Category Archives: Meteorology

Strong High Pressure over Northeast Atlantic

Strong high pressure during the next couple of days over the northeastern North Atlantic will drift slowly towards the S-SE keeping low pressure systems near or southward of 40N latitude.  This will open up an opportunity for great circle weather … Continue reading

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19-Meter North Atlantic Wave Sets New World Record

19-Meter North Atlantic Wave Sets New World Record December 13, 2016 by Mike Schuler – gCaptain.com   19-Meter North Atlantic Wave Sets New World Record

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Hurricane Matthew strengthening as it approaches Florida

Hurricane Mathew at 11am EDT 1500 UTC is once again gaining strength with max winds now at 120 knots (about 140 mph).  Environmental conditions appear favorable for additional intensification today while Matthew approaches the east coast of Florida. Currently hurricane force … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the 2016 Hurricane Season

The extended 500 mb height anomalies forecast (via weatherbell.com) suggest strong blocking likely over the northeastern part of North America during the peak of the 2016 hurricane season.  This blocking was prevalent during 2005 when we set a record for … Continue reading

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Global temperatures may fall as the El Nino weakens

The past year’s strong El Nino started to heat the tropical atmosphere starting last spring with the global temperatures following later as the heat was redistributed around the globe. The tropical temperatures peaked in early January with the global temperatures … Continue reading

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Do Ocean Currents account for much of the current Global Warming?

One Hypothesis out there comes from William M. Gray Professor Emeritus Department of Atmospheric Science Colorado State University:   “A slowing down of the global ocean’s Meridional Overturning Circulation (global conveyor belt) is the likely cause of most of the global … Continue reading

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The Flying Enterprise story of Man vs. the Sea

During Christmas Week, 1951, began an incredible sea story involving a WWII era cargo vessel named the Flying Enterprise and her captain, Kurt Carlsen.  Captain Carlsen was a Danish-born seaman that began his sea career at the age of 14. … Continue reading

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1950 Super Storm Remembered

I was only 2 years old at the time but still have some hazy distant memory of a storm that may have initiated my interest in meteorology later in life. I was living in Passaic, NJ at the time in … Continue reading

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Recent SOI values suggest rapid end to El Nino

The SOI measures the difference in surface air pressure between Tahiti and Darwin. Sustained positive SOI values above about +8 indicate a La Niña event while sustained negative values below about –8 indicate an El Niño. Positive values indicate enhanced … Continue reading

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What is the role of the oceans in Global Warming/Climate Change?

  There has been much press and controversy in recent years about global warming or climate change.  Opinions range from doomsday scenarios to absolute disbelief.  As a meteorologist (not climatologist), I say that the truth is somewhere in between these … Continue reading

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