Tropics Heating Up, Stormy Sunday and Social Spotlight
August 6th, 2012
We’re nearing the peak of hurricane season and you can tell. The tropics have indeed become more active. Based on hurricane climatology, the peak of hurricane season is September 10th:
What’s happening in the Tropics now?
There are two tropical systems in the Atlantic basin. Tropical Storm Ernesto is nearing northern Nicaragua/southern Honduras prompting tropical storm warnings. Up to 5″ of rain will be possible in this area along with sustained 50 mph winds. Ernesto will continue to travel along the northern fringe of Honduras and then enter the Yucatan of Mexico. He’ll still be a force to be reckoned with later this week as he tracks through the Bay of Campeche and makes a second Mexican landfall.
The other system we’re watching is Tropical Depression Florence. She is far from land, but will need to be monitored carefully later this week.
In the Pacific
Hurricane season in the Pacific is well underway as well. No organized systems are present for now, but there is an area of investigation that has a 50% chance of tropical cyclone development in the next 24-48 hours:
Tropics aside, we’ve been dealing with some nasty weather in the lower 48. The Northeast got blasted with severe storms as a cold front marched its way through the area. A 70 mph gust was clocked in Sandy Hook, NY. Check out the storm report map:
Michelle Truman shared the image below with WBNG in Binghamton, NY of a rotating cloud in Sidney.
A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM HAS PRELIMINARILY DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE TRACK CAUSED BY A STORM MOVING THROUGH THE SIDNEY NY AREA ON SUNDAY WAS A RESULT OF DOWNBURST WINDS. WIND SPEEDS HAVE BEEN ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN UP TO 85 MPH.
Today’s Severe Threat
Today’s severe threat is marginal. A couple of strong storms can’t be ruled out in the Southeast and the West (monsoon season). However, we can breathe easy. No big outbreaks.
Sunday Night Storms in Tucson, AZ
We received many great photos of the storms in Tucson, Arizona Sunday night. Meteorologist Kristin Clark takes a look at some of the photos shared on the WeatherNation Facebook page in today’s Social Spotlight.
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Meteorologist Susie Martin.
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