Tag Archives: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in South Carolina

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October 8, 2016. Image source: NHC / NOAA

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Category 1 Hurricane Matthew made landfall late Saturday morning over South Carolina’s central coast, and the storm’s sea surges and rainfall appeared poised to threaten life…

Read Full Article, “Hurricane Matthew moves into South Carolina; serious flooding threatened;” CNN (10-08-2016)

Read Full Article, Yahoo News (10-08-2016)
Hurricane Matthew continues to lash the Atlantic coast with heavy winds, flooding and the threat of a dangerous storm surge as millions of residents were ordered to evacuate to escape the monster storm that forecasters said could be the most catastrophic in more than a decade…

Hurricane Matthew has decimated parts of Haiti – How to help

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Oct. 4, 2016 – Update No. 2 – View of devastating hurricane Matthew from the International Space Station. NASA

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Hurricane Matthew’s trail of destruction in Haiti stunned those emerging from the aftermath on Friday…

Read Full Article, “Hurricane Matthew death toll passes 800 in Haiti, cholera takes lives,” Reuters (10-07-2016)

There is nothing left to live on’: Haiti’s hurricane survivors cope with loss, despair, The Washington Post (10-07-2016)
U.N. officials have called the hurricane the country’s worst humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake. Haitians all along the southern coast are now reckoning with the extraordinary toll of that night, destruction on a scale none there had ever seen…

Hurricane Matthew: Haiti south ‘90% destroyed’; BBC News (10-08-2016)

How To Help Haiti Recover From Hurricane Matthew

The hurricane, which made landfall in Haiti on Tuesday, damaged up to 80 percent of homes in the south of the country, according to UNICEF. The new wave of destruction comes as thousands in the country remain homeless from the massive 2010 earthquake.
“This is the worst storm Haiti has seen in decades,” UNICEF’s Marc Vincent said in a release. “Our first priority is to make sure children have enough safe water.”

Hurricane Matthew Drives Storm Surge Into Northeast Florida; Coastal Flood Damage in Carolinas, Georgia

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October 7, 2016. Image source: NHC / NOAA

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Hurricane Matthew’s eyewall continues to brush parts of Florida’s northeast coast with high winds and storm surge flooding, and will spread those impacts, in addition to potentially serious rainfall flooding into Georgia, South Carolina, and southern North Carolina through at least Saturday night…

Read Full Article, Weather Channel (10-07-2016)

What causes hurricanes? What happens when 2 tropical cyclones collide?

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Hurricane Matthew and newly formed hurricane Nicole, October 6, 2016. Image source: NASA / Earth Observatory
What happens when 2 tropical cyclones collide? When the Atlantic becomes crowded with tropical storms and hurricanes, they can sometimes run into one another. It’s a phenomenon known as the Fujiwhara Effect, named for the meteorologist who first described it. The Fujiwara effect, KHSB

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Every year, coastal regions brace themselves for violent windstorms known as hurricanes. But how do these storms form and grow?..

Read Full Article, National Geographic (10-06-2016)

Matthew strengthens to Category 4 hurricane, CBS News (10-06-2016)
Hurricane Matthew has strengthened to a catastrophic Category 4 storm as it barrels toward the heavily populated coast of Florida. The biggest threat Matthew poses may be storm surge…

NHC says Nicole strengthens into hurricane south of Bermuda; Reuters (10-06-2016)

Hurricane Nicole forms east of Hurricane Matthew; TCPalm (10-06-2016)

Half of Weather Disasters Linked to Climate Change; National Geographic (11-07-2015)
Human-caused changes in climate played a role in 14 of 28 storms, droughts, and other 2014 extreme weather events investigated by global scientists…

New report finds human-caused climate change increased the severity of many extreme events in 2014, NOAA (11-05-2015)
Human activities, such as greenhouse gas emissions and land use, influenced specific extreme weather and climate events in 2014, including tropical cyclones in the central Pacific, heavy rainfall in Europe, drought in East Africa, and stifling heat waves in Australia, Asia, and South America, according to a new report. The report, “Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective” published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, addresses the natural and human causes of individual extreme events from around the world in 2014, including Antarctica…

Rare Double Cyclones Sock Australia—Where Else Has This Happened? National Geographic (02-25-2015)
Although a first for the country, double cyclones or hurricanes are not unheard of in other parts of the world. Scientists predict that climate change will reduce the overall number of tropical cyclones, but the most severe storms, category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale, will become more common…

Rare Cyclone Heads for Arabia; NASA Earth Observatory (10-31-2015)
Citizens of the arid Arabian Peninsula were bracing for strong winds, a storm surge, and extreme rainfall as Category 4 Cyclone Chapala was forecast to make landfall in Yemen. Only two tropical cyclones have hit the Peninsula since reliable records started in 1979, and Chapala has the potential to be the strongest of them all…

New Report Finds Human-Caused Climate Change Increased Severity Of 2013 Weather Events In Asia, Europe And Australia; NOAA (09-29-2014)

8 Charts That Show How Climate Change Is Making The World More Dangerous; Guardian UK (07-14-2014)
According to a report from the World Meteorological Organisation, natural disasters are occurring nearly five times as often as they were in the 1970s. But some disasters, such as floods and storms, pose a bigger threat than others…

Matthew strengthens to Category 4 hurricane

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October 6, 2016. This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). The orange circle indicates the current position of the center of the tropical cyclone. Captions and Image source: NHC / NOAA

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Hurricane Matthew has strengthened to a catastrophic Category 4 storm as it barrels toward the heavily populated coast of Florida…

Read Full Article, CBS News (10-06-2016)

Hurricane Matthew’s U.S. Impacts: Life-Threatening Storm Surge, Damaging Winds, Flooding Rainfall; Weather Channel (10-06-2016)
An important point to make is that landfall does NOT need to take place for the worst impacts to come ashore. The strongest winds and most drilling surge will come to the coast in the eyewall, which surrounds the eye. Landfall occurs when the calmest portion of the eye, or the center, comes ashore. Hurricane conditions will come ashore even if the center stays 20 to 30 miles offshore…

Hurricane Matthew to trigger storm surge, beach erosion; USA Today (10-05-2016)
The biggest threat Matthew poses may be storm surge. Storm surge, according to the National Hurricane Center, is seawater pushed toward the shore by winds moving around a storm. How high the surge is depends on barometric pressure and the intensity, speed, size and angle of the storm…

Hurricane Matthew en route to Florida, NASA / Earth Observatory (10-07-2016)

Rare October typhoon hits South Korea, charges toward Japan

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Super Typhoon Chaba, October 4, 2016. Image source: NASA / Earth Observatory

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When typhoon Chaba landed in Busan around 11 a.m. Wednesday, the waves – some as high as 4 meters – flooded over the breakwater and poured into the streets of high-rise apartment complex Marine City in Haeundae District. Videos posted by residents on social media showed seawater flooding the streets…

Read Full Article, Korea Jongang Daily (10-06-2016)

Hurricane Matthew Continues Destructive Path Toward US, Killing 11 in Caribbean; GMA (10-05-2016)
Hurricane Matthew, the strongest Caribbean storm in almost a decade, barreled toward the Bahamas today with the coastal U.S. lying ahead in its path…

Half of Weather Disasters Linked to Climate Change; National Geographic (11-07-2015)
Human-caused changes in climate played a role in 14 of 28 storms, droughts, and other 2014 extreme weather events investigated by global scientists…

New report finds human-caused climate change increased the severity of many extreme events in 2014, NOAA (11-05-2015)
Human activities, such as greenhouse gas emissions and land use, influenced specific extreme weather and climate events in 2014, including tropical cyclones in the central Pacific, heavy rainfall in Europe, drought in East Africa, and stifling heat waves in Australia, Asia, and South America, according to a new report. The report, “Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective” published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, addresses the natural and human causes of individual extreme events from around the world in 2014, including Antarctica…

Rare Double Cyclones Sock Australia—Where Else Has This Happened? National Geographic (02-25-2015)
Although a first for the country, double cyclones or hurricanes are not unheard of in other parts of the world. Scientists predict that climate change will reduce the overall number of tropical cyclones, but the most severe storms, category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale, will become more common…

Rare Cyclone Heads for Arabia; NASA Earth Observatory (10-31-2015)
Citizens of the arid Arabian Peninsula were bracing for strong winds, a storm surge, and extreme rainfall as Category 4 Cyclone Chapala was forecast to make landfall in Yemen. Only two tropical cyclones have hit the Peninsula since reliable records started in 1979, and Chapala has the potential to be the strongest of them all…

New Report Finds Human-Caused Climate Change Increased Severity Of 2013 Weather Events In Asia, Europe And Australia; NOAA (09-29-2014)

8 Charts That Show How Climate Change Is Making The World More Dangerous; Guardian UK (07-14-2014)
According to a report from the World Meteorological Organisation, natural disasters are occurring nearly five times as often as they were in the 1970s. But some disasters, such as floods and storms, pose a bigger threat than others…

Hurricane Matthew Continues Destructive Path Toward US, Killing 11 in Caribbean

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Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Nicole, October 5, 2016. Image source: NHC / NOAA

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Hurricane Matthew, the strongest Caribbean storm in almost a decade, barreled toward the Bahamas today with the coastal U.S. lying ahead in its path…

Read Full Article, GMA (10-05-2016)

Evacuations begin as deadly storm nears; CNN (10-05-2016)

Tropical Storm Nicole Spinning in the Atlantic; Weather Channel (10-05-2016)

NASA just released footage from space of category 4 hurricane Matthew

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Oct. 4, 2016 – Update No. 2 – View of Matthew from the International Space Station. NASA

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Cameras outside the International Space Station captured dramatic views of major Hurricane Matthew Oct. 3 as the orbital complex flew 250 miles over the storm at 4:15 p.m. EDT. Packing winds of 140 miles an hour as a Category 4 hurricane, Matthew was expected to pass over western Haiti and eastern Cuba Oct. 4 before charging north over the Bahamas Oct. 5 and potentially threatening the east coast of the United States later in the week.

Watch Footage And Read Full Article, NASA (10-04-2016)

Deadly Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in Haiti, CBS News (10-04-2016)
The dangerous Category 4 storm made landfall around dawn on Haiti’s southern peninsula, where many people live along the coast in shacks of wood or simple concrete blocks that are ill-suited to the force of the system’s maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. Damage appeared to be widespread, but because of poor communications, blocked roads and washed-out bridges, the full extent was not immediately clear…

Hurricane Matthew lashes Haiti, heads toward Cuba, CNN (10-04-2016)
Hurricane Matthew pounded western Haiti Tuesday morning, packing powerful winds and heavy rain as it crossed the country…

Deadly Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in Haiti

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This visible-light image of Hurricane Matthew was taken from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite at 7:45 a.m. EDT on Oct. 4, 2016, within the hour of landfall in western Haiti. Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

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The dangerous Category 4 storm made landfall around dawn on Haiti’s southern peninsula, where many people live along the coast in shacks of wood or simple concrete blocks that are ill-suited to the force of the system’s maximum sustained winds of 145 mph.

Damage appeared to be widespread, but because of poor communications, blocked roads and washed-out bridges, the full extent was not immediately clear…

Read Full Article, CBS News (10-04-2016)