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Hurricane season could be wet, windy and wild !!

Post  mermaid on Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:09 am

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August 08, 2011The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday released its findings for the 2011 hurricane season, and it is predicted to be a doozy.

The factors are present to make the August-to-October peak season another busy one, with a "70 percent probability" for 14 to 19 named storms, seven to 10 hurricanes and three to five major hurricanes, according to Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane forecaster for NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

The predictions apply to the regions of the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

The sea-surface temperatures are the third highest on record, Bell said.

The trade winds have been weak, which increases ocean temperature, he said. Weather conditions in Africa are also contributing to a potentially stormy season.

But, Bell said, these conditions don't relate to global warming. Ocean temperature and wind patterns go in cycles that last for decades, he said.
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Re: Weather

Post  Betep on Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:55 am

A moth flaps it's wing in Africa stirring a bit of dust that grows to a cloud that travels across the Atlantic and becomes a hurricane.
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From the Worcester Telegram:
Wild weather on the radar
If the people who forecast the number of hurricanes are correct, it is going to be a wild weather ride during the next several months.

The Climate Prediction Center, the long-range forecast division of the National Weather Service, is so confident there are going to be a lot of storms between now and the end of October, it raised the predicted number of storms in an updated forecast issued Thursday.



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Re: Weather

Post  mermaid on Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:09 pm

Uh oh...could all those fancy chart mean we`ll be hiking up the leaf/tree/branches raking season? duhsign fear
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Tropical Storm Gert nears Bermuda

Post  mermaid on Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:25 am

http://news.yahoo.com/tropical-storm-gert-nears-bermuda-065039961.html

..Tropical Storm Gert nears Bermuda
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...This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 01:45 PM EDT shows Tropical …
....HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — People in Bermuda hauled their boats onto beaches and shuttered their homes as Tropical Storm Gert neared the wealthy British archipelago on Monday.

A tropical storm warning was is in effect for Bermuda, though the National Hurricane Center in Miami forecast only 1 to 3 inches of rainfall for the isolated island chain.

Gert, the seventh tropical storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, was moving north at 14 mph (22 kph) and had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph). The storm, which formed Sunday afternoon, is expected near or just east of Bermuda on Monday.

Gert was centered about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda around 8 a.m. EDT Monday. It is projected to remain well away from the U.S. East Coast.

"We're gearing up for a windy night and perhaps some showers, but we should fare pretty well up here," said Jeff Torgerson, a meteorologist with the Bermuda Weather Service.

Steven and Eileen Chapman, of the south London borough of Croydon, which was impacted by last week's riots across England, said the tropical storm would not crimp their vacation to Bermuda with their two boys.

"It seems very peaceful in Bermuda in comparison to Croydon," said Steven Chapman, who has visited Bermuda 14 times before. "We're not concerned about the storm. The hotel has not advertised it as a major concern."

Most residents of Bermuda, where basic storm preparations are a familiar routine, were also taking it in stride.

"Right now it's a baby. We're paying attention to it, but people here don't get worked up about storms this size," said Francis Mahoney of Bermuda Yacht Services, a provider of emergency marine services.

Bermuda requires newly built houses to withstand sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph). It also has a sturdy infrastructure with many of its power and phone lines underground.

Below Gert, a trough of low pressure located some 425 miles (684 kilometer) north-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands is generating some showers and thunderstorms.

U.S. forecasters said Sunday afternoon that this system has about a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next two days. It was moving west-northwest at about 15 mph (24 kph), according to the Hurricane Center.
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Re: Weather

Post  Betep on Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:33 am

From the Barstable Patriot:
20 years after the Cape’s last hurricane
See more photos, many unpublished, on the Patriot's Facebook page (you don't need a Facebook account to view any of our Facebook content. facebook.com/barnstablepatriot)


Everyone on Cape Cod 20 years ago has a "Bob" story. Where they were. How long they were without power, a hot shower, an uncanned meal.

The Patriot is no different.

At the Patriot, the office closed early to allow staff to tend to whatever preparations they needed. Plywood started going up around town (in those pre-Home Depot days, Mid-Cape Home Centers and Grossman's were busy).

By afternoon, everyone was home or headed there and the winds were upon us, but not the rain. Bob was a dry storm for most of the Cape, with barely a drop to report.

There were winds, though. That it was only a Category 1 by the time it passed the Cape mattered little. For trees untested by such a storm since 1954, there was plenty to be winnowed. Moorings also hadn't been seriously tested in a good while, and Bob was eager to point out the weak ones.

Bob blew, and by midnight the worst was over, headed to Maine.
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Re: Weather

Post  mermaid on Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:00 pm

.......so? did the Zippo stand up to the test? I`m loosing sleep over here...

Oh, I bought 4 boxes of popsicles 3 hours before Bob arrived. Yes, they melted before I could make a dent. Ever the optomist bounce
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Irene regains Catagory 2 strength

Post  mermaid on Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:56 am

http://bostonherald.com/news/national/general/view.bg?articleid=1361005&srvc=news&position=recent

MIAMI — Hurricane Irene has regained Category 2 strength with 100 mph (155 kph) winds as it heads toward the East Coast.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says additional strengthening is expected and Irene could become a major hurricane in the next day or so.

Early Wednesday, the hurricane is centered about 400 miles (650 kilometers) southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas and is moving west-northwest near 9 mph (15 kph).

In North Carolina, tourists on Ocracoke Island, which is accessible only by boat, have been told to evacuate ahead of the hurricane. It will be a test of whether people in the crosshairs of what could be the first monstrous storm in years along the East Coast will heed orders to get out of the way.
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Re: Weather

Post  Betep on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:22 pm

mermaid wrote:

Get out the Zippo`s


I only have a Zippo table lighter from the 1950's. The others wandered away.
I do have a chainsaw that wants some action.



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NOAA Widget

Post  Admin on Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:15 am

I tried to add a NOAA Widget thingy to the Portal, it's not taking.
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Re: Weather

Post  mermaid on Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:29 am

I have no intention of running to the store for popsicles in prep for this storm.

Lets think positive here..............................I refuse to be intimidated by reality. coffee


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Re: Weather

Post  Betep on Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:46 am

Русалка, I have a box of "diet" popsicles that the Purchasing Agent bought by mistake last year. 2 cans of "diet" Ginger Ale too.

Consider them yours. Very Happy

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Re: Weather

Post  mermaid on Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:05 am

Betep wrote:Русалка, I have a box of "diet" popsicles that the Purchasing Agent bought by mistake last year. 2 cans of "diet" Ginger Ale too.

Consider them yours. Very Happy


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Hurricane Irene`s wrath pointed straight at Bay State

Post  mermaid on Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:46 am

http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1361464

Hurricane Irene’s wrath pointed straight at Bay State
By Laurel J. Sweet, Marie Szaniszlo and Dave Wedge
Friday, August 26, 2011 - Updated 18 minutes ago



As frightened residents and tourists from North Carolina to Cape Cod flee beastly Hurricane Irene, the approaching storm’s continuing pull toward New England has forecasters predicting its eye may strike western Massachusetts late Sunday.

That would leave the Springfield area — ravaged by historic killer tornadoes in June — on the losing end of Irene’s worst winds, which last night were gusting up to 140 mph with sustained speeds of 115 mph, a Category 3 tempest.

Emergency planners around Springfield said there is little they can do but caution home–owners to go to a shelter, bunk with a friend or lay low in what’s left of their basements.

Attacked from below by her anticipated land crossings and colder Atlantic waters, Irene “will weaken as it moves north.”

“We’re fairly certain of that,” said Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center.

Still, Read said, given Irene’s enormous size — her tropical-force winds extend 200 miles from her center — “At a very minimum, we’re going to get 5 to 10 inches of rain. You’re going to get a lot of tree-fall out of that and a lot of flooding and power outages.”

Local, state and federal officials are taking nothing for granted. Alex Goldstein, spokesman for Gov. Deval Patrick, said the state’s Emergency Management Agency is in regular communication with 326 city and town disaster coordinators. “Those calls will continue on a regular basis and with more frequency as we move towards the weekend,” Goldstein said.

After a two-hour meeting with Massachusetts Port Authority managers yesterday, Phil Orlandella, spokesman for Logan International Airport, said, “We’re in really good shape.”

Orlandella said Massport will hold further meetings today with airline officials regarding flight cancellations and delays “and get some idea how this airport is going to look Saturday and Sunday.” He advised anyone traveling by air in the next few days to stay tuned to Massport.com.

In Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino has been meeting with his top emergency officials and setting up plans.

Today, city inspectors will tour construction sites and order contractors to secure loose materials, including scaffolding and other items that could become a problem in high winds, officials said.

Outreach teams from the Pine Street Inn, New England’s largest homeless shelter, began alerting people yesterday about the impending storm, said spokeswoman Barbara Trevisan. Tomorrow, the teams will transport the homeless to the shelter, which will be open around the clock from tomorrow through Monday.

Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, meanwhile, has been selected as an East Coast staging area, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency is prepositioning emergency supplies including generators, medical goods and bottled water.

“This will not just be a coastal storm. This will be widespread,” said FEMA administrator Craig Fugate.

“This is really about life safety. If you live in an evacuation zone and the order is given, you need to leave. Delay can be deadly. If you return and your home is fine, count your blessings.”
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`Nightmare` scenario: Hurricane menaces East Coast

Post  mermaid on Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:22 am

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/general/view/20110826nightmare_scenario_hurricane_menaces_east_coast/srvc=news&position=also

Nightmare’ scenario: Hurricane menaces East Coast
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NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Farmer Wilson Daughtry shrugged off an evacuation order and raced to harvest all the corn and squash he could hours before the initial waves churned up by Hurricane Irene started bumping the outer islands of North Carolina. Far away in Maine, lobsterman Greg Griffin reported his colleagues were stowing traps and tying up boats, heeding forecasts of 30-foot battering waves to come.

For hundreds of miles, as many as 65 million people along the densely populated East Coast warily waited Friday for a dangerous hurricane that has the potential to inflict billions of dollars in damages anywhere within that urban sprawl that arcs from Washington and Baltimore through Philadelphia, New York, Boston and beyond.

The main thrust of Irene wasn’t expected in North Carolina until sometime Saturday. But heightened waves from the storm weren’t waiting, already hitting the Outer Banks early Friday where many tourists and regular islanders had packed up and left, the National Weather Service said.

Meanwhile, the hurricane warning area was expanded and now covered the coast from North Carolina up to Sandy Hook, N.J., which is just south of New York City. A hurricane watch extended even farther north and included Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.

Irene weakened slightly Friday, dropping down to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds near 110 mph (175 kph). But some re-strengthening was possible and the storm was expected to be near the threshold between a Category 2 and 3 storm as it reached North Carolina’s coast, the National Hurricane Center said.

Buxton, N.C. real estate agent Danny Couch owns a bus tour business on Hatteras Island and worries about Irene’s damage potential in unexpected ways. Not the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse or other icons of the Outer Banks, but N.C. Highway 12, the two-lane road that runs up and down the vulnerable barrier island.

That’s a lifeline for the community, along with the aged Bonner Bridge, the only connection to the mainland other than two ferries.

"It always the road," he said when asked what he will check when Irene passes. "That’s your way in, that’s your way out."

North Carolina was just first in line along the Eastern Seaboard — home to some of the nation’s most heavily populated areas and some of its priciest real estate. Besides major cities, sprawling suburban bedroom communities, ports, airports, highway networks, cropland and mile after mile of built-up beachfront neighborhoods are in harm’s way.

"One of my greatest nightmares was having a major hurricane go up the whole Northeast coast," Max Mayfield, the National Hurricane Center’s retired director, told The Associated Press on Thursday as the storm lurched toward the U.S. "This is going to be a real challenge ... There’s going to be millions of people affected."

The hurricane would be the strongest to strike the East Coast in seven years, and people were already getting out of the way. After dousing the Bahamas, it was again moving over warm Atlantic waters that will energize it.

The center of the storm was still about 420 miles (675 kilometers) south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and moving to the north at 14 mph (22 kph).

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers were told Thursday to pack a bag and be prepared to move elsewhere. The nation’s biggest city hasn’t seen a hurricane in decades.

Farther south, tens of thousands packed up and left North Carolina beach towns and farmers pulled up their crops.

Daughtry has lost count of how many times his crops have been wiped out by storms that regularly blow up from the tropics.
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Re: Weather

Post  Betep on Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:45 pm



Safe/ sorry factor.

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Re: Weather

Post  Betep on Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:51 pm

It was wicked windy last night!
Power out for 1/2 hour.
http://www.capecodweather.net/ doesn't post data anymore but I had sustained winds of 40 mph.
Friggin' leaves!

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Re: Weather

Post  Betep on Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:04 pm

December 17, 2011

According to the National Weather Service, today's forecast calls for a chance of showers, mainly after 4 p.m. There will be increasing clouds, with a high near 44 and a north wind between 6 and 9 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight, there's a chance of rain and snow showers before 10 p.m., then snow showers likely. It will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 27 and a north wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.

Tomorrow, there will be a chance of snow showers, mainly before 2 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 36. There will be a north wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
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Re: Weather

Post  mermaid on Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:29 pm

With a forecast like that we`re sure to get at least a foot of white stuff coffee
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Re: Weather

Post  mermaid on Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:20 am

Sad I can`t see the leaves with all this snow.

Darn I wanted to rake today ! Honest!! bounce
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Re: Weather

Post  Betep on Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:55 am

White out!
Blizzid!

Oh, never mind.

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Hurricane Season 2012

Post  Betep on Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:24 am

2012 Hurricane Names

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk
Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie,William

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