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End of 2011 Atlantic hurricane season is near - December 24, 2011 by dharkanjhel

Nov 19,  2011 4:13 pm ET

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season is just about complete. 

The 2011 Atlantic
hurricane season produced 18 named storms, as of mid-November, well
above the average number of 10 named storms. The most glaring statistic
– and perhaps most notable – is the fact that out of those 18 named
storms only 6 went on to become hurricanes – that is close to average
and well below the number of hurricanes from last year (12).
2011 will likely be remembered for the disastrous inland flooding unleashed by Hurricane Irene and the swirling and stubborn remnant moisture from Tropical Storm Lee.
Although damage was inflicted upon various coastal communities
including the Outer Banks, it’s what happened AFTER landfall that proved
to be the most destructive and costly.
For so much more information on the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, please visit our “State of the Season” page where you’ll find a storm-by-storm breakdown.
Our tropical expert, Dr. Rick Knabb, will produce a full-season recap on November 30. Follow Dr. Knabb on Twitter and Facebook
during the Atlantic hurricane off-season. He’ll continue to provide
updates on tropical activity across the globe and prepare you for next
On June 1, 2012, our daily tropical updates will return.

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2011 Atlantic Tropical Season Comes to a Close - December 1, 2011 by dharkanjhel

Storms in pink shading have already formed and dissipated by this date.
Storms in red denote either active named storms, or those that were
active on this date. Boxed storms indicate the latest storms in each
year, or the latest storm to form in an average year.

As you can see, the 18 named storms in 2011 far exceeds the long-term
average number of named storms per season (11). The number of
hurricanes (7) and major hurricanes (3) in 2011 were slightly above the
long-term average.

Now, let’s recap the named storms in 2011.

Tropical Storm Sean
  • Dates of activity: Nov. 8 – 11

  • Peak Strength:65 mph; 983 mb
  • Landfall: None
  • Summary:
    Tropical Storm Sean started out as a non-tropical area of low pressure
    before transitioning into a subtropical storm on the morning of November
    8, 2011. Later that day, Sean had enough of a concentration of shower
    and thunderstorm activity near its center to be classified as fully
    tropical. Just prior to being absorbed by a frontal system on November
    11, Sean brought tropical-storm force winds and periods of rain to
  • Full Recap: Tropical Storm Sean
Hurricane Philippe storm page
  • Dates of activity: Oct. 23 – 28

  • Peak Strength: 110 mph (Cat. 2); 966 mb
  • Landfall: Just west of Cozumel (Oct. 27) as tropical storm
  • Summary: Rina’s
    bark ended up being much worse than its bite on Cancun & Cozumel,
    as strong wind shear ripped convection away from the circulation.
    Strengthened from a tropical depression to a hurricane in just 21 hours,
    one of the fastest such rates on record.
Hurricane Philippe storm page
  • Dates of activity: Sep. 24 – Oct. 8

  • Peak strength: 90 mph (Cat. 1); 976 mb
  • Landfall: None
  • Summary: Philippe fought wind shear, including that produced from the outflow of Hurricane Ophelia,
    during the first 7-10 days of its life in the central Atlantic. Twelve
    days after being first designated a depression, Philippe finally became a
    hurricane on Oct. 6., then finally merged with a front in the north

Click for Ophelia page
  • Dates of activity: September 20 – 25, 27 – October 3

  • Peak strength: 140 mph (Category 4); 940 mb
  • Landfall: Lost tropical characteristics while passing over Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula.
  • Summary:
    Ophelia struggled with wind shear, degenerating into a remnant low east
    of the Lesser Antilles Sep. 25. Two days later, Ophelia made a
    comeback, intensifying into a Category 4 hurricane on Oct. 1, before
    weakening after tracking east of Bermuda. Ophelia produced tropical
    storm-force gusts on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula.

Click for T.S. Nate track history
  • Dates of activity: September 7 – 11

  • Peak strength: 75 mph (Category 1); 994 mb
  • Landfall: Near Barra de Nautla, MX
  • Summary: Dry,
    stable air limited the development of Nate. Two of Mexico’s primary oil
    ports were shuttered for a time, and there were reports of 10 oil rig
    employees missing. Three died, according to Reuters. This was the 4th
    tropical cyclone to affect this part of Mexico in the last two seasons
    (Arlene & Harvey in 2011, Hurricane Karl in 2010).

Click for track history
  • Dates of activity: September 6 – 16

  • Peak strength: 80 mph; 979 mb
  • Landfall: Near Cape Pine, Newfoundland (Sep. 16, 2011; 2:30pm ET)
  • Summary: Maria
    produced heavy rain, flash flooding and landslides on Puerto Rico.
    Tropical storm-force winds and rain squalls lashed parts of Bermuda.
    Maria clipped the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, producing wind gusts
    to 64 mph at St. John’s, Newfoundland.

See T.S. Lee's storm page
  • Dates of activity: September 1 – 4

  • Peak strength: 60 mph; 986 mb
  • Landfall: Pecan Island, La. (Sep. 4, 2011; 4am CT)
  • Summary:
    Developed over the central Gulf of Mexico as a lopsided area of low
    pressure with heavy rain on its eastern flank. Dumped over 10″ of rain
    in New Orleans, Mobile, and Jackson, Miss. Floodwaters entered homes in
    the Jackson, Miss. metro area on Sep. 5. Surge flooding outside levee
    protection areas of southeast Louisiana.

Click to see Hurricane Katia track history
  • Dates of activity: August 29 – September 10

  • Peak strength: 135 mph; 946 mb
  • Landfall: None
  • Summary: Cape Verde
    storm spent almost two weeks as a tropical cyclone. Tracked well north
    of the Antilles, but tracked both well west of Bermuda and well east of
    the U.S. coast. One death along the Fla. coast due to rip currents
    generated by swells from Katia.

Click to see TS Jose track history
  • Dates of activity: August 28 – 29

  • Peak strength: 45 mph; 1007 mb
  • Landfall: None
  • Summary:
    Born from a tropical wave that emerged from west Africa August 17. Did
    not develop into a named storm until the morning of Irene’s landfalls in
    the Northeast. Only lasted as a tropical cyclone 27 hours, continuing a
    theme from earlier in the 2011 season.

Click for Hurricane Irene track

Click for TS Harvey track history
  • Dates of activity: August 18 – 22

  • Peak strength: 60 mph; 994 mb
  • Landfall(s): Dangriga Town, Belize (Around 2pm ET Aug. 20); Just south of Veracruz, Mexico (Around 2am ET Aug. 22)
  • Summary: Heavy
    rainbands hit Roatan Islands off north coast of Honduras, Belize,
    Guatemala and southern Mexico. An iWitnessWeather reporter caught this waterspout coming ashore in Belize during Harvey.

Click to see TS Gert track history
  • Dates of activity: August 13 – 16

  • Peak strength: 60 mph; 1000 mb
  • Landfall: None
  • Summary: Formed
    as a tropical depression southeast of Bermuda late on August 13. Moved
    north-northeast, remaining about 135 miles east of Bermuda at its
    closest pass on August 15.

Click to see Franklin's path history
  • Dates of activity: August 12 – 13

  • Peak strength: 45 mph; 1004 mb
  • Landfall: None
  • Summary: Formed
    as a tropical depression north of Bermuda, then strengthened to T.S.
    Franklin 12 hours later, before gaining enough latitude to fall victim
    to increasing vertical wind shear and colder waters of the North
    Atlantic late on the 13th.

Click to see Emilly's track history
  • Dates of activity: August 1-4, 6-7

  • Peak strength: 50 mph; 1003 mb
  • Landfall: None
  • Impacts: Widespread flash flooding, and one landslide on Martinique. Flooding
    of at least 3 rivers in Puerto Rico. Some roads impassable by
    landslides. Homes flooded in city of Ceiba, P.R. Over 5″ rain in
    Barahona, D.R., prompting evacuation of 5,000. 3 dead in D.R., 1 killed
    in Haiti from flooding.

Click for track history
  • Dates of activity: July 27 – July 29
  • Peak strength: 50 mph; 998 mb
  • Landfall: Near Baffin Bay, TX (as a tropical depression)
  • Impacts: Most
    rainfall virtually dissipated upon landfall. Only a .02″ of rain fell
    in Corpus Christi, Texas. Patchy 1/2″+ amounts in S. Texas.

Click for Cindy track map
  • Dates of activity: July 20 – July 22
  • Peak strength: 60 mph; 1000 mb
  • Landfall: None
  • Impacts: Cindy
    developed several hundred miles east-northeast of Bermuda over the open
    waters of the Atlantic. The storm never made landfall. Hostile wind
    shear took its toll on the fledgling storm.

Click to see Bret's track map
  • Dates of activity: July 17 – July 22
  • Peak strength: 65 mph; 996 mb
  • Landfall: None
  • Impacts: Bret
    formed off the southeast U.S. Coast, remaining over open waters. Areas
    of rain soaked parts of the northern Bahamas and Bermuda. Rough surf
    along Fla. East Coast lead to some injuries.

Click to see Arlene's track map
  • Dates of activity: June 28 – June 30

  • Peak strength: 65 mph; 993 mb
  • Landfall: Near Cabo Rojo, Mexico June 30.
  • Impacts: Unofficially
    22 killed in Mexico. Power outages affected up to 285,000. Evacuations
    required due to flooding and landslides. Parts of drought-plagued S.
    Texas picked up over 3″ of rain.

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Focus on Hurricane Season at July 1, 2011 Reinsurance Renewal: Catastrophe Bonds - July 13, 2011 by dharkanjhel

The second quarter of 2011 saw four catastrophe bonds* came to market, totaling USD592 million of new bond issuance. The cat bond market continued to become heavily weighted to US hurricane exposure,…

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Obama calls for national preparedness as hurricane season kicks off - June 2, 2011 by dharkanjhel

The 2011 Hurricane Season has finally arrived, and even before it started, a variety of tornado’s rocked the country, as was one of the latest and strongest on record, a category F-5 tornado in Joplin, Mo. The destructive force of the storm which lasted a very short time, nearly cut the city of Joplin in half, and killed over 120 people. Others are still not accounted for. But the country is fighting back, knowing full well that the bad weather seasons for both tornado’s and hurricanes are just upon us. It is expected to be a very long and hot summer, with many storms to keep everyone busy.
Today, President Obama called on the entire nation to get engaged in emergency preparedness for the 2011 hurricane season which kicked off today. Besides emergency preparedness, none of it will make a bit of difference if people just cannot stay out of harms way. With the technology today to predict hurricane and tornado paths, people still elect to face the wrath and whether out the bad weather. Joplin Missouri is an excellent example of what a tornado can do. Winds over 200 miles per hour with all of the flying debris and wind, will kill anyone in its direct path. The header of this blog during this particular time of year is of ‘paramount importance’.
It reads…
            “HURRICANE PREVENTION…That’s just my point!!! YOU CANNOT PREVENT A HURRICANE. You can however learn to stay out of its path. Read this blog and learn how. Protect your family, and your possessions by staying away from Mother Nature’s RATH!!”

President Obama has “directed Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Fugate to be in close contact and coordination with the Governors, congressional delegations, and emergency managers in hurricane-prone states to ensure that they have the tools and resources needed to prepare for, respond to, and recover from any potential hurricanes this season.”

It is now expected that the United States will need to brace for an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to NOAA.

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Hurricane Season 2011: Tropical Cyclone Bune (Southern Pacific Ocean) - December 10, 2010 by dharkanjhel

March 25, 2011

GOES image of Tropical Storm Bune› View larger image
The GOES-11 satellite captured an infrared image of Cyclone Bune on March 25, 2011 at 1500 UTC as it moves through the Southern Pacific Ocean. The black area to the left is space as the image shows the curvature of the Earth. Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project
GOES-11 Satellite Sees Bune Strengthen to a Cyclone

Tropical Storm Bune strengthened into a Cyclone on March 25 and the GOES-11 satellite captured a stunning infrared view of it from space.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite called GOES-11 is in a geostationary orbit and provides weather imagery for the western U.S. but its view reaches into the western and southern Pacific Ocean. An object in a geostationary orbit appears motionless, at a fixed position in the sky, to ground observers. The infrared image the GOES-11 satellite captured on March 25 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT) showed a well-organized Tropical Cyclone Bune moving through the southern Pacific Ocean.

GOES satellites are operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and images and animations of GOES data are created by NASA’s GOES Project, located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

At 0600 UTC (2 a.m. EDT) on March 25, Cyclone Bune had maximum sustained winds near 75 knots (86 mph/138 kmh). It was located about 340 nautical miles southeast of Nadi, Fiji near 22.5 South latitude and 179.2 West longitude. It was moving toward the south-southeast near 5 knots (6 mph/9 kmh) and toward northeastern New Zealand.

Infrared satellite imagery, such as that from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) that flies on NASA’s Aqua satellite showed that there is strong convective (rapidly rising air forming thunderstorms) banding (bands of thunderstorms) west of the center of Bune’s circulation. However, those bands of thunderstorms are fragmented. To the east of the center, the bands of thunderstorms appear more organized. There’s even a small eye in the center of Bune.

Because a subtropical ridge (elongated area) of high pressure is building to the southwest of Cyclone Bune, it is expected to steer the storm in a more south-southwesterly direction over the weekend. After the weekend, Bune is forecast to move to the southeast. Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center expect Bune to weaken after 72 hours because of increasing wind shear and cooler sea surface temperatures and should become extratropical next week northeast of New Zealand.

Text Credit: Rob Gutro, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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Get FloodSmart: One Month until Hurricane Season Starts - June 26, 2010 by dharkanjhel

Posted by: Edward Connor, Acting Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration 

As we’ve seen from the damage caused by the recent tornadoes and severe storms that hit the Southeast, as well as flooding all across the country, natural disasters can be devastating.  They can happen anytime, anywhere, and often without much warning.

While we can’t prevent natural disasters, there are steps we can take to get ready for them, and as we head into the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season next month (June 1st), now is the time to get ready.  Flood insurance policies typically take 30 days before they take effect, so now is the time to invest in preparing your homes and businesses for the heightened flood risks associated with hurricane season.  Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Past hurricane seasons have illustrated how seasonal flooding can be devastating and costly.  In fact, flooding is both the most common and the most expensive type of natural disaster in the U.S., but many people still lack adequate insurance protection, and homeowners insurance doesn’t typically cover flood damage.

You may not realize that flooding from hurricanes and tropical storms can extend beyond the Gulf and Southeastern coasts as well.  The largest amounts of rainfall from hurricanes are often produced by slow moving storms that stall out miles from a shoreline.  As these storms move inland, high winds and torrential rains increase the likelihood of flooding.  The bottom line is, floodwaters don’t stop at coastlines or floodplain boundaries; everyone is at risk.  It’s important to insure your property no matter where you live.  Check out this blog post from earlier this year if you have questions about flood insurance.

Flood insurance is available through more than 85 insurance companies in nearly 21,000 participating communities nationwide.  Most everyone can purchase flood insurance – including renters, business owners, and homeowners.  Flood insurance is also affordable.  The average flood insurance policy is around 0 a year.  And in moderate- to low- risk areas, homeowners can protect their properties with low-cost Preferred Risk Policies (PRPs) that start at just 9 a year.  Individuals can learn more about their flood risk by visiting or calling 1-800-427-2419.


Water cooler chatter: Tila Tequila attack, Mad Men Season 4 and True Blood - June 1, 2010 by dharkanjhel

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58 DAYS UNTIL 2011 HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS - May 11, 2010 by dharkanjhel

Today, just 58 days away from the beginning of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season, will be another year of heightened storms. It is expected with the height of storms that seem to be attacking Australia during their cyclone season, that the upcoming Atlantic storms will begin earlier than normal this year. Oceanic waters seem to be getting warmer much earlier this year.
In 2010, the United States was truly lucky not to have a major storm hit the southern coast, especially through the Gulf of Mexico. With the prior oil spill, it is no doubt that the United States dodged a bullet in 2010. As expected, there may be many people that will now drop their guard, and not heed warning of tropical weather approaching from the Gulf, because as many people seem to believe the falacy that “Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice” theory. Just ask the Japanese who went through the terrible Tsunami and earthquakes. Just ask the people in Australia how their weather has been this year. With just a small amount of investigation, and in most cases, you don’t have to go any farther than this blog to find out the information that you are looking for, the 2011 Hurricane Season promises to be a little more difficult than in 2010, but noone knows how much more. I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but when will the time come when people finally realize that the weather of the world seems to be changing fairly rapidly, and now it is especially important to listen to the reports and the people who know what is happening with weather, and what you should do to prevent becoming a tragedy of such terrible weather. Just read the header to this blog…

“That’s just my point!!!  YOU CANNOT PREVENT A HURRICANE. You can however learn to stay out of its path. Read this blog and learn how. Protect your family, and your possissions by staying away from Mother Nature’s RATH!! 

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2011 Atlantic huricane Season Around the Corner - May 9, 2010 by dharkanjhel

As everyone waits in anticipation, the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season is now almost upon us, and seems that it will be welcomed in with a myriad of bad weather in the form of tornadoes. If what has happened in just the last three days are any sign of what’s to come, then the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season will be pretty nasty this year. Within the last three days in the United States, storms in the form of tornadoes killed at least 40 people. The weather now seems to be so unpredictable, and for some reason seems to be getting worse each year. The tropical conditions that are followed each year on this blog is just one of the signs that the weather patterns needs to be watched very carefully in 2011. In Australia, there has been one tropical storm after another, in an increasingly active season.
The Atlantic Tropical Storm season is not yet underway, but it shouldn’t take anyone by surprise if it starts earlier than expected this year.


Unfortunately due to a biking accident a week ago, I was unable to update this blog and provide daily updates as I had since starting this blog, but luckily my injury seems to be under control, and now I can at least type, in modest pain. Before the end of the day, I will start providing continued updates to tropical weather around the world. Please accept my apology for not being able to cover for the last week or so. 

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