On our way to the 21st (and last named) tropical storm of the season

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  1. Whyren macrumors 6502a

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    Currently a tropical depression (24) in the Caribbean (between Honduras, Jamaica and Cuba), it is currently forecast to become a hurricane (the 11th of the Atlantic season), and potentially a major one (the 6th of the Atlantic season). If so, it will be Wilma, and any storms following it will have to be named after the letters of the Greek alphabet.

    We've already beat the record of the most named Atlantic storms (19 in 1995) and are close to beating the most Atlantic tropical storms ever recorded in one year (21 in 1933).

    And hurricane season isn't over until November 30th.
     
  2. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    hmm...will there be a hurricane alpha? and how will that be written. will it be "alpha" or will it be the greek character?
     
  3. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    The guys at work seem to favor just starting on next years names but the NOAA writes the rules on it.

    I'll have to ask what they thing about it monday.

    I think it is just going to be written out Alpha. Perhaps Alfa.
     
  4. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    That's quite silly to use greek letters - will the retire a letter if it ever becomes a major storm? And what happens after they've used up all the letters?

    Silly questions, I know, but it doesn't sound like a very well thought out process.

    And none of this has to do with global warming *cough* - but lets not discuss that here

    D :p
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, but the naming convention was cooked up by the same guys that faked the moon land... er, never mind. ;)
     
  6. Whyren thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, that's a good question...maybe they'll switch to other language alphabets...hurricanes Aleph and Beth, anyone?
     
  7. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Way the hell to confusing with Alpha and Beta. Plus Beth shows up in the normal rotation...

    We may come full circle on this and just go back to numbers. :D
     
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    And we skipped Quentin...

    There just aren't enough QXYZ names for 6 years and possible extras for retirements. Maybe next year...
     
  10. Whyren thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Update

    Interesting point at the latest update:

    We have Wilma. Current forecasts take it into the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, so it could potentially make landfall in the US.
     
  11. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Wilma still looks on target for NOLA - just what they need now....

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  12. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Look out, S. Florida!

    Wilma ties hurricane record, and its projected path could take it toward South Florida pending a sharp, northeast turn early Friday.
     
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    Crap I'm rignt in the middle of the cone of uncertainty. Maybe that's a good thing this early. They've never been right yet :eek: Keep away Wilma!!!
     
  14. Whyren thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I prefer the NHC's Shade Circles of Danger. :p

    Looks kinda like the path Charley took last year, just a bit southwards.
     
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    LMAO :D Danger Will Robinson! You're in the shaded area!!!

    South of Charley would blow. Fort Myers, that is...
     
  16. Whyren thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wilma close to rivalling Katrina and Rita in intensity

    Wilma is now a strong Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph and minimum pressure of 901mb (getting darn close to Katrina-902/Rita-897 levels there), making it the 6th major hurricane of the season. NHC says there's a decent chance it could reach Cat 5 by the end of the day.

    Looks like it may be Florida's turn.
     
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    I just read cat 5. 884 mB.

    Florida is kinda screwed.

    The NHC has no idea what they are going to do if they have to retire Alpha...
     
  18. Whyren thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This is the third :)eek: ) Cat. 5 in one season (new record I believe).

    Plus, by preliminary measurements Hurricane Wilma is now the most intense Atlantic hurricane recorded (by pressure) beating the previous record set by Gilbert in 1988 (w/ 888mb pressure), though NHC says wait for better measurements.
     
  19. Whyren thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If it makes you feel any better, NHC's only forecasting a 4% strike chance for Fort Myers now. Let's hope it moves south.
     
  20. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Ok, this isn't right - now we had this at 80 mph winds last night and this morning its 175 mph!!!?!?! with the lowest record pressure ever for an Atlantic storm?

    I hope it stays over water and loses some power before hitting land, otherwise this isn't going to be good.

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  21. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Whoa! I hadn't even noticed the upgrade on
    Wilma 'til I just read your post. That's scary.
     
  22. Whyren thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    On a positive note, though, the winds are fairly concentrated around the eye and don't go out very far, sort of like Charley last year.

    Then again, Charley is counted as the 2nd most expensive hurricane to hit the US (until this year's figures come in).
     
  23. Nanda Devi macrumors regular

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    Hey, guess where I'm supposed to be going this weekend?

    Miami Beach!!

    My flight takes off Saturday afternoon, just about the time Wilma is supposed to be hitting FLA. It's an international PR conference that my company is paying to send me to, and according to the organization's Web site, it's still on at this point... They say they won't know whether they're going to call it off until Thursday night or even as late as Friday morning.

    I'm really hoping they cancel it. The hotel I'm supposed to stay at is RIGHT on the ocean... doesn't seem too safe to me!

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  24. Whyren thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Latest update has some positive news for you Floridians:

    "Wilma is now expected to spend enough time in or near the Yucatan to result in a significantly weaker storm in the Gulf when it approaches Florida."

    It looks like it will be either the Yucatan or Florida that will get hit hard.
     

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