Posted on December 2, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of Hurricane Sandy battering the U.S. East coast on Oct. 29 Image courtesy of NASA GOES Project.
More CO2 equals more powerful st0rms
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The combination of more atmospheric carbon dioxide and less particulate pollution could result in a steady increase in the intensity of North Atlantic hurricanes, according University of Iowa researcher Gabriele Villarini, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering
The study is a compilation of results from some of the best available climate computer models of climate, said Villarini, who is also an assistant research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering. Villarini conducted the study with Gabriel Vecchi of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (more…)
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Posted on August 18, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Tropical system is expected to weaken quickly this weekend
Hurricane Gordon, with winds of 110 mph, is nearing the Azores.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Hurricane Gordon, now swirling with winds of up to 110 mph, has prompted warnings in the Azores, where the central and eastern islands could take a direct hit this weekend.
The last hurricane to affect the Azores — also named Gordon — was in 2006, although several tropical storms have passed through the islands since then, including Tropical Storm Grace in 2009. Grace went on to make landfall in Portugal and brought much-needed rain to parts of the Iberian Peninsula. (more…)
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Posted on May 27, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Winds up to 70 mph, storm surge and 4 to 8 inches of rain expected
Tropical storm Beryl makes landfall, making one of the earliest tropical systems to hit the Eastern Seaboard on record.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Strengthening in the final hours before coming ashore, Beryl generated sustained winds of 70 mph as it make landfall about 20 miles east of Jacksonville, according to late-night update from the National Hurricane Center.
The second named tropical storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season is expected to keep moving west for the next day or so, weakening over land, but still packing wet and windy punch for northeastern Florida. By Monday night, winds should drop to around 40 mph. Sometime Tuesday, strengthening westerlies should carry Beryl back out to sea, where it will dissipate as an extratropical system.
Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for parts of north Florida and south Georgia, and tropical storm conditions could extend inland Monday given the westward trajectory of the storm. The strongest
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Posted on August 14, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Tropical Storm Gert will brush Bermuda before heading out into open waters.
Latest tropical storm expected to veer out to sea and dissipate in the next few days
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Gert, the seventh named tropical cyclone in the Atlantic, will brush Bermuda with 45 mph winds before heading out into the open waters of the Atlantic.
The National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for Bermuda late Sunday afternoon, with tropical-storm force winds extending out about 70 miles from the center of the storm. Rainfall on Bermuda is expected to total between one and three inches, and large swells generated by Gert are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.
Gert has developed some strong winds and a circular area of deep convection, but is lacking in banding features. The storm could strengthen in the next 24 hours as it passes over warm water with little in the way of wind shear to break down the circulation. But by Tuesday, Gert will run into a strong band of westerlies and then become embedded in a frontal zone, where it will become an extratropical cyclone.
A second area of disturbed weather tracking just to the south and east of Gert is only given a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next couple of days.
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