeding the kids? Is he throwing the kids pop-tarts like we throw bread to a duck? In the other corner we have wannabee....supposedly the managing partner of a law firm. Yet he throws around libelous statements like nothing. And who's running the law firm while he spends time blogging? All is not what it appears. Everyone else sits on the sidelines watching the fun. And all this on a blog that's supposed to be about tropical weather. Lefty(y)....your weather posts are welcome. Wannabee, you need a break.
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325. cgableshurrycanegal
7:04 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
LOL!!! 77, you don't like nursey rhymes?
It was an education for me... I don't have kids so had never seen the words put down in writing...
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324. cgableshurrycanegal
7:02 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
thanks tornadoty, feeling a little alone out front there for a moment! ::VBG::
Then again, I tend to do that regularly... point-person here...
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322. CaneJunky
11:03 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I have to agree with ya cgable.
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321. cgableshurrycanegal
6:59 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
8888, no. Earlier today there was a very friendly conversation going on about a variety of subjects.
This is what happens when one person sets out to be disagreeable.
Everyone sits back to see what will happen next. What happens is that it gets reported, as I just did, and perhaps someone else did as well, and then we get monitored by the wunder admin b/c they didn't set this site up for this kind of nastiness.
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320. tornadoty
10:59 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Here here cgableshurrycanegal!
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319. cgableshurrycanegal
6:58 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Dr. Jeff's blog is being harrassed by weatherwannabe personally attacking leftyy420.
It is ugly and unnecessary. He is feeling he has to defend personal life choices and I don't think this is the forum for the assault or defense.
Please explain this to said blogger as any of us are mindless fans of his if we tell himher to stop.
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318. 8888888889gg
10:54 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
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317. cgableshurrycanegal
6:49 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
you started this with an allout assault on another blogger.
you have NO right to question anyone's life-style.
you are simply being a troll creating ill-will, and yes I have flagged about 6 of your posts and will be sending an off-blog post to ADMIN/WUNDERYAKUZA about your behavior. It is unacceptable.
This is my final communique with you, you are toxic and I can waste any further time on you.
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315. weatherwannabe
10:47 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
hey 88889 I will. Thanks!
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314. 8888888889gg
10:40 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
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312. tornadoty
10:43 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Already have cgableshurrycanegal. :)
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311. missyjj55
10:42 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I am an ARTIST.....and don't you start on me you old bat...
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310. cgableshurrycanegal
6:41 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
OK, everyone. Start back-clicking on wannabe's entries as spam. If five people on a blog report that individual, that person gets ADMIN's attention REAL QUICK.
I know it works as I've done it already with trolls here.
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306. HateHurricanes
10:37 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Well, Wannabe.........you must fit in as managing partner at the Three Stooges Law Firm.
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303. missyjj55
10:36 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
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300. cgableshurrycanegal
6:33 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
WHOA!!! Just came in and all I see is a lot of horse**** being thrown around by one person.
Frankly, wanabee, as an attorney (as you claim here) you should know better than to be flinging certain statements about as freely as you have, and if you weren't cloaked in the anonimity of this blog you wouldn't dare for fear of a liability suit.
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298. Buhdog
10:31 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
No Waffling here.....Wannabe are you cheatem? sounds about right
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297. HateHurricanes
10:26 PM GMT on October 11, 2005

Dewey Cheatem and Howe?


Do We Cheat Them and How.
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294. leftyy420
10:29 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
wannabe i don;t owe u a damn thing. this place is not about being right or wrong, its about watching and loving weather. but fromehre on out ur in the ignore box. u attacked me personally and i defended myself and now i am done with u
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293. leftyy420
10:29 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
lol its cool orlando.have fun
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292. orlandocanewatcher
10:27 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
that wasn't for you Lefty....I know how hard it is to raise children...I have three...hang in there :)
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291. weatherwannabe
10:27 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
maybe I did - if so I owe you a massive apology
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290. weatherwannabe
10:26 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
lefty just quit waffling
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289. leftyy420
10:26 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
wannabe never said i knew evrything and i have admited when i was wrong plenty of times. may u just didn;t see those posts .
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288. orlandocanewatcher
10:26 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
gotta go all...off to do some REAL work...
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287. weatherwannabe
10:23 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
In other words left, you are clealy not as bone headed as a lot of your fan club. But you need to devel;op a backbone and quit waffling. When you are wrong, admit it. It's OK to be wrong lefty. Even Dr. Masters is wrong and he will, at least, be the fisrt to admit it when he is. Learn from that. You don't know it all.
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285. orlandocanewatcher
10:22 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
thank god I don't work there......don't know if I could put up with you!!!! Very egotistical!!!
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