Observe the current Atlantic Wide satellite image from the National Weather Service:*

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Look in the lower third, left side of this image, north of the South American continent, south of Haiti. You can see a blob of clouds that, especially when you look at this animation, is building in strength and organizing, and has a reasonable chance of some day becoming a tropical cyclone (this is discussed briefly here) .

But while everybody is looking at that, what about this? Specifically, that giant rotating low pressure system off the Carolinas. Isn’t that impressive? It is, of course, acting like a large extra-tropical low, and is doing nothing like one expects in the formation of a tropical cyclone. But sometimes … things happen.

I’m reminded of the old Three Stooges routine. One stooge holds up his hand and says “See this?” The other stooge looks at it and says “Yeah, so what?” And the first stooge whacks the second stooge on the side of the head with his other hand, saying “Look out for THIS!”

Comments

  1. #1 MadScientist
    November 13, 2010

    Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk! Woowoowoooowooowooowooowoo!

  2. #2 bcoppola
    November 13, 2010

    My totally untrained layperson’s eye just sees another blob popping up off S. America south of Haiti so I’ll have to take your word on its significance. But damn – do “extra tropical lows” often get that huge in the Atlantic? That’s continent-sized!

    Speaking of S. America (& Western Hemisphere) and way OT: Just started reading “1491” about the Americas pre-Euro contact. The thesis is that recent work by historians, archaeologists, geneticists, etc., shows that indigenous peoples were vastly more ancient, numerous, settled, and culturally advanced than even most educated laypeople realize. Fascinating but as with most popular works one wonders about its veracity if only in the details…have you or anyone here read it?