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Vince: Spain's first tropical cyclone

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 1:44 PM GMT on October 11, 2005

Tropical Storm Vince made history today as the first tropical cyclone ever recorded to hit Spain. Vince scooted just south of Portugal and came ashore on the southwest Spanish coast opposite Sevilla. Vince made landfall as a tropical depression with 35 mph sustained winds and a central pressure of 1002 mb. Heavy rains and sustained winds of 31 mph with winds gusts of 48 mph were measured at Rota, Spain today, and winds of 36 mph gusting to 51 mph were measured at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Vince is no longer a tropical cyclone, and is not expected to cause damage in Spain. In fact, since Spain and Portugal are suffering their worst drought in 120 years, Vince will bring welcome rains to many areas.

Figure 1. Hurricane Vince at landfall. Image credit: Navy Research Lab, Monterey, CA.

The only other tropical cyclone I could find record of to hit Europe was Hurricane Debbie, which hit northwest Ireland on September 16, 1961 as a Category 1 hurricane. Wind gusts as high as 113 mph were measured in the storm at Malin Head, the northernmost point in Ireland. Debbies's winds caused widespread destruction in Ireland's County Denegal.

Puerto Rico disturbance
A large area of disturbed weather extends from Bermuda southwards to Puerto Rico and then westward across much of the Caribbean Sea. Wind shear levels in the disturbed area are about 20 knots--too high for tropical storm develoment today. This wind shear may relax over the next few days, possibly allowing some developement to occur. Most of the global computer models continue to predict that a tropical storm will form from this disturbed area later this week and move north to threaten Bermuda. However, the models are being less aggressive with this development than in previous runs, and in general, the tropics are looking much less conducive for tropical storm formation than a week ago.

Figure 2. Current radar precipiation estimates out of Puerto Rico show heavy rains from a tropical disturbance have affected most of the island.

Improving weather has let rescuers reach many of the hardest-hit areas of Guatemala flooded by Hurricane Stan's rains last week. A new mudslide in the west part of the country buried up to 40 more vicitms Monday, and many hundreds more remain missing and presumed buried throughout the country.

Northeast U.S. flooding
The remains of Tropical Storm Tammy cause extensive flooding in New England and the mid Atlantic the past two days, killing at least ten and bringing New Hampshire its worst flooding in a least 25 years. With additional rain beginning tonight and extending through Thursday, New England can expect continued flooding problems this week. New rain amounts may be as high as 2 - 3 inches in some areas.

Figure 3. Radar estimates of rainfall in New Engalnd from the remains of Tropical Storm Tammy.

Jeff Masters
The power of water
The power of water
A car ended up leaning against this tree when the Cold River flooded this weekend.
Bridge collapsed
Bridge collapsed
This used to be a pretty double-arched bridge across the Cold River. This weekend's flood destroyed it.


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Reader Comments

Hot sunny day here.
No rain either.
Where are you at dude?
overcast here so far this morning.....lefover moisture from yesterdays rains.
Near cocoa beach....place called Rockledge
mornin palmbeacher
Mandy weatherdude is "TWIXT" me and you!lol
morning, Sorry to say but you got all the rain up your way. None here.
The sun is just starting to shine here - it's rained off and on for about 2 hours now! Yuck!
Looking for the DR. to give us an update....
It was ALL right here!!!! It just kept training, I thought it would never stop
I had to water my lawn and my flowers. I don't think we even had rain in the western communities, which is odd.
palmbeacher, the funny part was Monday afternoon I finally turned the sprinkler system back on after having it off for over a week. I get home in the pouring rain and the sprinklers are going full force LOL
LOL Palmbeacher.
lol weatherdude, thats the way it goes. I was just looking at NOAA loops and I don't think we have anything to be concerned about. I could be wrong because I don't know anything (lol) but thats my 2 cents.
I thought you would like that Mandy.. "TWIXT and TWEEN"
Hasn't rained here in awhile. But it almost looks "cold" outside, ya know? Dark overcast with a breeze.
Sunday mornings low is supposed to be 66!!
Nothin' but Blue Skies.
Sunday's high is 84 here. Yeehaw- break out the parkas!

Juuuuust Kidding.
I'll take 84 for a high!!
Palmbeacher, you're right, you do have clear skies... Link
And the sad thing is that I am stuck in the office!! I do get tomorrow off. Going to take the kids to the beach, now watch it will rain all day...
I knoww you dont like Bastardi, but here's his free colunm...scary if true, which I doubt it will be.
A Florida Hurricane late next week? Geez... we were just talking about Florida escaping the rest of the season yesterday. lol
New post by Dr. Matthews!
Sorry, that would be Dr. Masters - please forgive me, I haven't had any caffine this morning!