Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tropical Depression 19 Forms

This one should head west but one model has it coming up into the Gulf and perhaps turning east.   We'll want to keep an eye on this one as we head into the final 40 days of the 2010 Hurricane Season.

When & if it becomes a named storm it will be Richard.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Paula grew up fast and is now deciding where to go..

Hurricane Paula, the 16th named storm and 9th hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season. Paula intensified remarkably quickly, setting a modern record for the fastest intensification from the issuance of the first advisory to hurricane strength since reliable record keeping of intensification rates of Atlantic hurricanes began in 1970 according to meteorologist Jeff Masters from the Weather Underground.

However, it may turn out that Paula will be recognized as intensifying from first advisory to a hurricane which would be eighteen hours, tying 2007's Hurricane Humberto, the most recent record holder. 

There have been six storms that accomplished this  feat in 24 hours.

Most models show the storm heading towards Cuba after a sideswipe of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.  South Florida remains on alert, especially the Keys.   

Wikipedia has an entry saying this is only the 5th time we've had a storm start with the letter P.   Read more about that here.

Friday, October 01, 2010

October is the 3rd Most Active Month of Hurricane Season

While September is traditionally the busiest month, and it was this year, October is also historically active.  Especially in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  The Weather Channel data shows October averages show 2 storms per year:

And here's where they have originated in the first 10 days of the month:

We're looking forward to getting past October.  The season ends in 60 days, so we're only 2/3 of the way through.