Hurricane Maria rapidly intensified on Monday, becoming an “extremely dangerous” category 4 storm as it reached the northeast Caribbean, U.S. forecasters say. Additional strengthening is possible over the next few days. Credit: NOAA As of 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Maria was located about 45 miles (70 kilometers) southeast of Dominica, or 35 miles (55 kilometers)… Continue Reading →
Jose is currently headed east at 5 mph, and is in the midst of a slow clockwise loop. (Such loops are uncommon, but not unheard of–in 2004, Hurricane Ivan did a much larger clockwise loop that resulted in two U.S. landfalls.) The rather odd forecast track is the result of a mid-level high that will move to the northeast of Jose on Wednesday, forcing it to the south and then west. The slow, looping path Jose is taking in an area of weak steering currents is the sort of behavior that our computer models don’t predict with a high degree of accuracy, and the 5-day error in the latest track forecast is likely to be higher than average. While the 12Z Monday, 0Z Tuesday, and 6Z Tuesday runs of the GFS and European models (and their ensembles) showed a limited threat to the U.S., and an increased threat to Canada next week, we should not be confident in these forecasts until Jose is done with its loop and is positioned in an area of more reliable steering currents. The UKMET model has been consistently predicting over its past three runs that Jose will move through The Bahamas and hit the U.S., but this model is an outlier, and is less likely to be correct than the consensus of our other models. Bottom line: It’s too soon to know what Jose will do, and it is certainly possible that the storm will recurve out to sea without affecting any land areas.
During today’s press briefing, National Security Adviser Tom Bossert dismissed questions about climate change but told the press that scientists correctly predicted an increase in hurricanes. Is the glass half full or empty? Climate change seems to have been classified as one of the “seven dirty phrases” you can’t say on television since the country has… Continue Reading →
As the sun rises, Floridians are assessing the damage from Hurricane Irma throughout the state. Six million homes are without power and Jacksonville, not even in the original cone of potential damage, was hit hard with record flooding. After moving inland, the storm is now battering southern Georgia: 15 inches of rain has fallen in Jacksonville… Continue Reading →
Photos and video obtained by MSNBC on Sunday showed that Hurricane Irma had pulled a large portion of the water out of Tampa Bay. “Here’s the water, it has gone,” NBC editor Cal Perry told MSNBC host Brian Williams. “The water in Tampa Bay is receding into the background.” “You could live there all your life… Continue Reading →
— Chris Suchan (@ChrisSuchanKCTV) September 10, 2017
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) September 10, 2017
Heard last night they were sending “mass mortuary teams.” Doesn’t sound good.
Seems like that’s what led to Hurricane Irma.
A Florida sheriff stirred up controversy this week after he revealed that deputies would be checking IDs at local hurricane shelters and arresting anyone with an outstanding warrant, which can be issued for something as common as a traffic ticket. In a tweet on Wednesday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd warned that “sworn LEOs will be… Continue Reading →
Climate change is an issue that should not be partisan, yet in the United States, acceptance and belief in action on the issue are split down Party lines. This is because the wealthy interests who own the Republican Party don’t want action on climate change because it could cut into their profits, and they are the… Continue Reading →
— ABC News (@ABC) September 2, 2017
If you live in Florida or along the Atlantic coast, you should check your flood probability here.