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It’s Over

While it wasn’t officially over until today, There has been no activity since November 8 when Wanda faded. 2021 joins 2005 and 2020 as the only seasons that used all 21 names allotted for the season.

There were two Subtropical Storms, twelve Tropical Storms, and seven Hurricanes with four of the Hurricanes rated as Major (Category 3 or higher).

The Gulf Coast saw six landfalls: one on the Texas/Louisiana border, two in Eastern Louisiana, and three in the Eastern Time Zone of the Florida Panhandle. Rhode Island and South Carolina had one landfall each.

The season started early when Tropical Storm Ana showed up in the third week of May. There is a La Niña in the Pacific, which usually results in a quiet Atlantic. That would be a nice change, but avoid wagering on the way things used to work.

November 30, 2021   2 Comments

Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 7

Tropical Storm WandaPosition: 37.8N 36.8W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northeast [050°] near 14 mph [22 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1003 mb ↑.

Currently about 535 miles [ 860 km] West of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 6, 2021   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 7

Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 6

Tropical Storm WandaPosition: 38.0N 38.1W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: South [185°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 998 mb ↑.

Currently about 605 miles [ 970 km] West of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 5, 2021   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 6

Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 5

Tropical Storm WandaPosition: 42.3N 38.7W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: East [090°] near 5 mph [ 7 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 994 mb.

Currently about 685 miles [1100 km] West-Northwest of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 4, 2021   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 5

Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 4

Tropical Storm WandaPosition: 40.6N 39.6W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: North [005°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 992 mb.

Currently about 695 miles [1120 km] West-Northwest of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 3, 2021   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 4

Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 3

Tropical Storm WandaPosition: 37.3N 40.3W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: North [010°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 992 mb.

Currently about 730 miles [1170 km] West of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 2, 2021   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 3

Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 2

Tropical Storm WandaPosition: 34.5N 41.6W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [075°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 996 mb.

Currently about 845 miles [1365 km] West-Southwest of the Azores.

Wanda transitioned into a true tropical cyclone.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 1, 2021   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Wanda – Day 2

Subtropical Storm Wanda

Subtropical Storm WandaPosition: 35.6N 44.1W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Southwest [215°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 990 mb.

Currently about 960 miles [1540 km] West of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 31, 2021   Comments Off on Subtropical Storm Wanda

Is The Season Over?

The meteorologists agree that the Pacific now has a La Niña, a large area of cold water along the Equator, in force. This used to mean that there would be more and stronger tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin due to decreased wind shear, strong upper altitude winds that suppress the development of storms. There has been no perceptible decease in wind shear and there is no sign of developing tropical systems.

Nothing seems to work the way it used to and that makes forecasting more difficult than ever. The season officially ends on November 30th, but nothing is certain.

October 17, 2021   Comments Off on Is The Season Over?

Post-Tropical Cyclone Sam – Day 14

Post-Tropical Cyclone SamPosition: 51.0N 39.4W [ 4:00AM CDT 0900UTC].
Movement: North [010°] near 23 mph [37 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 460 miles [740 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 80 miles [130 km].
Minimum central pressure: 970 mb ↑.

Currently about 690 miles [1110 km] East-Northeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 5, 2021   Comments Off on Post-Tropical Cyclone Sam – Day 14

Hurricane Sam – Day 13

Hurricane SamPosition: 47.7N 40.2W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [030°] near 29 mph [46 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph [140 kph].
Wind Gusts: 105 mph [170 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 460 miles [740 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 80 miles [130 km].
Minimum central pressure: 965 mb.

Currently about 610 miles [ 980 km] East of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 4, 2021   Comments Off on Hurricane Sam – Day 13

Remnants Victor – Day 6

Remnants VictorPosition: 18.8N 45.2W [10:00AM CDT 1500UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [300°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1011 mb ↑.

Currently about 1410 miles [2270 km] West of the Cabo Verde Islands.

This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 4, 2021   Comments Off on Remnants Victor – Day 6

Hurricane Sam – Day 12

Hurricane SamPosition: 39.3N 51.2W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northeast [050°] near 20 mph [31 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 105 mph [165 kph].
Wind Gusts: 125 mph [200 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 240 miles [390 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 957 mb ↓.

Currently about 520 miles [ 835 km] South of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 3, 2021   Comments Off on Hurricane Sam – Day 12

Tropical Depression Victor – Day 5

Tropical Depression VictorPosition: 17.8N 43.0W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northwest [305°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1007 mb.

Currently about 1260 miles [2030 km] West of the Cabo Verde Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 3, 2021   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Victor – Day 5