Tropical Depression KarenOctober 3rd, 2013 at 10:24 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Tropical Depression Karen will bring a few 25-30 mph wind gusts and some heavy rain to parts of the Southeast, but it weakened below Tropical Storm status as it came closer to the U.S. Here’s a track map for Karen. Former Tropical Storm Jerry faded in the Central Atlantic. In the Western Pacific, Typhoon Fitow is hitting China near Shanghai and soon to be Tropical Cyclone Danas will move northwest over the next five days toward Korea. The overall story continues to be the very quiet tropical storm/hurricane season not only for the U.S., but in general for the entire world. We’re 75% of the way thru the Hurricane Season in the first week of October. While we have had 12 named storms, only two have briefly become hurricanes (Humberto & Ingrid) with peak winds of only 85 knots. Despite the twisters on Friday, we also continue to have a near record low number of tornadoes in the U.S. in 2013. The total of wildfires in the U.S. in 2013 (38,745) is at this point the lowest total in any year since 1984. The number of acres burned (4,092,640) is 2nd lowest in the last 10 years.