April 7, 2006 |
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that this year's hurricanes would be named Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie and William. The World Meteorological Organization has retired the names of five hurricanes from last season. Katrina, Dennis, Rita, Stan and Wilma will no longer be in the rotation of hurricane names, NOAA said.
April 6, 2006 |
Forecasters expect another busy Atlantic hurricane season this year, with 17 named storms but not as many intense storms striking land as last year. The 2005 season was the most destructive in recorded history, with 27 named storms and 14 hurricanes, including Katrina, which devastated Louisiana and Mississippi and killed more than 1,300 people. This year's hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov.
April 2, 1987 |
Hurricanes may become significantly stronger in the next few decades because of increasing amounts of carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere, a new study says. If the atmosphere's carbon dioxide content doubles, as forecast for the next century, the maximum possible intensity for hurricanes could rise 40% to 50% generally and 60% in the Gulf of Mexico, said the study in today's issue of the British journal Nature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1998
Regarding your Nov. 11 editorial, "Gridlock on Global Warming," suggesting that Hurricane Mitch is one of the many environmental upheavals that scientists relate to global warming: Some scientists suggest that to be the case, but many other scientists are far from convinced. Global warming proponents have failed to come up with a viable explanation for the many severe prehistoric climate changes, both warming and cooling, that are well documented in the Earth's geologic record. All of these climate events preceded any global pollution created by man's industrial activity.
July 19, 2008 |
Tropical Storm Fausto became a hurricane far off Mexico's Pacific coast, while Bertha strengthened back into a hurricane in the open Atlantic. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said neither storm was expected to threaten land. Tropical Storm Elida, also far off Mexico's Pacific coast, was likewise expected to stay in the open sea. Bertha battered Bermuda this week, knocking out electricity to thousands. According to the U.S. hurricane center, Bertha is the longest-lived July tropical storm in history.
June 12, 2007 |
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warned that the nation's largest city needed to be prepared for a hurricane powerful enough to cause serious flooding in Lower Manhattan and elsewhere in the city. "It's always a little odd being in New York and talking about hurricanes," Chertoff said after touring a new command center at the Office of Emergency Management in Brooklyn. The city typically experiences a hurricane about every 90 years.
July 8, 1993 |
Hurricane Calvin weakened to a tropical storm late Wednesday after leaving a trail of flooding and destruction along Mexico's Pacific Coast. At least 28 people have been reported killed since Monday by winds, floods and storm-related rains from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Gulf of California. More than 18,000 people were forced from their homes. Along the coast, docks and airports closed as the hurricane moved slowly northward past posh resorts, oil ports and fishing villages.
September 13, 2003 |
Hurricane Isabel retained its 160-mph winds and its mystery Friday, as forecasters said it was still too early to tell if and where the potentially devastating storm will strike the United States. Isabel was rated a Category 5 storm, the strongest. A hurricane hits the top of the scale when its winds reach 156 mph. It was about 350 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands in the northeastern Caribbean Sea and was moving west at 9 mph.
November 27, 2001 |
Tropical Storm Olga strengthened into a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean east of Bermuda, churning up swells that could batter the East Coast and the northern Caribbean, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Olga formed on Monday and strengthened into a minimal hurricane with top winds of 75 mph, just over the 74-mph threshold to be considered a hurricane.
October 19, 2007 |
Tropical storm Kiko spun along Mexico's Pacific coast and was forecast to become a hurricane. The storm was expected to brush along the coast today and later become a hurricane near Manzanillo, one of Mexico's biggest ports and a resort popular with American sport fishermen. Kiko is not predicted to make direct landfall, increasing its chances of picking up strength over open sea.