Tuesday, September 2, 2008

1-2-3-4 Punch?

Well, Gustav is now inland and still doing some damage from flooding rains and tornadoes.

I want to show you an example of how your CoCoRaHS data is being used. (this is just one of dozens of potential examples)

The Hydrometeorological Predction Center, which takes over forecasting tropical systems once they are inland and convert to a remnant low pressure, puts out public statements a few times each day. They always include rainfall totals.

Click here to see the most recent statement. Scroll down and look at the rainfall totals. Notice how many are from CoCoRaHS!

Are any of these totals your total? I'd be pretty excited if they were using my data.

Back to the 1-2-3 and maybe even 4-punch.

There are 3 systems potentially to go.

The most imminent is Hannah, formerly a tropical storm, then hurricane, now back to tropical storm.

It should reclaim hurricane status over the next day or so as it begins to move along the eastern coast of Florida.

Locations from Miami to Virginia Beach should keep an eye on this storm.

Behind Hannah comes Ike and Josephine -- both way out in the Atlantic, but both poised to move into the Caribbean and eventually may threaten the US.

If you like following the tropics and have never been to the National Hurricane Center's website, I encourage you to click here and visit now.

We'll get back into the daily weather lesson hopefully tomorrow. I am short on time today.

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