I'm a CMU Honors student and love meteorology and extreme weather. I've been fascinated by weather since I was 5, and plan on becoming a meteorologist
By: wxchaser97 , 9:21 PM GMT on March 29, 2013
Over the past couple weeks, on some of my free time, I made some charts/graphs regarding the Atlantic hurricane seasons. They range from ACE measurements to the amount of storms. Most numbers come from NOAA/NHC or Wikipedia(which gets its numbers from NOAA). Some acronyms used are listed below.
ACE = Accumulated Cyclone Energy
TS = Tropical Storm
H = Hurricane
MH = Major Hurricane
The first graph is all tropical cyclone activity in the North Atlantic from 2000 to 2012. This graph shows tropical depressions, storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes. You can see 2005 was the most active and 2009 the least active in terms of amount of cyclones. The amount of TS's and H's in 2005 broke records. A season like 2005 won't happen for a while.
The second graph is the ACE from 1950 to 1994. ACE was declining since the 50s, shown using a linear trend line. This is the period before the active activity period started(1995). Also, some hurricane trivia. What is the hurricane in this graph?
My third graph is ACE from 1995 to 2012. 2005 was also a record breaking year for ACE. 2004 was another high ACE year, as was 1995. The years of 1997, 2006, and 2009 featured low ACE, mostly due to El nino conditions. This year looks like it could be another active to really active year, including above average ACE. No hurricane trivia can be done here, as everyone knows what infamous hurricane this is.
An after-post edition should be added. I put together the two charts from above to get 1950 to 2012. Over this whole time period, ACE goes up slightly in the linear trend line.
On Wednesday, I found out that on April 24th I will have a job shadow at my NWS forecast office. While I have known that this thing would happen, I didn't find out the details until two days ago. I will be able to observe what goes on during a normal day at the NWS forecasting office. If severe weather happens on that day though, then it would have to be rescheduled for another date. I might also be able to do this again over the summer.
Have a happy Good Friday and Easter Sunday for everyone who celebrates it.
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