Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Atlantic Hurricane season "ends" today

Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin officially starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th. These dates typically bracket tropical cyclone activity, these storms can form anytime conditions are favorable. Tropical storm Epsilon, the 26th named storm of the season, will not dissolve at midnight. Epsilon's sustained winds are ~4 mph under hurricane strength; if the storm continues to drift southward over warmer water, it could become the 14th hurricane of the year.

Here are two useful links for current activity:

National Hurricane Center home page
contains many useful/informative links, incl. monthly tropical storm summaries listed near the bottom of the page

Naval Research Lab Tropical Cyclone page
contains satellite imagery and track information

In the waning hours of the current season, you may be interested in reading a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Technical Memorandum by Blake et al. (2005), entitled, "The Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United States Tropical Cyclones From 1851 to 2004 (and other Frequently Requested Hurricane Facts)." Though an update is likely forthcoming, a read of the article and the monthly tropical storm summary links on the main NHC page should provide a good sense for the severity of the record-breaking 2005 season.

Here's the URL:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/Deadliest_Costliest.shtml

While the article is limited to storms affecting the U.S., we should not limit the scope of our awareness. Hurricanes regularly devastate Caribbean and Central American nations, and the same storm types of different names menace the Pacific and Indian Ocean basins.

The National Climate Data Center posts monthly reports of significant events in the world:
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2005/perspectives.html

Perhaps other bloggers can suggest additional sites related to international hurricane impacts.

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