Tropical Depression Gabrielle

September 5th, 2013 at 3:36 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

TC Activity Tropical Storm Gabrielle has been downgraded to a depression almost as soon as it got a name.  It’s near Hispanola. It’s debatable as to whether it should have been names.  It has produced some heavy rainfall as it crosses the Dominican Republic to the west and western Puerto Rico to the east and then heads out to sea. Rainfall:  2.9″ St. Croix, 2.58″ St. Thomas, 1.48″ San Juan.  Here’s the latest discussion on the storm and the Public Advisory.  There is certainly a chance that the storm could ramp back up to Tropical Storm status.   They may give the disturbance in the Gulf a name before it comes onshore in Mexico (with 2-6″ rainfalls).  The entire Earth is experience a rather remarkable low in tropical cyclone activity.  The peak of Hurricane Season in the Atlantic/Caribbean is Sept. 10.      Here’s a long look at Gabrielle on Puerto Rico radar.

13 Responses to “Tropical Depression Gabrielle”

  1. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    It’s going to be a interesting storm to watch.

  2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    A low of 51 this morning. 61 now with a cloudless sky.


    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:


  3. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Was it even a storm for more than half a day?!?

    1. Cort S. says:

      Nope, 12 hours exactly!

      1. Cliff(Scotts) says:

        Anything to make this look like a above average year again. 7 more days till we break the all time record I believe.

        1. Cort S. says:

          Yeah, I don’t think the cynicism is warranted. Real-time operational meteorologists aren’t usually the ones who seek to cook the books, especially not the good scientists at the NHC. Besides, we all know there are better ways to judge seasonal activity besides counting the number of named storms (ACE is one of the ways). Their reasons for upgrading the depression to a storm are clearly and openly explained here. We should all be glad that humanity has reached the point where we can meticulously analyze significant volumes of the global atmosphere and keep a detailed account of its activity. If you did look at the satellite images and dropsonde data of Gabrielle yesterday, you would see that she did fit the definition of a tropical storm. The high terrain of Puerto Rico has since been disrupting the low-level circulation. Not their fault that it was short-lived.

        2. Cliff(Scotts) says:

          Ya 30 years ago it would of been a tropical storm?

        3. Cort S. says:

          Probably yes, with it being a shipping hazard around P.R. and the Dominican. But why should our limited technology in the past stop us from documenting these storms now? That’s like saying we shouldn’t document every EF-0 tornado. We just need to be aware of it and find ways to bypass the stats inflation. We have the whole future of our species to document every little tornado and tropical storm. This perceived “problem” isn’t going to go away. Actually, it’ll probably be less of a “problem” as time keeps expanding our record-keeping history.

  4. MJ says:

    I get tropical depression in January.

  5. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    It is a great weather day! I wonder if it hit 90 degrees in Flint? Get ready for a hard winter!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Get ready for an average winter. How’s 8th grade? Heard it’s easier the second time around. Should be a piece of cake for you this year.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        fixxxer you are brain dead!

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