Monthly Archives: August 2012

September Hurricane Outlook Next Week – Free 20-Minute Webinar

With the naming of tropical storm Leslie yesterday, we’re on track for one of the busiest tropical seasons in history – in fact, we’ve reached 12 named storms this early only once before in 1995 with the formation of Luis which eventually became a highly destructive category 4 hurricane.  As we’ve seen the over the […]

Remembering Hurricane Andrew: How The Storm Shaped Lives Of Children [3 min. video]

As we continue to remember Hurricane Andrew twenty years later, here’s a piece that WFOR / CBS Miami ran over the weekend.  It’s an interesting take on how the storm affected those in southern Florida who were children at that time.  Click here or the image below to watch.  The piece runs 2:49.

Hurricane Andrew: The ImpactWeather Staff Remembers 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago today, August 16, what would become the third costliest natural disaster in U.S. history was officially recognized as a tropical depression. Having moved off the African Coast as a wave two days prior, and still more than 3,000 miles and eight days away from its date with infamy on the southeastern Florida coast, Tropical Depression 3 was noted for its deep convection in an area of heavy wind shear (deep convection is needed for continued tropical development, but pronounced wind shear hampers that development). Over the next few days, the as-yet unnamed storm struggled but overall continued on its westward way to hurricane status, being named Tropical Storm Andrew on the 17th and Hurricane Andrew on the 22nd. Two days later, early during the overnight hours of the 24th, Andrew reached the coast of Florida, passing between Homestead and Miami, and brutally began changing lives and creating life-long memories.

This Weekend: Perseids Meteor Shower One of the Best

With up to 60 meteors per hour, the Perseids Meteor Shower is one of the best of the year. And because it happens in the middle of summer without broad-scale, cloud-heavy weather patterns, most of us ought to have a nearly unrestricted view.

Typhoon Haikui Flooding Eastern China; Dam Bursts Killing 10

It’s been raining in eastern China for a week and it’s been raining heavily since this past Tuesday. Early Friday morning a reservoir dam near southeast of Shanghai gave way, killing 10 and injuring 27; there are still people missing. All this rain is the result of Typhoon Haikui which moved onshore Wednesday. Overall, 53 fatalities have been attributed to the tropical cyclone.

Hurricane Prep: Does Your Dog Have Enough Bones?

Instead of living like a dog, we should be thinking like a squirrel. We have preparations to make. But the American Red Cross says that the vast majority of Americans have not taken even the basic steps to prepare for a catastrophe (hurricane or otherwise). Our government suggests that all of us need to be self-sufficient for at least three days, yet most of us couldn’t even do that.

Tropics Heating Up, Free 20-Minute August Outlook Webinar on Tuesday

Activity in the tropics is starting to build and this morning we tweeted (@impactweather) “Confidence is marginal but by Tue, what will be respectable TS Ernesto should be S of Havana w/ 70mph winds gusts to 80 & tracking westward.”  We’ll look at what’s going on right now and what we expect to happen in […]

Accomplished ImpactWeather Meteorologist Looks to the Past for Insight into Today’s Hurricanes

Most meteorologists quietly go about their jobs in relative anonymity. I’m often reminded of this when I meet someone and the subject of professions comes up. “Oh, what station are you on?” is the usual response when I say I’m a meteorologist. We all get it.