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.
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.