Thursday, August 4, 2016

They Call It Speedo . . .

. . . but its real name is Tropical Storm Earl. 
The fifth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is indeed a fast mover, and it also strengthened from tropical storm status to a hurricane with considerable speed.  It formed not too far from where hurricane Sandy formed in October 2012, though it's taking a different path, striking Belize as a hurricane and now over northern Guatemala and heading  for Mexico as a tropical storm once again.
Sorry to be a downer, but this could be a taste of what's to come for the U.S. East Coast.  I suspect that the eastern seaboard will be under a greater threat as we move into peak season in late August and early September, and, as Sandy proved, even late October is conducive to a massive storm forming and affecting the coast.  Also, even as Florida has gotten a break, the Northeast has seen these storms threaten us more regularly.  Two of them  - Irene and the aforementioned Sandy - hit New Jersey and New York, while a third - Joaquin - came close.  (Alas, it spawned a nor'easter that did hit land.)  All from climate change, no doubt.
Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy ride. :-O 

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