Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hurricane Season Rainfall: 2005 vs. 2010

Impact aside, for some time now the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season has been compared to, or at least scaled against, the record-breaking season of 2005 when numerous intense hurricanes made landfall in the United States, central America and Mexico.

With a record 12 hurricanes forming this year, the 2010 season was the most active since 2005. However, the major difference is the location in which tropical cyclones formed and the areas in which their greatest rainfall totals were deposited.

During the 2005 season, the highest tropical cyclone rainfall totals (
between 28 and 32 inches) were deposited over the Caribbean Sea, eastern Gulf of Mexico, western Cuba and over the waters in the Atlantic off the southeastern U.S. coast. During the 2010 season the highest tropical cyclone rainfall totals (also between 28 and 32 inches) were deposited over the open waters of the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico.

The image above shows the tropical cyclone rainfall occurring in 2010. This year, south Texas was the only location in the U.S. where tropical cyclone rainfall was greater than in 2005.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Atlantic Hurricane Season 2010

With the official close of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season still a week away, the season in pretty much all respect, is over. Sure a late-season storm or two could pop up, but the general pattern observed over the past couple weeks looks to continue, therefore furthering unfavorable conditions for development.

So... how did the season add up? The usual skeptics will say it was a bust, but in my opinion 2010 was remarkably awesome for several reasons – we reached the predicted numbers making the 2010 season one of the most active in history, and while the U.S. experienced little impact, NOAA hit the nail on the head with its early season prediction, calling for:
  • 14 to 23 named storms
  • 8 to 14 hurricanes
  • 3 to 7 major hurricanes
Now check out the actuals:

Named Storms
Major Hurricanes

Pretty darn amazing eh? Here's a look at the hurricanes of 2010...

Hurricane Alex

Hurricane Danielle

Hurricane Earl

Hurricane Igor

Hurricane Julia

Hurricane Karl

Hurricane Lisa

Hurricane Otto

Hurricane Paula

Hurricane Richard

Hurricane Shary

Hurricane Tomas

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Research, Trends Indicate Warming Atmosphere

According to a new study recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, 'global warming' associated with 'climate change' could cool down northern temperatures during the winter months.

The cooling would be the result of shrinking sea-ice in the eastern Arctic which could cause regional heating of the lower levels of the atmosphere, therefore triggering an overall cooling of the northern continents. Most affected would be Europe and northern Asia in the form of cold winter extremes. You can learn more about the study

Meanwhile, scientists at NOAA and several other global climate organizations recently contributed to the paper,
"Tropospheric Temperature Trends: History of an Ongoing Controversy," also indicating Earth's lower atmosphere is warming.

Displaying trends using 195 cited papers, model results and atmospheric data sets, the paper documents how, since the development of the very first climate models in the early 1960s, the troposphere has been projected to warm along with the Earth's surface because of the increasing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. You can learn more about the paper

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fall = PRETTY but BORING...

Not too much to talk about in weather news, folks. We're in that transition time from summer to winter and while fall tends to throw us some good punches here and there, things have been quite boring lately... well, for most.

Savor it, the winter pattern is setting up and with that should come more dynamic weather. Of course, The Northeast Quadrant will be on top of it.

In other news, this is kind of a blessing for me because work has been so incredibly busy lately. I can no longer find enough hours in the day or days in the week.

Oh, and a NEW LOGO COMING SOON! Can't wait to share it with you!

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Quiet Time... Busy Time...

Just a quick note to share my apologies with the avid readers and followers of The Northeast Quadrant for not publishing as often as I would like during the last couple weeks. This will likely continue through the next week or so as I work towards a major deadline at work and prepare for a week of business travel and meetings through November 15.

Remember, you can always stay tuned to The Northeast Quadrant on Facebook at and Twitter at

As always, thanks for for following!

- Devin

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