Two disturbances are in the Atlantic Ocean. One has a 70% chance of formation
A pair of disturbances are in the Atlantic Ocean Sunday morning, one of which the National Hurricane Center estimates has a high chance of becoming a storm system by next weekend and one of which has a high chance of becoming nothing.news.yahoo.com
US Navy's newest carrier to deploy, train with NATO nations
The USS Gerald R. Ford leaves the world's largest Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia, Monday along with destroyers and other warships, the U.S. Navy said in a statement Thursday. The carrier strike group will join ships in the Atlantic Ocean from countries that include France, Germany and Sweden for various exercises, including anti-submarine warfare. “The Atlantic is an area of strategic interest,” Vice Admiral Daniel Dwyer said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Mom charged with drowning 3 kids near famed NY boardwalk
A New York City mom accused of drowning her three children in the Atlantic Ocean was charged with murder Wednesday. Authorities announced the charges two days after Erin Merdy, 30, was found wandering barefoot and soaking wet, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from where children were discovered at the water's edge off of Brooklyn's Coney Island boardwalk. The city medical examiner determined Tuesday that 7-year-old Zachary Merdy, 4-year-old Liliana Merdy and 3-month-old Oliver Bondarev died by drowning.news.yahoo.com
August without a named tropical storm? See how rare that is, and how previous years compare
Here’s a look at the rarity of an August without a named tropical storm or hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean. It looks like we will probably make it through August without a tropical weather system becoming strong enough to be a named storm in the Atlantic. It may be a quiet hurricane season so far, but the saying in Florida is it only takes one hurricane at your house to make a bad hurricane season. According to NOAA, “An average hurricane season produces 14 named storms, of which seven become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.”1997 remained a less-than-active hurricane season with only nine named storms. In contrast, here is the total hurricane season in 2020, a very active hurricane season.mlive.com
Man filming Florida sunrise dies when sand dune collapses on him
HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A 35-year-old Florida man who was recording the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean died when a sand dune collapsed on top of him, sheriff’s officials said. A beachgoer saw a portion of the man’s body protruding from the sand on Hutchinson Island early Monday and called for help, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. The man was apparently resting beneath the dune while recording the sunrise when the hill of sand collapsed, detectives said. They said it appears the man had died as a result of being trapped underneath the sand. Hutchinson Island is north of West Palm Beach on Florida’s Atlantic coast.mlive.com
Strange lines of holes punched into Atlantic Ocean floor found by scientists
By Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer (TNS)Scientists exploring a submerged mountain range in the mid-Atlantic stumbled onto something they can’t explain: An organized series of holes punched in the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. The discovery was made July 23, and photos show the dots connect into nearly straight lines ... or trails ... or designs. NOAA Ocean Exploration isn’t yet sure how to explain it. “We observed several of these sublinear sets of holes in the sediment. These holes have been previously reported from the region, but their origin remains a mystery,” NOAA Ocean Exploration reported.mlive.com
Jewish family repays the Greek family who saved them from the Nazis
A Jewish family helped another family open a new restaurant after their first one closed during the pandemic. It was their way of giving back after their longtime friends sheltered them in Greece during the Nazi invasion. Jan Crawford shares more.news.yahoo.com
New Vikings head coach: I guess I should thank the Detroit Lions for trading me after 5 days in 2009
That includes Martin Mayhew, the former Detroit Lions general manager who now runs the Washington Commanders. “My wife’s like, ‘Oh, we weren’t married at the time, I didn’t care,’” O’Connell quipped. He went from the Browns’ quarterbacks coach in 2015 to working with Matthew Stafford in Los Angeles last season, and was just hired to replace Mike Zimmer as the head coach in Minnesota. Asked over breakfast about that week in Detroit, O’Connell went right to Matthew Stafford, who he’d go on to coach last season as the offensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams. “We weren’t together long, but it was funny, kind of eventually coming full circle to coach him.mlive.com
The Brazil resort town disappearing into the sea
The Atlantic Ocean advances an average of six meters (nearly 20 feet) a year in Atafona, a small town north of Rio de Janeiro, which has long been prone to extreme erosion -- now exacerbated by climate change. The sea has already submerged more than 500 houses, turning the once idyllic coastline into an underwater graveyard of wrecked structures.news.yahoo.com
Mass swarm of dead fish in Atlantic prompts European inquiry
France and the European Union are investigating why a massive swarm of dead fish was released by a huge trawler in the Atlantic Ocean off France, after an environmental group released dramatic video and photos of the incident. The images by the group Sea Shepherd show a blanket of dead blue whiting fish floating on the surface of the Bay of Biscay, off the coast of southwest France.news.yahoo.com
Canary Islands: More than 400 migrants rescued in Atlantic
Spanish rescuers have saved and disembarked more than 400 migrants and asylum seekers to the Canary Islands in the past two days as they attempted to reach the Atlantic Ocean archipelago from West Africa on overcrowded and often unsafe boats.
Eye Opener: Wicked weather slams Midwest
More than a dozen tornadoes were reported as a severe storm system slammed the Midwest. Plus: Thousands of passengers were stranded this weekend when Southwest Airlines cancelled nearly 2,000 flights. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.news.yahoo.com
Tropical storm Elsa, 5th named storm, threatens Caribbean
Officials in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are warning people to plan for possible evacuations as the tiny islands hit recently by massive volcanic eruptions prepares for potential flooding and landslides from Tropical Storm Elsa, which was whirling toward the eastern Caribbean.
Spain's foreign minister visits Senegal to discuss migration
(AP Photo/Javier Bauluz)DAKAR – Spain’s foreign minister met Sunday with Senegal's president in the West African country’s capital Sunday to discuss the sudden increase of Senegalese migrants attempting to reach the Canary Islands by boat. Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya met with President Macky Sall in Dakar to discuss migration and border cooperation between Spain, the European Union and Senegal. Human rights groups have been warning about the reopening of the Atlantic route to the Canary Islands since late 2019, when arrivals began increasing slowly. He participated in the meeting between Spain's foreign minister and Senegalese counterpart Aïssata Tall Sall. Sarr said they would work with Spain to increase legal ways for Senegalese to work in Europe, including circular migration programs.
Spain in diplomatic push over migrant flow to Canary Islands
(AP Photo/Javier Bauluz)MADRID – The Spanish government is ratcheting up its response to the steady build-up of migrant arrivals to the Canary Islands from Africa, including a fresh diplomatic offensive. Moroccans have been the most numerous among recent migrant arrivals to the Spanish archipelago, whose nearest islands lie around 70 miles (110 kms) west of the north African nation. Around half of those arrivals —and most of the deaths— have been in the past 30 days, a spike that has strained resources on the Canary Islands. Spanish Transport Minister José Luis Ábalos, also on the island, pledged more resources to the stretched maritime rescue services. The IOM's Spain envoy, María Jesús Herrera, who was on a field visit in the islands this week, described the situation as “critical."
Spain opens 2nd migrant camp on overrun Gran Canaria island
The establishment of a second temporary migrant processing center on the island of Gran Canaria comes amid increasing criticism from local authorities and human rights groups. A pier on the quiet southwest coast of Gran Canaria has become the center of Spain’s ongoing humanitarian crisis. The new camp opening Wednesday will be able to hold 800 people in tents, according to the Interior Ministry. “The Canary Islands are a powder keg. With at least 493 deaths recorded so far this year, the route to the Canary Islands has seen proportionally more deaths per every arrival than the Central Mediterranean journey from Libya to Italy or Malta.
Migrant arrivals putting pressure on Spain's Canary Islands
African migrants after arriving at the coast of Gran Canaria island, Spain on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean sailing on a wooden boat, a group of 44 migrants arrived at Maspalomas beach. More than half of the 16,000 migrants who arrived this year in the Spanish islands off northwest Africa did so in the last four weeks, a sharp influx worrying international and non-profit organizations. That’s compared to around 1,500 arrivals recorded last year in the archipelago, better known for its vacation resorts popular among northern Europeans. The new migrant focus on the perilous Canary Islands route, first seen in 2006, has come as authorities crack down on previously popular passages across the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to European Union countries.
Hurricanes stay stronger longer after landfall than in past
(Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA via AP)Hurricanes are keeping their staying power longer once they make landfall, spreading more inland destruction, according to a new study. Warmer ocean waters from climate change are likely making hurricanes lose power more slowly after landfall, because they act as a reserve fuel tank for moisture, the study found. It found that in the 1960s, hurricanes declined two-thirds in wind strength within 17 hours of landfall. There’s less study of what hurricanes do once they make landfall than out at sea, so Chakraborty said he was surprised when he saw a noticeable trend in decay taking longer. But hurricanes aren’t running out of gas as much, especially in the last 25 years when the trend accelerated, Chakraborty said.
New storm Zeta a hurricane threat to Mexico, US Gulf Coast
MIAMI – Newly formed Tropical Storm Zeta strengthened Sunday in the western Caribbean and will probably become a hurricane before hitting Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and the U.S. Gulf Coast in coming days. Zeta was the earliest named 27th Atlantic storm recorded in an already historic hurricane season. The system was centered about 300 miles (480 kilometers) southeast of Cozumel island in Mexico at midafternoon, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The government is still handing out aid, including sheet roofing, to Yucatan residents hit by Hurricane Delta and Tropical Storm Gamma earlier this month. The hurricane center said it could make landfall anywhere from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
Weakened Hurricane Epsilon moves north over Atlantic Ocean
MIAMI – A weakened Hurricane Epsilon moved northward Friday over the Atlantic Ocean, a day after after skirting well east of Bermuda. Epsilon's top sustained winds fell Thursday to 85 mph (140 kph), dropping it from a Category 2 to a Category 1 storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. But large ocean swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along the coast of New England and Atlantic Canada during the next couple of days, the hurricane center warned. Earlier in the week, Epsilon had gained 50 mph (80 kph) in wind speed in just 24 hours to become a major hurricane on Wednesday. This year's season has had so many storms that the hurricane center has turned to the Greek alphabet after running out of official names.
Weakened Hurricane Epsilon skirting well east of Bermuda
MIAMI – A weakened Hurricane Epsilon skirted well east of Bermuda on Thursday night, prompting officials to lift a tropical storm warning for the Atlantic island. The Miami-based center said Epsilon was about 190 miles (300 kilometers) east of Bermuda at 11 p.m as it moved north-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph). Forecasters said the storm would track over the Atlantic Ocean well east of the island in coming hours. Earlier in the week, Epsilon had gained 50 mph (80 kph) in wind speed in just 24 hours to become a major hurricane on Wednesday. This year's season has had so many storms that the hurricane center has turned to the Greek alphabet after running out of official names.
Spanish islands struggle with migration surge amid pandemic
While Mediterranean crossings are down this year, arrivals on the Canary islands across a treacherous part of the Atlantic Ocean are up nearly 700% on the year. Beefed-up security in the Mediterranean has reduced migration from Africa to the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands in 2020, with 30% fewer arrivals between January and mid-October compared to a year earlier. But the surge in traffic to the Canary Islands comes at a high cost in human lives. Arguing that they lack enough resources, local and regional officials in the Canary Islands have asked the Spanish government for more help, including the use of two military facilities to process the migrants. Prime Minister Sánchez told parliament Wednesday that “we have to do much more” in the Canaries.
US challenges planned expedition to retrieve Titanic's radio
NORFOLK, Va. NORFOLK, Va.The U.S. government will try to stop a company's planned salvage mission to retrieve the Titanics wireless telegraph machine, arguing the expedition would break federal law and a pact with Britain to leave the iconic shipwreck undisturbed. U.S. attorneys filed a legal challenge before a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia, late Monday. The Atlanta-based salvage firm RMS Titanic Inc., plans to recover the radio equipment from a deck house near the ship's grand staircase. The salvage firm disagrees, arguing that hundreds of years of maritime law firmly puts the wreck into the hands of admiralty court in Norfolk. NOAA seeks to jettison the law of the sea, developed over centuries, the firm argued in legal documents filed earlier this year.
Hurricane season outlook 2020: Not good news - what to know
So it is with a great deal of concern that I share with you this years Atlantic hurricane outlook, and its bad news. Broken down into simple statistics, the NHC outlook calls for a 60% chance for an above average season, a 30% chance for an average season, and only a 10% chance for a below average season. If this outlook pans out, then the 2020 hurricane season will set a record as our fifth consecutive season with above-average hurricane activity. More specifically, the 2020 outlook suggests:13-19 names storms (average is 12)6-10 hurricanes (average is 6)3-6 major hurricanes (average is 3)It is important to emphasize that the outlook only predicts actual storms, and not WHERE they will go. Since wind shear is detrimental to tropical cyclones, neutral or La Nina conditions favor Atlantic hurricane development.
Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes off coast of Puerto Rico
ISABELA, Puerto Rico - A 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook Puerto Rico Monday night, striking off the coast of the island in the Atlantic Ocean. The quake hit about 49 miles north-northwest of Isabela, Puerto Rico, around 11:23 p.m. At least three aftershocks have followed the quake including a magnitude 4.7, USGS said. Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vzquez Garced said in a tweet that there was no damage. There is no threat of tsunami from the quake, according to a tweet from The National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Humberto strengthens to Category 1 hurricane
Humberto reaches hurricane strength as it churns eastward across the Atlantic. FREEPORT, Bahamas - Humberto has been upgraded to a hurricane as it moves further east into the Atlantic Ocean and away from land. The Bahamas dodged the brunt of Humberto as it passed by Saturday with sustained winds around 70 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm picked up speed as it moved away from the islands and strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of 75 mph, Sunday night, the center said. Hurricane Humberto is about 785 miles west of Bermuda and moving northeast at 3 mph, the hurricane center said late Sunday.
Hurricane Dorian heads to Canada
NOAA's forecast for Hurricane Dorian's path, as of September 6 at 5 a.m. (CNN) - Hurricane Dorian made one final US stop in southeastern Massachusetts on Saturday as it races through the Atlantic Ocean and toward the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Before hurriedly crossing the border, the Category 1 storm is unloading rain and tropical storm force winds in Massachusetts over the weekend followed by hurricane conditions in parts of Nova Scotia. Since Thursday, Dorian has flooded parts of the Carolinas and spawned a number of tornadoes, as well as lashed Virginia with winds and rain. Between 10 and 15 inches of rain fell in parts of North and South Carolina this week, the National Weather Service said.
Hurricane Dorian: What dictates a hurricane's strength?
Another factor the determines a tropical cyclone's strength is wind shear, which is a change in the wind speed (or direction) with height. Tropical systems develop in areas of low wind shear, because this allows those intense thunderstorms near its center to develop vertically. One good way to see if a tropical storm or hurricane is experiencing wind shear is simply to look at the satellite images. But the wind environment in proximity to a hurricane is a key part of the strength forecast. As you can see, there is a LOT that we meteorologists need to consider when discussing with you the anticipated strength of an approaching hurricane.
Teen Activist Greta Thunberg Sets Sail in Zero-Carbon Atlantic Voyage
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On this day: September 2
1998: Swissair Flight 111 from New York City to Geneva, Switzerland, crashes into the Atlantic Ocean near St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada. All 229 people on board were killed. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada's official report stated that flammable material used in the aircraft's structure allowed a fire to spread beyond the control of the crew, resulting in the loss of control and crash of the aircraft. Here the aircraft involved in the accident is seen at Zurich Airport in July 1998. Hide Caption