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Earth Day Photos, 2009

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 1:14 PM GMT on April 22, 2009

Today is Earth Day, and as is my tradition on Earth Day, I'll present my nominations for best wunderphotos uploaded to our web site over the past year. This year's photos are truly remarkable, and I want to thank everyone who uploaded weather photos for their contributions to what has become one of the world's best weather photo galleries. Enjoy Earth Day!

Update on portlight.org charity errorts
The portlight.org disaster relief charity is sponsoring a Portlight Relief Event Series of fund raising events in cities across the U.S. this Spring. The next event is the Destin Dog Walk, which will take place Sunday, April 26th at Harbor Walk Village in Destin, Florida. Portlight Strategies board chair, Paul Timmons (wunderground handle, presslord) will be in attendance and will have the live webcam running, so please join in. Wunderbloggers code1, sugarsand, and FWBLinda have done an excellent job of putting this event together. It should be a beautiful day and a fun-filled event.

Portlight is also continuing to look for generous people to sponsor walkers for this event. If you would like to contribute, please use the Paypal button or send checks to the address in the Portlight Disaster Relief blog. Make sure to note "For Destin Dog Walk." Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from this event will provide disaster relief for pets. The remaining proceeds will support Portlight's disaster relief efforts for rural communities and people with disabilities.

Many thanks to all of you who have supported Portlight's efforts in one way or another! With yet another hurricane season approaching, they continue to need your help. The Portlight Relief Event Series is a critical part of preparing a more efficient and effective relief effort. If you would like to help coordinate a walk or other fundraising event in your area, please contact Paul Timmons, paul@portlight.org



Jeff Masters
Water Spouts Slidell Louisiana
Water Spouts Slidell Louisiana
Water Spout over Lake Pontchartrain, Slidell, LA from home in Clipper Estates
Rainbow over the Moon
Rainbow over the Moon
Here in the tropics the moon setting and the sun rising in opposite directions is often visible. But a Rainbow at the same time right over the moon thats spectacular even for the tropics. Captured at PaaMul, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Yucatan Penionsula.
MORNING FOG #3
MORNING FOG #3
This series of photos taken from 2,000' AGL while flying over northern Pennsylvania just after sunrise.
wall cloud
wall cloud
Got this picture on the way to work this morning.I have never seen something like this before.This storm produced a few tornado warnings in our area.

Atmospheric Phenomena

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

Reader Comments

Thanks Dr. Masters

Great day to hug a tree, kiss a flower, sing to plants.

Happy Earth Day, one and all!
WOW! What great pictures. Thanks Dr. Masters.
Happy Earth Day!!
Wonderful photos you choose. Happy Earth to you all. Galveston Island could use any trees after loosing so many to the salt water storm surge contamination followed by drought conditions.
Incredible pictures. Thanks Dr. Masters!
Quoting fireflymom:
Wonderful photos you choose. Happy Earth to you all. Galveston Island could use any trees after loosing so many to the salt water storm surge contamination followed by drought conditions.

I agree with you there. Hopefully this Arbor Day (Friday!), the greater Houston area will keep Galveston in the forefront of their mind.
absolutely fascinating. lovely photos
39 days and 14 hours till JUNE 1st.
It looks like the possible early start to the EPAC season. an area of disturbed weather near 5n 85w is showing some form of cyclonic turning. the area is moving wnw
My favorite pictures is the first one listed. That is amazing!
Quoting TampaSpin:
39 days and 14 hours till JUNE 1st.


Under forty days now folks!
well now could this be the 1st 90E??? it looks like its pulling togeter all so what do mode say for them???

Quoting Tazmanian:
well now could this be the 1st 90E??? it looks like its pulling togeter all so what do mode say for them???



It will likely be 90E not to long.
Wonder when we will see 90L, are the models still persistant with a Sub-TS in the Gulf?
QS of the area in the epac near 5n 85w rain contaminated wind barbs
I think the thought of a sts is long out of the picture.. I thought the models depicted it being in the upper levels a few days ago anyways?
Lovely pictures.
Happy earth day. I check out the pictures quite offten, and I am sure Dr. Masters had a hard time deciding on the best.
Great pics........Love them all!!!!

Happy Earth day!!!!!!!!!
Very cool pics. I'm kinda partial to the waterspouts myself...although the rainbow over the moon is very cool!
Thx Doc... great pictures indeed!!!
Love the Pictures :)

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very good pics btw.. Those water spouts are spectacular
Quoting KEHCharleston:
Great day to hug a tree, kiss a flower, sing to plants.


"I talk to the trees, but they never listen to me."

Amazing pics. I can't decide if I like the first or the last better -- both look scary!
Orca,
By your radar there,looks like I'm going to get a little wet this afternoon,looks doubtful the RedSox won't get both games in today.
Galveston mayor visits Cuba to talk hurricanes

By HARVEY RICE HOUSTON CHRONICLE
April 21, 2009, 9:58PM

Warning was thwarted

Thomas pointed out that the historical relationship between her island city and the island nation dates to the 1900 storm. That’s when Cuban meteorologists predicted that the monster storm was going to strike Galveston.

The National Weather Service, jealous of Cuba’s superior record of predicting storms, refused to let the Cubans use the U.S. military telegraph to warn Galveston, according to the book Isaac’s Storm, an account of the 1900 storm.

That hurricane hit Galveston and killed more than 6,000 people, the worst disaster in U.S. history.

Because of its hurricane-prone location, Cuba has gained a reputation for excelling at hurricane preparation.

“When it comes to hurricane preparedness, the Cubans are very practiced,” said Phil Peters, a Cuba expert at the Lexington Institute, a think tank based in Arlington, Va.
hello everyone !! been lurking for three years wanted to thank all for the amazing amount of knowledge that I've gotten from you. I just "thought" I knew something about weather, then I found this site. thanks again
HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYONE!!!!!,amazing crescent moon/venus combo this morning,the coolest part is I could still see venus at 8am,a full hour after sunrise,I had no idea that even happens,did anyone catch the meteor shower last night????
Great photos! You should take a look at http://imapweather.com/ and upload your photos there! It's a pretty cool site with lots of great weather information.
This song is always in my head all day on Earth Day. Consider yourself forewarned.

Quicktime

WMP
I wonder what I should do about the oil I poured downed the driveway today.....think good ol mother nature will absorb it and take care of the situation. Mother nature adapts let her run her course without any help.
Those pics are great!
Thanks Dr. M. The Earth Day blog has always been my favorite. Thanks to all who took those incredible pictures. I have to agree- the waterspouts pic is cool!












nice update doc first and last were the best
Quoting Tazmanian:
well now could this be the 1st 90E??? it looks like its pulling togeter all so what do mode say for them???

this feature should wax and wane remaining almost stationary

AOI(e.pac)
MARK
4N/87W
Those pics are very cool.
Awesome pictures! :D
Taz, the CMC wants to develop that area. Other models are hinting an area of low pressure.
"..Hey Scott! 90Es about to be declared right below you! Tell us what you think!.."
"..Roger That.."
it's way too early for this...no storms yet please
THERE HAS BEEN A FLAREUP OF DEEP CONVECTION ALONG THE ITCZ EAST
OF 90W OVER THE LAST DAY OR SO. HOWEVER...NO SIGNIFICANT
SURFACE TROUGH OR WAVE IS APPARENT AT THIS TIME. THE LOW
LATITUDE AND STRONG VERTICAL SHEAR WOULD LIKELY PRECLUDE ANY
TROPICAL CYCLONE ASPIRATIONS AT THIS TIME.
Quoting melwerle:
it's way too early for this...no storms yet please


Actually it isn't to early for the EPAC, this is about time.
I really got to get a camera! Great pics!
I liked the flowers in the snow.
Happy Earth Day!
Quoting CybrTeddy:


Actually it isn't to early for the EPAC, this is about time.


I'd say watch this area in the coming days/weeks for the first storm in both basins. Alot of midlevel spin in the caribbean but most of the convection is in the pacific moving west.
41. I gotta pay more attention - thought we were talking atlantic...

duh
Quoting melwerle:
41. I gotta pay more attention - thought we were talking atlantic...

duh


Did you get the links I sent you?
haven't we had a couple of storms develope in the epac in the last few years and cross over into the atlantic thru central america seems like I remember this, hadn't happened before tried to look them up but didn't hve any luck
Quoting keyzdazeez:
haven't we had a couple of storms develope in the epac in the last few years and cross over into the atlantic thru central america seems like I remember this, hadn't happened before tried to look them up but didn't hve any luck


Alma/arthur last year.
45. I DID! Thank you so much! Building back my weather links in my favorites and that was a HUGE help...also stormjunkies site has just about everything.

Appreciate it!
No problem, I've been there where ll my bookmarks got erased, not a fun thing having to find every single model page. lol
Just got back from watching disney's new movie "Earth" and it was well worth the $10(disney w/plant 1 tree for every ticket sold!)
Lets start to pay attention people,the earth is not disposable and we are effecting its climate in a negative way,anyone who doesn't see it is stupid(that we effect our climate)!!!!!We need to all start to recycle everything and compost all food waste,IMO...;.This movie will make you open your eyes!!!
yea,stormjunkies site is the shizzle for sheezie!!!!!
Quoting keyzdazeez:
haven't we had a couple of storms develope in the epac in the last few years and cross over into the atlantic thru central america seems like I remember this, hadn't happened before tried to look them up but didn't hve any luck


Tropical Storm Alma's Mid Level Circulation crossed over to the Atlantic and became Tropical Storm Arthur last year. So, you never know.
AOI (e pac)
mark
3.2n/87.4w
Link

Still cant get an image to post. Lol.

An east Pacific tropical storm Crossed over and became Atlantic Hurricane 10 in 1949. Making landfall in Texas.
If you have any questions pertaining to the 2009 hurricane season, email me via WU as I am schedule to post a FAQ blog next week on that same topic. The Bermuda High this year, number of storms, ssts, risk areas, enso, etc.
Quoting CybrTeddy:


Tropical Storm Alma's Mid Level Circulation crossed over to the Atlantic and became Tropical Storm Arthur last year. So, you never know.


Though Alma's mid-level circulation contributed to Arthur's development, it wasn't the sole factor. Don't forget about the tropical wave that interacted with the area of disturbed weather, and produced an intense burst of deep convection.
The cold front number 27 that affects Cuba has stimulated the convective activity in middle and eastern region of the country.
15 April 2009 was the last full day of GOES-13 imagery — the satellite was placed back into on-orbit storage on the morning of 16 April. GOES-13 had been brought out of storage during the Summer of 2008, to act as “GOES Central” (at 105º West longitude) and provide imagery through the Fall eclipse period. Larger on-board batteries allow GOES-13 to make imagery available during eclipse periods (when the satellite is in the Earth’s shadow, and the solar panels cannot provide the power necessary to operate the instruments) – but other improvements to GOES-13 include better image-to-image navigation, and the 4-km resolution water vapor channel that debuted on GOES-12.

4-km resolution water vapor channel


Sweet news skyepony,thanx
Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd launches home building project for first responders

by David Hammer, The Times-Picayune
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 11:33 AM

Actor Dan Aykroyd used his rising star in the 1970s to boost interest in blues music with the movie classic "The Blues Brothers."

Now, he hopes to use his cachet to help bring back the city that gave birth to the blues.

Aykroyd is involved with a partnership that was selected to buy 21 storm-ravaged properties in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority.

Today, he jetted in to tour the properties, some just empty slabs, others gutted houses with rescuers' spray-painted hashmarks still emblazoned on the door frames.
FEMA nominee promises to improve response

By EILEEN SULLIVAN – 7 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president's nominee to lead the nation's disaster response agency said he will hold the agency to a much higher standard than how it demonstrated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

In testimony prepared for his confirmation hearing Wednesday, Craig Fugate said the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes would no longer be the benchmark for performance under his watch at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA was widely criticized for its botched response to Katrina when the federal government showed up late and unprepared. Since then, the question has been: Is the FEMA response better than it was in 2005? The answer has been yes, though no disaster has been nearly as catastrophic as Katrina.
I think Fugate will do a good job. He did a lot of good work here in Florida in 2004 and 2005.


Craig Fugate ia a Great pick to Head FEMA,..he's been asset to Fla,and the Nation needs a Practical Emg Mgr Type to Run FEMA.

We had nuff of those er,equestrian types.
Thanks Patrap - they were beautiful!
no response alrighty then
Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Tropical Disturbance Summary (2200z 22APR)
==========================================
An area of convection (92W) previously located at 15.3N 119.1E has dissipated and is now no longer considered for tropical cyclone development.

System #2
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Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Tropical Disturbance Summary (2200z 22APR)
============================================
An area of convection (93W) located at 3.4N 143.0E or 465 NM southeast of Yap. Recent animated enhanced infrared imagery reveals an area of deep convection persisting over a developing low level circulation center for the past 12 hours. A 1208z ASCAT Pass indicated that the low level circulation center is elongated from the southwest to northeast with 15-20 knot winds located along the eastern quadrant of low level circulation center. Sea surface temperatures are favorable with the region for development as well. Upper level analysis indicates the low level circulation center is located in low to moderate vertical wind shear and in a region of good upper level diffluence.

Maximum sustianed winds near the center is 15-20 knots with a minimum sea level pressure of 1008 hPa. Based on good sea surface temperatures, favorable vertical wind shear, persistent convection, but an ill defined low level circulation center, the potential for this disturbance to form into a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is UPGRADED TO FAIR.
Quoting tampabos:
My favorite pictures is the first one listed. That is amazing!
Evening, everybody. There's some great photo stuff posted to Wunderground almost every day. Every now and again I go look at the editor's picks and the recent uploads. It's worth the trip!
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I think you guys will like this

71. That was WAY cool. . . .

Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Wellington

Storm Warning (97P) - 1800z 22APR
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Low [989hPa] near 30S 165E moving southsoutheast 5kt.
futuremet...#71 post was awesome...best pic i have ever seen thanks
Cool video futuremet.
Happy Earth Day Dr. Masters, and everyone!

We had some scattered showers over here in West Michigan too today. =)


GOM is warming up fast....

Conditions at 42001 as of
(6:50 pm CDT)
2350 GMT on 04/22/2009: Unit of Measure: English Metric Time Zone: Station Local Time Greenwich Mean Time [GMT] British Summer Time [GMT+1] Eastern Greenland [GMT-1] Azores [GMT-2] Western Greenland [GMT-3] Atlantic Standard [GMT-4] US/Eastern Standard US/Central Standard US/Mountain Standard US/Pacific Standard Alaska Standard [GMT-9] Hawaii-Aleutian Standard [GMT-10] Samoa Standard [GMT-11] International Date Line West [GMT-12] Western European [GMT+0] Central European [GMT+1] Eastern European [GMT+2] Moscow [GMT+3] USSR Zone 3 [GMT+4] USSR Zone 4 [GMT+5] USSR Zone 5 [GMT+6] USSR Zone 6 [GMT+7] China Coast [GMT+8] Japan Standard [GMT+9] Guam Standard [GMT+10] GMT+11 International Date Line East [GMT+12]
Click on the graph icon in the table below to see a time series plot of the last five days of that observation.

Wind Direction (WDIR): SSE ( 160 deg true )
Wind Speed (WSPD): 3.9 kts
Wind Gust (GST): 5.8 kts
Wave Height (WVHT): 1.3 ft
Dominant Wave Period (DPD): 6 sec
Average Period (APD): 4.3 sec
Atmospheric Pressure (PRES): 30.13 in
Pressure Tendency (PTDY): +0.00 in ( Steady )
Air Temperature (ATMP): 74.3 °F
Water Temperature (WTMP): 77.2 °F
Here's a interactive website that shows the SST's in the gulf and the atlantic.

Link
71 Futuremet
As they said:
Way Cool
Awesome
78. hahaguy

Thanks for that link.
I am trying to remember when I would start hearing the clicking of the bi-valves on the hull.
Curious as to how warm the water was, before bi-valves became active after winter's lull.
(Hmmm.. hull, lull ... must be a poem in there somewhere)
Quoting KEHCharleston:
78. hahaguy

Thanks for that link.
I am trying to remember when I would start hearing the clicking of the bi-valves on the hull.
Curious as to how warm the water was, before bi-valves became active after winter's lull.
(Hmmm.. hull, lull ... must be a poem in there somewhere)


I wish on that site that they would put the sst's closer to africa
78. hahaguy 7:54 PM CDT on April 22, 2009
Thanks for the interactive link....The water temps were around 75.6 yesterday and 77.2 when I checked today at buoy 42001
here they are at last the all you been waiting for the retirment names from 2008 are in



Retirement
On April 22, 2009, at the 31st Session of the World Meteorological Organization's Regional Association IV Hurricane Committee, the WMO retired the names Gustav, Ike, and Paloma from its rotating name lists. The names were replaced with Gonzalo, Isaias, and Paulette.[31]

Thanks Taz been waiting to see those.
Thanx for the News Tazaroo.

Have a sweet evening too.
look what they Retir from the Pacific hurricane season names of 2008



is this some kind of a joke???


Retirement
On April 22, 2009, at the 31st Session of the World Meteorological Organization's Regional Association IV Hurricane Committee, the WMO retired the name Alma from its [name lists]. The name was replaced with Amanda
Quoting Tazmanian:
look what they Retir from the Pacific hurricane season names of 2008



is this some kind of a joke???


Retirement
On April 22, 2009, at the 31st Session of the World Meteorological Organization's Regional Association IV Hurricane Committee, the WMO retired the name Alma from its [name lists]. The name was replaced with Amanda


LOL
Tropical Storm Alma
Tropical storm (SSHS)


Duration May 28 – May 30
Intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min), 994 mbar (hPa)
Main article: Tropical Storm Alma (2008)
An area of low pressure formed early on May 27 about 220 nm southwest of Nicaragua. [5] it then intensified and became the first tropical depression of the 2008 season late the next day. [6] It then strengthened into a tropical storm early on May 29, and was named Alma. [7] Alma then rapidly strengthened reaching her peak winds of 65 mph just before Alma made landfall on the Northwestern coast of Nicaragua near León at peak strength. [5]

León lost electricity and telephone services as the storm impacted the area, trees were toppled and some houses lost roofs. [8] In total nine people were killed with seven of them being indirect; the two direct deaths were in Nicaragua in León. [5] On May 30 the remnant low of Alma emerged into the Gulf of Honduras and merged with a tropical wave over the northwestern Caribbean Sea which then became Tropical Storm Arthur later that day. [5] [9]

would some one like too tell me why Alma was Retire for olny two direct deaths ????
Quoting Tazmanian:
would some one like too tell me why Alma was Retire for olny two direct deaths ????


I got no clue why.
i was thinking they would do some in like Norbert
Number of Deaths is not the "all" deciding factor on Cyclone Name retirement. Impact is as well.

Usually,a High Impact storm will have a Large Number of Deaths associated with it.
But not always,..damage incurred can cause retirement as well. As seems the case for this Storm.
Im sure Dr. Masters will have a few words on that soon.



Wiki on Alma 2008
could have been a request by the country that contributed the name to change it.
Norbert sould have been a better name but Alma???


send in the cows
fay i can under stan but Alma???
futuremet the vid in #71 is most awesome :)
I find it odd that Hanna didn't get retired, despite killing 500. Perhaps Haiti didn't request its retirement?
Forming at 86.5ºW,[5] Alma developed further east than any other Pacific tropical cyclone on record. Excluding systems crossing in from the Atlantic, only seven other systems, Francesca in 1970, Bridget and Priscilla in 1971, Jimena in 1979, Paul in 1982, Cristina in 1996, and Rosa in 2000, developed east of 90ºW.[24] Alma made landfall further east than any other Pacific tropical cyclone, and it was the only to do so on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua.[11] When the storm formed on May 29, it marked the ninth year in a row when a Pacific tropical cyclone formed in May, which was the most consecutive years in which storms formed in May.[24] Alma's remnants contributed to the formation of Tropical Storm Arthur in the Atlantic; although not strictly speaking the same cyclone due to the former's circulation dissipating,[14] Alma is the most recent eastern Pacific tropical cyclone to in any sense cross into the Atlantic; the last time that happened was in 1989, when the remnants of Hurricane Cosme later became Tropical Storm Allison in June.[25][not in citation given]

On April 22, 2009, the World Meteorological Organization removed the name Alma from the list of Pacific hurricane names and replaced it with Amanda for the 2014 Pacific hurricane season. Upon being retired, Alma became the first tropical storm in the eastern Pacific basin to be retired, also making it the weakest storm to be retired.[26]
Gordon (1994) didn't get retired after it killed over 1,000 in Haiti---the only storm to kill over 1,000 people that has not been retired.
KoritheMan IM me thank you
I am mildly surprised that Paloma was retired.
Alma was probably retired because, as ridiculous as it is to me (and apparently, to all of us here as well), Central America probably requested retirement.

But then, that makes one wonder why something like Andres in 1997, who was of similar strength to Alma when it made landfall in the same general area, wasn't retired.

Hell, even Adrian in 2005. o_O
Ya I do not agree with Alma being retired. Makes no sense. Even if it got requested it to be retired. Also I think Hanna should of got retired.
Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
I am mildly surprised that Paloma was retired.


It was an unusual storm
We celebrated Earth Day by skeeching copious amounts of water on burning trees. Scorched Earth Day. :(
Quoting futuremet:


It was an unusual storm


Last I checked, being "unusual" wasn't a requirement when it came to retiring a storm. I personally don't feel as though Paloma deserves to be retired, because, despite its enigmatic nature, it only hit Cuba as a Category 2, and degenerated completely, in less than 18 hours after its Cuban landfall. It didn't stay together long enough to cause significant damage.
Quoting Tazmanian:
look what they Retir from the Pacific hurricane season names of 2008



is this some kind of a joke???


Retirement
On April 22, 2009, at the 31st Session of the World Meteorological Organization's Regional Association IV Hurricane Committee, the WMO retired the name Alma from its [name lists]. The name was replaced with Amanda
maybe they were on here last season taz and like tropical amanda so much they named a storm after it

lol
Quoting KoritheMan:


Last I checked, being "unusual" wasn't a requirement when it came to retiring a storm. I personally don't feel as though Paloma deserves to be retired, because, despite its enigmatic nature, it only hit Cuba as a Category 2, and degenerated completely, in less than 18 hours after its Cuban landfall. It didn't stay together long enough to cause significant damage.


Maybe because she hit the caymans kind of hard.
Gustav, Ike and Paloma? retired?.....I am surprise they retired Paloma and not Hanna.

Paloma was also the only hurricane starting with the letter P to be retired in the Atlantic Ocean and to be retired with the least deathes in the Atlantic.

Did not see that coming.
I really thought Hanna was going to get retired.
I don't see how after killing 500 people they can not retire her.
funny sometimes the way it works out
i agree with them all
except alma thats strange in its self
Quoting hahaguy:


Maybe because she hit the caymans kind of hard.


Well, according to kman, the Caymans weren't hit particularly hard by the storm, and are recovering nicely. Grand Cayman was also largely unscathed.
Quoting KoritheMan:


Well, according to kman, the Caymans weren't hit particularly hard by the storm, and are recovering nicely. Grand Cayman was also largely unscathed.


I'm just throwing out some reasons why. Since they retired Alma they should of retired Fay.
I am sure this sounds nostalgic =]

Futuremet, I got that song on my Ipod and the revamped version LOL.
Best song ever on TWC. ;)
Hanna was not Retired as I expected because the WMO believes that Hati's evac and Tropical Storm/Hurricane preparidness is absolutly horribe (not like they have much money for it.) But the fact it they do not like it and as with 1994 Gordan which killed double the amount in Hati Hanna was not retired as well. They will continue to not retire names that affect Hati unless its like a Cat 5 that kills 5,000 people and razes the land (God Forbid). I hope Hati's situation can imporve soon for any Trop system there its like a cat 3+ to us. Paloma was not too much of a surpise imo.
Oh, and I've taken a distinct liking to this song, because I heard it for 12 straight hours before Gustav came ashore. Makes the experiencing of waiting on a hurricane THAT much better.
Haha Hanna killed 500 Gordan of 1994 killed 1000 in Hati look at my ealiar post and look both up on Wikipeida for more info.
Quoting KoritheMan:
Oh, and I've taken a distinct liking to this song, because I heard it for 12 straight hours before Gustav came ashore. Makes the experiencing of waiting on a hurricane THAT much better.

It's just a great song. Woops sorry vortex my bad.
Quoting hahaguy:
Futuremet, I got that song on my Ipod and the revamped version LOL.


This song just always reminds of hurricane season
Quoting futuremet:


This song just always reminds of hurricane season


It's a powerful song.
Quoting Vortex95:
Haha Hanna killed 500 Gordan of 1994 killed 1000 in Hati look at my ealiar post and look both up on Wikipeida for more info.


I think it was bull**** that Gordon wasn't retired. It's the same with Hanna.
Quoting Vortex95:
Hanna was not Retired as I expected because the WMO believes that Hati's evac and Tropical Storm/Hurricane preparidness is absolutly horribe (not like they have much money for it.) But the fact it they do not like it and as with 1994 Gordan which killed double the amount in Hati Hanna was not retired as well. They will continue to not retire names that affect Hati unless its like a Cat 5 that kills 5,000 people and razes the land (God Forbid). I hope Hati's situation can imporve soon for any Trop system there its like a cat 3+ to us. Paloma was not too much of a surpise imo.


My mom just came back for a quick visit to Haiti to see here family. She said she saw cars upon rooftops, left up there by the flood waters.
Quoting futuremet:


My mom just came back for a quick visit to Haiti to see here family. She said she saw cars upon rooftops, left up there by the flood waters.


To expand on this point a bit, I'd like to comment on the whole "Haiti's infrastructure is crap" thing. Granted, that's obviously true, but the WMO needs to understand that it isn't the fault of the Haitians that they are as vulnerable as they are to flash flooding.

It's the fault of their idiotic government, that advocated the deforestation of the country.

Given this fact, I think it is rather irresponsible for the WMO to continually refuse to retire storms like Gordon and Hanna, despite an extraordinarily high death toll.
Koritheman, I couldn't agree with you more. There's no excuse not to retire a storm that killed hundreds and thousands of people.
126

lol definitely the government is corrupt, albeit all governments are.

What is more, there is no radar

I lived in Haiti until the age of 10, and I remember how inaccurate the weather forecasts were.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Wellington

Storm Warning (0000z 23APR)
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Low [988hPa] near 32S 165E moving south 5kt

clockwise winds 50 kts


hmm you think if Myanmar had control of what names would be retired Nargis wouldn't?

Who do you think retired Ike and Gustav.. United States or Cuba?
130

lol, I have no clue O_o

However, I am truly sure that tropical cyclones that causes anomalously high casualties should be retired...
lol okay
Quoting KoritheMan:


To expand on this point a bit, I'd like to comment on the whole "Haiti's infrastructure is crap" thing. Granted, that's obviously true, but the WMO needs to understand that it isn't the fault of the Haitians that they are as vulnerable as they are to flash flooding.

It's the fault of their idiotic government, that advocated the deforestation of the country.

Given this fact, I think it is rather irresponsible for the WMO to continually refuse to retire storms like Gordon and Hanna, despite an extraordinarily high death toll.


Korithe, do you remember, we worked this out... the whole point of retiring names is to remove the emotional tags that are attached to that name. You can't quantify a life differently just because they lived in Haiti... They're still a person, and many loved ones are grieving over their loss... they don't want to have another Hurricane Hanna.
If they're going to retire Alma, they should retire Omar and Dolly and Edouard and Fay and Hanna and and and...

It's inane, that's what it is...
huristat: I still think the contributor of the name retired it.
haiti helter skelter of the carib. why got to blame the french on this one. happy earth day
Quoting hurristat:


Korithe, do you remember, we worked this out... the whole point of retiring names is to remove the emotional tags that are attached to that name. You can't quantify a life differently just because they lived in Haiti... They're still a person, and many loved ones are grieving over their loss... they don't want to have another Hurricane Hanna.


Yes, and that was exactly my point. The WMO is disrespecting Haiti by hesitating to retire names such as Gordon and Hanna. Indeed, I would go as far as to say that the WMO is dehumanizing the Haitians.

Very tragic.
Is there any benefit to a country when a storm that hit the area is retired?
Other than a acknowledgment of the tragedy - Financial assistance?
Quoting KoritheMan:


Yes, and that was exactly my point. The WMO is disrespecting Haiti by hesitating to retire names such as Gordon and Hanna. Indeed, I would go as far as to say that the WMO is dehumanizing the Haitians.

Very tragic.


...oh...

I guess I missed the last line... true... yah... remember in October when you thought Hanna shouldn't be retired? lol someone convinced you...
Quoting KEHCharleston:
Is there any benefit to a country when a storm that hit the area is retired?
Other than a acknowledgment of the tragedy - Financial assistance?


AFAIK, acknowledgment is the only beneficial factor in retiring a name. You'd be surprised how many of us, as humans, myself included, put strong (indeed, what some would argue as needless) emphasis upon acknowledgment.

A tropical cyclone may just be a mass of clouds, but nonetheless, I think it is important to refrain from dehumanizing people, as the Haitians so clearly have been.
Quoting KEHCharleston:
Is there any benefit to a country when a storm that hit the area is retired?
Other than a acknowledgment of the tragedy - Financial assistance?


Here's what the NHC has to say:
Whenever a hurricane has had a major impact, any country affected by the storm can request that the name of the hurricane be "retired" by agreement of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Retiring a name actually means that it cannot be reused for at least 10 years, to facilitate historic references, legal actions, insurance claim activities, etc. and avoid public confusion with another storm of the same name. If that happens, a like gender name is selected in English, Spanish or French for Atlantic Storms.


note: post-1969 storms in the Atlantic and post-1988 storms in the E Pacific are suspended indefinitely.
KoritheMan, hurristat,

Thanks. Sounds like the formal request was what was missing. I guess another country could not request on behalf of the affected country.
A good thing or a bad thing?

Paloma's death total is the smallest of any of the retired hurricane names.
there was no need at all for them too retired Alma Norbert sould have been retired if any names at all from overe there
send in the cows
Quoting KoritheMan:
Oh, and I've taken a distinct liking to this song, because I heard it for 12 straight hours before Gustav came ashore. Makes the experiencing of waiting on a hurricane THAT much better.


That's so true. Whenever I hear that song, I think of the 2004/2005 hurricane season. With all the hurricanes that affected South Florida that season, that song was constantly playing. Especially for Wilma and Frances. I was glued to the TV for days.

Speaking of Frances, I remember school being cancelled for three days and it was so boring. It was raining nonstop and, while the winds weren't too strong, it would stay at 50/60 mph without any breaks, so it was nearly impossible to leave the house at all during those days. Then, of course, Wilma which was much worst...well, I'm not going to even get started on that.
Quoting Tazmanian:
there was no need at all for them too retired Alma Norbert sould have been retired if any names at all from overe there


Yeah, I don't understand Alma being retired. They might as well retire Arthur also. I could see Norbert being retired more than Alma also.

However, I remember many people were confused on why Stan was retired from '05. A lot of people don't understand the rains cause a lot of damage-- it's not all about the wind speed.
Well they didn't retire Gordon after he hit Haiti in 1994--and that storm is the ONLY storm that killed more than 1,000 people and didn't get retired. Ever. Since they started retirements. This will get me in trouble, but I half think it's because the people in Haiti who died are black....
This will get me in trouble, but I half think it's because the people in Haiti who died are black....


that was a little rude dont you think i would re move that commet be for any one see it
Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
Well they didn't retire Gordon after he hit Haiti in 1994--and that storm is the ONLY storm that killed more than 1,000 people and didn't get retired. Ever. Since they started retirements. This will get me in trouble, but I half think it's because the people in Haiti who died are black....


Or simply because it's Haiti. If 500 died in the US from a tropical cyclone, the chances of that going to be not retired are fairly slim.

Paloma did a fair bit of damage, more than Fay did, I think. Close to a billion.

I can kinda see why it was retired. There are other names in there that were 'retired' that perhaps could have been avoided.

That said, Dolly did more damage and wasn't retired. One of the very few - if the only - that caused a billion damage and wasn't retired.

It's not exactly a precise science. Could it be modified? Probably. Does it need to be? That's a matter of debate.

Alas, it is only a name at the end of the day. Whether it's not used anymore or not, not going to bring anyone's deceased loved ones back. Nor their homes. Nor their livelihoods. Only time can do that.

Let's hope 2009 has no names that need to be retired.
Note: I have learned from Joe Courtney of BoM Perth that in post-analysis
it was determined that Gabrielle did not meet the minimum requirements of
a tropical cyclone by the Australian definition, which requires that
gales extend more than halfway around the center for at least six hours.
Gales were observed in one quadrant or another throughout most of
Gabrielle's life, but at no one time did they extend more than halfway
around the LLCC. Gabrielle will not be included as a cyclone event in
BoM's Best Tracks file.

---
Gabrielle got downgraded in post analysis from BOM.
95S.INVEST...

A Tropical Low [1007 hPa] is situated in the northern Arafura Sea. The low is expected to remain near stationary over the next three days.

Tropical Cyclone Formation Potential
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Friday: low
Saturday: low
Sunday: low
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Wellington

Storm Warning (97P) 0600z 23APR
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Low [984 hPa] near 32S 165E moving south 5kt.

clockwise winds 50 kts
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Wellington

Storm Warning (97P) 0600z 23APR
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Low [984 hPa] near 32S 165E moving south 5kt.

clockwise winds 50 kts
Morning, Cardinals are singing, Blue Jays already busy....can hear the woodpeckers.... All the early birds are awake greeting the day (including me) here in SWFL.

Looking like a beautiful day -- no complaints...but I am wishing for RAIN!
Ike -- retired!!!!! I bet "Our Ike" wishes he could along w/his namesake.
Surfing Hurricane Waves:
Ike the nastiest waves of the 2008 season
Dolly the most beautiful waves..........memorable
Comes a slight surprise they retired Paloma.
Ike and Gustav was expected, but this means Dolly should be retried as well as Hanna.
Some absolutely stunning shots... an inspiration for me to keep my camera handy at all times!
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161. HTV
Makes a lot of sense to me.
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Update on portlight.org charity errorts

I suspect Doc Masters, means Efforts :)
Maybe they retired Alma b/c they felt bad for the Pacific, which didn't have any retired names. They just went alphabetically with the first one so they didn't offend any of the other names.
Attention all hands!!!!!!!!!!

I will be attending the Destin Portlight Dog Walk...please watch the live streaming video at www.portlight.org Sunday afternoon 2-4PM...

and, for any of you who may be a little worried...I'm leaving the dress at home...will be wearing a pair of khakis and a Polo shirt...
From the TCR on Alma, maybe these are some of the reasons for retirement:

Alma was the first eastern North Pacific basin tropical storm or hurricane to make landfall along the Pacific Coast of Central America since records began in 1949.

According to some reports, the flooding from Alma in Costa Rica was worse than the flooding experienced from Hurricane Cesar (1996) or Mitch (1998).
Quoting HadesGodWyvern:


hmm you think if Myanmar had control of what names would be retired Nargis wouldn't?

Who do you think retired Ike and Gustav.. United States or Cuba?


Cuba and USA for Gustav, USA for Ike.
6 Billion dollars in damage from Gustav in the USA.
29 Billion dollars in the USA from Ike, only storms that outbeat Ike in damage are Katrina and Andrew.
It seem like Cooler waters are expanding from the coast of South America moving West...Just an observation.

Morning Folks.....High pressure dominating in the Florida Big Bend/Panhandle region for the next several days and near record highs (close to 90) expected today and tommorow.....If this keeps up (early "summer" temps for April and May), it may be plenty warm in the Northern Gulf come June and July to sustain a tropical storm or two as the shear values drop...On a brighter note, we may not have to wait until July up here to enjoy comfortable temps for the beach and swimming....:)

BTW...I personally like my beach water temps around 80 before I jump in with the kids....Some folks, like our Canadian Friends, will jump in with 65-70 degree temps...Brrrrr
I think LaNina could be coming back. Strange!

Left click to see a 1 year loop...also this is the last pic of the loop...MOST CURRENT!



This was from 2 weeks ago..
Good morning,floridians,rain here in the northeast finally ended,looks like a summer weekend for us,just in time for the Yankees to come to town
Quoting NEwxguy:
Good morning,floridians,rain here in the northeast finally ended,looks like a summer weekend for us,just in time for the Yankees to come to town


You mean them Dam Yankess! LOL....KICK their butts!
172. 786
Hello everyone, just coming out of Wunderground hibernation for another H-season. I am not suprised that Paloma was retired, even though Grand Cayman was spared, the sister islands didn't far so well, they got hurricane force winds and although recovery is coming along, they are still in the process.

Ok, what the heck is this thing???
Giant Mystery Blob Discovered Near Dawn of Time
I grew up in SE CT as a BOSOX fan,then moved to NYC for a while and now I like both,try and figure that one out!!!!,I don't know of to many Yank/sox fans....


Floridians:Get ready for a early summer preview thru next week as humidity returns to summer like values and temps inland reaching near the 90 degree mark,w/mid 80's along the coast.We may also begin to see some seabreeze action by sunday/monday as a strong SE flow persists in the region....
Great loop of cooling Waters in the Pacific off South America expanding West. Don't know what it means but, it has occured over the last 5 days..HUM!


Quoting stillwaiting:
I grew up in SE CT as a BOSOX fan,then moved to NYC for a while and now I like both,try and figure that one out!!!!,I don't know of to many Yank/sox fans....


Floridians:Get ready for a early summer preview thru next week as humidity returns to summer like values and temps inland reaching near the 90 degree mark,w/mid 80's along the coast.We may also begin to see some seabreeze action by sunday/monday as a strong SE flow persists in the region....


Uhh... Not the stickiness , that's the one part I hate about summer is the high humidity.
Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Tropical Disturbance Summary (1400z 23APR)
=============================================
An area of convection (93W) located at 4.8N 142.3E or 370 NM southeast of Yap. Recent animated infrared satellite imagery shows the low level circulation center has enlongated and convection has fragmented over the past 6 hours. Upper level analysis indicates the disturbance is under low vertical wind shear with good diffluence.

Maximum sustained winds near the center is 15-20 knots with a minimum sea level pressure of 1007 MB. Due to the deterioration of the low level circulation center and the reduced and fragmented convection, the potential for this disturbance to form into a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is DOWNGRADED TO POOR.
CURRENT STATUS as at 15th April 2009
Next update expected by 6th May 2009 (three weeks after this update).

Most international coupled climate models predict further warming of Pacific Ocean sea surface temperature (SST) until at least mid-winter, with SSTs remaining in the ENSO-neutral range. A small number of models are predicting the development of El Niño conditions during the southern winter or spring, while none are suggesting a return to La Niña conditions. The southern autumn is the "predictability barrier"¸ for model predictions, with skill levels at their minimum. However as March-June is the preferred El Niño genesis period, Pacific conditions and model predictions will be monitored closely for any indications of an event.

Hey Tampa, I don't know what your charts exactly mean either but does not seem likely that an El Nina event will suddenly develop (and throw a major wrench in all the current model forecasts)......This may be a temporary anomoly but time will tell (the next update on May 6th)..........
179. beell
Tampa,
Could be some of this cold pool off the western coast of S America is normal and related to The Peru Current and coastal upwelling
Quoting TampaSpin:


You mean them Dam Yankess! LOL....KICK their butts!


I have better name,but I would get banned.
OT - Ocala pharmacy says it incorrectly prepared medication for 21 polo horses that died

Human error, sad. Makes you afraid of compounding pharmacies.
Quoting nrtiwlnvragn:
OT - Ocala pharmacy says it incorrectly prepared medication for 21 polo horses that died

Human error, sad. Makes you afraid of compounding pharmacies.
That is so very sad but good to know it was not some form of competitive vengeance. The fewer meds you have to take the safer you appear to be.
What's up with the South Carolina wildfires? Is rain predicted around Myrtle Beach any time soon?
Have you all been monitoring the Bald Eagle that is sitting on a Nest of 3-4 eggs. Its pretty cool...i have it on my Home page of my WebSite if anyone would like to view it....

http://tampaspinsweather.webs.com/index.htm
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - A coastal wildfire spread Thursday toward one of the busiest tourist stretches in South Carolina, burning dozens of homes and forcing 2,500 to flee in the middle of the night.

Gov. Mark Sanford on Thursday declared a state of emergency for the area, saying the fire had consumed 15,000 acres, or about 23 square miles — nearly double earlier estimates. The declaration frees up more resources to battle the blaze. more from msnbc

No rain expected for the next 5 days
With an early Bermuda High setting up off the North Carolina coast,don't see any rain for SC anytime soon.
Fires and Carolina Bays

Adding to the problem were heavily vegetated patches called Carolina Bays that caught fire and fueled the blaze. The shallow, egg-shaped depressions pockmark the coast and range in size from a few to thousands of acres. The bays are densely filled with plant life and often have boggy bottoms where peat, if it catches fire, can burn for days or weeks.

Tropical downpours are often needed to extinguish such fires, said state Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins.

"Once you get a fire in a bay, it's very, very hard to put out," he said.
That's a very disturbing story about the deaths of the horses,due to human error.
Quoting TampaSpin:
Have you all been monitoring the Bald Eagle that is sitting on a Nest of 3-4 eggs. Its pretty cool...i have it on my Home page of my WebSite if anyone would like to view it....

http://tampaspinsweather.webs.com/index.htm


That's neat!
190. DDR
Quoting Ossqss:
Ok, what the heck is this thing???
Giant Mystery Blob Discovered Near Dawn of Time

Very interesting indeed,the universe is amazing.
167 could the cooler waters just be from it being fall in the southern hemisphere and the water is getting cooler because the current comes from the south along the west coast of South America? Not sure but just a thought.

The Carolina fires are awful--send in the rain!
Lakeland, Florida (PWS)
Updated: 0 sec ago

90.5 °F
Clear

O.O
Woza! Hottest day of the year! Im going swimming shortly in my 85 degree pool!

Also I agree with Tampa, it does seem that the La Nina is making a comeback, watch the loop.
Its hot all across the country for a change! Its hotter in Texas/Oklahoma than Florida!
Warm weather all the way up to the Dakotas!
Good thing that we got the sea breeze it's only 81 here.
A good part of the country will be cooling down dramatically next week.
196. GBlet
The humidity is at 50% here in central Kansas, with temps in the mid 80's. I am so looking forward to some storms!
Yep cool down coming next week....5 days out!

The CFS and the ECMWF both show the nino 3.4 region reaching +.5 around July.
Quoting CybrTeddy:


Cuba and USA for Gustav, USA for Ike.
6 Billion dollars in damage from Gustav in the USA.
29 Billion dollars in the USA from Ike, only storms that outbeat Ike in damage are Katrina and Andrew.


Wow, Ike defeated charley
Quoting futuremet:


Wow, Ike defeated charley


Ya it's amazing that a cat 2 passed charley and wilma.
201

A big-bad-fat cat 2 lol
I guess that's proof that it's not size of the cane but the motion in the ocean...
Like I always say,never focus on a Cat-number,you'll be dancing with the Devil or the Surge if ya do.
Impact counts,not any Man derived number that dosent relate much more,like SURGE.
Phew...

Current Conditions

Uptown, New Orleans, Louisiana (PWS)
Updated: 3 sec ago
Clear
84.0 °F
Clear
Oh I know that Ike was a very large storm , He's a perfect example why we need a new scale for measuring the intensity of a hurricane,
Quoting KEHCharleston:
Fires and Carolina Bays

Adding to the problem were heavily vegetated patches called Carolina Bays that caught fire and fueled the blaze. The shallow, egg-shaped depressions pockmark the coast and range in size from a few to thousands of acres. The bays are densely filled with plant life and often have boggy bottoms where peat, if it catches fire, can burn for days or weeks.

Tropical downpours are often needed to extinguish such fires, said state Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins.

"Once you get a fire in a bay, it's very, very hard to put out," he said.


Hey Charleston. I'm north of Myrtle in Wilmington, NC, and I can see the smoke in the sky looking to the south. Can you see any smoke or haze to the north from Chas?
Nat....my son saw it from the bridges coming home from school on Daniel Island....
Smoke..on the water..





Oh, and another tidbit about fires in Carolina Bays and peat bogs. Before modern times when fires simply burned themselves out naturally, peat bogs would burn for so long and so deep into the ground that a depression would form where the fire burned out so much organic material. I think Lake Matumuskeet in Eastern NC was formed by a huge underground fire thatburned out a huge depression in the gorund.
Thanks for posting the best of the best photos, Dr. Masters. They are winners every one. I'm glad I don't have to pick a grand prize winner but the one that particularly caught my eye was idzrvit's "Colorful Morning". Sailormankvd's waterspouts over lake Ponchartrain was a marvel of composition, even if by mistake! I haven't posted many lately but hope to resume presently.
Thanks again and Kudos, as always, on your blog
Wow! You know that's an impressive fire if he saw it from that far.
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Wow! What an honor Jeff! Thanks for selecting one of my shots! That was the biggest snowfall of the winter/spring and we had 6-7" around town. I went to a local Arboretum and was the first to make tracks in the snow early that morning(only one out driving). It was actually quite nice out! Hopefully someday, I'll be the one taking a photo of a tornado like the other photo you selected!

Have a great day!

Shane
I agree...outstanding pictures! On a side note...I can't believe after months of hoo-ha-ha and heated debates about which names from 2008 would be retired, very few posts about the topic!
I knew Ike and Gustav would make the list...I had to reacquaint myself with the Paloma story and agree with that also. However, Alma???
What!! Gustav and Ike were retired, no surpise here. But Paloma was retired and Hanna wasn't! OMG! Someone does not care about Haiti! The deadliest storm of the season! A certain someone on hurricanes.wika is going to scream his head off! Anyway, retirement issued out yesterday. I look forward to predictions for the 2009 season.
Afternoon everyone. Just finished my AD skywarn class. Had more issues with the new weather station think I've got most of them ironed out. We'll see. Getting warmer here in SWFL, summer is right around the corner.
The "hurricane" portion of Charley could fit into the eye of Ike, that's why. Many factors go into damage totals. I look at it this way. It's impressive to me that a hurricane with a radius of maximum winds 6 miles wide did $15 billion dollars worth of damage. Let that sink in a minute. 6 miles.

Quoting hahaguy:


Ya it's amazing that a cat 2 passed charley and wilma.
Hurricane Hanna Casualty and Damage Statistics

Damage from Hanna appears to have been relatively minor in the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. It should be noted, however, that damage assessments from the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands were limited after the passage of Hanna, since the same area was struck by major Hurricane Ike less than a week later. A situation report from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) on 3 September indicates that wind damage was mostly minor, with some roof damage to homes reported. In addition, considerable flooding was reported in Five Cays and Providenciales. The report also mentioned that several roads suffered damage from storm surge flooding, including major damage to a recently completed causeway linking North and Middle Caicos Islands. There were also reports of boats in and near the Caicos Islands that were washed ashore or sunk during the storm. No casualties were reported in the Bahamas or Turks and Caicos Islands from Hanna.

Heavy rainfall that occurred in Haiti as Hanna passed just north of the north coast of that island on 2-3 September was responsible for severe flooding and an estimated 500 fatalities. The heavy rains exacerbated the flooding situation caused by Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gustav that passed near or over Haiti during the preceding 2-3 weeks. Although significant flooding occurred over much of Haiti, the hardest hit areas were in the northwestern portions of the country, particularly the city of Gonaives. Due to the flooding from the previous storms, and the subsequent impacts of Hurricane Ike the following week, it is difficult to determine the exact death toll in Haiti attributable to Hanna. Reports from the Haitian Red Cross indicate that 793 people perished from the four storms and that about 500 people died in Gonaives, most likely the result of the flooding rains from Hanna. Several hundred people remain missing from the storms and a final death toll from each of the storms will likely never be known.
Quoting TampaSpin:
It seem like Cooler waters are expanding from the coast of South America moving West...Just an observation.

i agree
2009 h season is reminding me of 2005 the hold setup u may not agree with me but it looks to be the start of active h seasons from 2008 until maybe 2012..lol wish casting a bit lol
I know this may seem like a bold statement but there wont be much hurricane activity this year. Its going to be very dull for all the hurricane enthusiasts like myself. Bases on the conditions i see a year very similar to 2006, maybe even less activity which is good for the us. We dont need any more hurricanes and trust me this year we are not gonna get them.
Quoting PresidentialElection:


Really?


You look just like that guy from last year that bet your life that Gustav wouldn't enter the Gulf...
I can't recall his name though...
After months of near desert like conditions in the NW Caribbean, moisture has returned. The TCHP and SST maps are also coming to life quickly.

All signs of the change over from the dry winter conditions to the pre hurricane season warm up

228. SevereHurricane 11:38 PM GMT on April 23, 2009

That would be JFV, in the flesh
OMG!
you even live in the same place as him!
Can anyone refresh my memory of that guys name?
Quoting SevereHurricane:


You look just like that guy from last year that bet your life that Gustav wouldn't enter the Gulf...
I can't recall his name though...


Yes it's jfv
231. SevereHurricane 11:41 PM GMT on April 23, 2009

Ah, not sure who you mean lives in the same place as JFV. As far as I recall he lives in Fla., as least he did last year.

I am in the Cayman Islands
Hi there PE

Doing great thanks. High pressure in control producing strong , hot dry winds.

Please send rain !!
Everyone doing great thanks and trust the same is true for you. Are you still in the Miami area or did you move out of the hurricane belt ?
Well dinner time down here so gotta run. Catch you all later
YES!
Thats it!
PresidentialElection,
are you JFV?
Don't be shy...
He’s already admitted he is JFV and wanted a second chance with everyone.
Everybody deseves a 2nd chance and is always glad to grant it. :D
I missed ya.

Didn't you have a kid.
I never asked...but you post or send....just remember, you are a family man now...a hurricane hitting you is the last thing you need!
I'll always remember Orca showing tracks going near JFV :P.
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
I never asked...but you post or send....just remember, you are a family man now...a hurricane hitting you is the last thing you need!


lol
SC wildfire coverage...

The webcam is running even when they are suppose to be off air.
Hey SJ
The 40th

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Starts Tomorrow

Click on Music Schedule for The Magic "Cubes"









208. natrwalkn Sorry that I did not catch your post earlier. I did not see any of the smoke. As presslord mentioned in post #209. that his son saw it from the bridges coming home from school on Daniel Island. Daniel Island is just north west (correction) of the Peninsula of Charleston. It is a rather high bridge and provides quite a platform to look for miles.

255. Patrap It is so good to see that the Jazz Festival is going so well. Good for New Orleans. Good for Jazz.
What is the definition of an MCC? How big does a thunderstorm cluster have to be before it becomes an MCC?



A MCC is a mesoscale convective complex.

"Mesoscale Convective Complex. A large MCS, generally round or oval-shaped, which normally reaches peak intensity at night. The formal definition includes specific minimum criteria for size, duration, and eccentricity (i.e., "roundness"), based on the cloud shield as seen on infrared satellite photographs:

* Size: Area of cloud top -32 degrees C or less: 100,000 square kilometers or more (slightly smaller than the state of Ohio), and area of cloud top -52 degrees C or less: 50,000 square kilometers or more
* Duration: Size criteria must be met for at least 6 hours
* Eccentricity: Minor/major axis at least 0.7


MCCs typically form during the afternoon and evening in the form of several isolated thunderstorms, during which time the potential for severe weather is greatest. During peak intensity, the primary threat shifts toward heavy rain and flooding."
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RTLSNK seems to be in a lot of the "Daily Area of Interests"
260. beell
Dang, recheck that radar!

So the cluster over central Georgia counts then---I had always thought of an MCC as somewhat bigger. Thanks y'all!

It is heading in my general direction, but still has a long way to go. It will probably die over the next several hours as the boundary layer cools and gets more stable.
262. beell
The SPC would call this activity "MULTICELLULAR TSTMS IN CLUSTERS"
Looks like the storms have created a cool center and are blowing up on the outflow boundaries. But I'd be very surprised if they make it this far--they would have to hold out for another 6 hours at least through cool night air.
264. beell
Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
Looks like the storms have created a cool center and are blowing up on the outflow boundaries. But I'd be very surprised if they make it this far--they would have to hold out for another 6 hours at least through cool night air.


Pretty hard to arugue with that! Don't know what else would give it that shape but an OFB. Not anywhere near the shear required for a bow-echo.
A lot of hail reports cluttered up in one general area. I haven't seen anything like that on these maps before:



Very little damaging wind with this system over Georgia though, so the threat is mainly elevated thunderstorms capable of large hail.
266. beell
A little hint of the outflow-boundary on ir

Is that Georgia blob moving south? (See radar on post #257) Kinda strange
Outflow boundary is quite impressive at this point.
Maybe a repeat story...Science's most powerful computer tackles first questions

Environmental issues motivate many of the first wave of 21 projects. Three involve climate models, including one that models the global atmosphere down to grids of 14 kilometres instead of the more usual 55 or 100-km squares.
_____________________________________________

An unrelated story to the above(maybe)and
253. SJ
Smoke rises to the clouds, delaying the release of rain and allowing the clouds to grow taller than they otherwise would, scientists say in a new report. Higher clouds produce violent thunderstorms, and while less rain falls, it often comes as hail and thunderstorms instead of more nourishing, gentle rains, they said.

Maybe we'll see another storm like Andrea (May 2007), "powered by smoke" 378. from the Okefenokee Swamp (Bugaboo) fire
Quoting KEHCharleston:
Is that Georgia blob moving south? (See radar on post #257) Kinda strange


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Hiexpress~ got to wonder if what is happening in GA right now isn't related to all the smoke from the SC fires hitting the tail of that low.

GFS & cmc didn't really see that coming. Anyone looked at the other models?
Well actually the models do have some hint of the little MCC in GA

From the evening Charleston Wx discussion at 7:48 p.m. :

HOWEVER...18Z MODEL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED THAT UPSTREAM CONVECTION
WOULD DISSIPATE...MOST LIKELY DUE TO A COMBINATION OF DIURNAL
STABILIZATION AND WARMING/INCREASED CAPPING ALOFT AS THE UPPER
RIDGE EXPANDS INTO THE REGION. THIS REMAINS A REASONABLE
SCENARIO.
smoke
Quoting futuremet:


Wow, Ike defeated charley



one must consider that a much more populated area(TX) was effetced by IKE and the size was also larger so that makes sense!!!.....
Skye, that's where I was going, but it would take a lot more than my HP to figure it out.

Entirely unrelated:
"Based on these patterns and the weakening trend of La Nina we can make a projection during the summer of 2008, that is, July, August, September, we can begin to see neutral conditions, then weak warm anomalies later this year with an El Nino event in the year 2009."
Who said that?
And from Charleston at 10:17 p.m., a little more optimisitc:

THURSDAY EVENING...UPSTREAM CONVECTION WITH A HISTORY OF PRODUCING
PENNY TO GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL AND STRONG WIND GUSTS ACROSS NORTHERN
GA HAD TRANSITIONED TO AN MCS...WITH AN INCREASINGLY COHERENT
CRESCENT OF CONVECTION DRIVEN BY A MID LEVEL COLD POOL FEATURING
CLOUD TOP TEMPERATURES AS COLD AS -70C. THE DOWNSTREAM BOUNDARY
LAYER OVER THE FORECAST AREA WAS SLOWLY STABILIZING...BUT LATE
EVENING SPC MESOANALYSIS CONTINUED TO DEPICT A SE AXIS OF POOLED
MOISTURE/INSTABILITY IN THE VICINITY OF AN 850 MB WARM
FRONT...EXTENDING THROUGH SOUTHERN COUNTIES OF THE FORECAST AREA
ON THE PERIPHERY OF A BAND OF 30-35 KNOT 0-6 KM BULK SHEAR. GIVEN
THESE PARAMETERS...APPEARS LIKELY THAT AT LEAST ISOLATED/
INCREASINGLY ELEVATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL PUSH THROUGH SE GA
OVERNIGHT WITH AN ASSOCIATED ISOLATED THREAT FOR LARGE HAIL. IF
SURFACE BASED INSTABILITY PERSISTS...THE THREAT FOR ISOLATED
DAMAGING WINDS MAY ALSO PERSIST. GIVEN MCS MOVEMENT...ADDED A
MENTION OF ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MIDNIGHT TO 5 AM ALONG/S
OF THE OGEECHEE RIVER...MAINLY S OF SAVANNAH
That macon radar is getting eaten up by missing wedges--so annoying! I'll try to find a better radar.
The Jacksonville and Valdosta radars are going crazy with missing wedges too :( The Charleston radar is not, but doesn't have a good view of the MCC.
HI~ was that Grey or NOAA? I remember alotta NASA models last year took ENSO up into El Nino, similiar to this year. But it turned cool again for the winter. Seems kinda far to forcast with much certainty. It had looked reprimed like now, tis a fickle one. It's been on the cooler side near 2 years now. I think climatoligy would up the odds of a total switch.

I hope neutral, El Ninos are brutal in FL.
Hint: A WU blogger. It didn't quite make it into the "2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Verification" LOL (Sorry, dude) Crow season is right around the corner. LOL
Quoting KEHCharleston:
208. natrwalkn Sorry that I did not catch your post earlier. I did not see any of the smoke. As presslord mentioned in post #209. that his son saw it from the bridges coming home from school on Daniel Island. Daniel Island is just north west (correction) of the Peninsula of Charleston. It is a rather high bridge and provides quite a platform to look for miles.

255. Patrap It is so good to see that the Jazz Festival is going so well. Good for New Orleans. Good for Jazz.


That's Ok. I saw his post and looked up Daniel Island on the map. I was at NWS in Goose Creek for a while when I was in the Navy, so I'm familiar with the spectacular views the bridges of Charleston provide! That's still quite impressive that the smoke could be seen from that far away. I'm afraid this fire will wreak havoc in Horry County for a while. I wouldn't be surprised if it spreads to the NE into Brunswick County, NC with the SW winds expected from the high pressure system controlling our weather for the next few days. I hope everyone in NE SC and SE NC keeps a close eye on this thing.
A mushroom came into a bar one night. The bartender stepped up and saw plainly that the new customer was a mushroom and shouted "Hey get outta here we don't serve your kind here." The mushroom replied "Why not? I'm a fun guy."
I've done some research on the effects of urban heat islands on local rainfall patterns and thunderstorms. Atlanta's heat island has a profound effect of the local patterns surrounding the city. At a glance, it appears that the thuderstorm "blob" over Georgia people were discussing a few posts back was centered or just offset to the north and east of Atlanta. I wonder how much influence Atlanta's heat island had on this thunderstorm complex.
283. Taz
There was a man who sent ten different puns to friends, in the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.

Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.


Im long, It's been a tired day.
'nite all
That is a pretty long out there forcast for NOAA on ENSO.. I should have known. Long day indeed. Nite.
Special Weather Statement out of Myrtle Beach

Statement as of 3:08 AM EDT on April 24, 2009

... Afternoon sea breeze may induce rapid fire growth today...

Light southerly winds this morning will increase to 10 to 20 mph
by afternoon... with gusts to 25 mph likely along and near the coast.

Wildfires in both eastern Horry and northeast Georgetown counties will
become affected by the increasing southerly winds today... which could
lead to dangerous and rapid fire growth. Winds in vicinity of the
primary wildfires will gust well in excess of 25 mph.

In addition... airborne embers could lead to new fires north of the
primary wildfires. Areas susceptible to new fires due to spotting
include... southern Columbus... western Brunswick... and southwest
Horry counties.

Although the sea breeze will tend to cool and moisten the air mass
near the coast this afternoon... the fanned flames from the gusty
south winds will likely offset this benefit.

Residents in these areas should closer monitor communications from
local emergency officials today... as well as additional and updated
hazard products from the National Weather Service.
287. My fears exactly. Furthermore, the heat produced by such large fires will create an even bigger contrast from the water temperatures and perhaps produce an even stronger sea-breeze.
Interesting model run for the tropics 00z GFS

Please don't get excited about this; I am just pointing an area of slight interest....

The GFS can drop this at any time
298. I've had a few tonight, so pleae tell me what you're talking about in that loop. I didn't see anything other than ITCZ convection.
Hint: Keep your eyes on the SW Carribean
292. Ok. I see what you're talking about. I would say the ITCZ is moving northward with the sun, It's time we begin to see "bubbles and flares" in the Caribbean.
Interesting model run. Very likely nothing will come of it though, but nonetheless, it's a reminder that hurricane season is rapidly approaching.

Also, this doesn't really come as a surprise to me, seeing as how the upward MJO pulse should be making its way into that general area relatively soon.
290 My bet is that by 2 runs from now that flare-up will be gone.
Photos of the Myrtle Beach Fire:


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298. IKE
Quoting natrwalkn:
290 My bet is that by 2 runs from now that flare-up will be gone.


It was gone on the next run.
Whoo!

Latest 14 day run puts us up near 80F next week... booya! :D

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Galveston mayor visits Cuba to talk hurricanes

By HARVEY RICE HOUSTON CHRONICLE
April 21, 2009, 9:58PM

GALVESTON — In 1900, Cuban meteorologists tried to warn Galveston about a catastrophic storm heading straight for the island. That outreach from the Cubans helped form a special bond between the American city and the island nation.


Pat Sullivan AP
Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas talks about the problems in her island city during a Texas legislative hearing in League City.


It’s a bond the mayor of Galveston seeks to build on in a visit to Cuba Wednesday that experts say may contribute to a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations begun last week and allow both countries to share their experience in dealing with hurricanes.

The four-day trip to Havana by Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas to exchange information with Cuban officials about hurricane preparedness was planned late last year, but it may take on added significance after signs last week that Cuba and the U.S. seek improved relations.

“I think it will be noted,” said Vicki Huddleston, a Brookings Institute expert on Latin America.

Wayne Smith, a Cuban expert whose Center for International Policy organized and financed the mayor’s trip, said it would emphasize the conciliatory gestures by President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.

“I would hope to see not simply that we talk and benefit from one another’s experience, but we perhaps even have some system in place where we can contact one another and get advice and help,” Smith said.
We have an 8,500 acre fire burning 30 miles or so SE of me right at the moment, and they say they don't think it'll be under control for at least 3 or 4 days. We really need the rain right now. They're starting to talk about aquifers running low in our area.
302. Patrap
I have a copy of Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson on the Hurricane Shelf. It is on the shelf that serves for both 'hide from the wind' or 'run from the water'. (Most of those shelves are 'hide from the wind'/post storm stuff. Have a separate 'run from the water' kit.)
In any case, if I have no need for the shelf this year, I doubt the book will wait til next season ; )

303. charlottefl Where are you located?

Need to do a rain dance for the southeast folks. Maybe in a pink tutu?
Late with this - already started

live update by emergency management Horry County SC (fires)