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Snowy Alabama March 1, 2009

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Snow In Alabama #4

Snow In Alabama #4

Snow in Alabama #3

Snow in Alabama #3

Snow in Alabama #2

Snow in Alabama #2

Snow in Alabama #1

Snow in Alabama #1

See some March weather in Alabama 😉 . Yes, you are looking at snow. It is more likely to snow here in March than December, ‘Global Warming’ notwithstanding.

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Hurricane Season 2008 Early September Update September 3, 2008

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It is peak of the season time. The ‘F’ storm, Fay, passed near me and left behind a big batch of tornadoes and some flooding. Just what the doctor ordered to help ease the multi-year drought around here. The ‘G’ storm, passed through Louisiana as a Cat-2 at landfall, after peaking as a Cat-4 after wreaking death and destruction on Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and western Cuba. Gustav’s damage totals are yet to be finalized.

Out in the Atlantc, we have the H, I, and J storms. Hannah, could pass east of me this weekend. Ike is a long way of north of the Greater Antilles. Josephine, is a Cape Verde storm that will take more than a week to reach the US should it make it this far west. After this burst of activity, I expect things to shift to the Eastern Pacific and quiet down in the Atlantic for a couple of weeks.

Hurricane Season 2008 August Update August 8, 2008

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After a burst of activity in mid July, tropical cyclone activity declined to a low level for nearly a week. Since that lull, tropical systems developed in the Gulf of Mexico, the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the Central Pacific Ocean, and the Western Pacific Ocean. There are two systems being monitored today. With the peak of the Atlantic season approaching (mid August to mid October), forecasts of an active season will soon be tested by the real atmosphere ;).

Hurricane Season 2008 July Update July 21, 2008

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We are now eight weeks into the Atlantic hurricane season and ten weeks into the Eastern Pacific hurricane season. The Atlantic basin has had 4 named storms so far, and the Eastern Pacific basin has had 6 named storms. Hurricane Bertha, which remained out to sea, brushed Bermuda with tropical storm force winds. Bertha briefly hit Cat-3 status and apparently been the longest lived July storm (fairly complete records are only some 50 years in length). With the busiest part of the season beginning in about 4 weeks, how active this season will be remains to be determined. Remember that wind shear is more important than sea surface temperature once the threshold of 25C has been reached for tropical storm development.

Hurricane Season 2008 June 1, 2008

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The hurricane season for 2008 has begun for the Atlantic Basin. The season for the Eastern Pacific began two weeks ago. The first named storms have formed for both basins. A La-Nina year reduces the numbers for the Eastern Pacific basin and, since the two basins are complementary, increases the Atlantic’s numbers. Once you reach the threshold sea surface temperature of 25C, the most important factors for tropical system development are the wind field patterns. Tropical systems form easiest with light winds and no shear aloft. Last year’s wind profiles were unfavorable. We’ll see what this year’s will bring.