Monday, September 29, 2008
SubTropical Storm Laura is named
One of my biggest pet peeves is the naming of Subtropical storm systems and we now have another, "Laura". A subtropical storm is one in which that has characteristics that are a bit tropical and a bit extratropical. These systems were never named until 2002. It is interesting how around this same time frame the global warming criers were crying out loud and claiming the doom and gloom of the future with more tropical cyclones. This is another way to help increase the total number of storms for a year. Either case, this system poses no threat to land and only will affect shipping interests. It is already beginning to turn more northerly and picking up forward speed and it will rapidly move off to the NNE and across the Atlantic this week.
Remainder of the tropics remain relatively quiet and I don't anticipate any change regarding that. There is a broad area of convection over the south central Gulf of Mexico. This area is not well organized and it will be picked up by a cold front moving out of the central U.S. middle of the week and move across FL. It will bring with it some widespread rains but not much more than that for FL.
Posted by Dale Bader at 4:48 PM