Category Archives: Weather History

Tampa Bay Hurricane Storm Surge Scenarios

While no storm scenario is a good one for the Tampa Bay area, the worst case is when the hurricane center is located north of the Tampa Bay entrance such that the maximum winds associated with the eye wall occur at the mouth of the bay with storms making landfall farther north result in lower surges. Continue reading

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Hurricane Storm Surges in Tampa Bay

The highest storm surges in Tampa Bay are usually associated with hurricanes, with the three highest tides occurring during Cat 3 storms in 1848, 1921 and 1985. Hurricane Elena in late August of 1985 caused the highest storm surge recorded … Continue reading

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Capsizing and Sinking of Barge Dredge200 and Loss of Workboat R.E. Pierson 2 Pushed by Tugboat Big Jake

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the probable cause of the capsizing and sinking of the Dredge200 and the R.E. Pierson 2  in December 2, 2018 was the decision by the tow captain and owner to attempt … Continue reading

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What is Weather Routing Vs. Vessel Performance Monitoring?

Optimum ship routing is the art and science of developing the “best route” for a ship based on the existing weather forecasts, ship characteristics, ocean currents and special cargo requirements. Vessel performance monitoring services allow a ship operator, owner or charterer to get a daily performance analysis regarding a vessel’s speed and fuel consumption based on the charter-party specifications and the actual weather and currents encountered. Continue reading

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North Atlantic Hurricane-Force Storm Affecting Main Shipping Lanes

An intense hurricane-force storm low over the central North Atlantic was producing significant wave heights of an incredible 19 meters (62 feet) today, according to the National Weather Service Ocean Prediction Center. After dumping some moderate to heavy snow in … 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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Remembering the 1921 Tampa Hurricane 

One of the most significant hurricanes to hit Tampa occurred on October 25th of 1921. The first  recorded major hurricane to hit Tampa occurred in September of 1848. The Chief Hydrographer at the Panama Canal may have reported the first indication of a … Continue reading

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Remembering The Great Tampa Gale of 48

It has been quite a while since a major hurricane has made a direct landfall in the Tampa Bay area but back before the Civil War two hurricanes hit the Tampa Bay area within about 2 weeks of each other. In … Continue reading

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Video shows captain of Anthem of the Seas discussing storm

RE Anthem of the Seas: This video was broadcast to all the staterooms on the RCTV internal channel the day after the storm. I recorded it with my iPhone and published it here for those not on the ship to … Continue reading

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Was the hurricane force storm off the US East Coast forecast correctly last weekend?

The 168,666 ton Anthem of the Seas departed Bayonne, New Jersey last Saturday  with about 4,500 guests and 1,600 crewmembers for a scheduled 7-day roundtrip to the Bahamas.  During Sunday the vessel was sailing southward to a schedule port call at Port Canaveral, … Continue reading

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