Unprecedented: January Storms in Atlantic and Pacific

January 13, 2016

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Figure 1. VIIRS visible satellite image of Subtropical Storm Alex on the afternoon of January 13, 2016. Image credit: NASA Worldview.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Jeff Masters in WeatherUnderground:

As we ring in the New Year with record to near-record warm temperatures over much of Earth’s oceans, we are confronted with something that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago: simultaneous January named storms in both the Atlantic and Central Pacific.

The earliest named storm on record in the Central Pacific, Hurricane Pali, formed on January 7, and now the Atlantic has joined the early-season hurricane party, with Subtropical Storm Alex spinning up into history with 50 mph winds in the waters about 785 miles south-southwest of the Azores Islands. The average date of the first named storm in the Atlantic is July 9; the Central Pacific also typically sees its first named storm in July. Alex could retain its subtropical characteristics till as late as Friday, when it will be shooting northward toward Greenland en route to being absorbed in a high-latitude storm.

Meanwhile, Pali is predicted to remain a tropical cyclone for at least the next five days, perhaps coming within 2° latitude of the equator–something only two other tropical cyclones in world history have been observed to do–as the storm arcs toward the southwest and eventually back northwest, potentially becoming a typhoon when it crosses the Date Line.

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2 Responses to “Unprecedented: January Storms in Atlantic and Pacific”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Nothing to see here, move along, indeed. It’s just more of that extreme weather that was predicted as a result of AGW. Everyone can just go back to shopping and watching reality TV until it blows into their backyards. Then they will just blame it on “bad luck”, clean up the mess and file insurance claims, and go back to shopping and watching reality TV.


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