Sunday May 20, 2012

Early Start to Hurricane Season

Updated:
9:00A.M. Sunday May 20, 2012

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The Tropics

Tropical Storm Alberto formed yesterday off the Carolina coast. The storm is not exceptionally well organized, and currently has 50 mph winds. No significant change in strength is anticipated. The Storm is expected to begin a northeastward motion later today or tonight, and should parallel the coasts of North and South Carolina, before losing its identity over the open ocean later this week.

Alberto's formation marks the earliest in the season that a tropical storm has formed since Ana in April of 2003, and is one of only three Atlantic tropical storms to form in May in the past 31 years. It is also the first time that both the Atlantic and East Pacific basins have recorded tropical storms prior to the official start of hurricane season. Tropical storm Aletta formed in the Eastern Pacific last week, but has since dissipated.

Most of the outlooks for the remainder of the season are calling for a slightly below number of named storms this year… 10 to 13; however, it only takes one storm to make a season "bad." Such was the case in 1992 when only seven storms were named. One of those seven was Hurricane Andrew, which struck south Florida as a category 5 storm with 165 mph winds.The storm caused over 25 billion dollars in damage, becoming the most costly natural disaster in US history— a title that it would retain for over a decade… currently, it is still the 3rd most costly storm in history. This August will mark the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.

Local Weather

Lately we've been experiencing very seasonable weather. The average temperature for the month has been right around 60 degrees.. the average high has been 70. Yesterday, with a high of 80 degrees, was our warmest recording for the month. Also, the drought conditions have finally abated. While moderate drought conditions do still exist over the southern portions of the county, the northern half has been down graded to just "abnormally dry." Poughkeepsie has picked up 2 inches of rain for the month, which is about half an inch below normal. Kingston has picked up almost 3.5 inches of rain this month.

The forecast for the up coming week calls for continued seasonable weather. There is a 30 to 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday through Tuesday morning. And then again on Wednesday. Otherwise, skies should remain partly cloudy. Temperatures today will again make it up into the lower 80s. Highs for the rest of the week will hover in the mid to upper 70s, possibly making it up into the mid 80s again next weekend.

Solar Eclipse

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The west coast will experience the first total solar eclipse to pass through the US in nearly 18 years. The eclipse is will begin around 5PM and peak shortly after 6:30PM. The total eclipse will be visible from China and Japan, across northern California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Much of the continent from the western Great Lakes and Mississippi River westward will experience in partial eclipses. With the exception of the Pacific northwest from Oregon northward, most of the eclipse area should experience fairly clear skies. The eclipse will not be visible across the eastern third of the US and Canada, in addition to most of Mexico. The above image is of a total solar eclipse in China two years ago. A narrow path from northern California through extreme western Texas may experience similar conditions.

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