Monday, August 29, 2011

Irene gone, Hello Katia?

[caption id="attachment_2202" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Then Tropical Storm Irene as the eye passes over New York City"][/caption]

As of 11am Monday morning, Irene is no longer considered a tropical system. Although the storm produced maximum wind gusts to 115mph in parts of North Carolinas shore, the system will long be remembered for the historic flooding.

North Carolina Wind Gusts

Pennsylvania Wind Gusts

New York Wind Gusts

New England Wind Gusts

An example of the extreme flooding occuring in New England, in particular Vermont, as a result of heavy rains from Irene.

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All is quiet now over the Atlantic, right? Not even close.
While parts of New England was being flooded and battered by Irene, Tropical Storm Jose formed. You might have asked, 'why haven't I heard about Jose?'.  The answer is simple. It was a short lived storm which developed and quickly died out in a matter of 2 days.

[caption id="attachment_2199" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Monday morning satellite picture. I = Irene, J = Jose. Both are no longer tropical systems. "][/caption]

As if that wasn't enough, another tropical system is on the verge of being named. As it stands right now Tropical Depression 12 only bosts winds of 35 mph but is expected to strengthen to Hurricane status by weeks end.  It would earn the name Katia, replacing Katrina in the hurricane name rotation (Katrina was retired after 2005). As you can see from the map below, this storm has over 2 weeks before it would even be within range of striking the US.

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 You get the scope of how far away Tropical Depression 12 is from the United States when you look at the satellite view. Only a stones throw from Africa.

Predictions before the hurricane season said this would be an active far that has been the case.