Sep 012008

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.  Like always there were unexpected twists.  It was pretty interesting how it rapidly strengthened just before it hit Cuba.  It was also intriguing to watch yesterday as it seemed to be trying to fight off dry air.  Just as it seemed like it had gotten rid of it the east cide of the CDO would open a bit..

As much as I love extreme storms and that sort of thing I’m glad it shouldn’t have been nearly as bad as it could have been for NOLA.

Now Tropical Storm Hanna seems to be strengthening.  It seems Hanna should be come a hurricane but not that strong of one and move through the Bahamas and thee brush Florida.  Hopefully not too close because I don’t think they really need the rain at the point.

Further east  is tropical depression 9.  That’s forecast to become a hurricane en a couple of days and pretty much move west.

Aug 292008

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.  It’ll be a little while before this one effects any land masses.

It would be kind of interesting to see these two storms strong enough and close enough together to have the fujiwhara effect.  At the same time they could cause damage and cost people there lives so I don’t really want to see that happen.

There is also an area of convection off of Mexico that they are keeping an eye on.