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The Hurricane Season of 2005 finally ends!

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 9:51 PM GMT on January 06, 2006

Tropical Storm Zeta has finally disintegrated into a remnant low, and the National Hurricane Center has issued its last advisory for the Hurricane Season of 2005. In the words of NHC forecaster Stacy Stewart in the final discussion on Zeta:

I suppose it is only fitting that the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season ends with a record breaking storm. Today, Zeta surpassed 1954 Alice #2 as the longest-lived tropical cyclone to form in December and cross over into the next year. Zeta was also the longest-lived January tropical cyclone. In addition, Zeta resulted in the 2005 season having the largest accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) surpassing the 1950 season. So, until the 2006 season begins...unless Zeta somehow makes an unlikely miracle comeback...this is the National Hurricane Center signing off for 2005...finally.

Re-writing the record book for Atlantic hurricanes
The official NHC final report for Hurricane Epsilon is out, and says:

"Epsilon, the record-setting 26th and final named tropical cyclone of the 2005 hurricane season..."

So, we'll have to re-write the record books for the Hurricane Season of 2005, as well as the entire historical record book for Atlantic hurricanes. I'm guessing Dr. Franklin felt a tad uneasy when he penned that line on December 16. I know I felt a little uneasy when I wrote my "final" blog on the Hurricane Season of 2005 after Epsilon finally dissipated. Is there a Tropical Storm Zeta lurking in the future, I wondered? Maybe so...

So let's close the books on the Hurricane Season of 2005, and hope we never see anything like it in our lifetimes. I do believe that this was a once-in-a-lifetime hurricane season. Even if it turns out that global warming proves to have a dramatic impact on Atlantic hurricanes in the coming decades, I seriously doubt I'll live to see another season with 27 named storms, or a season with three of the six most intense hurricanes of all time.

I posted a revised list of the records set during the Hurricane Season of 2005; if I've made any major omissions or errors, let me know!

Coming next week: Late-season Atlantic tropical cyclones: has there been an increase in recent years?

Jeff Masters

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 & Kudos To Dr Masters, Aaron & ALL The WU STAFF.
Your Efforts Have Assisted Some Many over the Years, but this Season You Trully Out Did Yourselves.

Thanks for Sharing Your Knowledge & Your Dedication to Imparting Information has Kept Us Prepared, Safe & With Our Sanity Intact.

Be Proud in the Coummunity You've Fostered Here.
You Have Trully Done A "WUnderful" Job.

FLCrackerGirl Fran & Her Very BIG Lurker Family
Well in that case, Happy New Year to everyone and welcome to 2006.
The only way to top Zeta, is for it to lose a circulation and redevelop and TD1/TS Alberto.


Now that would be funny and shocking.
Haha. That would be awesome - though I wouldn't really be too shocked if we got to C or D before 2005's momentum is done.

For me, the most memorable moments of the season:

1. Seeing Katrina's southwest motion over FL and realizing what it meant for the Gulf Coast.

2. Watching Rita explode as it slowly moved out of radar range.

3. Watching Stan and wondering if it would manage to stay over water and turn into a monster.

4. Hearing "Wilma is now a category 5..." on the radio and ignoring it, then looking at the NHC's site and almost falling out of my chair.

5. Alpha's declaration.

6. Wondering if Beta would pull a Wilma with the tiny eye.

7. Watching cute little Delta/Epsilon/Zeta defy all NHC urging to die.
Now that the 2005 book is finally closed, the big question is - will they get a winter break at all? Does Alberto have other ideas?
Hear, Hear! I can't say it any better than FLCrackerGirl did! (Though, I have to question that remark about keeping my sanity intact ...I don't think mine was intact to begin with! LOL ) Thanks again, to you, Dr. Masters, Aaron and all the rest of the WU staff. It has been a memorable season; totally unbelievable. Just the same, I certainly hope we don't repeat it this year. We all need a break.
Great Job Dr Master's and Staff.

I will never forget TS Gamma......for one thing, we joked in Nov about even the possibility of a Beta, and laughted about a "gamma"! Thinking it was impossible! LOL

But form it did; so glad that one stayed weak and didn't develope; would have had a tough time explaining a killer "Hurricane Gamma" to the Grandchildren!!!!

Thanks for everything,
Gamma

Dr. Masters,

Couldn't we add Wilma as having the smallest eye ever measured in an Atlantic hurricane to your list of records? It seems as though everyone's been missing that. There's no way I could ever imagine an eye smaller than 2 NMI wide (not even as wide as the widest tornado on record). Insane it was!
It has been a great year, one that hopefully will not be repeated. Thanks to the staff here and the NHC for providing information that helped save lives in the US and other nations at risk of hurricanes in the Atlantic and the Eastern Pacific.

This year we all have been stumped by a number of storms. I recall seeing pictures of Katrina that the media did not show. I also recall the effort of many volunteers that went to this area to provide aid when it was needed. Thanks to all who helped in recovery efforts outside of your own cities after the devastation caused by Katrina and other storms. I have seen pictures of people receiving aid. In the midst of tragedy the human spirit was not crushed. It rose again with confidence to face another day.
i dont like this `the year is just started and we broke a record already
The most jaw-dropping moment of the season had to be staying up late, and seeing that recon from Wilma, real time.

The hardest: watching Kat make landfall on the MS Gulf Coast after being up for nearly three days straight, knowing exactly what was occuring as I watched the radar images, wondering if my brother, directing local rescue efforts, was going to come out of it alive, and not knowing he was alive for two entire days.

The loveliest: watching my very first hurricane from start to finish -- Emily -- and the one day she sailed south of the Cuban coast, as a 'perfect' Cat 4, not near enough to any land to do any damage.

The most confusing moment: today. What a mix of emotions. Also suspecting the last six months has resulted in a permanent change in my life.
theres gonna be quite a large freeze tonight in florida, 30s already in the panhandle.
squeak...yes I think we were all sleep deprived at that point, and sadly we ached and watched and worried...I can review the blogs from that time and still get teary-eyed.
How can I say thank you enough for all of us here? Let's just hope it will all become a memory, with no deja-vu.
Considering what happen here in Broward County, I'm talking about Fort Lauderdale and not other communities. I know some people out in the suburbs that didn't get their bulk trash pickup until Xmas time. I lived on intracoastal on the beachside near A1A and Oakland Pk. Our small condo 24 units sustain no damage except a broken lamp post and a sratched window. We had hurricane impact windows installed last winter. Our Condo Board is very proactive. Wilma cause extensive damage to all condo buildings here at the beach because they didn't want to spend the money to protect their buildings by making them as secure as possible. We live in a hurricane prone area and EVERYONE must prepare for more storms in the future. It is my hope in the future that we all acknowledge that we must do everything in our power to prepare our homes and business for future storms. Expect FPL to put into plan to have our electricity underground, in the next 10 years, all commerical and residential buildings refitted with impact glass. Plant trees away from the buildings and that can weather hurricane conditions. I recalled an article in the paper that Asia is very prepared for typhoons, including US Guam that sustains very little damage during frequent typhoons. I'm very sorry for everybody who sustain damage to their homes this season. From my statement earlier I think the city of Fort Lauderdale was prepared as best it could be as I really thought with the amount of damage we took it would be next summer before we would be anywhere close to normal day to day operations. It blows my mind of what New Orleans must be going thru as that city will never ever be close to what it was before Katrina.











Dr.Masters hope that you enjoy the Hurricane break and may 2006 be nothing like 2005.
30s continue to spread in north florida and south florida has been completely overtaken by 50s
I propose mass Starbucks card mailing to NHC offices and Dr. Masters.
There are currently no Tropical Storm Advisories.


look at this about time
i got a ? for you


when they to the update for Tropical Depression Twenty-Two and they had find winds about 40 mph and not 35 i this saying if could they name Tropical Depression Twenty-Two and when will that update be out and oh will they name it if they where going to name it


and what about Tropical Depression Nineteen if they had find winds of 40mph or more not 35mph could they name it if so oh would they name it if they where going to do it

and what about Tropical Depression Ten if they see winds that got up to 40mph would they name it when they do the update on the storm
WOW GREAT QUESTION!!!!! I never thought of that one!!!!

Sadly i think even if they found evidence of one of the 3 being 40mph+ they wouldn't mention it and just keep it under wraps not to cause any confusion

But what do you guys think? IF They found one of the 3 to be 40mph+ would they tell us???? (probably call it Eta, Or more likely Tropical Storm 10 or 19 or 22)
According to the NHC (which had posted contradictory information) there were 8 major hurricanes in 1950 so 2005 was only in 2nd place rather than tied for the record.
If any of you folks here know if there is some scientific basis for weather adages, please post that info on my blog. Inquiring minds want to know.
I'm tellin you mother nature and father time need to stop arguing and mother nature needs to take some Midol. Her PMS issues have got way out of control.
ya he's got the 1950 8 MH wrong (Which oddly enough i've told him on 3 different occations) and another is ... hold on
Gulf Coast still dealing with the aftermath of Katrina (hate that name now) with no end in sight. 130 miles an hour clocked at my house at noon on August 29, but doing the damage of 180!! How is that possible? I now have 17 fewer trees in my yard, have been liberated of my cute little shed, fence, carpet, etc. And I am 21 feet above sea level. Two doors down, all ex houses are now nothing but pilings. Really bad hurricane season in my book. Thank God is is 2006. It CAN'T be as bad! It just can't.
Matilda wrote.........

Expect FPL to put into plan to have our electricity underground, in the next 10 years, all commerical and residential buildings refitted with impact glass

Please......putting electric underground is said to cost a gabillion dollars...you also have other issues with that as well.....who is going to pay for all this?? Glad your condo is "proactive" ......much cheaper for multiple residents to share expenses, than single family homeowners..it seems that you are insinuating that those that incurred damage "weren't prepared" ....and that would be wrong.....by the way, from the reports from my beach friends you did not experience the "back side" of the storm as ferociously as we did, a bit west of you..
The sole blogger at my site, BWC, is starting a seiries of posts taking you back to the most exciting moments of hurricane season through discussions during them:

www.theahc.webhop.net
did you no that in the movie asteroid there was a hurricane call Hurricane Gloria that made land fall in fl
Hey everyone :)

I hope everyone here has a great evening. To the Hurricane Season of 2005 that has now officially ended with the dissipation of Zeta at 5 pm today, I must say that I truly believe this season to be an event that none of us will ever see the likes of again. What an incredible 8 months! Countless records broken and spectacular unusual events have made 2005 a historic season in any basin. I too will be writing about my top 10 most memorable moments from 2005, my top 10 storms of 2005 (don't get to that very often, usually aren't enough storms to do a top 10!!!), and my top 10 memories here at Wunderground during Hurricane Season 2005.

To you Doctor Masters and all the Wunderground staff, I wholeheartedly thank you for your incredible blogs during 2005. Every day with every storm you provided vital information, opinions and discussions that many including myself on here will never forget. Your knowledge is unbelievable and we here at Wunderground are so happy that you have shared this with us to keep the public safe and informed. I can't thank you enough.

To all the bloggers here at Wunderground, you are the most amazing group of people I have ever known. This website produces an amazing service to the many in need of help, advice or information. Thank you so much for saving all those lives during 2005 with your unbelievable knowledge, experience and trustworthiness. I also thank you deeply for allowing me to join your community and be a part of something as special as this. Without Wunderground I never would have had the great times I enjoyed throughout 2005, and I have never learned so much over a 7 month period.

And, I would like to thank another group of people (and some of you may find this surprising since I complain about them so often, and especially after Katrina's post-storm report!!): The National Hurricane Center. Although we may not always agree with the decisions they make on storms, they provide an invaluable service to this nation that keeps the general public safe and informed about tropical cyclones. They have saved hundreds of thousands of lives once again this year, and despite some errors that are natural with such an inexact science, they are still without question the best tropical weather forecasters over a whole season on the planet. Great job to the NHC, they deserve the credit after staying up all the way through until early January to provide accurate information. They must be absolutelty drained from this season, and they certainly have earned the reward of 4-5 months of rest (unless Alberto has other ideas lol!).

Once again, many thanks to all of you, and I will speak to you all when everything rolls around again on June 1st. Until then, have a great winter and spring, and stay safe :) :) :)

Rich
Thanks to everyone at WU for the terrific tropical reporting this year. It was a valuable addition to the official NHC forecasts, much appreciated by those of us here in Ivan Alley.

Here's to a disappointing 2006 season.
Ditto paperfrog
atmosweather mail for you
I emailed you back I think. Check your mail.
atmosweather not yet you got new e mail
No new mail according to my mailbox. Are you sure you sent it correctly?
Well I'm going to get some sleep. I will see you all tomorrow, but after this weekend I will likely sign off until everything starts off again on June 1st.

Have a great night everyone :)

Rich
atmosweather i think so i think you got mail now try looking one more time look like i see so low 80s starting to show up for sea temp
well good night ever one
If one of the tropical depressions is found to have had 40 mph winds (unlikely due to the lack of land data), it would just be called Tropical Storm 10, or 19, or 22. Likewise, if a named tropical storm was found to have only 35 mph winds, it would be called Tropical Depression (name). The names and numbers do not change.
atmosweather - June 1st? I'm sure we'll see activity well before then. Remember we are barely two months away from the peak of the so-called "off-season"... (March 10)
Here's something to play with in the off season. Let's come up with slogans for the storms of 2005. For example:
Lee - The little storm that couldn't
Vince - The rain in Spain
Wilma - The new champion
Epsilon - The impossible storm
Zeta - Shear determination
Perhaps WU could make a set of T-shirts.
The rain in Spain is mainly on the plain......
Sorry, getting a little punchy here... a bit late for me.
i think some time now and then tx will see some rain
Link


rain rain rain come to tx
man if i would have bet that david would acually be gone for the winter i would has lost lol

hey david
Great year everyone. Staying up late all those nights watching this record breaking season unfold, simply amazing it was.

Have a good day everybody.
What a ride. Can 2006 top it? Stay tuned for the next exciting season of "As the Globe Warms".
Does anyone know if 2005 set a record for the number of days in the year that at least 1 named storm existed? (I think the "named storm days" figure of 126.5 (2nd place) is the sum of the lifetimes of every storm which is not the same thing.)
today south florida set a record across the board for coldest highs on this date. the temperatures are currently in the upper to mid 50s. this is 7 degrees lower than forecast and radiational cooling has begun. it appears this freeze could be bigger than expected and models have begun to show that.
Hey everyone :)

Yes giggpig, we did. 2005 had the most days where tropical activity was noted.

Turtle, which mdoels are showing this? I live in rural Orange county, and we have possibility of 30-32 degree lows (freeze warning in effect). Can you send me links? By the way, our high here today was supposed to be 57, but it only got up to 48, also the coldest January 7th day recorded here as well. This morning's low here in Orlando area was 34.








Billfanin wrote....

I'm sorry if I offended you in anyway. But the fact is that everybody in South Florida and all other hurricane prone areas must deal with the reality of above hurricane activity for forseeable future. The insurance companies are working with the Florida Legislators to make hurricane impact windows standard on all residental buildings within 7 years, and no grandfathering. If they can't make a fair profit then they'll pull out and really leave us in a mess.

Expensive? heck yes. It cost me over $12,000 for my windows last year. We have also added an additonal $1000.00 per unit owner, per year on top of our maintenance. I don't make a handsome salary but I scrap to get by.

FPL...Well most of Galt Ocean area electric is underground, as well as Weston and several small pockets thru out Broward County.
Galt Ocean was out only for 1-2 nights, The city made that area a top priority because of the elderly being trapped in upper floors. My building has above electricity and we didn't get back on until that Friday night. My point is electrical grid is an intrastruture, just like freeways etc.
It should be put underground with help of the state and federal funds. NOBODY should be out power for more than they have to. IF our lines were underground then a large chunk of Broward should have had power shortly after the subsations were repaired which could have been in less than 3 days.

None of the new downtown high rises sufferd damage because of the new building codes But the older buildings suffered extensive window damage built before the 2002 hurricane building code. Again with the building knowledge we have now a lot of damage could have been prevented.

The backside of Wilma was the worst. The beach area suffered just as much as everybody.I personally witnessed cars being flipped. Roofs, and a/c units being ripped from tops of buildings. A huge awning 200 lbs or more being ripped away from my neigboring building being thrown almost a city block landing on a pickup.

Before Wilma a lot of people were apathetic about hurricanes, ever since Andrew I took any warning or watch very seriously. I guess more so for Miami-Dade than Broward.
I had to beg a friend of mine to put up shutters for Wilma, as they thought it wouldn't to bad because it was coming from the west coast. Luckily they did and suffered only slight damage. To counter act this behavior the State of Florida will spend millions of dollars to better educate residents next year before hurricane season.

The thing I'll remember most about Wilma was the coming together of our residents after the storm having breakfest, lunch and dinner downstairs outside. Making sure everybody had enough to eat. Letting neigbors use our water from our pool to flush their waterless toilets. At night looking at the milky way over a dark city. I hope that I will never have to see that again.

I guess my point is that these last two hurricane seasons has hopefully taught us alot of what it is to live in a hurricane prone area. Not one onunce of real estate is immune to a wrath of a hurricane. Remember if you live anywhere in the state of Florida you are only about 60 miles from a beach.








Incredible. Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Katrina, Rita, Wilma all in two seasons. And for those interested, we had a combined total of like 45 storms in the past two years - that's closer to the average for five to six O.O
Hi everyone havnt posted in a few days. Been a bit busy lately. Hope everyone is haveing a good weekend.

2006 will be another interesting hurricane season.
atmos, the normal forecast dropped by a few degrees but, it is still way off. here in weston florida my thermometer is reading 47 and the low was supposed to be around 36! the sun just set btw
i have issued a special cold advisory on my blog, if u r in south florida u should look at it. make preperations for cold now!
Yeah Colby. Amazing


In the past two years: (two year averages)


Tropical Cyclones: 46 (average is 23)
Named Storms: 42 (average is 22)
Hurricanes: 23/24 (Cindy) (average is 12)
Major Hurricanes: 13 (average is 4)
Category 4+ Hurricanes: 10 (average is 3)
Category 5 Hurricanes: 4/5 (Emily) (average is 1)
ACE Index: 470 (average is 186)
Tropical Cyclones to make landfall in U.S: 16 (average is 7)
Hurricanes to make landfall in U.S: 10/11 (average is 4)
Major Hurricanes to make landfall in U.S: 7 (average is 1)


Quite sensational.
Ok Turtle, thanks. Right now (7:30) it is 42 in rural Orange County, and the low is supposed to be 32. Do you think we will go below that since we are only 10 degrees off?
atmosweather mail for you
Is this Normal this time of year for Australia?

Cyclone approaching WA coast


January 08, 2006

A CYCLONE off Western 's Pilbara coast is expected to intensify and move closer to land tomorrow.

Residents and travellers along the Pilbara coast have been warned that category-one cyclone Clare will likely impact on Tuesday.

The weather bureau today issued a cyclone warning for coastal areas between Cape Leveque and Port Hedland, while a watch extends from Port Hedland southwest to Exmouth.

At 5am (WST), Clare was 205 km northwest of Cape Leveque and 310 km north northwest of Broome, moving west southwest at 24 kph.

The bureau said Clare was expected to move parallel to the coastline for the next 24 hours. It was expected to intensify into a severe tropical cyclone in the next two days.

Clare is set to move closer to the coast during tomorrow and Tuesday, and affect the Pilbara coast by Tuesday.


http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,17761474-5001028,00.html
That's very unusual for this time of year. Wow. A severe tropical cyclone.
Atmos, it's the southern hemisphere. This is their late August.

Some info can be found in the 'Tropical Discussion' forum at my site Link
Yeah, it'd be like our July...but then again we did have Dennis and Emily and they got to the status of the most intense July hurricane on record, respectively...so that really doesn't surprise me too much.
atmosweather mail for you
Wow those are some impressive storm stats. We're going to see a very mild 2006.
Why? Other than SST anomalies cooling a bit, there's nothing unfavorable for next year - and the hint of La Nina is apparently established.

Anyway, the Aussies use a different classification system - see the thread on my site, it's posted there.
Hello all. Anyone have a good website for weather achives? I want to do some comparing and contrasting with weather of the past and weather now. Anything will help as I dont have many recourses. THanks!!!

73
40 degrees as of 10:15 here in inland broward florida.
Even though it is just symbolic, the official ending of the 2005 hurricane season is a welcome relief. I know many people are in misery still - many near me along the northern gulf coast and elsewhere are still homeless or have lost love ones. What is the meaning of this? Is it just a natural cycle? I will continue to pray and consider it all. Hopefully the 2006 season won't be starting anytime soon but I suspect it too will be a rough season but who really knows.
It's cold here is SC too. We are in the high 20's near Augusta, GA. Don't know if it's near any records. Now that the hurricane is over, I have noticed some signing off till June 1st. I think the season will start early this year. Now that some are signing off, are there many blogs written by Dr. Masters until then? In the current entry, next week is the time for the next blog. There are still plenty of things to talk about. ....droughts and why so strong now....I'll have to think of some other topics. Anyone who has been here a while know what happens until the next season starts? I don't intend to sign off.
Hey hadyn :)

By the way I was only joking about signing off. I am as aware as anyone that there could be tropical activity early, even this month is possible but unlikely. So I will stick around and keep analyzing the long range models to update my 2006 season forecasts. I also like reading Dr. Masters' wonderful blogs so I cannot really leave.

I think you are too far away from any records there in SC. The record for January 8th in Augusta is in the teens, so the temperature would have to drop some yet before you could see records. I live in the rural areas of Orlando and it is already 33 at midnight with frost on the ground. The record is 28 so here we will probably break the record as temperatures are falling at about 1.2 degrees per hour with at least 6 hours of cooling left. Could be the coldest morning for any date in Orlando since 1999.
Atmosweather,

I used Augusta as a reference point. The NWS map I used didn't have my city on it. I'm about 15 miles away in Aiken. ForecasterColby has a web site. Do you have a place where you post your forecasts? I'm interested in reading them. I have my own thoughts about next season. I think the season may start early. ENSO is neutral and may head for a weak La Nina and the sst in the tropics and subtropics are above normal. The only other variable I can think of is the shifting of the jet stream and the westerlies allowing low shear in formation areas. I don't mean to be pessimistic about 2006, but I hope people take the time to have a plan in place if a storm comes. Even where I live a hurricane that comes up the Savannah river valley will do much damage where I live if it stronger than Hugo. Columbia had 120 mph winds. I had 50-60.

I read that poeple in FL may have to get new windows. Some just don't have the money for that kind of stuff. Souds like a legal nightmare coming. After Katrina guess what FEMA put up as shelters.....A TRAILER.....We all know what happens to trailers....poof they're gone.....FEMA means for them to be a temporary shelter. That is good for the moment and is needed. I wonder how many people will choose not to build a new stronger home. Time will tell.

I could ramble on, but it's time for breakfast. To all who read this, have a good day.


With Katrina especially in New Orleans. The question is not only to build a stronger home but what is the goverment going to do with a city that is up 9 feet below sea level. If current thinking stands that Katrina was a 3 cat instead of a 4 is the city safe from any future major hurricane. Will the levees be built much stronger and taller. They now say the city will be lucky to be 1/2 as populated as before. That means it would lucky to hit 240,000 people. The census in 1970 the city had 593,000 people. The 2005 hurricane season will haunt as for a very long time.
Each time there's a big ice storm or tropical disturbance here (central North Carolina), there are people who spend weeks without power, and there are renewed calls to put electric lines underground. The last time there was a big discussion about this, I heard an interesting claim: underground service might not help that much, because when trees go over, their roots pull up underground lines! And, of course, *repairing* underground lines is more difficult and expensive than fixing aerial lines.

I find this claim hard to accept. Sure, trees pull up root balls when they go over, but:

-- The extent of the root ball that actually comes up is usually much smaller than the area covered by the top of the tree. Particularly for tall pines, which might pull up a fifteen-foot circle, but reach fifty or seventy feet when they fall over.

-- Lots of our damage, particularly in ice storms, comes from falling *branches*, which don't disturb the root system.

-- In fact, for ice storms, the lines can come by all by themselves.

I think the main reason it won't happen here is pure expense. It would hit the power companies, the power customers, and everybody else (as we trench roads and highways, etc.)

Oh, wait, that's right -- if it hits power customers, there *isn't* anybody else. :-)
jeffB -

yeah, we have a lot of lines like that in my neighborhood that are underground but i've yet to hear about roots pulling them out. although i live on the side of the neighborhood which has underground lines connected to the above ground lines of the area behind me, it doesn't do any good.

in the great ice storm of 2002 (where we got like 2 inches of ice and mcdonald's blew up) across the street everyone got their power back in two days or less and we had to go for just over a week...but this isn't like your southeastern ice storms. we were freezing. outdoor daytime temps didn't escape the teens and even with a fire in the stove it dipped to 38 in the house...so we treked across town to our grandparents who were out of town in sunny florida (we had to clear about 4 downed trees along the way) to enjoy their gas heat and huge firewood supply.
i hav updated my winter weather blog.
i ahv updated my winter weather blog
oh and i would like to point out to all you florida people...and my grandparents in indiatlantic...

YESTERDAY IT WAS 62 IN KANSAS CITY! lol

well that red flag warning is creeping up from the south...

...and i'm transfering to missouri state university this semester which is down south right in the middle of the warnings

maybe i can get a discount on tuition if i catch on fire?!?

i've always wanted to photograph a fire tornado.

seriously though i remember going down to florida in 2000 and the fires smelled so bad...bleh! it would suck. it would suck very bad.
From the DFW area:
Now
A red flag warning...for very high fire danger conditions...remains in effect for all of North Texas through 6 PM tonight. Southwest to south surface winds will continue throughout the day. Speeds will continue to be in the 10 to 20 mph range with gusts to 25 mph possible. Across North Texas...relative humidity values currently range from just under 20% in the northwest near Graham...Bowie...and Gainesville...to almost 50% in the southeast near Rockdale... Centerville...and Palestine. Humidities will continue to lower a few more degrees throughout the day as temperatures increase. Outside burning bans exist for all North Texas counties until further notice. Report all wildfires and smoke to the nearest law enforcement office.
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OMG you know that cyclone headed for australia?!? i looked it up and its a dead-center hit on my friend Karla's town of Karratha! expected to reach nearly 160mph winds! i was just talking with her a few weeks ago about hurricanes and she said they haven't had a cyclone in forever and they usually aren't that bad. then the last week or so she said they've been getting rain which is very unusual. i spoke with her the night before last on MSN and she didn't say anything about any cyclones and last night i wasn't feeling well so i didn't go online so i didn't get to talk to her. dammmit thats what i'm supposed to do is warn her for crying out flippin loud but no "mr. weatherboy" screws this one up and she lives in a remote area outside town and who knows if they even know its coming and its a MONSTER omg i hope she gets online before power goes out but its 2:30am there!!!

i'm freaking out because i don't think they are prepared there at all and its a remote desert area and who knows if they even listen to the weather she says its only sunny there all flippin year they don't need to watch the weather she just told me that like 2 weeks ago. ok sorry i need to calm down. but seriously i'm worried guys. how can i get all the storm info? do they have vortex reports from recon and are there t-number estimates on it or floater satellites? is there a computer model? shear this mother apart please but the forcast says it won't.
HEY ACDUKE, hear you go, satellites for your storm in Austalia:


Link
Its called CLARE......Its on the edge of becoming a typhoon or whirly whirly, whatever they call a hurricane down there, here is another site with a lot of info........



Link
I just looked at the forecast for claire.....It is going to be a minor event......Maybe 75 mph at best.....some beneficial rain, nothing more......lost power and flooding.........maybe a tornado.......thats it.........she will be alright
thanks.

here's the link that showed the 260km/hr or about 158mph by the time she makes landfall tonight near karratha (lower down in the remarks section):

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDW60277.shtml
so we're talking southern hemisphere business here...

the strongest quadrant should be swapped to the southwest right? so if the track is just to the left of karratha, the weaker winds would be on that side? although it seems from the motion from the north to the south that the southeast quad would be strong too when adding the forward progress...oh no don't want to get into that argument again from wilma!
oh and sorry about the "weather boy" reference i didn't mean you...my parents used to call me that when i would run outside into the thunderstorms with my video camera.
I looked at your site.......somethings wrong........heres another site info.........

WTXS31 PGTW 081500
MSGID/GENADMIN/NAVPACMETOCCEN PEARL HARBOR HI/JTWC//
SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING//
RMKS/
1. TROPICAL CYCLONE 05S (CLARE) WARNING NR 003
01 ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE IN SOUTHIO
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS BASED ON ONE-MINUTE AVERAGE
---
WARNING POSITION:
081200Z --- NEAR 16.9S 118.9E
MOVEMENT PAST SIX HOURS - 230 DEGREES AT 11 KTS
POSITION ACCURATE TO WITHIN 060 NM
POSITION BASED ON CENTER LOCATED BY SATELLITE
PRESENT WIND DISTRIBUTION:
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS - 045 KT, GUSTS 055 KT
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS - 045 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
040 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
040 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
045 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
REPEAT POSIT: 16.9S 118.9E
---
FORECASTS:
12 HRS, VALID AT:
090000Z --- 18.3S 117.3E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS - 050 KT, GUSTS 065 KT
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS - 055 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
050 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
050 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
055 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
VECTOR TO 24 HR POSIT: 215 DEG/ 09 KTS
---
24 HRS, VALID AT:
091200Z --- 19.8S 116.1E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS - 055 KT, GUSTS 070 KT
RADIUS OF 050 KT WINDS - 010 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
010 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
010 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
010 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS - 065 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
055 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
055 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
065 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
VECTOR TO 36 HR POSIT: 205 DEG/ 09 KTS
---
36 HRS, VALID AT:
100000Z --- 21.5S 115.2E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS - 055 KT, GUSTS 070 KT
RADIUS OF 050 KT WINDS - 015 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
010 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
OVER WATER
010 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
OVER WATER
015 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS - 070 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
OVER WATER
055 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
OVER WATER
050 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
OVER WATER
060 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
VECTOR TO 48 HR POSIT: 200 DEG/ 10 KTS
---
EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
48 HRS, VALID AT:
101200Z --- 23.4S 114.5E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS - 040 KT, GUSTS 050 KT
DISSIPATING AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND
VECTOR TO 72 HR POSIT: 185 DEG/ 09 KTS
---
72 HRS, VALID AT:
111200Z --- 26.9S 114.1E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS - 020 KT, GUSTS 030 KT
DISSIPATING AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND
---
REMARKS:
081500Z POSITION NEAR 17.2S 118.5E.
TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 05S (CLARE), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 205 NM NORTH
OF PORT HEDLAND, AUSTRALIA, HAS TRACKED SOUTHWESTWARD AT 11 KNOTS
OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. TC 05S WILL CONTINUE TO TRACK ALONG THE
NORTHWESTERN PERIPHERY OF THE MID LEVEL STEERING RIDGE OVER THE NEXT
24 HOURS. AFTER TAU 24, AN APPROACHING MIDLATITUDE TROUGH WILL BEGIN
TO WEAKEN THE WESTERN EXTENT OF THE MID LEVEL STEERING RIDGE, CAUSING
THE SYSTEM TO BEGIN TO ROUND THE RIDGE AXIS THROUGH TAU 72. THE
SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF LIGHT TO
MODERATE VERTICAL WIND SHEAR WITH WESTWARD AND DEVELOPING POLEWARD
OUTFLOW CHANNELS BUT WILL RAPIDLY WEAKEN AFTER LANDFALL NEAR TAU 36.
MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 081200Z IS 14 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS
AT 082100Z, 090300Z, 090900Z AND 091500Z.//
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Hey everyone :)

I have posted my second update of my official outlook for the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Everyone is welcome to check it out and comment on it. I am also going to be posting a few competitions and contests to test prediction skills, which again are open to everyone.

Have a great afternoon

Rich
i hav updated my blog
Last Winter I remember I would cheak the weather every few hours cause it was storm after storm after storm.

This year on the other hand this year high pressure has ruled with an iron fist in the south west. I only need to see my citys page once a day if that.

I herd that in Phoenix,AZ that the last time it rained was back in October.
Hey lightning :) Where are you exactly?

Yeah the last time it rained in Phoenix was October 1st.
hey guys
Hey boldman :)
Hey boldman :)
I live in Whittier,CA its in Southern California. Its in the San Gabriel Valley.

Its at the south eastern part of the boarder of LA and Orange county.
Oh ok. How is the rain situation there? I could do with some over here in Central Florida. Have only had an inch since the end of October.
Well there was like 3-4 real weak storms that droped some rain. The most was like 0.08 inches. There was a storm here a week ago that droped 2.09 inches of rain in Whittier hills. A little less here in the flater lands. That same storm was expected to drop 5+ inches. Most of the energy stayed north(like always). It was 87 degrees here on Friday.
Hey Atmos~ I didn't realize we were under a red flag warning today. Then the news informs & adds~ Brevard has another fire bug. 7 brush fires in Port St John today. Luckily the humidity is going back up.
Claire nearly a 'hurricane'
Matilda...thank you for the apology, but not necessary..my aggravation of all this is boiling over, starting from everyone trying to hush-hush Wilma (certainly they didn't want tourists to know how bad it really was), dealing with Citizens over my claim (roof gone, $40-50,000 interior damage, mold etc...).. Underground wires would be great, especially if a dry storm, wet storm may be other issues. Who wouldn't want impact windows? but not everyone can afford them and they aren't going to give them away..
Funny....I've talked to over 20 people from Sea Ranch Lakes/Laud-by-the-Sea and they all said the worst for them was over by 7:30 am....... odd.. worst hear was from 10 am-12...you got it until noontime?
*hear=here....
Yeah, thanks to all that contributed this year, I look forward to next season. If there is one valuble lesson that I think the whole country should have learned in this record season is expect the unexpected.
Bill
During the storm I thought it couldn't get worst than what we had in the morning 8-9 am. I was expecting the eye to go right over us but it went to our north yes we had some lulls but the worst of the hurricane occurred for me about 10-11am on the backside of the hurricane that is when I witnessed the most destruction. I'm on the top floor of a 7 story building. My apartment was shaking back and force equalvent to a 5.0 earthquake (been thru one) I was on my bed and you could easily feel the motion. My floor lamp was swaying back and forth as well as my hanging dining room light. The water in the toliets were going up and down by 6 inches due to the suction. The whistling on the west windows was nerve whacking. My neighbors were saying they could see the windows breathing ( bowing in and out) during the worst of Wilma. You that those winds had to be over 110 mph with gusts at times to 120 or more. I truly believe we had a cat 3 storm. What really irked me was having that boat show so soon after the storm. We weren't ready for tourists let alone people at the beach. Most of the hotels were damaged by Wilma. Stupid on their part

Daniel
People will be talking about the 2005 season for a long, long time to come...I'm glad it's finally over...