Hurricane Laura Upgraded to Likely Intensify

This morning Tropical Storm Laura was upgraded to Hurricane Laura with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (121 Km/h). The storm is currently located 550 miles southeast of Galveston, TX and is tracking at 14 – 16mph in a North Northwest direction. 6 days ago we were tracking three potential storms and now Hurricane Laura is the dangerous one.Concerns now are that the storm will rapidly intensify and can become a Category 3 storm by...

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National Hurricane Center Tracking 3 Potential Hurricanes

UPDATED August 19 10:37 A.M.: Two potential storms are being tracked in the 5 Day Outlook from the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida as of August 18th. Now a third area of disturbance is following them! Estimates for the number of storms we will see in 2020 have ranged as high as 25. Given the National Hurricane Center is tracking 3 potential storms we could well see more than that, which would mean we would start over on storm names...

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Hurricane Genevieve

Updated 10:29 Central Time August 19, 2020. Pacific Storm Hurricane Genevieve Category 3 Storm Hurricane Genevieve has maximum sustained winds at 130 mph ( Km/h) and is expected to affect the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. Currently a Category 3 storm it is just below a Category (sustained winds of 131 to 155 mph or 211 – 250 km/h). While there are a couple of possible tropical waves in the Atlantic, currently the only hurricane is in the...

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Tropical Storm Bertha

Tropical Storm Bertha – May 27-28, 2020 Tropical Storm Bertha was our second named storm of the 2020 Atlantic season and affected a bit more area than Tropical Storm Arthur. TS Bertha winds were lower at 50 mph (85 km/h) and the storm’s lowest pressure only reached 1004 mbar. This storm followed Tropical Storm Arthur, which occurred from May 16-20. Unfortunately, a much broader swath of the Eastern US was affected including...

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Tropical Storm Arthur

Our first Atlantic tropical storm was another early or “off-season” tropical storm, achieving Tropical Storm status on May 17th, continuing a possibly disturbing trend. The depression was first noted on May 16 and the storm lasted into the 20th. tropical storm Arthur was first thought to be directed at Florida but skirted impacting it with heavy rains and made landfall on the outer banks of North Carolina. Tropical storm Arthur...

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Saffir-Simpson Scale

What Do Those Dots and Colors Mean? When you see a forecast map with blue triangles and various colored circles, you have to wonder what each one is. Here is the image from the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) showing what each means. NOAA through its project Ocean Explorer provides us much of the information we have about our oceans and provides massive amounts of educational materials for students of all ages. The...

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Tropical Storm Cristobal

June 2 – 8, 2020 Tropical Storm Cristobal became the earliest third named Atlantic storm on record on June 2, continuing the pattern of earlier and more frequent storms we have been seeing over the last few years. The storm originated as a Pacific storm, Tropical Storm Amanda, on the last day of May. As Amanda crossed over Guatemala and dissipated, the remnants began to reform over the Bay of Campeche as Tropical Depression 3....

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