Storm Barney Comes To Play

It is going to get very windy later today as a potent low-pressure system – dubbed Barney – comes to play at the party. Don’t be fooled by the friendly name, winds over land will be unusually gusty during the afternoon and evening rush, so our advice would be to not make any unnecessary trips.

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Storm Abigail and Ex-hurricane Kate To Set Stormy Scene

Over the past week or so we have fallen into a warm Atlantic conveyor-belt pattern of weather which has brought rain band after rain band but very mild temperatures. The reason is a persistent low south of Iceland and a persistent high over the continent, we being stuck in between. It’s about to crank up a notch or two, however, as two named storms enter the party. Step up Abigail and Kate.
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Yet Another Tropical Cyclone Hits Yemen

UPDATE: 1200Z Sunday 8th November

Tropical Cyclone Megh intensified overnight and at 0900Z the JTWC had its intensity at 110 gusting 135 knots (204 gusting 250 kph). The eye has just passed over the northern part of the island of Socotra, as shown by the latest 1-km visible image (1130Z) and a 85 GHz microwave image at 1039Z. Earlier satellite-derived precipitation rates were around 1.2 inches (30 mm) per hour.

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Live: Tropical Cyclone Chapala

Updated 2300UTC, Monday 2nd November, 2015

Storm surge starts to flood coastal areas of Socotra. Image from Emirates247

Tropical Cyclone 04A (Chapala), which rapidly became a strong tropical cyclone (hurricane) in the Arabian Sea a few days ago (see here), is now in the Gulf of Aden, south of Al Mukalla, Yemen. It has reduced to 90 knots from its highest 145 knots, and is starting weaken under the effects of increased windshear and the Yemeni terrain. It will make landfall as a minimal hurricane at about 0600Z Wednesday (0900 local time) and will bring life-threatening rainfall over a wide area.

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Tropical Cyclone Chapala Intensifying And Heading For Arabian Peninsula

indian ocean irA tropical cyclone (or hurricane as we know it) has formed in the Arabian Sea and is heading west towards the Arabian peninsula. It looks set to hit somewhere around the border between Oman and Yemen on Monday as a strong Category 3 or 4 storm, with sustained winds of up to 115 knots (225 kph). This is liable to cause substantial damage and life-threatening floods to an area not accustomed to such severe weather.
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An Analysis Of Record Hurricane Patricia

patricia_a2015296_2035_1kmHurricane Patricia has been one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded anywhere on the globe. It was certainly the strongest ever to be recorded in the National Hurricane Center’s area of responsibility (Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins), with faster intensification and lower pressure than Linda in 1997. It made landfall in western Mexico early this morning, thankfully having weakened slightly, but still as a Category 5 hurricane and currently bringing life-threatening rainfall to central Mexico. Its lifetime has been short but remarkable, as described below.
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