Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tropical Storm Laura: September 30 Update A

I disagree. There, got that out of the way right at the beginning. :)

Once upon a time, they used to say that a Tropical Storm had to have the
most convection near it's center versus at some distance from the center
... I wonder when that idea dropped off the radar? (puns always intended).
Maybe that was in the old days when we didn't have the same technology we
have today. You know, ye olde days... back when the Ipod was first

Actually, I think having some convection in the first place was a good
indication of stormy weather. But that's just me. Apparently clouds and
light drizzle with blustery winds are enough for some.

Laura got moved from being a Subtropical to a Tropical Storm today,
despite moving northwards over increasingly cooler waters of 24-25 deg C,
and she is about to jump to being Extratropical soon apparently. She has
very little convection and is basically a swirling mass of air centered at
about 42.3N, 48.5W and heading N at 14 mph. Maximum winds are near 60mph
(central pressure 996mb), making her a medium-sized windy storm.

She's staying out in the Atlantic and unless something beyond belief
happens in the next 24 hours (like we lose $1.2 quadrillion or something)
this will be my last entry on "Subtropical Storm Laura".


P.S. In the US a Quadrillion is a thousand trillion (not to be confused
with a quadrillion in the UK/rest of the world). You never know when that
will come in handy.

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DISCLAIMER: These remarks are just what I think/see regarding tropical
storms - not the opinion of any organization I represent. If you are
making an evacuation decision, please heed your local emergency management
and the National Hurricane Center's official forecast and the National
Weather Service announcements. This is not an official forecast. If I "run
away, run away" (Monty Python), I'll let you know.

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