Monday, August 17, 2009

Tropical Storms Threaten Florida and Environs

The Miami Herald reports that multiple tropical storm systems are in proximity of Florida. Tropical Storm Claudette lasted less than 24 hours and turned into a depression before moving into Alabama. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ana, which had also weakened to a depression as of 2 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time (AST) was hitting South Florida with 35-mph winds, while Hurricane Bill, the first hurricane of the season, is heading north but is not expected to hit southeast Florida.

You can go to the National Hurricane Center's website for the latest public advisories, discussions, maps, and charts of Claudette, Ana, and Bill--including 5-day Track Forecast Cones that show you where the storm is predicted to be heading.

Not sure how a depression compares to a hurricane, a typhoon, or a tropical depression? This FAQ page from Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (an agency, like NHC, under the umbrella of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) provides some basic definitions. You can also read about the process for forecasting hurricanes on this web page.

For additional resources about tropical storms and other weather events, see our guide to weather and climate.

1 comment:

  1. Hopefully it gets downgraded before it hits the mainland.