Friday, August 31, 2012

12th Tropical Storm is out there...

Did you know?

While the focus is (deservedly) on Isaac, TS Leslie has formed but looks to be headed due North!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

TS Kirk - "Bye bye capt'n"

While Isaac pours down on Louisiana and neighboring states, we're at least glad to be able to put on our best Scottish brogue (Star Trek fans will get the reference) and bid adieu to the 11th named storm of the season.

Isaac compared to Katrina

Top is Isaac
Bottom is Katrina

More amazing Isaac photos from space:

Monday, August 27, 2012

Isaac may commemorate Katrina

Current track and timeline indicate a landfall near New Orleans within hours of Katrina's August 29th, 2005 at 610am CT.

Isaac Sideswipes Tampa Bay

A good summary of the impact here:

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Not the first time an RNC is delayed due to storm

It was announced today that the Republican National Convention in Tampa will convene on Monday, but adjourn immediately until Tuesday.

Read more.

This is not the first time.  It happened last time, in 2008, when Hurricane Gustav delayed the RNC in Minneapolis.   
Yes, Minneapolis.  Here's how a hurricane affected the convention in Minnesota

Friday, August 24, 2012

Today is the 20 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew

As Tropical Storm Issac approaches, we remember that South Florida (particularly Homestead) changed forever when Hurricane Andrew came ashore on August 24th, 1992.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Will Isaac upstage Romney?

Tropical Storm Isaac has formed. This could be the first storm of the year for Florida to be really concerned about.

As I shared in my earlier post today, the storms that start with the letter "I" have a distruptive history. That coupled with the fact that the Republican National Convention is taking place here in Tampa Bay next week, makes us wonder whether Isaac will blow into town for the RNC.

The White Line in the middle ends in Tampa!

Isaac is likely on it's way...

Tropical Depression #9 has formed in the Atlantic and could become the 9th named storm of the season later today. The Southeastern states look like they will be in play next week.

Here's a terrific overview from Accuweather, who remind us that the 9th storm of the season has a infamous history.

Do you remember?

  • Irene - 2011
  • Igor - 2010
  • Ike - 2008
  • Ivan - 2004
  • Isabel - 2003
  • Isadore - 2002
  • Iris - 2001

  • All of these storms were bad enough that the names have been "retired".

    Monday, August 13, 2012

    Charley's Anniversary

    Hurricane Charley made landfall 2 hours south of here 8 years ago today. $13B in damage.

    At the time, the strongest hurricane to hit the US since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

    I remember flying back from vacation in New England just in time to put some boards up over my windows and becoming very concerned. The original projected path was up the West coast of Florida headed right at the mouth of Tampa Bay.

    Charlie instead took a right turn and came ashore in Punta Gorda, Florida down in Charlotte County. It devastated that community and to this day, is still recovering.

    The storm packed 140 MPH winds and was only about six miles wide. We just had some relatively light rain and wind here in Tampa Bay.

    Two outcomes for me personally from Charlie:

    1. I started this blog (in the form of emails to family & friends).
    2. I began to believe it's better to be in the projected path of the storm (the cone of uncertainty) ahead of landfall, than not. It seems to me that these storms act erratically as they get closer to land (such as Charley's right turn)

    Frances and Jeanne followed that year making for the most active storm season we've seen in our 20+ years here in Florida.

    Let's keep it that way!!

    Monday, August 06, 2012

    Southbound & Down

    Ernesto stays south of the US headed to Mexico.  Florence is weakening and should dissipate in the next couple of days according to The Weather Channel.

    Thursday, August 02, 2012