Posted by feww on August 30, 2008
Gustav Strengthened to a Dangerous Category Three Hurricane
As of a Few minutes ago Gustav strengthened to a dangerous category three hurricane, National Hurricane Center reported.
Hurricane Gustav Tropical Cyclone Update
NWS TPC/National Hurricane Center Miami Fl Al072008
06:00 EDT (02:00 UTC) Sat Aug 30 2008
… Gustav continues to rapidly strengthen and now has maximum winds near 185 km/hr (115 mph) with higher gusts. This makes Gustav a dangerous category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane
scale, the second major hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. Forecaster Blake/Avila
Hurricane Gustav – Category 3 – GOES (still satellite image printed for comparison) Rainbow Color Enhancement IR CH 4. Credit: NOAA – NHC
GEOS Floater (updated) Rainbow Color Enhancement IR CH 4. Credit: NOAA – NHC
Based on the FEWW model, Moderators believe there’s a very strong probability that Gustav, as he gets closer to the Isle of Youth, could strengthen to a category four hurricane within the next 12 hours before making landfall in the west-southwestern Cuba. There’s a medium to strong probability that Gustav could remain a category four hurricane as it leaves Cuba and strengthen to a giant category five hurricane within the next 24 to 36 hours, after it enters the southern Gulf of Mexico.
Watch this space!
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Posted by feww on June 1, 2008
Arthur Forms Punctually Near Belize City, Mexico
Tropical storm Arthur, Atlantic’s first named storm for 2008, lashed Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula with strong winds of about 40 mph (65 kph), dumping heavy rains on Saturday.
Infrared image GOES Floater (updated every hour or so). NOAA – National Hurricane Center
As if with clockwork precision, Arthur was formed just hours before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season about 75 miles (125 km) northwest of Belize City, Mexico.
Alma, the tropical storm formed in the Pacific, fizzled out on Friday after sloshing Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, killing three people.
This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (purple). The orange circle indicates the current position of the center of the tropical cyclone. The black line and dots show the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast track of the center at the times indicated. The dot indicating the forecast center location will be black if the cyclone is forecast to be tropical and will be white with a black outline if the cyclone is forecast to be extratropical. If only an L is displayed, then the system is forecast to be a remnant low. The letter inside the dot indicates the NHC’s forecast intensity for that time. (Graph and caption NOAA)
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