April 3, 2004 |
The Atlantic will probably see 14 named storms this year, 8 of them hurricanes and 3 of them intense hurricanes, a storm researcher said Friday. The revised forecast by William Gray and his team at Colorado State University includes one more named storm than the previous forecast. The long-term average is about 10 named storms, including six hurricanes. Of those, two are "intense" hurricanes, defined as those with sustained wind of at least 111 mph.
May 11, 2000 |
The United States is in for another rough hurricane season, with an above-average number of storms and at least three severe hurricanes, federal weather researchers in Washington announced. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting at least 11 named tropical storms--two more than the 20th century average--and seven hurricanes, of which three will have winds above 110 mph. In that kind of "active" year, two or three hurricanes typically strike the U.S. mainland.
November 30, 1998 |
Tropical Storm Nicole fooled forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami by gaining enough strength to become a minimal Hurricane Nicole--just before the end of the Atlantic hurricane season. But Nicole was still far out at sea threatening no land. The hurricane was expected to weaken as it was swept even farther north over cooler seas to end a very active hurricane season--the deadliest in more than 200 years. At 10 p.m.
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 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.
November 30, 2012 |
This year's hurricane season - which officially comes to a close Friday - has proved to be one of the most active on record, with Hurricane Isaac and super storm Sandy wreaking havoc on two coastlines, although both storms, technically, did not meet the definition of "major" hurricanes. “This year proved that it's wrong to think that only major hurricanes can ruin lives and impact local economies,” said Laura Furgione, acting director of the National Weather Service. This season ranks third among the most active since record-keeping began in 1851 with 19 named storms, 10 of them hurricanes - although only one, Michael, was strong enough to be considered a "major" hurricane - and it never made landfall.
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.