A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the big island of Hawaii. Interestingly, only four tropical systems have made landfall on Hawaii since 1959: two hurricanes and two tropical storms. The strongest was Hurricane Iniki in 1992. One of the most enduring images of Iniki was when it tore the roof this house. The […]
As of August 30, 2015, three separate hurricanes were spinning in the central and Eastern Pacific, all of which were classified as major hurricanes due to their sustained wind speeds in excess of 110 mph. But they aren’t simply garden-variety major hurricanes: each of the three storms were particularly intense, carrying ratings of 4 (wind […]
The barrier island coast from Cape Lookout to Cape Hatteras was impacted directly by the Hurricane Irene’s strongest winds when the Category 1 Hurricane made landfall on August 27, 2011.
The 2008-2009 La Nina has drawn to a close and the Climate Prediction Center has officially called an end to the continued monitoring of this year’s event.
NOAA has completed deployment of 39 floating buoys designed to detect tsunamis.
In further research supporting the hypothesis that global warming may reduce damage from hurricanes, NOAA published a preview of upcoming research today (Warmer Ocean Could Reduce Number of Atlantic Hurricane Landfalls). New research indicates that increased ocean temperatures will, as expected, increase wind shear over the oceans which in turn, may reduce the number of […]
By developing a network of surface sensors to monitor hurricane intensity over the northern Pacific Ocean, NASA hopes to gain a higher resolution of data on hurricane strength in the area. The network will reportedly incorporate components of the National Lightning Detection Network as lightning is an indicator of the strength of convection, thus the […]
LaNina, the cooling of the equatorial Pacific ocean waters, appears to be looming. While meteorologists haven’t yet designated it as such, it appears that La Nina is returning: “While we can’t officially call it a La Nina yet, we expect that this pattern will continue to develop during the next three months, meeting the NOAA […]
The complicated connection between climate dynamics and hurricane strength and frequency continues to get more complex with each piece of research that is released.The latest research, as published in the journal “Nature”, indicates that even during periods when ocean waters were cooler, hurricanes were more frequent. While this doesn’t directly dispute the popular belief that […]