Tropical Storm Andrea

June 5th, 2013 at 10:37 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

andrea    Andrea has produced 2 to 6 inches of rain in a band from N. Florida to New England.    East of the center, winds have gusted to 30-40 mph.  The heaviest rain will be in the 2-5″ range up the East Coast.  This will remain a rather minimal tropical storm as far as wind speeds go,  not reaching hurricane strength.  The storm produced up to 14″ of rain in Cuba and 8 tornadoes in Florida.    Tornadoes with tropical systems tend to be weak, not like the big monsters from Oklahoma thunderstorms.  Here’s forecast rain amounts and Florida current observations.   Check out the satellite/current storm position, the latest advisory on the storm (advisory in Spanish), the current watches and warnings, the forecast discussion, storm surge probabilities, and SE U.S. radar and Mid-Atlantic to New England radar.  The only effect the storm will have on us in Michigan is to keep us a little cooler than average with northeast to north winds. (anyone remember this song?)

Here’s the first 10 minutes of the deadly Moore OK tornadoMore of the Moore Tornado.

5 Responses to “Tropical Storm Andrea”

  1. Rad (Hudsonville/Jenison) says:

    O BOY ! another reason to raise Gas prices again.

  2. Barry in Zeeland says:

    What’s the forecast for this years hurricane season? I see the second named storm will be “Barry”! How exciting, maybe it will make it all the way up here to Michigan. Would that be like meeting myself?

    On another note, way to go Griffins! We were there tonight for game 7 and I don’t think I’ll be able to talk for the next 3 days. Can’t wait to go to a finals game!

  3. DF (SE Mich) says:

    The unprecedented major hurricane drought for the US continues. The last Category 3 or higher hurricane to make landfall in the US was October 24th, 2005… Absolutely amazing.

    1. Cort S. says:

      Ah! Another friendly meteorological debate is just waiting to be had here! Just like the issues and limitations that come with the (E)F-scale, the Saffir-Simpson scale also has its issues and limitations. We learn and understand more about hurricanes and tornadoes as time passes, and we learn about the usefulness and shortcomings that come with using human-defined scales (labels and boxes) to sort out phenomena that don’t easily fit into labeled boxes.

      For example, what’s the limitation of using maximum sustained wind speed alone to judge a hurricane’s impact on people, the environment, or the economy? Or purely meteorologically, does the maximum sustained wind speed correlate to the total energy of the hurricane? We are learning from several recent experiences that it does not correlate very well. It depends how the wind fields are spread out across the hurricane. A small hurricane with Cat-5 winds across a very small area and relatively weak winds elsewhere can have has less total energy and damage potential than a large hurricane with Cat-1-2 winds across a much larger area. The integrated kinetic energy of Ike (Cat 2) and Sandy (Cat 1) were both greater than Katrina (Cat 5 175 mph). And Katrina had more I.K.E. than Camille (Cat 5 190 mph).

      So, just for fun, that’s my little spiel to get the wheels turning. I also think that it’s pretty amazing that the U.S. has not had a Cat 3+ in many years, but then again, I also feel that Ike and Sandy were certainly nothing to sneeze at.

  4. Bruiseviolet (Cedar Springs) says:

    Finally a storm named after me ;)

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