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Offline Peter J

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Re: Atlantic Hurricane Season 2008
« Reply #15 on: 10 November 2008, 02:51:04 PM »
That Paloma storm is one that caught even the experts by surprise - a very late season storm - it has almost reached cat 5 status - it is a smaller storm than most - but is expected to weaken considerably once it hits the mountain sides of Cuba.

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(ps - John - this might be one for your NH bomb systems studies)

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Re: Atlantic Hurricane Season 2008
« Reply #16 on: 10 November 2008, 03:23:47 PM »
BBC News report

Hurricane Paloma has made landfall in Cuba and is slowly crossing the island.

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from low-lying areas in the south and the country has been lashed by heavy rain and strong winds.

Paloma is the fifth hurricane this season to hit Cuba. The storms have caused billions of dollars worth of damage, destroying thousands of homes.

Paloma has already caused torrential rains and storm surges in some areas of the Cayman Islands.

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Re: Atlantic Hurricane Season 2008
« Reply #17 on: 10 December 2008, 01:30:21 PM »
Summary of Atlantic Hurricane Season now finished

This is worth a post because a general review of the Atlantic Hurricane Season 2008 has recently been prepared. I found this review on CNN (Prepared by the National Climatic Data Centre - USA) and it highlights a disturbing picture of the 2008 Hurricane Season.


The 2008 Hurricane season was one of the busiest and costliest on record with damage to infrastructure amounting to $54 Billion.

It is second to 2005 that cost $128 Billion which was the year when Hurricane Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast. However when adjusted to inflation and population changes, it is admitted that some years back in the 20th Century could have inflicted a heavier toll in terms of infrastructure losses.

It was the 4th busiest year since 1944.

The most destructive was Ike that battered Galveston then Houston.

Texas had Hurricane Dolly that battered South Padre Island with 100 mph (162 km/h) winds. That was the worst storm to strike the island in around 30 years.

Gustav was responsible for damage from Haiti to Louisiana while Hanna devastated Haiti with flooding.

There were 16 named storms since June 1 and 8 were hurricanes. Of that, 5 were classified as "Major" meaning they reached Category 3 at some point during their life span.

Of the 8 hurricanes, 3 made landfall in the USA being Dolly, Gustav and Ike but they were not major hurricanes at the point of landfall.

Summing up, the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season is seen to be a busy season.

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Re: Atlantic Hurricane Season 2008
« Reply #18 on: 11 December 2008, 01:23:09 AM »
In contrast the NW Pacific has been exceptionally quiet - though why is for another topic.
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