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2010 Atlantic hurricane season summary

Posted by Hurricane Expert on November 9, 2010

Hurricane Season 2010 summary

The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season turned out to be another busy one, keeping with the trend of more than the last 15 years. Four tropical cyclones gave the U.S. some effects. The most notable was from tropical storm Hermine which brought 5-10+ inches of rain to south and central Texas. There were no direct hits from hurricanes this season in the U.S.. Earl brushed the eastern coast with only a couple of gusts to near hurricane force on Cape Hatteras. Alex hit northeastern Mexico as a category two hurricane, but was a small tropical cyclone. Because of this, the wind damage remained in Mexico. South Texas did see some winds to tropical storm force, but most of the impacts were from locally heavy rainfall in extreme south Texas. Tropical storm Bonnie made landfall in south Florida early in the season with minimal effects. Overall, despite being a busy season, the U.S. fared well. Most of the tropical cyclones traveled the familiar route around the Bermuda high in the open Atlantic ocean.
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Caribbean weather during the winter

Posted by Hurricane Expert on January 1, 2010

Lazy Shelties

Lazy Shelties

With winter hurricanes and tropical storms becoming an extreme rarity in the Caribbean, what kind of weather can you expect? Usually winter and early spring is the driest time of year in the Caribbean. Rainfall drops from possibly 8-10 inches in the rainy season each month to about an inch or two. Cold fronts can venture well into the Caribbean and bring cooler weather with showers and storms.

Needless to say, with almost no chance of a hurricane and drier weather, the Caribbean is an excellent tourist destination. Why lay around the house like a couple of lazy dogs? Take a trip to the Caribbean.

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“Hurricane Ida” in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted by Hurricane Expert on November 9, 2009

Ida in the gulf of Mexico

Ida in the Gulf of Mexico


Excellent news for travelers and those living on the north Gulf of Mexico coast. Ida in reality is no longer a hurricane. There has been a tremendous transformation overnight of Ida’s structure. For the latest on the tropics please visit my hurricane message board.

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Ida almost a hurricane

Posted by Hurricane Expert on November 7, 2009

Ida in the northwest Caribbean

Ida in the northwest Caribbean

Ida, now in the northwestern Caribbean Sea is about to reach hurricane strength again. It officially was briefly a minimal hurricane before making landfall in eastern Nicagarua. Will Ida threaten the U.S. ? Check my Atlantic hurricane update for the latest on the tropics.

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Ida likely to make a comeback…travelers beware.

Posted by Hurricane Expert on November 5, 2009

ida over Nicaragua

Ida over Nicaragua

Ida developed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea in the monsoon trough. It quickly developed and moved into Nicaragua where it has been bringing heavy rain to the area. Officially classified as a minimal hurricane just before landfall, Ida has now weakened to a tropical depression over land.

As Ida heads back over the warm waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea it will likely strengthen again. Interests in the northwest Caribbean should follow the progress of Ida….which could be for another week. Check my Atlantic hurricane updates for the latest.

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Subtropical storm forming east of Bermuda?

Posted by Hurricane Expert on November 1, 2009

subtropical low

Subtropical Low forming?


Typically by the time November is here the Atlantic hurricane season is about over. If any tropical cyclones form, its usually in the southwest Caribbean to east of the Bahamas into the central Atlantic.

That’s exactly what were observing now. A very strong upper low is threatening to gain some tropical characteristics. Head over to my Atlantic hurricane update to keep updated.

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Tropical weather picks up for mid October

Posted by Hurricane Expert on October 18, 2009

Hurricane Rick

Hurricane Rick

Eastern Pacific Hurricane Rick at this time is in the eastern Pacific, just far enough off of the coast to not cause any major problems. Top sustained winds are estimated at 180 mph. That makes it the second strongest hurricane on record in the eastern Pacific. Down the road a few days Los Cabos will need to deal with Rick, very possibly still a hurricane. Residents and visitors to Cabo San Lucas and the southern Baja in general should watch Rick closely. Rick is forecast to be in the area by Wednesday. For more on the Hurricane Rick check my Pacific hurricane update.

Caribbean A growing area of unsettled weather is in the western Caribbean Sea this Sunday morning. Some forecast models try to develop this tropical weather feature into the middle of next week. Check my Atlantic tropical weather update for the lastest on this system.

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Tropical activity picking up in Atlantic

Posted by Hurricane Expert on September 19, 2009

Sail boat off of North Carolina Coast

Sail boat off of North Carolina Coast


After being unusually inactive during the peak of hurricane season, tropical activity is starting to pick up again.

Remember powerful hurricane Fred? Fred went down in the record books as the most powerful hurricane noted so far southeast in the Atlantic Ocean. Well, Fred may be making a visit to the northern Bahamas and Southeastern U.S. over the next couple of days. Don’t get worried though! What’s left of Fred is now only a strong tropical wave with showers and storms. Rain chances will increase in the northern Bahamas and Southeast U.S. with Fred’s remnants.

It looks like a new tropical depression has formed east of the Lesser Antillies. If strengthening continues it would be called Grace. For the latest on the tropical weather news please check out my hurricane forecasts.

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Watch northwestern Gulf Friday / Saturday

Posted by Hurricane Expert on September 10, 2009

North Carolina Coast

North Carolina Coast


Here we are at the climatological peak of hurricane season – September 10. On average you will have the best chance of finding a tropical storm or hurricane in the Atlantic basin near this time period. As of now we have Fred in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and maybe briefly something else closer to home in the Gulf.

For the latest on this new feature check out my expert hurricane forecasts on my message board link below.

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Hurricane Jimena takes aim at the southern Baja

Posted by Hurricane Expert on September 1, 2009

Hurricane Jimena south of Baja

Hurricane Jimena south of Baja

The great majority of eastern north Pacific hurricanes curn their way harmlessly out to sea. Only fringe effects of rough surf or heavy rain bands venture onshore. Hurricane Jimena will be different. It was a strong category four on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, capable of doing extensive damage especially to substandard buildings.

Jimena is expected to make landfall Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. It still may be a major hurricane before making landfall. Check my Pacific update for the latest on Jimena.

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