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2005-09-15 13:39:17

WASHINGTON -- Hurricane Katrina has become the most destructive such storm ever to strike the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. Katrina's sustained winds reached 175 mph and its minimum central pressure dropped as low as 902 millibars - the fourth lowest on record for an Atlantic hurricane, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center reported. The storm weakened slightly before it reached landfall and had less powerful winds than Hurricane Camille,...

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2005-09-15 12:40:00

NASA -- Scientists using satellite imagery found that at least 23 percent of the water released from the mouth of the Mississippi River from July through September 2004 traveled quite a distance - into the Gulf of Mexico, around the Florida Keys, and into the Atlantic Ocean. The researchers combined data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites with information collected from ships to study the water discharge, appearing as a dark...

2005-07-31 12:43:39

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Hurricanes have become more destructive over the past 30 years and global warming could increase their intensity in the future, an expert warned on Sunday. He found that both the duration of the tropical cyclones and the wind speeds they produce have risen by 50 percent along with increases in the average surface temperature of tropical oceans. "My results suggest that future warming may lead to an upward trend in tropical cyclone destructive...

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2005-07-09 15:22:50

Arlene, Bret, Cindy and now Dennis. Storm hunters don't expect to be hunched over their radar screens and dispatching chase aircraft until Labor Day. But 2005 is no normal year. Martin Nelson, the lead forecaster at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, says this is the first time the Atlantic hurricane season had four named storms this early since record-keeping began in 1851. The season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The first three storms never grew beyond tropical storms that dumped...

2005-06-16 09:55:00

BOULDER - Warmer oceans, more moisture in the atmosphere, and other factors suggest that human-induced climate change will increase hurricane intensity and rainfall, according to climate expert Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His paper, "Uncertainty in Hurricanes and Global Warming," appears in the Perspectives section of the June 17 issue of Science. "Trends in human-influenced environmental changes are now evident in hurricane regions," says Trenberth....


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Weather Reference Library
2012-07-23 11:11:02

Warm Eddy- is an area of water that is made up of warm water and is surrounded by areas of colder water. The north side of the Gulf Stream is a very popular place to find these types of eddies as they form when the water gets cut off from the main Gulf Stream current and just sits and spins in the colder water until it’s replaced by colder water. Cold Eddy- is an area of water that is made up of colder water and is surrounded by areas of warmer water. The south side of the Gulf Stream is...

The Gulf Stream Ocean Current
2012-07-16 15:25:39

Image Credit: F-5 Weather Data The Gulf Stream is a warm ocean current that travels from the East Coast of Florida all the way northward along the Eastern Seaboard until it gets near North Carolina and Virginia then it starts to make its way back eastward out to sea. The significant impact of this ocean current, as you can see in the image above, is that the waters are warm and this enhances everything from the climate along the East Coast. It will also lead to a milder winter along the...

The Loop Ocean Current
2012-07-10 18:20:32

When it comes to learning about the weather it is very important to understand about the oceans. The reason for this is that ocean currents can play a major role on not only weather but also the climate of a region. The current that we are looking at is called the Loop Current. If you look at the image above you can see that it’s situated just off the west coast of Florida and extends into the Gulf of Mexico. The Loop current is a warm current and this creates a warmer surrounding in...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.