Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tropical Season Update: Lonely Laura May Develop Siblings

After minimal Hurricane Kyle lashed eastern Maine, southern New Brunswick, and western Nova Scotia, Subtropical Storm Laura developed early Monday morning in the north-central Atlantic, about 1000 miles west of the Azores. Maximum winds were 60 mph, and some strengthening was expected, but the storm never exceeded that intensity. Laura became a tropical storm on Tuesday and gradually weakened as it continued moving generally northward over colder waters. The storm lost its tropical characteristics and weakened further yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University released their updated hurricane season forecast yesterday. They expect an active October, with 3 named storms, 2 of which would be hurricanes, with 1 of them major (Category 3 or higher). So far this season, there have been a total of 12 named storms, including 6 hurricanes, 3 of which were major.

Image: Laura track from Weather Underground

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