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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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133. subtropic
2:02 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Hi Palmbeacher! Just stopped by to say hello and say how much I am enjoying this lull in the tropics (for us here in so fl).
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132. palmbeacher
6:01 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I loved the SMURFS.
Orion, Harry Potter from book 1
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131. CoconutCreekFLA
1:59 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
What did they do with Grandma Smurf??????

Also, we can't forget about underdog. Wasn't he the one that sniffed the magic flowers for power?
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130. oriondarkwood
1:58 PM EDT on October 11, 2005

Book 1 Harry Potter or Book 6 Harry Potter
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129. oriondarkwood
1:57 PM EDT on October 11, 2005

Yea not to mention the Smurf's where screwed up, think about it only one female Smurf and like 100 or so male smurfs and the only one that has kids is Gramdpa Smurf
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128. palmbeacher
5:57 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Orion, that would be a good thing.
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127. CoconutCreekFLA
1:57 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
PB: LMAO!!!!! I knew there had to be a good use for the monkeys!!
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126. palmbeacher
5:57 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
cc, we put them on the snowbirds. LOL
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125. CoconutCreekFLA
1:57 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
And... the aliens will call you in the morning ;)
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124. oriondarkwood
1:54 PM EDT on October 11, 2005

Also aliens usually make you forget afterwards (LOL)
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123. CoconutCreekFLA
1:55 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Ah, the cycle is complete. But...What do you do about the monkeys? ")
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122. CoconutCreekFLA
1:54 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Weather related article regarding efforts to control hurricanes Link
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121. guygee
5:49 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Well, because of the Palmetto Bugs, I have invited many lizards into my house, to complete the food chain. The larger lizards will eat even the biggest palmetto bug, mouth stretching wide, then swallowing with a satisfied grin. I grin right along with'em.

My "herd" of cats has also finally scared off the parrots, at least they do not perch on the branches over my driveway anymore.

After the hurricanes last year, there was a minor plague of "roof rats", even in the rich gated communities. Cats make short work of those pests too.
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120. palmbeacher
5:53 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Bonus question: I would have to go with Harry Potter
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119. palmbeacher
5:51 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
1. c
2. 50/50
3. aliens (I think they would be gentler)LOL
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118. CoconutCreekFLA
1:50 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Orion: I'd have to go with the Care Bears too. You know with all that exterior cuteness there has to be a raving lunatic inside just screaming to get out. I'd be particularly afraid of the one with the stars on his belly!
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117. guygee
5:45 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Parrots may be "cute" as pets (for some people), but in the wild they are noisy (really nasty "sqawking", always arguing amonst themselves), they are agressive, and their droppings are "prolific". They are beuatiful birds, but in large flocks they are worse than pidgeons, at least pidgeons make a soothing "cooing" sound.
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116. CoconutCreekFLA
1:46 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
I remember 10-15 years ago there was this place by me where there were pink flamingos just kinda hanging out peacefully. They ended up moving the water they would stand in into a nice tamed canal. The flamingos are gone now.
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115. CoconutCreekFLA
1:46 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
#12: PALMETTO BUGS (who doesn't like a huge flying roach!!)
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114. billsfaninsofla
1:41 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Muscovi Ducks.........and the nasty things are on the "protected list" ..even if you hit one with your car by accident, you may be subject to a fine. They are not shy creatures, just waddle around where and when they please
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113. sunshinestate
5:42 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
#11 Black Bears - they see us as prey, unlike the grizzly bear
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112. CoconutCreekFLA
1:41 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Muscovy ducks: Link
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111. CoconutCreekFLA
1:40 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Of course, there are free-roaming peacocks - especially in some older areas of ft. Lauderdale but those are beautiful - not like the ugly ducks!
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110. billsfaninsofla
1:34 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
remember when the monkeys got loose after Andrew? rumors spread that they were contagious.. people were panicking and shooting the poor things...
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109. CoconutCreekFLA
1:35 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
No roosters by me but there are a lot of parrots.
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107. palmbeacher
5:36 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
coconut, the ones that look as if they have fungus growing on their faces? I can't stand those.
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106. palmbeacher
5:35 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
The chickens are bad in the keys. I have dealt with them first hand. Don't know about the parrots
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105. CoconutCreekFLA
1:34 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
#10: those nasty ducks that are everywhere with the rooster heads. The ones that rip up your garbage and are as common as squirrels up north.
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104. FLCrackerGirl
1:32 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
CoconutCreek, Aren't Parrots A Problem Too?
Roosters & Chickens, definetely in the Keys...
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103. guygee
5:20 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
CoconutCreekFLA - Let me add
9. Non-indeginous Tarantulas

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102. gbreezegirl
5:25 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Palmbeacher-#8 LOL! We have our share of that here too!
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101. palmbeacher
5:20 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Yes Orion, Lets have it.
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100. guygee
4:51 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
OSHNBLU at 2:41 PM GMT on October 11, 2005 wrote"
"funny...huh, small state i guess...lol"

Yeah OSNBLU, "lol". Let's take the "Floyd" scenario, and say it was under a weak high rather than running into a West Atlantic trough. At it's peak Floyd was an annular storm with TS force wind circular diamater of 580 miles, with top winds of 155 mph. In this scenario Floyd would have rolled right over the peninsula and smashed the peninsula all the way to the west coast, virtually unimpeded, like a giant Andrew. If under a weak high, forward speed would be slow, wind damage incredible, and flooding due to tidal surge and rainfall deadly. Potentially a worse disaster than Katrina. There would not be enough safe havens inland to hold everyone, and many people would have been caught trying to flee. I'm not laughing.
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99. oriondarkwood
1:17 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Okay no storms, anyone up for some more werid questions?
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98. CoconutCreekFLA
1:12 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Maybe we should let the monkeys at em ... just kidding (sorta)
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97. palmbeacher
5:14 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
CC, it might make people want to come here, where else can you see a monogator or a lizzagator, or all that crasy stuff
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96. CoconutCreekFLA
1:11 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Us Floridians better quiet down about all the oddball things here or nobody will want to vacation here :)
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95. palmbeacher
5:10 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Coconut, I believe that No. 8 on your list is our biggest problem. Question is how do we solve it????
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94. sunshinestate
4:58 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Hey buhdog - you explained it much better than me. :) Glad I live in Ft. Myers
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5:00 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
yep, years ago someone let some go and the have bred to the point of being a problem
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92. CoconutCreekFLA
1:00 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
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4:51 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
up in silver springs they have the same problem with monkeys!
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90. buckeyefan1
4:56 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
That's me!!! LOL :)
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89. Buhdog
4:55 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
sorry sunshine
you stole my thunder........beat me to the punch
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88. CoconutCreekFLA
12:53 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
But...we have no snow!!!

Temperature today in:
1. Colorado: 44 degrees
2. Ft. Lauderdale: 84 degrees
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87. oriondarkwood
12:50 PM EDT on October 11, 2005

No but I wouldn't deny that you could. Got a co-worker about 5'6 maybe 110 soaking wet eats like a sumo. Last time we was at a buffet he downed 8 plates (and these plates where full and mounded)
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86. Buhdog
4:47 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
We have a problem in Cape Coral with Nile monitor lizards (huge) eating our burrowing owls. They make holes in the ground in our empty lots...then these big ass and fast lizards just go in the nest and eat. We have the largest population of burrowing Owls anywhere but these Lizards are non native and exploding in population. The Hard part is we have the most miles of waterfront canals in the world(more than Venice!)and they are great swimmers! Between the mallaluca trees, brazillion Pepper trees, monitors, pythons, snakeheads, fire ants....we have our own version of INVASION!!!!!
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85. buckeyefan1
4:51 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
and whatever is hiding out there
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84. CoconutCreekFLA
12:49 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Okay, to recap. South Florida has:

1. geckos
2. iguanas
3. monitor lizards
4. pythons
5. alligators
6. panthers
7. coral snakes
8. snow birds
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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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