Posted on October 2, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Ophelia captured by a NASA satellite on Sept. 29. Click on the image to learn more.
Second major hurricane of the season expected to graze Newfoundland on Monday
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Hurricane Ophelia reached peak intensity as a Category 4 hurricane as it raced to the east of Bermuda Saturday with sustained winds of 140 mph. Parts of the islands experienced tropical storm force winds as Ophelia headed north toward Newfoundland.
Ophelia has been making a slow circuit of the Atlantic for several weeks now after being born from a tropical wave coming off the coast of Africa. It reached tropical storm strength while still far to the east of the Caribbean, then dissipated near the leeward islands before regenerating as a hurricane a few days ago. (more…)
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Posted on September 27, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Remnants of Ophelia may redevelop; Philippe no threat to land
Hurricane Hilary is visible in the lower right part of the NOAA GOES satellite image. Click on the image to see the animated version.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Hurricane Hilary regained strength Monday, redeveloping sustained winds of 135 mph as it continued to move west over warm waters and in a low wind-shear environment. The storm is expected to weaken during the next few days as it moves over cooler water, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Whether or not Hilary will curve sharply north and potentially affect Baja is still unclear. Some of the forecast models show the storm making a sharp jog to the northeast Wednesday, on a path that could lead Hilary toward the southern end of the peninsula, but other forecasts suggest the hurricane will once again start heading out into the open waters of the Pacific. Check the NHC forecast discussion for more details. (more…)
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