Tropical trivia, 2009 style

With the Atlantic finally firing up tropical cyclones, I figured to add a little bit of miscellany to it:

* This year begins the sixth go-around for the current Atlantic tropical cyclone names.

* The fewest number of named storms in a season using this list is 7 (in 1991 and 1997, although there was an 8th name-eligible storm in ’91). From those first 7 names, two (“Ana” and “Claudette”) are being used for the sixth time this year.

* The most named storms in a season with this list was 16, back in 2003.

* Three storm names – Fabian, Isabel, and Juan – were “retired” from the 2003 list, thus, 3 new names on this year’s list – Fred, Ida, and Joaquin. Incidentally, The original “F” storm on this list was Frederic – which was retired after the 1979 season. Go figure

Here’s the complete list for 2009
Ana
Bill
Claudette
Danny
Erika
Fred
Grace
Henri
Ida
Joaquin
Kate
Larry
Mindy
Nicholas
Odette
Peter
Rose
Sam
Teresa
Victor
Wanda

Late snow in Kansas

We just passed from Winter to spring, yet winter isn’t giving up…

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
437 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2009

…HEAVY SNOWFALL POSSIBLE FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY…

.A POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS
BEGINNING FRIDAY AFTERNOON…AND BRING PRECIPITATION TO MUCH OF
NORTH CENTRAL…NORTHEAST…AND EAST CENTRAL KANSAS FRIDAY NIGHT
THROUGH SATURDAY. A POLAR AIRMASS SINKING SOUTH THROUGH THE
CENTRAL PLAINS STATES WILL ALLOW LIGHT RAIN THIS AFTERNOON TO
TRANSITION TO SNOW FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST. A PERIOD OF MIXED
PRECIPITATION FEATURING RAIN…SNOW…AND SLEET IS ALSO POSSIBLE
ACROSS EAST CENTRAL KANSAS. A BAND OF HEAVY SNOW IS EXPECTED TO
SET-UP ALONG AN AXIS FROM NEAR COUNCIL GROVE TO NEAR LAWRENCE
FRIDAY NIGHT THAT WILL GRADUALLY SHIFT EASTWARD SATURDAY. THERE
REMAINS SOME UNCERTAINTY AS TO THE EXACT PLACEMENT OF THIS BAND OF
HEAVY SNOW AND THE SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WITH THIS ASSOCIATED
BAND…BUT A SWATH OF 6-8 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS IS
POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WARNED AREA…WITH LESSER AMOUNTS FURTHER
NORTH.

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JEFFERSON-WABAUNSEE-SHAWNEE-LYON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…TOPEKA…EMPORIA
437 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2009

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 PM
CDT SATURDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS
EVENING TO 4 PM CDT SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER
IN EFFECT.

A MIX OF LIGHT RAIN OR SNOW WILL DEVELOP FRIDAY AFTERNOON…AND
TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW FRIDAY NIGHT. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 6 TO 8
INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH LATE
SATURDAY AFTERNOON. IN ADDITION…GUSTY NORTH WINDS SATURDAY WILL
BLOW AROUND THE FALLING SNOW…WHICH MAY SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE
VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN ONE HALF OF A MILE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA
FLASHLIGHT…FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY.

$$

Twister

Last night proved interesting weather wise, especially if you were on the K-State campus for any of the summer camps that were in session. A nasty tornadic storm cell came through. This excerpt from a Severe Weather Statement from the National Weather Service says it all.

AT 1101 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED
IN MANHATTAN...DOING DAMAGE AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 31 MPH.

The Topeka Capital-Journal is encouraging its users to post pictures to Their site

If you don’t have a weather radio…

…you might have a hard time getting one right now.

Thanks to a “High Risk” day for severe weather, there’s been a run on weather radios.

I was at Radio Shack today to purchase an spare antenna for my TV, the employee there indicated that they ware out of Weather Radios there as well. He indicated that all sorts of demographics were in there to try to buy one.

Rainy night in Denver

Whenever we went up in the mountains, it never fails to rain on at least one day.

This time around, It occurred on night #3, and it rained in a fashion reminiscent of a cell moving through Lawrence.

10,000

A little bit was made on the Fox News Channel about Senator Obama accidentally stating that 10,000 had been killed in the Greensburg Tornado in reference to comments made Gov. Kathleen Sebelius regarding the state of the National Guard in light of the Iraq deployments.

Obviously, he added the thousand by mistake. However, it is worth noting that a guest on Hannity and Colmes thought that Obama meant to say that 10,000 were left homeless. There’s just one problem with that: Greensburg has a population of around 1,600 and Kiowa county (where Greensburg is the county seat and largest city) has a population of 3,300. As Ron Wilson of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development would say… “Now that’s Rural”

So, basically, the tornado did not directly affect 10,000 people.

By the way, My aunt’s sister-in-law lives in the area…. the Tornado missed her place.

Update… Hello, Andrea

The low off of the coast of Florida has officially been recognized as a subtropical storm, as has been given the name “Andrea”

The current forecast is for Andrea to move to the southwest and, hopefully, bring some rain to fire ravaged areas of Georgia and Florida.

So…

The Weather Channel has sent Jim Cantore to Folly Beach, South Carolina to report on the, at the moment, non-tropical moving in from off the coast. Despite the Hurricane Season not starting for another 3 weeks, the Low offshore is clearly a threat. It could still get a name… if the NHC determines that it has achieved subtropical characteristics, it would either become “One” or “Andrea”

In Georgia, they could use the rain.

Assorted thoughts

Weather… we have the town of Greensburg leveled, and the highway closed to keep gawkers away. My uncle Marty’s mother in law lives in the area, and I got a couple of calls asking about her. Meanwhile, it’s been so wet around here that the Kansas River is running heavy, with flood warnings for the river until Tomorrow Morning.

Paris Hilton… maybe she should take some advice from Joe Walsh:

My Maserati does 185
I lost my license now I don’t drive
I have a limo ride in the back
I lock the doors in case I’m attacked

Frightful

Yeah, we’re past the 12th day of Christmas, but the weather has definitely taken a turn for the worse…

I just checked in to the Comfort Inn & Suites in Overland Park, near I-435 and Metcalf before I go to work at the Sprint campus.  Like I’ve said before, I’m in a “critical ops” section, and I’m expected to report to work. This time, however, I’ll be in JoCo until Tuesday.