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Archive for December 3rd, 2009

Fewest named hurricanes since 1997

Posted by feww on December 3, 2009

El Niño helped ensure fewest named storms and hurricanes in 13 years

The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on November 30 with Nine named storms,  three hurricanes including 2 major hurricanes at Category 3 strength or higher.

2009 Atlantic Storm Tracks – Preliminary. Credit: NOAA

On average, the Atlantic hurricane season clocks up 11 named storms and 6 hurricanes including 2 major hurricanes, NOAA said

“The reduced activity was expected and reflects the development of El Niño during the summer,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. “El Niño produced strong wind shear across the Caribbean Sea and western tropical Atlantic, which resulted in fewer and shorter-lived storms compared to some recent very active seasons.”

Although Claudette and Ida, struck the U.S. mainland with tropical storm force winds,  no hurricanes hit the U.S. in 2009, the first time in three years. Only 38 hurricane hunter aircraft reconnaissance missions were flown  over the Atlantic Basin this year compared to 169 in 2008, signifying a less active season, NOAA said.

“El Niño is expected to reach peak strength this winter, and will likely continue into the spring. It is far too early to say whether El Niño will be present next summer,” added Bell.

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British Scientists Are Politicians First

Posted by feww on December 3, 2009

Thought For the Day:

The Main Stream British Scientists Are Brainwashed by Big Brother!

The prospects of prestigious, lucrative government positions with four-letter titles after their names would often persuade them to swear the earth was flat.

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VolcanoWatch Weekly [3 Dec 2009]

Posted by feww on December 3, 2009

SI / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report
(25 November – 1 December 2009)

New activity/Unrest:


Volcano News (Source: GVP)

The Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory reported that a large explosion from Gaua’s Mount Garat on 18 November was followed by high dense ash plumes. An explosion that caused ashfall in inhabited areas on 26 November prompted the evacuation of more than 300 people.

MVO reported that during 20-27 November activity from the Soufrière Hills lava dome continued at a high level; lava extrusion shifted from the W side of the lava dome to the summit region. On 24 November there was a period of 120 minutes of continuous pyroclastic flow activity, followed by 90 minutes of semi-continuous activity. On 26 November, a pyroclastic flow that descended the Tar River valley was caused by collapse of part of the old, pre-2009 lava dome.

Ongoing Activity:

Chaitén, Southern Chile; Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia);  Fuego, Guatemala; Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia); Kilauea, Hawaii;  Kliuchevskoi, Central Kamchatka (Russia); Nevado del Huila, Colombia;  Rabaul, New Britain; Sakura-jima, Kyushu (Japan);  Sangay, Ecuador; Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia); Soufrière Hills, Montserrat; Suwanose-jima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan).

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