Hurricane Omar has been an interesting storm and shows how quickly these storms can change. It looked pretty good on satellite yesterday with deep convection. Early this morning its intensity peaked at almost category four. I really would’ve never expected that. They plane this morning reported hail and couldn’t get into the entire storm due to extreme turbulence. The National Hurricane Center estimated the storm peaked at category 4 status.
After the tropics got fairly quiet we now have Tropical Storm Marco in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s not that strong but very interesting still. It’s tiny. The smallest storm I remember seeing and they’re saying tropical storm force winds only extend out 10 miles from the center.
Hurricane Ike which was only a category 2 storm made landfall in Texas and moved north through the Ohio valley yesterday proves that the rating doesn’t tell the whole story. They’re saying it caused 30 billion dollars n damage and has caused at least 30 fatalities. From what I’ve read it brought in a pretty high storm surge over a large area. What really made this storm was the size of it I think.
Hurricane Ike has maximum sustained winds near 100 miles per hour right now but the real story is it’s size. It’s a big storm with hurricane force winds extending up to 115 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 255 miles from the center. The minimum pressure (945 millibars) is borderline low enough to support a category 4 storm but I imagine the size of the whole storm is keeping the gradient from being tight enough to cause the winds.
Tropical storm Hanna moved into the Carolinas last night and north, then northeast through Virginia and is now off the coast. It dumped heavy rains in some areas and in my back yard we received heavier rainfall than I had expected. I figure that was going to happen when I saw the radar this morning and felt the humidity. Dew point of 72 or 73 today made it feel like summer and not September.
The tropics in the Atlantic basin are still active but it is near the peak of the season. At this point there are two tropical storms and a major hurricane. Tropical storm Hanna is the closest to affecting land and should move on shore in the Carolinas and move up the coast. It really doesn’t look that well organized right now as it’s being influenced by sheer. Hopefully it stays further east and doesn’t give us much rain.
Hurricane made landfall today in Louisiana. as a category 3 hurricane. It doesn’t seem to have been too bad so far. Nothing like Katrina was but it isn’t over yet and with Katrina the flooding happened after the storm and they thought the levees were good. It could’ve been a lot worse and looked like it would be for a while. It’s been fun to watch and track the storm though.
Hurricane Gustav has rapidly strengthened over nigh and now has maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. It also appears to have grown in size and is now a large storm. It looks pretty good this morning. It should cross Cuba which will hopefully weaken the storm quite a bit. Gustav should then make landfall in Louisiana but being such a large storm the effects will be pretty widespread. Will definitely be a fun weekend to watch it.
The tropics sure got active now.. In the Caribbean Sea there is tropical storm Gustav. It made another landfall today on Jamaica. It doesn’t really look that impressive but is forecast to go between Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula and strengthen over the warm water. We’ll see how it holds together. It seems to like land so far. We also have Tropical storm Hanna north east of the Leeward Islands. Again it doesn’t look all that impressive but does seem to have a burst of colder cloud tops now meaning that it has better convection.