Not one, not two but maybe three…. yes we are watching three areas in the Tropics. It was a slow start to the Hurricane season but like I mentioned earlier this week Sept is usually the most active month and there is still a good chance to see more storms fire up. As of right now we have Hurricane Danielle, Tropical Storm Frank and an area that will likely become our next tropical depression. See the map below:
There is also an area of low pressure off the Louisiana coast that has caused flooding around New Orleans. They were seeing rain rates at an inch per hour. Off course tomorrow marks the devastating anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. This statement from the National Weather Service office in New Orleans was written the day before the hurricane made landfall. It really hits home to just how terrible a Natural Disaster Katrina was. What are building process that has been.
Our first major Hurricane, Hurricane Danielle luckily had no impact to the US. It also missed Bermuda pushing to the East of the British Isle. So thankfully she was a powerful storm that didn’t cause destruction. She did cause issues through from rip currents. Over 70 people were rescued in Brevard county with one surfer drowning. There was also over 100 rescues in Virgina Beach.
Now all eyes are on Earl. He could atleast brush close to the Eastern Seaboard but only has about a 20% chance of making a landfall on the US. IT has been stuck in the current of Danielle but will begin to break free and track more westward than north like its predecessor. It will pass just to the North of the Leeward Islands and the Caribbean but shouldn’t make any landfalls. Still tropical storm force winds, and high surf will be issues for the islands through the beginningof the week. It should then track towards the north and run mainly parallel to the East Coast.
On a different subject…. I mentioned earlier about seeing the International Space Station in the night sky. Saturday nights viewings are at 8:17 for 4 minutes and at 9:54 for 1 minute. Sunday night you can see the ISS at 8:46 pm. For all viewing look towards the WNW. For a complete list of all the times you can check out that link.
Meteorologsit Kristen Connolly
This post was written by kconnolly on August 28, 2010