Tag Archives: Tropical Cyclones

A storm brought some of the largest waves ever recorded off the California coast last week. One was 75-feet tall

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Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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The bomb cyclone that pounded the West Coast last week brought with it some of the tallest waves ever recorded off the California coast.

A monstrous 75-foot wave was recorded about 20 miles off the coast of Cape Mendocino in northern California, according to the University of California, San Diego’s Coastal Data Information Program…

Read Full Article; CNN (12-06-2019)

Freak storms of 2019 Atlantic hurricane season left trail of destruction and revealed climate change fingerprints


Dorian hurricane. Search and rescue efforts in the Bahamas (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Erik Villa Rodriguez). Captions and image source: ©© Coast Guard

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Both Dorian and Lorenzo, which became the strongest hurricane to develop so far northeast in the Atlantic, attained Category 5 strength. The storms brought the count of Category 5s in the Atlantic since 2016 up to six, and marked the fourth year in a row with at least one Category 5, the longest stretch on record.

The historic intensity of both Dorian and Lorenzo, exhibited influences consistent with warming ocean waters and climate change…

Read Full Article; The Washington Post (12-04-2019)

Ferocious typhoon leaves as many as 33 dead, floods over 1,000 homes in Japan


“The most unique thing about this typhoon is how rapidly it intensified to super typhoon strength early in its life,” Duran said. “We don’t have enough observations of typhoons to know how common such a rapid intensification event actually is, but we do know that this is one of the most rapid intensifications we have observed.” Image and Captions source: NASA

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Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo on Saturday evening and battered central and northern Japan…

Read Full Article; USA Today (10-13-2019)

Hurricane Nicole sheds light on how storms impact deep ocean


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Hurricanes can cause significant damage to human structures on land, and often permanently alter terrestrial landscapes. But these powerful storms also affect the ocean.

Scientists have a good understanding of how hurricanes impact the surface layer of the ocean, the sunlit zone, where photosynthesis can occur…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (09-19-2019)

Coastal birds can weather the storm, but not the sea


Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care.

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How can birds that weigh less than a AA battery survive the immense power of Atlantic hurricanes? A new study in Ecology Letters finds that these coastal birds survive because their populations can absorb impacts and recover quickly from hurricanes — even storms many times larger than anything previously observed…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (09-18-2019)

Major Oil Spill on Grand Bahama Reaches the Ocean, Damages Coastline


Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian. Photo source: Coast Guards

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An oil spill caused by Cat 5 Hurricane Dorian has been spotted in the ocean and has damaged the Bahamas coastline, the Norwegian energy company that owns the oil storage facility, Equinor, confirmed on Wednesday, a week and a half after the hurricane blew the lids off of six massive crude oil tanks…

Read Full Article; Weather Channel (09-12-2019)

Thousands of Dorian survivors desperate to evacuate wrecked Bahamas as death toll climbs to 44


The Coast Guard is supporting the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency and the Royal Bahamian Defense Force, who are leading search and rescue efforts in the Bahamas (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Erik Villa Rodriguez). Captions and image source: ©© Coast Guard

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There are about 76,000 people left homeless and in need of assistance in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island, the U.N. said…

Read Full Article; ABC News (09-08-2019)

Piles of rubble and splintered homes are slowing down search efforts in the Bahamas; CNN (09-08-2019)
“It was like an atomic bomb went off,” said Sherrie Roberts, who was on the Abaco Islands when Dorian struck a week ago as a Category 5 monster, then lingered for days over the same wrecked places…

Hundreds stranded on Outer Banks island, ‘catastrophic’ flooding as Hurricane Dorian moves off coast


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“We went from almost no water to 4 to 6 feet in a matter of minutes,” said Steve Harris, who lives on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina…

Read Full Article; NBC News (09-07-2019)

‘Total devastation:’ U.S. island hit hardest by Dorian prepares for long recovery; The Washington Post (09-07-2019)

Hurricane Dorian Triggers Severe Flooding in Outer Banks; Weather Channel (09-07-2019)