Monday, 22 October 2007

Monday notes

Horrendous weather through the night, winds blowing, rains lashing - only for it all to subside after daybreak. Sunrise here at around 8.15 am. Don't forget the clocks go back next weekend. It'll lengthen the morning, but will seriously curtail the afternoons to sunset before 5pm. Nice. Not.

It is currently falling quiet on the hurricane front. Tropical storm Kiko is veering out into the open Pacific, west of Baja California, where it will dissipate later this week. No other cyclones to report on, and none are in the offing. The northern hemisphere season is now winding down to its close on November 30th, whilst the southern hemisphere season will commence next week on November 1st. Anything land-threatening will continue to feature on this blog.

Although there have been some huge typhoons in the Pacific, and the Atlantic has seen fit to flex its muscles with two category 5 hurricanes (Dean and Felix), we can safely say that the hurricane season has (so far) been mercifully moderate. The forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are very jumpy with their pre-season outlook, afraid they're going to miss another "2005", which extended into January 2006 and wreaked havoc in the North Atlantic basin.

Meanwhile, the Mediterranean has been playing host to "Medicanes", depressions which look suspicious like tropical cyclones on the satellite imagery. The water temperatures in the Mediterranean (at 23C / 73F) are too low for fully blown hurricane formation, but it is suggested that with the current trend in climate change, water temperatures could rise to the threshold of 26C / 80F. Some of the medicanes seen in the Mediterranean over the years would have warranted a name, had the National Hurricane Center in Miami been in charge. Nobody is, but methinks the World Meteorological Organisation better put its thinking cap on about this issue.


  1. We are due for some nasty weather tomorrow, this has been a quiet hurricane season, thankfully.

  2. We have had a leaden grey kind of day here in the lakes.  Not a breeze!  The poor birds are having to really rely on their wings today.  It looked like hard work for them without the thermals or a breeze to help them glide on the wing.I hope your winds and lashing rains stay away from here Guido.  You can hang onto them up there where you are.   Lol!


  3. Thanks for reminding us of the time change coming up.   I don't look forward to darkness coming so early.  It'll be time for the winder blues to set in.

  4. Oh Guido, I am reading the best adventure book about a guy who signed on to follow Captain Cook's journey with the Endeavor in a replica.  It is called Blue Latitudes.  I am sure rough weather is ahead.  I am giving it to my son Dan for Xmas who sailed the seven seas 3 years in the navy in Japan.  The Voyage by Sterling Hayden is one of my favorite sea going books.  Do you like them?  How about Herman Melville? This is where I got interested in the weather and ships, reading those.  Gerry