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August 17, 2009

Bill is now a hurricane; Claudette comes ashore

Claudette storm track 

The second named storm of the 2009 season has grown into a minimal hurricane, the season's first, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Bill now sports top sustained winds of 75 mph as it churns across the Atlantic. While it is still far east of any landmass, Bill is expected to continue to strengthen, reaching Category 3 on the Safif-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity in the next few days, with top sustained winds fo 155 mph.

Here is the latest advisory on Bill. Here is the forecast storm track. And here is the view from orbit.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Claudette (map above) has come ashore in the panhandle of Florida, where it has begun to weaken. High winds and heavy rains are the main story down there. The storm's remnants are expected to drop 3 to 6 inches of rain - and in spots up to 10 inches - along a path through Alabama, Mississippi, and reaching inland as far as Tennessee in the next few days.

Here is the latest advisory. Here is the forecast storm track. And here is the view from space. And here is the forecast for Montgomery, Alabama.

Finally, what was once Tropical Storm Ana remains badly disorganized in the northeastern Caribbean. But the depression remains a heavy rain threat to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Here is the latest advisory. Here is the forecast storm track. And here is the view from space.

In the meantime, our forecast continues to call for more hot, humid, summery weather, with highs near 90 degrees for the rest of the week. Rain won't become a factor for another day or two. And we won't see a break from the heat until the weekend. Sticky.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 7:31 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Hurricanes


Frank said, "Rain won't become a factor for another day or two"

Then what was that stuff falling from the sky just after 5:00 PM today? And there seemed to be a lot of noise going on at the same time, with lots of CCCRRRAAACCCKKKSSS and RUMMMMMMMMMMMBLES of noise!

Frank - I think the rain factor snuck in much sooner than most were predicting!!


FR: This entry was posted at 7:30 a.m. Monday. The rain and CCRAAACCCKKKSSSS came a day and a half later. Looks like "a day or two" to me ...


It is difficult to know when something is posted when there are no date references in the post.

"Posted by Frank Roylance at 7:31 AM"

7:31 AM Monday?

7:31 AM Tuesday?

If you state "today" when you post it on Monday, but it is read on Tuesday, the reference to "today" doesn't tell the reader anything. A bit of clarity, by specifying what the date of posting is, might help.

FR: Good point. I will try to use day names rather than "today." Also, the date of the entry is listed above all the entries for that day as they're displayed on the main blog page, but (for reasons that escape me) disappears when you click on an individual entry.

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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