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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282. weatherwannabe
10:19 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
lefty you have a lot more free time than any person I know. I wouldn't care if you would just say something fopr once instead of waffling all the damn time.
281. missyjj55
10:18 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
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280. weatherwannabe
10:18 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
yeah it does sum it up. Some of you may work for my firm.
278. orlandocanewatcher
10:13 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
well that about sums it up....LOL!!!
277. orlandocanewatcher
10:12 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
my sentiments exactly buhdog....if it's so terrible to sit and blog what the &*%% are you doing sitting here talking with gone wannabe!!!!
275. orlandocanewatcher
10:10 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I don't blog on company time....I'll be out the door in 15 minutes on the way to work all night...and I hardly sit around on my @##!!!
274. Buhdog
10:10 PM GMT on October 11, 2005

how old are you, and what do you do for a living besides berate people? And is " pay some taxes " your best insult? Do you own a house? Do you pay taxes? Are you a right wing freak that is concerend about the state? I am really trying to get a visual on you...There is always one in a group that Mommy did not love enough or give enough attention to. May be you huh? You are so great man! HA HA you got are so smart and funny! Did I mention good looking too?...Feel better now? good take off
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272. leftyy420
10:07 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
wannabe i pay plenty of taxes.
1. marriage penalty. so i pay more tha if i was single
2. i own 2 cars so i pay persnal property tax.
i also worked full tiem for 12+ years and payed plenty of taxes but thanks for caring
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270. leftyy420
10:05 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
wannabe, ny dad was a dead beat, he beat my mom every day tillt he day she stabbed him wiht a oair if scissors and left. he never paid child support and i have not seen or spoken to him in 15 years. now i promised i would be there for my kids every day and i have been. also i don;t need to make any money. i worked my ass off to put my wife thru school for 6 years so she could make 30+ dollars an hr. 40 years ago the man went and got the job and now days its either parent and so many home had both oarents working. i always came home from school to an empty house as my mom had to work 2-3 jobs as a single mothe of 3. i promised my kids would never experience that and thats what i have done. so i am sorry i paid 6 yrs of tuition to put my wife thru college. sorry she now makes tons of money so i can stay home with the kids. i am sorry ur a dumbass.
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268. leftyy420
10:01 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
thanks orlando. both my kids have spent everyday with atleast ion of us home with them. and the couple time we did need some one to watch them for a lil bit it was my mom and my neice was there who is 6 so my daughter basicaly had a play date. so we do what we can

wannabe, never said anything bout the nonsense, i said i don't personally attack epople and clal them names like bum. u have issues and need profesional help
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267. orlandocanewatcher
10:00 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
wannabe - take a hike and go play somewhere else!!!
265. orlandocanewatcher
9:59 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I work all night (7p - 7a) three nights a week so that I can be home to take care of mine....My husband stays home half a day during the week the one day I need him to so I can sleep 4 hours and I work every weekend. We have to sacrafice for the ones that really matter ---our kids!!!! Keep up the good work!!!
263. orlandocanewatcher
9:57 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
lefty - I respect your decision to stay home and take care of your kids...better than someone else raising them. Maybe they will actually have some morals as most of the kids these days have no respect for anyone including themselves....
262. leftyy420
9:52 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
lol thanks buhdog
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260. leftyy420
9:50 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
thanks gbreeze. catch u later
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259. gbreezegirl
9:48 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Well as much as I like to stay and keep up this chat, it's almost quittin' time here. See everybody tomorrow. Maybe we'll have more weather to talk about then. For what it's worth Lefty, keep up the good work. Anytime you can spend more time with your kids it's worth it no matter what anybody or any wannabees have to say.
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258. leftyy420
9:45 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
wannabe there is alot of reasons i have 420 after my name that has nothing todo with me using weed as i do not.

1. its my xbox gamer tag as i was in a clan 420. just a clan i joined
2. next i figured i keep using it to keep my names all the same on all my things including my aol screenname
3. 4/20/80 is my wife birthday so gives it more meaning to continue to use it.

and i have tough skin but this is a weather blog and not alets see how we can piss lefty off blog. like i said if u want top debate weather thats one thing but to attack me or my decision, yes my decision, to go backl to school part time and stay home with my kids u will piss me off. thats called disrepsect and i will not sit here and let u dissrespect me for not even knowing me. had u made some of ur comments to my face i would have put u in urs. i was raised to never let another man disrespect u. i have not disrespected u and ur disrespecting me shows ur ignarance
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257. leftyy420
9:41 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
yeah gbreeze. i never knew i was a bum for deciding to be homwfor my kids instead of sending them to soime babysitter or some daycare for the day just so wannabe will be happy lol. i enjoy the fact that with my situation i am able to be here for my kids. sorry wannabe but u probly don;t have nay kids or u would have never even gone there
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255. gbreezegirl
9:38 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Gee I wish there was something better to blog about. Seems lack of weather brings out the worst in people.
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254. leftyy420
9:37 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
k than stop attacking me wannabe. make ur predictions u want and hwat not but when u attack mepersonally and call me a bum u look like a ignorant dumbass
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252. leftyy420
9:32 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
wannabe i don;t smoke weed. and i actually do make money. i work from tiem totime for mykmoms company but thats when i feel like helping her out. second i don;t sit here in the blog all day. look back at all my posts for today for example. i was only on for a lil but while both my kids were down for naps and i than cleaned the house and made myself lunch. they just got up lil while agao and i made them something to eat and right now they are playing in the play room. so u have no clue what i do all day or what i do. just because i check in from time to time and answer questions or update info is ee does not mean i sit here all day. but i guess ur here with me so u know what i do don't you
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251. weatherwannabe
9:30 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
But I stand by my earlier prediction - I don't waffle like some people on this blog.
250. weatherwannabe
9:27 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Lefty, there is almost enough heat potential in the lower gulf now for a cat 3 - it could be a close call if a cane gets near that area.
248. leftyy420
9:23 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
lol howam i a bum. lets see. i put my wife thru college and worked 80 hours a week to do it. now i go to scholl and take care of to kids under the age of 5 and any one with even one kid knows, thats pkenty of meals, diappers to change houseto keep clean and i go to school part time at the same time. so if bum means a good father thanks for the complement
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247. weatherwannabe
9:23 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
lefty where is the gulf loop current eddy? I thought you said it was coming back
244. leftyy420
9:17 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
wannabe, i don;t ned a job. i am a stay at home dad. dorry if i chose to stay home with my kids while my wife works. i also go to scholl part time. but thanks for the concern
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242. 8888888889gg
8:34 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
i do not like fish storms sorry to say that to evere one but you are right i do not like to see no hurricane ti hit the gulf this year at all sorry
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241. CoconutCreekFLA
4:34 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Bye, 21!
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240. Pensacola21
8:33 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
coconut - lol, me too =)..

Gotta go, see you guys tomorrow!

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239. 8888888889gg
8:27 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
i have a new blog up take a look
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238. CoconutCreekFLA
4:29 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
I hope you are right about gulf areas although I don't want any by me either. I think everyone has had their fill of storms this year. I just hope we get two more fish storms so we can hit the greek letters at Alpha :)
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237. Pensacola21
8:29 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
With this year you never know.. You can't ever say you are in the clear...
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236. Pensacola21
8:28 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Coconut: Can you see where I am getting my (uneducated) guess from? LOL...
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235. Pensacola21
8:27 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
It seems that just when they get in the Gulf they get carried away by fronts and we keep getting these high pressure systems over us working as shields... I dont know, it may sound dumb, but I do not believe NW FL will get anymore this year...
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234. Pensacola21
8:26 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Coconut, I dont know, lol... Just my "guess"
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233. Pensacola21
8:25 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
See you guys tomorrow!! =) Bye Bye
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