Saturday, October 01, 2022

September 30, Update A: Post-Tropical Cyclone Ian

It's the weekend after one long week, so I'm sure you'll be happy to know that this will be my last update on what is now Post-Tropical Storm Ian. 

He made his final landfall just after 2pm local time near Georgetown, South Carolina, 55 miles NE of Charleston, as a cat 1 level storm with winds of 85 mph, central pressure 977mb. He is now at 35.3N, 79.5W and heading north at 15mph. Winds are around 50mph, central pressure of 994mb, which makes him the equivalent of a weak Tropical Storm. Now he has moved away from the Gulf Stream there isn't much left in this system as far as convection goes:

He certainly caused a lot of damage and sadly, multiple deaths, in Cuba and Florida. But this is the last time we will have a tropical storm called Ian.  

Atlantic tropical cyclone names are re-used on a 6 year cycle until they cause so much destruction and loss of life that they are retired. Given the scale of devastation, the name 'Ian' will be retired from the list of Atlantic tropical cyclone names, so in 6 years, we'll have a different 'I' storm. 

As for what else is out there... there is a small Atlantic Blob not too far off the coast of Africa. We'll see how it develops, but for now, nothing much to write home about. 

The next storm name will be Karl.

Until then,

Toodle pip! 


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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 local weather service announcements. This is not an official forecast. If I "run away, run away" (Monty Python), I'll let you know.