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Hurricane season might pack extra kick

Aug 9, 2012
A satellite image of Hurricane Ernesto taken on August 7th, 2012

A satellite image of Hurricane Ernesto taken on August 7th, 2012


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has decided to up its prediction for the oncoming hurricane season, already taking into account the advancement of El Nino.

With six major storms already to date, the current NOAA outlook indicates a 50 percent likelihood for "normal season" weather, but has raised the expectation on "above normal" conditions to 35 percent. On the other end of the spectrum - perhaps the most intriguing change - the chances at a "below normal" season have been reduced to 15 percent. It would seem as if the NOAA is definitely expecting more harsh weather than sunshine in the hurricane months (June 1st to November 30th).

NOAA projects the Atlantic Basin to see: 12 to 17 named storms, top wins of 39mpg or higher; 5 to 8 hurricanes with top winds greater than, or equal to 74mph, 2 to 3 of which could be major hurricanes with category 3, 4, or 5 winds (111mph).

“We are increasing the likelihood of an above-normal season because storm-conducive wind patterns and warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures are now in place in the Atlantic,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the Climate Prediction Center. “These conditions are linked to the ongoing high activity era for Atlantic hurricanes that began in 1995. Also, strong early-season activity is generally indicative of a more active season.”

Interestingly, NOAA seasonal climate forecasters also announced that El Niño will likely develop in August or September.

“El Niño is a competing factor, because it strengthens the vertical wind shear over the Atlantic, which suppresses storm development. However, we don’t expect El Niño’s influence until later in the season,” Bell said.

For more information, visit the official NOAA article.

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Aug 12, 2012 08:42 pm
 Posted by  Rob-Swan46

My SSB worked very well in the past on my Swan 46. Used PACTOR modem, etc, and got good long range connectivity.

Did not use for a few years.. seems degraded.
I will go through this list to check out everything.

I no longer use the PACTOR... I use Iridium Satphone.

What is the best way to test the radio?
Who to call/frequency... from Newport, RI.


Sep 11, 2012 11:09 am
 Posted by  Ocean Navigator

Jeff Williams responds:

First would be a listen test - can he hear the checkins for Herb ( He might be the wrong distance to actually hear Herb, but he should be able to hear some of the check-ins. Also, listen in on the USCG weather broadcasts ( NMN should be audible from RI.

I'm a little out of touch with Atlantic nets, but here are some possibilities:
TransAtlantic Maritime Mobile (21.4MHz, 1300UTC) - This is a ham net.
Mobile Maritime Net (14.3MHz, 1600-2000UTC) - Also a ham net

In the early AM, he might be able to hear some of the Caribbean nets on 8MHZ
Canadian Cruisers Net 8182.0 1200UTC
Caribbean Safety & Security 8104.0 1215UTC
If he can hear any boats on either of these nets, he could try calling them.

Hope this is helpful

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