Thursday, July 3, 2008

2008 Hurricane Season Sets Record:
Tropical Storm Bertha

How's that for a dramatic headline? The facts are somewhat less apocalyptic, but impressive anyway. Jeff Masters' Wunderblog notes that Bertha, which formed this morning near the Cape Verde islands at longitude 25W, is the first tropical storm in history to have developed so far east this early in the season. In fact, it's the easternmost storm to have formed in the entire month of July. Complete records covering the eastern Atlantic go only as far back as 1967 with the beginning of satellite coverage, however.

Bertha is currently a minimal tropical storm with maximum winds of 40 mph. Gradual strenthening is expected as it moves toward the west northwest during the next couple of days.

Image from Google Earth

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