06.30.12

GWC Video Report–June 30, 2012

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Video Report at 8:10 am by gmachos

This edition of the GWCVR covers the latest heatwave plaguing the Eastern United States including Northwestern Middlesex County in New Jersey, and the possibility of severe weather later in the day.

06.29.12

Hurricaneville’s Tracking The Tropics–June 29, 2012

Posted in Eastern Pacific, Central Pacific, Tracking the Tropics at 11:52 pm by gmachos

The June 29, 2012 edition of Hurricaneville’s Tracking The Tropics report covers activity in the Atlantic, Eastern Pacific, and Central Pacifc. Topics discussed include three disturbances being monitored in the Atlantic for development, and featured articles in the Hurricaneville Blogosphere.

Three Disturbances Being Watched In Atlantic

Posted in Eastern Pacific, Tracking the Tropics at 10:38 pm by gmachos

Chances For Development Within The Next 48 Hours Are At Best 20 Percent

We continue to watch activity around the Atlantic on this Friday night, and while there are things stirring about, none of them show signs of tropical formation over the next couple days.

First, we take a look out into the Western Atlantic well east of the United States Eastern Seaboard. The remnants of what was Tropical Storm Debby is still hanging around. Fortunately, it is in cooler water, and despite having gale force winds in the southeastern quadrant, Debby’s remnants have not been able to generate any significant shower or thunderstorm activity. Chances for development over the next 48 hours are only 10 percent.

Next, we travel southwestward across Florida and the Southeastern United States to the Western Gulf of Mexico. If you recall in my Tracking the Tropics report on Wednesday, there was an area of disturbed weather in the Bay of Campeche region of the Gulf. The disturbance had just pushed out from Southeastern Mexico. Over the last two days, shower and thunderstorm development has increased with this disturbance. However, the NHC indicates that pressures are too high in this region. Also, it is important to note that the disturbance is getting fairly close to land. Chances for development in the next 48 hours are only 10 percent.

Finally, we take a trip to the Central Atlantic some 800 miles to the East of the Windward Islands to take a look at the tropical wave that has been heading westward toward the Lesser Antilles these past couple days. When we left it on Wednesday, there was not much in the way of showers and storms associated with it. Since that time, it has become much better organized. Still, conditions are a bit hostile to development right now, so tropical formation will be slow to occur according to the NHC. Chances for development in the next 48 hours are only 20 percent.

Moving on to the Eastern Pacific, we have a lot less activity than we did two days ago when no tropical development was expected. There are some clouds and showers to the south of Costa Rica and Panama as well as some well to the southwest of the Mexican West Coast. No development is expected over the next 48 hours. Lastly, a look at the Central Pacific. Water temperatures in this region, especially around Hawaii, are usually too cold to support development. Occasionally, a storm will develop in this region or move in from the Eastern Pacific, and make a run for Hawaii.

With that said, we have several areas of thin cloudiness around the Hawaiian Island chain this evening. Much of the convection is well off to the south along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). No chances for development at this time.

Return To The Blast Furnace

Posted in GWC News at 10:11 pm by gmachos

Brief Respite For NJ Residents Ends With Two Straight Days Of 90 Degree Weather

An article in the Star-Ledger last weekend indicated that after the first heatwave of the summer was broken by severe weather, the heat and humidity wouldn’t return for a while. Perhaps the article misspoke. Following a respite of nearly a week from the temperatures being in the upper 90s and heat index values soaring to 110 or higher, people around the Garden State were back in the broiler.

On Thursday, the mercury climbed to just under 90 degrees here in South Plainfield. Friday was even warmer. During the afternoon, the high temperature soared to over 95 degrees here in Northwestern Middlesex County. The humidity was on the rise as well. If you recall in my GWC Video Report on Wednesday, conditions were rather dry in South Plainfield with humidity down to 37 percent. Forty-eight hours later, dew points were in the mid 70s.

The combination of the heat and humidity brought about a significant rise in the heat or misery index. On Friday afternoon, the heat index in South Plainfield peaked at 109.7 degrees. Still well short of last week’s mark of 112 degrees. I had gone out for a couple walks during the afternoon because I had some errands to run, and I worked up a pretty good sweat in the process. Winds have slackened off a bit from Wednesday as well with peak gusts of only 7 miles per hour on Friday.

With the hot weather dominating things for the past couple weeks, I almost forgot about the fact that we have not had a lot of rain in the past couple weeks. After the storm that pushed through on June 12th and 13th, there has been only 0.83 inches of rainfall and two days of measurable rainfall. Those two days were the severe weather events on June 22nd (0.35 inches) and June 25th (0.48 inches). Speaking of rain and severe weather, we could be in store for some on Saturday. Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and evening, and some of them could be severe.

Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid to upper 90s again on Saturday. After the storms push through on Saturday evening, temperatures will only be slightly cooler on Sunday. This latest heat wave is expected to last into Monday with highs still in the upper 80s on Tuesday.

GWC Weather Footage–June 13, 2012–Mid-June Storm Moves Out

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 8:08 pm by gmachos

Here is video of conditions along the Jersey Shore at four different locations as a storm pushed out to sea in Mid-June 2012. This particular storm system brought the bulk of rainfall that Central Jersey received in June 2012. In South Plainfield, this storm dumped almost an inch and a half of rain over most of two days. There was nearly four inches of rainfall for the month. You can also see pictures of the storm moving out at http://www.hurricaneville.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=5191.

GWC Weather Footage–Another Day At Island Beach State Park–June 15, 2012

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos at 5:30 pm by gmachos

This video is from a second trip to Island Beach State Park in mid-June 2012. On this trip, I traveled all the way down to the end of the island, and walked on foot to Barnegat Inlet where I could see Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern tip of Long Beach Island. There were some decent waves. You can also view pictures of this trip in the GWC Picture Gallery at http://www.hurricaneville.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=5581.

TWC’s Hurricane Hunters–A Reality Show Worth Watching

Posted in Storm Track, Storm Preparation, Storm Warning, Weather Channel Video, Storm Safety at 5:00 pm by gmachos

Weather Channel Reality TV Show Focuses On Crews That Fly Into Hurricanes

Finally, a reality TV show that is actually dealing with reality! About a month or so ago, I was told by a friend of mine that the Weather Channel was going to begin broadcasting a reality TV show that dealt with the hurricane hunters, or air force reconnaissance crews that fly into tropical cyclones in both the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific.

While I have not been able to watch a full episode of Hurricane Hunters yet, I did play clips from some of them on my iPad about a week ago. I found the show to be very interesting. The episodes clearly show the different aspects of a typical day for a Hurricane Hunter crew member. These crews fly various types of missions including low level flights into tropical disturbances, dangerous flights into Eastern Pacific storms close to the mountains of Southern Mexico, and several flights into the major story of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Hurricane Irene.

The show does a great job of detailing the various tasks of the Hurricane Hunters as well as the different types hazards that they deal with on each mission. One episode does a great job of discussing the history of the Hurricane Hunters, which dates back to the first flights into storms in the Gulf of Mexico towards the end of World War II. I’m not a big fan of reality TV although I have grown to like American Chopper on the Discovery Channel, but Hurricane Hunters on the Weather Channel has me interested.

06.27.12

GWC Video Report–June 27, 2012

Posted in GWC News, YouTube Videos, GWC Video Report at 5:44 pm by gmachos

Here is the latest installment of the GWC Video Report. This edition discusses the weather in South Plainfield on June 27, 2012, weather around the country, and the upcoming heatwave later in the week into the weekend.

Hurricaneville’s Tracking The Tropics–June 27, 2012

Posted in Storm Track, Eastern Pacific, YouTube Videos, Hurricaneville Video Report, Tracking the Tropics at 2:52 pm by gmachos

Here is an installment of Tracking The Tropics for Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Discussion includes tropical climatology for the month of June, latest news on Tropical Depression Debby, a disturbance in the Central Atlantic, what’s going on in the Eastern Pacific, and total number of storms to date in both Atlantic and EPAC.

Hurricaneville Video Report–June 27, 2012

Posted in Storm Track, Storm Facts, Storm Aftermath, YouTube Videos, Hurricaneville Video Report at 10:57 am by gmachos

This is the Hurricaneville Video Report for the morning of June 27, 2012. This installment of the HVR discusses the impact of what was Tropical Storm Debby on Northern Florida, and a possible new threat in the Tropical Atlantic.

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