Severe weather

Category archives for Severe weather

I had considered writing an accounting of all the outlandish weather events of 2015, but that project quickly became a tl:dr list of untoward happenings which is both alarming and a bit boring, since it is so long. So, I decided to generate something less comprehensive, focusing more on the context and meaning of the…

Sandra is a Category 4 hurricane in the Eastern Pacific. The storm will hit Mexico. Sandra breaks several records. It is the first observed Category 4 hurricane on Thanksgiving Day. It is the latest major Western Hemisphere hurricane observed. It is the latest Category 4 storm in either the eastern Pacific of Atlantic basins. Most…

Update: Saturday Morning The storm is likely to start affecting land Sunday, and to make landfall late Sunday or some time Monday, probably as a Category I equivalent. Meanwhile this is the first tropical storm I’ve ever seen associated on the Internet with sites that seem to want to plant viruses on your computer. Stick…

CNN is calling Hurricane Patricia “The Most Dangerous Hurricane in History.” Another news outlet showed a picture of the hurricane and pointed out “The Enormous Size of Hurricane Patricia.” Both of these are wrong. Size matters with hurricanes. A category 5 hurricane that is twice as large as another category 5 hurricane is “more dangerous”…

Update, Saturday AM: On Twitter, people are shocked and amazed that Hurricane Patricia turned into a tropical storm. Some had prayed to god and now claim those prayers were answered. There is at least one claim of a death on Twitter, but The Twitter Lies, and this is probably someone’s sick idea of a joke.…

South Carolina Floods I haven’t said much about this partly because there is so much good coverage, but South Carolina’s floods, still ongoing, are going to get on the list of worst weather events of 2015. Since these floods are amounting to a one in 1,000 year event, they are actually on the list of…

South Carolina Rain

This is from this morning National Weather Service: MESOSCALE PRECIPITATION DISCUSSION 0550 NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD 413 AM EDT SUN OCT 04 2015 AREAS AFFECTED…NORTHEAST GA…SC…SOUTHEAST NC CONCERNING…HEAVY RAINFALL…FLASH FLOODING LIKELY VALID 040813Z – 041413Z SUMMARY…HISTORIC RAINFALL EVENT CONTINUES ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTH CAROLINA THIS MORNING WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL RATES EXPECTED.…

SEE ONGOING UPDATES BELOW FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION Tropical Depression Eleven is currently located way east of Florida, and is predicted to become a tropical storm by Tuesday night some time. It would be nameD Joaquin. Some time Wednesday night, the storm is predicted to turn north and head straight up along the coast. There…

Erika Is A Remnant: UPDATED

Saturday Mid Day UPDATE: Erika is now an ex-tropical storm. A real hurricane has an eye. Erika is a cartoon dead eye (see graphic above). When the Hurricane Prediction Center woke up this morning, they found Erika, ripped asunder by the rugged terrain of Hispaniola, to have “… degenerated into a trough of low pressure.”…

Hurricane Good News Bad News

First the bad news. Taiwan is going to get slammed with Typhoon Soudelor over the next day (landfall at about 8:00 AM local time). Soudelor was one of the strongest typhoons earlier during its development but weakened to a Category 1. However, very warm seas, lack of wind shear, and other factors may make Doudelor…