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Live video of Ike hitting Galveston

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It’s already flooding and storm hasn’t even hit yet.  Check it out here, for as long as the feed stays up.

If the feed isn’t on Galveston, move your cursor to the top of the video.  They change that active channel sometimes and you can switch to the seawall cam.

Also, watch out for bears (or possibly just furries in general).

The sea is angry

The sea is angry

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September 12, 2008 at 10:46 am

Where is Hurricane Ike going?

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Update: A Texas landfall as a major hurricane now looks likely.

Noticing a theme on the blog lately?  The storms are just lined up this summer.  As of September 4, Ike is a very strong category 4 hurricane with winds of 145mph.  Here is the current tracking map, with intensity, from Weather Underground:

This is not good

This is not good

There is still a lot of margin of error on the long term track of this storm.  The southern most track potentially gives us a Gulf of Mexico storm, and the northern most track offers the possibility of Ike recurving out to sea.  Pretty much any path looks grim for the Bahamas though, and if you are on Florida’s east coast then you need to be paying close attention.  Here are the latest model runs:

One of these might be accurate

One of these might be accurate

As always, the best place to go for information on any storm is the National Hurricane Center.

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September 4, 2008 at 8:40 am

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Where is Hanna going?

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As of September 2nd, Hanna looks to grazing the east coast of Florida by the end of the week, and then moving northward towards Georgia or the Carolinas.  The National Hurricane Center has more info.

Official NHC track

Official NHC track

One of the best ways to measure Hanna’s potential impact is by looking at the probabilities of tropical storm force winds hitting within the next five days:

Windy

Windy

Written by Scott

September 2, 2008 at 12:58 pm

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Gustav now a major hurricane

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As of Saturday afternoon, Gustav is packing 145 mph winds and is expected to instensify further to a category 5 storm.  It shouldn’t be able to maintain cat 5 status for that long of a period, but this will definitely still be a major hurricane when it makes landfall.  Here’s a good map with the intensity forecast:

Yikes

Yikes

The latest satellite picture would be cool looking if, you know, this wasn’t a death machine:

The only thing scarier than this?  Zombie Robot Gustave Eiffel, of course.

He haunts my dreams

He haunts my dreams

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August 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm

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Where is Gustav going?

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Update (August 30): This post is getting a lot of hits via Google, so I wanted to drop in a more updated map.  Gustav has grown into a large storm, and will impact areas beyond what is indicated by the National Hurricane Center track line.  Speaking of which, go to the NHC for the latest updates.  The graphic below is the probabilities of a location undergoing tropical storm force winds or greater in the next 5 days.  Gustav’s impacts are clear, and on the right side you can see the emergence of Hanna.  This is one of the best graphics to use to determine the impact that the storm will have on you (aside from storm surge).

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In short, maybe New Orleans or maybe south Texas.  The National Hurricane Center lays it out like this:

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There is a high pressure system that will possibly interact with Gustav.  Some models predict little interaction and steer it towards New Orleans.  Still others predict a strong interaction and push Gustav into the western Gulf.  Here are the latest model runs:

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There is a lot of uncertainty with this storm.  What everyone does agree on is that it should intensify into a major hurricane once it hits the open waters of the Gulf.

Oh, and as for Tropical Storm Hanna, the models are currently just a jumbled mess:

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August 29, 2008 at 11:13 am

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Hurricane Gustav in the Carribean

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This storm sure spun up in a hurry, going from a Tropical Depression yesterday morning to a 90 mph hurricane today. The forecast track is particularly worrisome, as it has Gustav moving south of Cuba and entering into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. This would likely result in Gustav being a major hurricane when it hits the Gulf.

The 5 day forecast, as of August 26:

Yeah, that's not good.

This isn't good

The computer model plots are in fairly strong agreement this morning:

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Pretty lines

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August 26, 2008 at 8:57 am

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Which way is Fay going?

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Update: As of Monday afternoon, the NHC has Fay making landfall in southwest Florida.

As of Sunday evening, Tropical Storm (and soon to be hurricane) Fay is just south of Cuba. The National Hurricane Center forecast currently has Fay making landfall as a hurricane in the Big Bend region of Florida.

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The path it follows could make a huge difference. If it hugs the right edge of the cone, then Fay gets very little time over water to recover from its time over Cuba and would be more of a rain event for south Florida. If it tracks along the western edge of the cone, then it would spend a lot of time over the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. That could make for a nasty storm. Also bear in mind that the strongest winds are usually found in the northeastern quadrant of a hurricane, so traveling parallel to the Florida coast could deliver quite a beating.

The NHC generates their forecast path based on the output of several computer models. Here are the latest model runs for Fay:

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The best thing to do, as always, is to keep watching and make sure you are prepared.

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August 17, 2008 at 6:39 pm

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