2011 Hurricane / Tropical Data for Atlantic

via unisys.com

Individual Storm Summary

Winds in knots, pressure in millibars,
category is based on Saffir-Simpson scale.

# Name Date Wind Pres Cat  
1 Tropical Storm ARLENE 29 JUN-01 JUL 55 993  
2 Tropical Storm BRET 17-22 JUL 55 996  
3 Tropical Storm CINDY 20-22 JUL 50 1000  
4 Tropical Storm DON 27-30 JUL 45 998  
5 Tropical Storm EMILY 01-07 AUG 45  
6 Tropical Storm FRANKLIN 12-13 AUG 40 1004  
7 Tropical Storm GERT 14-16 AUG 50 1000  
8 Tropical Storm HARVEY 19-22 AUG 50 994  
9 Hurricane-3 IRENE 20-29 AUG 105 942 3  
10 Tropical Depression TEN 25-26 AUG 30 1007  
11 Tropical Storm JOSE 28-29 AUG 40 1007  
12 Hurricane-4 KATIA 29 AUG-10 SEP 115 4  
13 Tropical Storm LEE 02-05 SEP 50 986  
14 Hurricane-1 MARIA 06-16 SEP 70 979 1  
15 Tropical Storm NATE 07-11 SEP 60 994  
16 Hurricane-4 OPHELIA 21 SEP-03 OCT 120 940 4  
17 Hurricane-1 PHILIPPE 24 SEP-08 OCT 80 976 1  
18 Hurricane-2 RINA 23-28 OCT 95 966 2  
19 Tropical Storm SEAN 08-11 NOV 55 983  

via NOAA

The 2011 Hurricane Season in 4.5 minutes

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on Nov. 30 and produced a total of 19 tropical storms of which seven became hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. This level of activity matched NOAA’s predictions and continues the trend of active hurricane seasons that began in 1995.

Surprisingly, none of the first eight tropical storms reached hurricane status, a record since reliable reports started in 1851. Hurricane Irene‘s effects in the Caribbean and the United States led to 43 deaths and accounted for the bulk of this season’s damage at $7.3 billion. Irene was the first landfalling hurricane in New Jersey in 108 years. Hurricane Katia had far-reaching effects causing severe weather in Northern Ireland and Scotland and power blackouts as far east as Saint Petersburg in Russia. Tropical Storm Lee caused major flooding in Pennsylvania, New York and into the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The strongest storm of the season was Ophelia, which reached category four strength in the Atlantic Ocean east of Bermuda.

An integral part of NOAA’s ability to monitor and predict hurricane formation and movement is the data that is provided by the GOES satellite, with its visible imagery, infrared sensors, and sounding capabilities. This animations merges both the visible and infrared imagery taken by the GOES East (GOES-13) satellite every 30 minutes over the Northern Hemisphere from June 1 — November 28, 2011.

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Active 2011 hurricane season breaks ‘Hurricane Amnesia’

Irene the first hurricane to hit U.S. in three years; Northeast reminded it’s also vulnerable

November 28, 2011

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Wednesday, having produced a total of 19 tropical storms of which seven became hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. This level of activity matched NOAA’s predictions and continues the trend of active hurricane seasons that began in 1995.

The 19 tropical storms represent the third-highest total (tied with 1887, 1995, and 2010) since records began in 1851 and is well above the average of 11. However, the number of hurricanes and major hurricanes is only slightly above the average of six and two, respectively. This year’s totals include a post-storm upgrade of Tropical Storm Nate to hurricane status, and the addition of a short-lived, unnamed tropical storm that formed in early September between Bermuda and Nova Scotia. This unnamed storm, along with several other weak, short-lived named storms, could have gone undetected without modern satellite technology.

Irene was the lone hurricane to hit the United States in 2011, and the first one to do so since Ike struck southeast Texas in 2008. Irene was also the most significant tropical cyclone to strike the Northeast since Hurricane Bob in 1991.

“Irene broke the ‘hurricane amnesia’ that can develop when so much time lapses between landfalling storms,” said Jack Hayes, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “This season is a reminder that storms can hit any part of our coast and that all regions need to be prepared each and every season.”

As far as landfalling major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5 with top winds of 111mph and greater) are concerned, the lull continues. 2011 marks a record six straight years without one hitting the United States. The last one to do so was Wilma in 2005. Nonetheless, wind is not the only threat with tropical systems as proven by Irene and Lee, which caused deadly and destructive flooding. On average, more than half of the fatalities related to tropical systems are due to flooding. continue reading http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20111128_endofhurricaneseason_2011.html

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North Georgia / Alabama winter precipation November 28-29 2011

Final Update: 10:00 PM 11/30/2011

The event was much as I anticipated.

Locally, reports of rain snow mix, snow showers in areas of north Harris county. Snow in north Georgia and Alabama 1-2 inches and less.

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Update: 9:00 AM EST 11/27/2011

I’m not going to change anything from previous [Below] at this time. Still looking at a chance of sleet mixing in with rain at times or a snow flurry or two in the local area.

Best chance of seeing any winter precipitation, early Tuesday.

Things could change between now and Tuesday and likely will with such a dynamic system as this. Will we get a surprise ?

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An interesting set up coming this week. I toyed with this over on my Facebook page earlier this week.

Northern Alabama and Northern Georgia may see some accumulating winter precipitation.

Pretty sure from looking at models, any precipitation that falls in central Georgia Saturday into Sunday will be liquid. Models vary Late Sunday night into Monday and further into the coming week.

Should the slower and deepening model solutions come into play, we may be looking at some frozen type of precipitation in the northern tiers of Alabama and Georgia Monday night, and with enough wrap around moisture from the cut off low which is expected to form may see wintery precipitation into Tuesday morning.

I’m not looking for anything to fall in the frozen category in the local area. Should the cut off low position itself further south, slow to a crawl and allow the colder air further south to interact with abundant moisture which is expected, there is a slim chance of seeing some flurries or sleet in the local area. If anything frozen does fall locally accumulation is not expected as ground temperatures are still quite warm. This all depends on the specific track of the low in question.

On a wetter note: We will be picking up some much needed rain if nothing else. Winter doesn’t officially begin until December 22. The first week of December looks interesting as well.

I’ll have an update Saturday or Sunday at the latest.

Here’s some model runs in no particular order:

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15zsref

18znam

12zeuro

Tornado in Troup County Georgia November 22 2011 ????

I’m not able to confirm a tornado in Troup or Heard county around 6:00 PM EST November 22 2011. I have looked at various reporting services and none of them have any reports of a tornado touching down.

There was a tornado warning issued:

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
607 PM EST TUE NOV 22 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN HEARD COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
NORTHERN TROUP COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA

* UNTIL 645 PM EST

* AT 604 PM EST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 12 MILES WEST OF
LAGRANGE…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
HOGANSVILLE AND CORINTH.

I tweeted it, as well as posted it on my facebook page ‘Cataula GA Weather Alerts’:

Cataula GA Weather Alerts
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR 50 MPH WINDS IN TROUP AND HEARD COUNTIES UNTIL 630 PM EST #gawx
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Cataula GA Weather Alerts
TORNADO WARNING FOR SOUTHEASTERN HEARD COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA NORTHERN TROUP COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA UNTIL 645 PM EST #gawx
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I also have a radar screenshot of the warned area from a friend:

And this report from a local media outlet wltz.com – TV38:

NWS: Tornado touches down in Troup County

Troup Co. GA- According to the National Weather Service a tornado has touched down in Troup County, Georgia near the Wares Cross Road.

The National Weather Service says that their Doppler radar indicates that the storm touched down at 6:27 PM and is moving northeast at 30 miles per hour.

Other locations included in the National Weather Service’s tornado warning for northern Troup County include, Hogansville, Hillcrest, Harrisonville and Corinth.

The tornado warning expired at 6:45 PM.

I’m guessing this was nothing more than a radar indicated tornado, as I have not found any reports of the tornado touching down or damage reports other than the one you see above form WLTZ TV 38. I’m also guessing that the person who wrote the above and the person who posted it dont know what the heck they’re talking about. I believe they misinterpreted the information.

If you have any information or are able to verify a tornado touching down in Troup county, please share in the comment section below or contact me [see top left sidebar].

See related: Isolated Strong to Severe Storms still on tack for Tuesday 11/22