Tag Archives: Tropical Cyclones

There are 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic basin

Extremely dangerous hurricane Irma heading for the Turks and Caicos Islands… …Hurricane and storm surge watch are in effect for portions of South Florida and the Forida Keys. Image source: NHC


It’s the first time since 2010 that three active hurricanes have been in the Atlantic…

Read Full Article; CNN (09-07-2017)

NHC issuing advisories for the Atlantic on Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Katia; NHC (09-07-2017)
JOSE expected to become a major hurricane by Friday… …Watches issued for the Northern Leeward Islands…

Hurricane Irma leaves ‘unprecedented’ destruction in the Caribbean

The map above shows sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico on September 5, 2017. As the category 5 storm approaches the Bahamas and Florida in the coming days, it will be passing over waters that are warmer than 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit)—hot enough to sustain a category 5 storm. Warm oceans, along with low wind shear, are two key ingredients that fuel and sustain hurricanes. Image source: NASA


Irma, dubbed the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, had maximum sustained winds of 170 mph on Thursday afternoon as it moved further away from the northern coast of Puerto Rico and over the Dominican Republic and Haiti…

Read Full Article; ABC News (09-07-2017)

Hot Water Ahead for Hurricane Irma; NASA / Earth Observatory (09-07-2017)
By definition, category 5 storms deliver maximum sustained winds of at least 157 miles (252 kilometers) per hour. When it hit the Leeward Islands, Irma’s winds surpassed 185 miles (295 kilometers) per hour, making it the strongest storm to ever hit the islands and one of the strongest storms ever measured in the Atlantic basin…

Hurricane Irma batters Caribbean as Florida braces for weekend landfall

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured this night-time image of Hurricane Irma over the Leeward Islands on Sept. 6 at 1:35 a.m. EDT (0535 UTC). Image source: NASA


Monster Hurricane Irma slammed across islands in the northern Caribbean on Wednesday, packing a potentially catastrophic mix of pounding winds, raging surf and rain…

Read Full Article; Reuters (09-06-2017)

Hurricane Irma: blackouts and flooding on St Martin as winds destroy sturdiest buildings – live; Guardian UK (09-06-2017)

Potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane Irma heading toward the Leeward Islands

Hurricane Irma, Tuesday September 05, 2017. Image source: NHC / NOAA


“Hurricane Irma has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane,” the National Hurricane Center says, citing the latest data from NOAA and Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft.

With maximum sustained winds of 175 mph, Irma is a category 5 — the most serious type of major hurricane on the Saffir-Sampson wind scale. Over the next 12 hours, it’s likely to get even stronger, with winds of 180 mph, the U.S. hurricane agency says…

Read Full Article; NPR (09-05-2017)

NHC (09-05-2017)
Potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane Irma heading toward the Leeward Islands…

Tropical Storm Jose Becomes the 10th Named Storm of the Hurricane Season

NHC issuing advisories for the Atlantic on Hurricane Irma, TS Jose and TD Thirteen. Image source: NHC / NOAA


The National Hurricane Center named Jose late Tuesday morning, located about 1,400 miles east of the Lesser Antilles…

Read Full Article; Weather (09-05-2017)

Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5 as 2nd storm forms behind it, ABC News (09-05-2017)
Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5 as 2nd storm forms behind it…

Eastern Caribbean battens down as Hurricane Irma approaches

St Barths, FWI. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


A hurricane warning has been issued for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Saint Barthelemy.

Authorities urged islanders to prepare for Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm that grew stronger Monday and was forecast to begin buffeting the region the following day…

Read Full Article; ABC News (09-04-2017)

Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 4; ABC News (09-04-2017)

Hurricane Irma, NHC (09-04-2017)
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

The Next Houston

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A wave from the 1938 hurricane strikes a seawall in New England. Photo source: NOAA


Disaster planners have long feared that a direct hurricane hit on Miami or New York could be even more catastrophic than Harvey.

Even as Harvey lingers in the Gulf Coast, dumping rain on an already deluged region, the Atlantic hurricane season continues, and threatens to bring more nasty storms in short order. In the central Atlantic, Irma is some 3,000 miles southeast of Miami Wednesday afternoon, and is expected to become a hurricane later this week…

Read Full Article; The Atlantic (08-31-2017)

What Harvey means for future storms across the nation; Op Ed By orrin H. Pilkey; The News & Observer (08-30-2017)

It’s a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly; Guardian UK (08-28-2017)

As the climate warms, we are ‘primed’ for worse storms than Sandy; Science Daily (10-06-2016)
With the climate warming and the sea level rising, conditions are ripe for storms deadlier and more devastating than Sandy that put more people at risk. If damaging storms become more frequent, retreat from areas with mounting repetitive losses will become a topic of discussion…

Hurricane Matthew’s Destructive Storm Surges Hint at New Normal; National Geographic (11-10-2016)
The coastal U.S. is highly vulnerable to rising seas, which are expected to surge in the coming years. Will this storm be a wake-up call?

How rising seas and coastal storms drowned the U.S. flood insurance program; Yale E360 (04-19-2017)
Sea level rise and more severe storms are overwhelming U.S. coastal communities, causing billions of dollars in damage and essentially bankrupting the federal flood insurance program. Yet rebuilding continues, despite warnings that far more properties will soon be underwater…

Sea Level Rise Will Reshape U.S. Population In All 50 States; Yale E360 (04-19-2017)
Sea level rise could cause mass migrations that will affect not just the United States’ East Coast, but reshape communities deep in the heart of the country, according to new research…

NASA Shows How Harvey Saturated Areas in Texas

NOAA’s GOES-East satellite provided a visible-light image of Tropical Storm Harvey on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1230 UTC) after it made landfall at 4 a.m. CDT just west of Cameron, Louisiana. Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project


NHC said Harvey is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches from southwestern Louisiana and the adjacent border of eastern Texas northeastward into western Kentucky through Friday with isolated amounts up to 10 inches. The expected heavy rains spreading northeastward from Louisiana into western Kentucky may also lead to flash flooding and increased river and small stream flooding.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said a Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Holly Beach, Louisiana to Morgan City, Louisiana. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from east of High Island, Texas to west of Holly Beach, Louisiana…

Read Full Article; NASA (08-30-2017)