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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says they will make changes to their hurricane warning policy after heavy criticism of their handling of Hurricane Sandy.
http://www.examiner.com/article/nhc-succumbs-to-heavy-criticism-changes-hurricane-warnings-wake-of-sandyThe National Hurricane Center (NHC) says they will make changes to their hurricane... more
How's this for some election-year timing: The East Coast faces the real possibility of taking a battering next week from a “perfect storm” roaring in from the Atlantic — right at the tail end of a campaign in which President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and their debate moderators have all drawn criticism for avoiding discussion of climate change.
The brewing, blustery mess could affect the same region that was already knocked around by this summer's derecho and soaked in 2011 by Hurricane Irene. And it could come just two months after Hurricane Isaac forced the GOP to cancel the first day of its convention in Tampa.
This time, the meteorological mayhem would be courtesy of Hurricane Sandy, which is forecast to barrel northward across Jamaica and Cuba during the next 24 hours before slicing toward the Bahamas.
While much of Florida's east coast and the Upper Florida Keys are already under a tropical storm watch, some forecasting models — particularly one from the European weather agency — have hinted that the real trouble could come early next week, after Sandy ceases to be a tropical cyclone. It then could merge with other atmospheric patterns over the Atlantic and possibly get whipsawed back to the U.S. coast, somewhere from Virginia to Maine.
Other models suggest the storm will curve out to sea. But the more dramatic possibility is getting some attention in weather-watching circles.
“What seemed like a fluke of an idea — a hurricane-like system hitting the northeastern U.S. — is gaining credibility,” wrote Weather Channel hurricane forecaster Bryan Norcross in a blog post Wednesday morning. “Originally the European model was on its own with the spectacular but somewhat bizarre idea that Sandy would be injected with jet stream energy and curve back toward New England as a stunningly strong storm. Now one model after the other, including the ensembles, are favoring a swing back toward the East Coast after the storm goes by Cape Hatteras.”
Meteorologists at NOAA's National Hurricane Center near Miami were more cautious, saying it's too early to know whether the scary scenario will play out.
“There are some models that are showing that, and there are also some models that show it will go out east toward the ocean. It’s really too early to tell,” said NHC hurricane specialist Robbie Berg.
“If this storm hits, it would probably be a billion-dollar storm,” Masters said.
The timing of a major storm hitting right before Election Day is not lost on the environmental community, which has taken both presidential candidates to task for not adequately communicating the threat of climate change on the campaign trail.
“Sandy is yet another reminder that the candidates should stop competing over who can poison the weather faster with increased oil, gas and coal production,” said Brad Johnson, campaign manager at ClimateSilence.org, a website aimed at getting the candidates to make climate change a major part of the election-year debate. “If they fear that honesty about global warming could cost them votes, they should instead be more concerned that climate silence costs lives.”
Many scientists warn that climate change will cause hurricanes and other storms to become more intense, although they are usually hesitant to connect any one weather event to global warming.
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, a climate-change advocacy group that has criticized both Romney and Obama, said he sees little hope that a storm like this would turn climate change into a major issue in Washington.
“These guys will never notice. They've been treated with some kind of special weatherproofing,” he said in an email. “They didn't notice the hottest month in U.S. history [July 2012], nor the drought of their lifetimes — they've got some kind of special coating. A hurricane would roll right off their backs.”
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82813_Page2.html#ixzz2AKNvmTQAHow's this for some election-year timing: The East Coast faces the real... more
After days of disorganization, Isaac has gotten its act together and has strengthened into a strong tropical storm.
http://www.examiner.com/article/isaac-strengthens-into-strong-tropical-storm-watch-issued-for-south-floridaAfter days of disorganization, Isaac has gotten its act together and has strengthened... more
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is warning all Gulf Coast residents to monitor closely the track of Tropical Storm Isaac as much uncertainty remains.
http://www.examiner.com/article/uncertainty-looms-over-isaac-s-track-as-central-gulf-coast-come-under-threatThe National Hurricane Center (NHC) is warning all Gulf Coast residents to monitor... more
The activity across the tropical Atlantic continues to ramp up as we near the peak of the hurricane season.
http://www.examiner.com/article/isaac-becomes-9th-named-storm-forecast-to-become-caribbean-hurricaneThe activity across the tropical Atlantic continues to ramp up as we near the peak of... more
The tropics continue to bubble with activity as we get closer and closer to the peak of the hurricane season.
http://www.examiner.com/article/gordon-strengthens-into-3rd-hurricane-threatens-azores-helene-hits-mexicoThe tropics continue to bubble with activity as we get closer and closer to the peak... more
The remnants of Tropical Depression Seven has re-organized into the eighth named storm of the 2012 season in the extreme southwest Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center.
http://www.examiner.com/article/remnants-of-tropical-depression-forms-into-helene-sw-gulf-of-mexicoThe remnants of Tropical Depression Seven has re-organized into the eighth named storm... more
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says the seventh named storm of the 2012 Atlantic season has formed.
http://www.examiner.com/article/tropical-storm-gordon-forms-way-out-the-atlantic-no-threat-to-landThe National Hurricane Center (NHC) says the seventh named storm of the 2012 Atlantic... more
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Ernesto has strengthened to the second hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic season as it continues on a path for Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
http://www.examiner.com/article/ernesto-becomes-second-hurricane-of-the-season-on-path-for-yucatan-landfallThe National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Ernesto has strengthened to the second... more
The fifth named storm, Ernesto, of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season has formed, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) confirmed Thursday afternoon.
http://www.examiner.com/article/tropical-storm-ernesto-spins-up-the-atlantic-on-path-toward-the-caribbeanThe fifth named storm, Ernesto, of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season has formed, the... more
Following the calmest July since 2009 for tropical storms, the first day of August started off quickly with a new tropical depression that is forecast to soon become the next named tropical storm.
http://www.examiner.com/article/august-ushered-with-tropical-depression-developing-tropical-stormFollowing the calmest July since 2009 for tropical storms, the first day of August... more
After the record start to the Atlantic hurricane season from late May into June, no tropical storms formed during the month of July for the first time since 2009.
http://www.examiner.com/article/july-2012-ends-with-no-atlantic-basin-tropical-storms-since-2009After the record start to the Atlantic hurricane season from late May into June, no... more
While the Atlantic basin has calmed down from its fast early start, the eastern Pacific has picked up momentum with three named storms forming in a matter of 10 days.
http://www.examiner.com/article/eastern-pacific-spews-out-fifth-hurricane-more-than-a-month-ahead-scheduleWhile the Atlantic basin has calmed down from its fast early start, the eastern... more
The very slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby has been tied to at least two deaths as it continues to swirl in the northeast Gulf of Mexico.
http://www.examiner.com/article/at-least-2-dead-from-debby-s-wrath-storm-to-meander-northeast-gulf-all-weekThe very slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby has been tied to at least two deaths as it... more
The very active early start to the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season continues with the fourth named storm developing in the central Gulf of Mexico.
http://www.examiner.com/article/earliest-4th-storm-debby-forms-gulf-prompts-warning-along-louisiana-coastThe very active early start to the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season continues with the... more
An area of low pressure that was being monitoring over the last few days for tropical development in the northern Atlantic has formed into the third named storm of the season.
http://www.examiner.com/article/3rd-named-storm-chris-spins-up-the-north-atlantic-no-threat-to-landAn area of low pressure that was being monitoring over the last few days for tropical... more
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is forecasting the first land-falling tropical system of the hurricane season, less than five days before the official start.
http://www.examiner.com/article/beryl-to-make-landfall-florida-tonight-100-rescued-from-rip-currentsThe National Hurricane Center (NHC) is forecasting the first land-falling tropical... more
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the official outlook for the upcoming 2012 Atlantic hurricane season and are calling for a near normal season.
http://www.examiner.com/article/noaa-2012-atlantic-hurricane-season-forecast-near-normal-up-to-15-named-stormsThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the official... more
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has declared the first named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season off the South Carolina coast.
http://www.examiner.com/article/alberto-forms-off-carolina-coast-kicking-off-early-2012-hurricane-seasonThe National Hurricane Center (NHC) has declared the first named storm of the 2012... more
With the start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season less than six weeks away, overall forecasts so far are for the season to be normal to slightly below.
http://www.examiner.com/article/overall-forecasts-for-upcoming-2012-hurricane-season-point-toward-normal-seasonWith the start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season less than six weeks away, overall... more