Oct 162008
 

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.

Things change and now the storm is not down to 85 miles per hour with the convection pretty much gone from the center of the storm. and the center is exposed on visible satellite pictures  It’s amazing how  quickly things can change.  This weakening has pretty much happened in just an eight hour time period.

Sep 112008
 

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.

Another interesting storm for this year.

Aug 302008
 

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.

Aug 262008
 

The tropical depression I mentioned yesterday has become hurricane Gustav.  That was fast.    Right now it is forecast to stay along the southern edge of Cuba which will keep the rain away from the southeast US.  It is forecast to become a strong hurricane and move into the gulf of Mexico.  I guess that will bring oil prices up.  We’ll see what happens.

Sep 042007
 

Dangerous Hurricane Felix is about to make landfall in northeastern Nicaragua. After weakening some on Monday it’s strengthened over night and still is now. It is back up to category 5 levels again with 160 mile per hour winds. It doesn’t seem like the area is very populated so that’s a good thing.

This is the second hurricane in the Atlantic basin to make landfall as a category five storm this year. I don’t think that’s happened in the past.

It’s been an exciting storm to track. Felix has been full of surprises.

felix.jpg

Sep 032007
 

It’s a little late but still I thought it was interesting.

We have our second Atlantic Hurricane of the season this year. Felix became a hurricane and at the 2 AM advisory on Sunday had 80 mph winds. The 10 PM advisory yesterday said 165 mph winds and the.

Even more interesting was the fact that the recon plane aborted it’s mission due to extreme turbulence in the storm and graupel and lightning in all quadrants of the eye wall.

This tropical season has only had two hurricanes but both of them made it to category five status. wow..

Aug 212007
 

Hurricane Dean is a category three storm now with sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. It’s over the Yucatan now being over away from it’s fuel source it should continue to weaken until it gets back over water.

Dean made landfall as a category 5 storm with sustained winds of 165 miles per hour and gusts to 200 mph. It isn’t too often you get the chance to watch a strengthening category five hurricane make landfall. It had a minimum pressure of 906 millibars at landfall. It’s in the top ten for strongest storms in the Atlantic basin.
Hurricane Dean just before landfall

Aug 212007
 

Hurricane Dean is approaching the Yucatan peninsula right now and should make landfall overnight. It’s finally reached category five status with winds at 160 miles per hour. It has been fun watching it develope and strengthen.

Hopefully it doesn’t hit a very populated area of Mexico because 160 mile an hour winds can cause a lot of destruction. It’s almost enough to make me feel guilty for loving extreme weather. I don’t think I’ll be sleeping much tonight. I feel the need to watch the hurricane now.

Aug 192007
 

Hurricane Dean is still a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds near 145 miles per hour. It should be close to Jamaica later today. Hopefully for them it wobbles a bit to the south. The storm looks very symmetric on satellite this morning. I wouldn’t be surprised if it makes category 5 or was a category five storm at some point yesterday.