Sunday, August 8, 2004

AWESOME ALEX PUNCHES IT ALL THE WAY TO CAT 3

Since most of the American public has tuned out politics, weather and the stock market to go on vacation, I will keep this brief.

Hurricane Alex, after grazing the outer banks with 105 mph winds (stronger than Isabel at landfall), followed the Gulf Stream out to the North Atlantic, and eventually reached a strong Category 3 status with winds at 120 mph. That surprised even the computers as well as the forecasters. It remained a hurricane to almost latitude 50 deg North. This is quite unusual since it was in sub 80 F waters for at least a day.

For now, all is quiet on the southern front. No active tropical systems are present or in development. What would have been Bonnie dissipated after crossing the Leeward Islands (Barbados).

But the clock is still ticking, the water is still heating up, and so the suspense grows for...
THE NEXT BIG STORM.


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