tropical storm Dorian and Flossie

Hello everyone its Leah and right now there are 2 tropical storms. 1 in the Atlantic, 1 in the Pacific. First we’ll be talking about tropical storm Dorian.

Well I’ve been researching and Dorian is having a tough time.  Because there is a lot of dry air around the storm which is weakening the Dorian,  plus all of the vertical wind shear is taking its toll.  I’ve seen satellite pics over the past week and Dorian has lost form to its shape YAY!! for us!  Now tropical storm Dorian will not strengthen to a cat 1 hurricane.  According to the National Hurricane Center.

what it looks like

what it looks like

National Hurricane Center forcast

its path

its path


Now I’ll  show you tropical storm Flossie. The tropical storm is 770 miles away from Hilo, Hawaii and is traveling west at 20 miles an hour. 35 mph winds extend 175 miles out from the center, and is supposed to bring heavy rain.  It’s probably going to hit early afternoon Monday.  I’m letting you all know the track may change over a couple of days .

National Hurricane Center forcast

National Hurricane Center forcast

what it looks like

what it looks like

where its hitting hawaii

where its hitting Hawaii


Fun Facts!!! 😀

Cute Cat: Did you know that tropical storm Dorian is the 4 tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic season?

Leah: No I did not know that Cute Cat thanks for telling me!! 😀

Cute Cat: You’re  welcome Leah!! Glad I could tell you.



Why Weather?

The main thing is the sun.  While the earth rotates it is colder when dark and warmer when light.  Hot air moves towards cold air so when the sun beats down it creates heat and hotter air and higher pressure.  But the opposite occurs at night.  Now when it’s dark it will be somewhat colder and lower the pressure somewhat.  So the movement of air from hotter areas to colder areas creates wind.  The wind and the hot sun pull moisture from the oceans, lake, river, and ground  and creates clouds.  When the when the warm cloudy air hits the colder air you often get rain, sleet, snow or hail.  Sometime you get hurricanes or tornadoes. Also the earth rotates right to left or from the east to the west. This rotation tends to pull the wind from the west towards the east and along with the higher temperatures toward the equator the wind usually wants to got from the southwest to the northeast.

In another blog I will write more about fronts…the place where most of the weather action occurs.

Cat watching the rain

Cat watching the rain


Cat in the snow


Cat after hail storm


Lucky cat being found after tornado



Aftermath of Super Storm Sandy

Sandy has left but people are still recovering.  Most people have power…some don’t.  Subways and underground  tunnels were flooded.   The Atlantic City boardwalk was destroyed.  Fire destroyed 50 homes on Breezy Point, Queens.  More than 100 people died in 10 states from trees falling into their homes, walls collapsing from flooding, and drowning.  My dad is in Maryland right now helping to adjust claims caused by the disaster that was caused by Sandy.  We miss you daddy!  Stay safe and come back as soon as you can.

Boardwalk under water

New Jersey Shore

Oct. 30, 2012 – 5 miles South of Atlantic City, N.J.

Water coming through doors in subway station in NYC

NYC Flooding lower Manhattan 7th St

Kent Island Maryland

Battery Park Tunnel, NYC under water

Hurricane Sandy – The Freaky Fankenstorm

Expected track of Sandy as of 4 pm Sunday October 28,2012

Hurricane Sandy is a powerful storm and Sandy might just be the perfect storm. This storm is a thousand miles wide!

Though the hurricane is not expected to make landfall until sometime late Monday (tomorrow), coastal regions will be hit by gale-force winds, heavy rain and possible flooding as early as Sunday, said Rick Knabb, the director of the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm conditions were being felt in parts of North Carolina on Sunday, though the storm was 250 miles off the coast.

“Sandy is a large hurricane, and large systems pose multiple hazards for more people than smaller systems of comparable intensity,” Dr. Knabb said.

Forecasters warned that it could ravage areas far beyond the projected trajectory, and they urged people to heed evacuation calls and to prepare for the worst.

In its latest report, the Hurricane Center said the storm surge could be as high as 11 feet above normal along Long Island Sound and Raritan Bay — a significantly higher forecast than in previous reports — and warned that major flooding could occur across a broad area of the East Coast. Forecasters also expected torrential rains in some regions, which would add to the flooding.

And then there is the snow.

As Hurricane Sandy approaches land, it will be drawn into a system known as a midlatitude trough, a severe winter storm that is moving across the country from the west. A burst of arctic air is expected to sweep down through the Canadian Plains just as they are converging. That could lead to several feet of snow in West Virginia and Kentucky and lighter amounts in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Temperatures could drop into the mid-20s.

In announcing the transit shutdown, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said it was unsafe to operate trains in high winds. He also said the closing was intended as a signal to discourage New York-area residents from being “up and about.”

The subway system will begin to curtail service at 7 p.m., and the transit authority’s railroads, Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road, will begin their final trips at the same time, some buses may remain in service until 9 p.m. (It takes about eight hours for the subways to be shut down, but only six for the bus system.)

Carolina Beach, N. C. October 27, 2012

Beware to everyone on the East Coast the Frankenstorm is coming!

Differences between hurricanes and tornadoes

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between tornadoes and hurricanes? Today I’m going to tell you what I’ve learned:


Possibly an f5 tornado

  1. Very rarely over a mile wide
  2. Always form over land
  3. Usually last only minutes, sometimes an hour or more
  4. Are dependent on a large storm to develop to keep going
  5. Have winds that can reach 300 miles an hour
  6. Always create a funnel


Hurricane Ivan as seen from the International Space Station

  1. Hundreds of miles wide
  2. Always form over warm ocean water
  3. Last for days and sometimes well over a week
  4. Produce rain and flooding
  5. Independent and self sustaining
  6. Have winds ranging from 74 to 200 MPH

Isaac has made landfall

Kids on a bench on the shore of Lake Pontchatrain

Plaquernines Parish Aug 29, 2012

Bayou La Batre August 28, 2012

These are pics from Hurricane Isaac taken yesterday and today. I cannot believe the pic of two boys and a dog playing in the lake during a hurricane. Some tornadoes are expected with this storm so we pray that everyone will be safe. Because of this storm my dad is going to have to work overtime dealing with insurance claims.  Because the storm is moving so slowly, 15″ – 25″ of rain is expected.  One good thing might be that the storm will put enough water in the Mississippi River to let the barges and boats go up and down again.  By the time it gets to the Great Lakes it is expected to give 5″ to 10″ of rain.

Beware of Issac

Issac’s projected track as of Aug 22, 2012

Issac is a cat 1 hurricane that is heading towards the U.S.  I am planning to track Issac until it dissipates.

I hope I can bring you pictures. But you can send in your own Issac pictures and I’ll try to post them.