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Archives: Spectacular Hurricane Movies and Images--Past and Present

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2005 Hurricane & Typhoon Archives

Hurricane Katrina

So far this year, I have been busy working on other projects. So,... the frequency of site updates has been dramatically reduced. But, I do have some imagery and thoughts on Hurricane Katrina. Being a New Orlean's native, I was horrified to see what happened to my home town. Much of the imagery below was obtained from weathertap.com, GOES Hot Stuff, the New York Times, and NOAA. The amazing thing is that, believe it or not, it could have been much worse for all involved. As of 10/7/05, there have been over 1000 reported fatalities from Lousiana and about 220 fatalities in Mississippi.

Hurricane Rita

2004 Hurricane & Typhoon Archives

The year 2004 was spectacular in terms of the number of hurricanes that struck the US coastline. The University of Wisconsin CIMSS group provided two spectacular Parade of Storm movies. The first movie is (1) an Enhanced Infrared Quicktime Movie while the second is (2) a Water Vapor Quicktime of the 2004 Parade of Storms! I've also included a nice composite satellite photo of Alex, Bonnie, Charlie, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne from CMISS.

Hurricane Ivan:

CLICK to see Morphed Animated Real Time Imagery of Hurricane Ivan Imagery as Ivan passed near Cuba, Created July 2004 by Tony Wimmers at CIMSS

  • Pressure has dropped to 913mb. Here is a VISIBLE Image just before the sun set.
  • 09/13/04--Category 5 Hurricane Ivan heads for the extreme western tip of Cuba as shown on this Visible Animated GIF.
  • An interesting comparison of Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan From the University of Wisconsin Tropical Cyclone Pages
  • After rising to over 920mb, Pressure dropped to about 912mb, 26.93 inches. Here is a VISIBLE Image just south of the Western Cuban coast
  • 09/14/04--Hurricane Ivan emerges into the Gulf of Mexico. Pressure has risen to 931mb (from 910mb), but, he recently looks a little better organized. The Big Question--Will Ivan make that N then NE turn and spare thge Louisiana coast? View a spectacular, late afternoon, VISIBLE ANIMATED GIF of Hurricane Ivan.
  • 09/15/04--Hurricane Ivan (939 mb) approaches the northern Gulf coast as shown in this spectacular Visible Animated GIF. He seems to be better organized than earlier today. The CDO is more symmetrical and the eyewall seems solid. The eye is 40nm in diameter and outflow is well established. New Orleans will be spared the worst.
  • 09/15/04--The CDO had greatly expanded in the western quadrant as shown by this IR Animated GIF thru 1815z
  • 09/15/04--Hurricane Ivan regains a "well defined eye" just prior to moving inland along the northern gulf coast, IR Movie thru 1915z.
  • A spectacular Visible Image of Hurricane Ivan at 2101z as he neared the northern Gulf coast. Pressure had dropped to 933 MB...27.55 INCHES.

    Hurricane Frances

    Just CLICK on the image above for a Quicktime Movie of Hurricane Frances. From the Univ of Wisconscin Tropical Cyclone Page

  • 09/02/04--Hurricane Frances passes directly over San Salvador, Bahamas as shown on this Visible Animated Gif. Pressure was up to 949 mb,
  • 09/02/04--Hurricane Frances demonstrates excellent outflow as shown in this Animated Water Vapor Movie. Perhaps he was experiencing an eye replacement cycle.
  • 09/02/04--Hurricane Frances IR Loop shows the amazing decrease in organization as he moves over San Salavdor, Bahamas. As bad as it was on San Salvador, it could have been so much worse.
  • 09/02/04--Hurricane Frances 1000 meter resolution image. Spectacular! The eye is over San Salvador.
  • 09/02/04--Hurricane Frances North American weather perspective Spectacular! Frances is a very large storm. The eye is over San Salvador. Note the impressive outflow. SAN SALVADOR JUST REPORTED A PRESSURE OF 948 MB...27.99 INCHES.
  • 09/02/04--An Infrared Quicktime of Hurricane Frances as he moves directly over San Salvador. Note the reduction of the eye feature of the storm. The center circulation seems to be totally disrupted. HOWEVER, SAN SALVADOR REPORTED SUSTAINED WINDS OF 120 MPH WHEN THE LEADING EDGE OF THE EYEWALL PASSED OVER THE ISLAND... AND SUSTAINED WINDS OF 101 MPH IN THE TRAILING EDGE OF THE EYEWALL. THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE RECENTLY REPORTED BY RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT WAS 948 MB...27.99 INCHES. SAN SALVADOR REPORTED A PRESSURE OF 948 MB ABOUT TWO HOURS AGO WHEN THE EASTERN PORTION OF THE EYE PASSED OVER THE ISLAND. Some obervations from Millenium Tropical Weather "As I write this mid-afternoon Thursday, Frances eye has closed up somewhat and become shrouded. That in and of itself is meaningless, as this could simply be another eyewall replacement cycle. However, it has been accompanied by a somewhat less symmetric central dense overcast (CDO) and a modest pressure rise up to the highest pressure we've seen in a while. The latest recon fix put Frances at 949mb. That's up roughly 10mb since this morning. While pressures can also rise during an eyewall replacement cycle, rising by 10mb is excessive. "
  • Here are some photos from the damage on San Salvador taken by Dr. Doug Gamble, University of North carolina-Wilmington

    Hurricane Charley:

    Hurricane Charley made landfall today (Aug 13, 2004) just north of Sannibel Island along the western Florida coast. Areas just south of the Charley's landfalling center experienced a significant storm surge. Charley rapidely intensified prior to landfall. At 9:00am, central pressure was 970mb. By 4:00pm, Charley's pressure bottomed out at 941mb, a 29mb drop in only 6-7 hours. Recon reported flight level winds of 148 knots at his peak--the eye had contracted to 5nm when he went inland over North Captiva island.

    Radar Animated Gifs

  • 08/13/04,0900) Charley Animated GIF west of Key West, pressure 970 mb, winds 110mph and very well organized
  • 08/13/04,0937) Charley Animated GIF. Is he making the forecast NNE turn? Looks like it., pressure 970 mb, winds 110mph and very well organized. Look out Tampa!
  • 08/13/04,1056am) Charley Animated GIF., Pressure has dropped to 965 mb (28.49 inches), winds are about 110mph and the eyewall seems to be getting better organized.
  • Here is the 1522z Recon data. Surface winds are estimated at 125 mph. URNT12 KNHC 131522 VORTEX DATA MESSAGE A. 13/1522Z B. 25 DEG 18 MIN N 82 DEG 40 MIN W C. 700 MB 2786 M D. 100 KT E. 038 DEG 004 NM F. 127 DEG 107 KT G. 034 DEG 003 NM H. 964 MB I. 10 C/ 3054 M J. 18 C/ 3031 M K. 8 C/ NA L. CLOSED WALL M. C10 N. 12345/07 O. 0.1/2 NM P. AF963 0903A CHARLEY OB 09 MAX FL WIND 121 KT SE QUAD 1406Z.
  • The storm looks like it will hit the coast between Ft. Myers and Tampa. Here is an animated radar thru 1:27pm. My favorite Sw Florida islands appear to be directly in the path.
  • The center is almost inland near one of my favorite haunts, Captiva island. Winds are estimated at 145 mph and the pressure is 954mb (28.17 inches)
  • At 1833z, Charley's central pressure had dropped to 946mb ( ~27.80 inches). What an amazing intensification. The center is just offshore at 3:26pm. Wow!

    Satellite Imagery and Movies

  • An early morning 08/13/04,0932) Visible Satellite Image of Hurricane Charley off the SW Florida coast
  • An early morning 08/13/04,1038am) Visible Satellite Image of Hurricane Charley off the SW Florida coast. As of 10:30am, Charley's cnetral pressure had dropped to 965mb.
  • A Visible Animated gif of Hurricane Charley thru 10:55am, 08/13/04. He seems to be getting even better organized. The eye passed directly over Dry Tortugas.
  • Charley's eye contracted to 8 nm by 1702z. Pressure dropped to 954mb (28.17 inches). Flight level winds are 141 knots while surface winds were estimated at 145mph. Wow! Visible Animated gif of Hurricane Charley thru 1:53pm, 08/13/04.
  • Charley's eye contracted to 6 nm by 326pm. Pressure dropped to 946mb (~27.80 inches). Flight level winds are 141 knots while surface winds were estimated at 145mph. The eastern eyewall went over Sannibel and Captiva islands as shown on thgis visible image.
  • Here is a spectacular Visible Animated Gif of the CDO and relentless motion towards the coast ending at 324pm. Pressure was now down to 943 mb (~27.75 inches).
  • Hurricane Charley moves straight up Charlotte Harbor with a central pressure bottoming out at 941 mb and a 5nm eye. Although a very small storm (hurricane force winds extended out only 25 miles from the center), the storm surge must have been significant (Visible Animated Gif, 08/13/04, thru 556pm.)

    2003 Hurricane & Typhoon Archives (Atlantic Tracking Map)

    I start my archiving with Hurricane Claudette which went ashore on July 15, 2003 along the Texas coast. It could be a busy year in the Atlantic.



    QUICKTIME Movie--Hurricane Isabel "Winds-Up" to a Category 5 Hurricane, 9/12/03 For a 9MB larger version, click here. For a smaller, streamed version, click here Note the dramatic intensification early in this 10 day movie followed by an amazing collapse of her inner core. North Carolina was very lucky! Here is an MPEG-4 Version of "10 Days of Isabel"

    2002 Hurricane & Typhoon Archives (Atlantic Tracking Map)

    Until 09/19/02, I really had nothing of note to post on the 2002 Atlantic Hurrricane Tracking season. The season was absolutely pathetic (at least till Isidore came along!)


    Isidore has the potential to be the storm of 2002. We'll have to see though.

    • 09/23/02--Isidore takes a dramatic turn southward onto the Yucatan. He has been downgraded to a tropical storm. While the forecast calls for Isidore to turn west, then north back over the open Gulf, there has been no indication that this was going to happen. It better happen soon, or Isidore is a "Goner"!


    Lili initially followed in Isidore's footsteps across Western Cuba. Lili will be far more powerful than Isidore when she hits the Louisiana coast.

    2001 Hurricane & Typhoon Archives (Atlantic Tracking Map)

    Allison--the first storm of the 2001 season--(6/4-6/17/01)

    Allison,an early season storm, was a prodigous rain maker, dumping record rainfall totals in southern Texas and Louisiana. Damage estimates are in the billions of dollars. Severe thunderstorms, floods, and tornadoes killed about 41 people, 23 in Texas alone. Here are estimated rainfall totals for the Houston, Tx area on 06/09/01. The storm lasted more than 10 days! Up to 40 inches of rain fell in parts of Louisiana, 30-40 inches near Houston, Tx, and between 6-12 inches along the gulf coast to New England.

    Barry--the second storm of the 2001 season--(birth date 8/2/01)

    Barry developed from a long-lived tropical wave that slowed down and intensified in the Gulf of Mexico. Here is the National Hurricane center's projected track as of 8/2/01. Will Texas get hammered again? We will see! So for, intensification has been slow, but deliberate inspite of hostile upper level winds.

  • Barry surprised everyone and moved into the Florida panhandle as a stregthening system. Here is Barry's path as he approached the coast.
  • A very nice quicktime movie of Barry's intensification and Florida landfall from GOES Hot Stuff

    Chantal--the third storm of the 2001 season--(birth date 8/16/01)

  • 08/16/01--Initial intensity, about 35 knots, but progged to intensify due to extremely favorable environmental conditions (climatology says "no way"). Should be a "major player" as she moves into and through the Caribbean. Here is a Caribbean surface chart from OSU. Initial squally weather was approaching the Windward islands. Here is an initial projected track" from Monterey.
  • 08/17/01-- Oops and Wow!! Chantal was downgraded to a tropical wave (last night) despite an excellent satellite presentation Even her upper level outflow is well developed. My guess is that she will be upgraded later today. Recon was unable to find a closed circulation despite all of their efforts. Gary Gray, of Millenium Weather fame, suggests that a circulation is there, but, due to its rapid westward movement, unable to be located. Here is an IR/surface map of the eastern Caribbean. Indeed, an impressive cloud mass. Another amazing early morning IR perspective We shall see!
  • 08/17/01--Chantal gets her act together! Here is a Monterey Hi-Res Visible image (2115z)--Great outflow and intense centralized convection. Chantal's projected path takes her near the Yucatan Channel in a few days. The big question--will she threaten our Gulf Coast? Here is a large QUICKTIME movie of Chantal as she moves into the eastern caribbean.
  • 08/18/01--Well, Chantal weakened this morning as the low-level center moved rapidly ahead of its convection and upper level center. The storm quite frankly looked like it might not be able to recover. Here is a satellite photo of the exposed center of circulation. Note that most of the convection is east of the center.
  • 08/18/01-1715z--Chantal's convection was pulsating as shown by this 700k quicktime movie. A comeback perhaps? Recon reported a pressure of 1003mb. A visible 1845z satellite photo with superimposed winds. In this 2215z visible photo, thunderstorms appear to be wrapping around the circulation center.
  • 08/19/01--Chantal radically slowed down to 10knots! She was most definitely poised for a "life change." Her organization was markedly improved as well. Note the "outflow" streaks. It also appears that the circulation center is more centrally located. Recon at 0604z found a 997mb pressure, max gusts 61 kts in north quad, and 27 C at 472m. The forecast track recurves Chantal northward after crossing the Yucatan. I think her recurvature will happen sooner. At 1200z, RECON found "MAX FL WIND 82 KT NE QUAD 1123Z. SLP EXTRAP FROM 850MB. VERY BROAD...POORLY DEFINED CENTER, MULTIPLE SFC CENTERS FL WINDS LIGHT AND VARIABLE FOR OVER 40MILES" so,....the saga continues!

    Erin, Felix and Gabrielle

  • 09/10/01--A spectacular image of a mature, well organized Erin from GOES Hot Stuff. Erin has been the most intense and well developed storm so far this season.
  • 09/11/01--An amazing image of Hurricane Erin and the World Trade Center Complex Smoke Plumes from GOES Hot Stuff.
  • 09/13/01--Three storms are active in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico (long-lived Erin, Felix and a developing system in the Gulf of Mexico). Here is a Quicktime Movie (Thanks Plymouth State College!) that illustrates all systems. The projected track of depression #6, amazingly persistent Erin and an intensifying Felix, recurving harmlessly in the eastern Atlantic.
  • 09/14/01--A strengthening Gabrielle moves inland near Tampa along the west Florida caost as shown by this animated radar gif. There seems to be a distinct center. Check out this Animation of Radial velocities as Gabrielle Moves Inland.
  • 09/16/01--A beautiful image of Gabrielle and Felix in the Atlantic Ocean. From GOES Hot Stuff.

    Humberto and Juliette

  • A very intense hurricane developed in the east Pacific (09/20-09/27). Juliette, at its strongest intensity (~923mb), was indeed impressive. Check out this animated IR enhanced gif. Wow! Here is a GOES 10 visible image (1445z, 9/25/01). Amazing CDO.


  • 10/07/01--Iris begins to get her act together just to the SW of Jamaica.
  • 10/08/01--Iris dramatically intensifies into a very intense Category 4 storm as she moved through the west Caribbean Sea. Here is an amazing Enhanced IR Animated gif from the University of Hawaii. As always, GOES Hot Stuff pulls through with an excellent visible image of this impressive, tightly wound storm. Did you know that hurricane force winds extended outward only 15 miles from the center? Iris also, just prior to landfall, went through successive eyewall replacement cycles. At one time, she had three eyewalls! This small, intense storm had a land falling pressure of just over 950mb. Note the "pin-prick" size eye from the Univ of Wisconsin.
    • Check out these amazing visible images of Iris at 2202z and 2215z on 10/08/01. WOW! An extremely tight inner core.
    • CIMSS has some excellent JAVA animations of Iris as she rapidly intensified just prior to landfall. Iris' Upper wind flow resulted in high levels of divergence which probably stimulated her intensification.

    Michelle--An Intense, Late Fall Hurricane

  • Hurricane Michelle rapidly developed in the NW Caribbean. By Saturday, 11/03/01, her pressure had dropped to 937mb and flight level winds were 128kts (1100z) as she meandered slowly northward. She was expected to reach peak intensity Saturday afternoon and gradually weaken as she begins to interact with a deepening upper-level trough. I don't think she'll ever make it to Florida, but she may be a category 4 storm when she hits Cuba.
  • 11/04/01--Note in this excellent water vapor loop, how the upper level trough has taken over most of the Gulf of Mexico. The upper level flow has also severely disrupted Michele. Pressure was up to 950mb and the eye is much less distinct. The projected track takes Michelle NE across Cuba and towards Andros island tomorrow in the Bahamas. What a difference a day makes!
  • 11/04/01--Is there any wonder as to why Michelle is being "kicked-out" to the east? Check out this water vapor loop. Note the huge trough in the central US and the smaller disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 11/04/01----A fine MPG from Plymouth College records Michelle's easterly turn,the loss of a visible eye, and westerly shear associated with the Gulf trough.
  • 11/05/01--A sheared Michelle moves Northeastward through the Bahamas. The low-level circulation was south of the storm's cloud mass. Nassau reported a peak wind gust of 92 mph. Upper-level divergence was still pronounced, but in this game, extreme shear wins out!
  • 11/05/01--A beautiful MPG illustrates the power of upper level wind shear, much to Michelle's dismay.
  • QUICKTIME MOVIE--A final end-of-season testimony to Michelle's initial Intensification followed by extreme shear later in her life history. From GOES Hot Stuff.

  • 2000 Hurricane & Typhoon Archives (Atlantic Tracking Map)

    Alberto--the first storm of the 2000 season

    Debby--the fourth storm of the 2000 season

    Why the Late August-Early September Hurricane Seasons has, well, sucked. Note the very strong upper level trough which wrecked havoc on tropical system development and persistence due to strong wind shear. When will it go away?

    FINALLY--Things Pick Up!

    Huricane Keith

    1999 Hurricane & Typhoon Archives

    Hurricane Lenny--the amazing "eastward moving" November Caribbean Storm

    Hurricane Jose

    Hurricane Irene

    A Wonderful 3 day Hurricane Irene QUICKTIME Movie. Note the Dramatic intensification as she sped to the NE. From GOES Hot Stuff.

    Hurricane Floyd--(His 1999 Path)

    Spectacular Visible and Enhanced IR Imagery as the eyewall rakes my favorite island, San Salvador Here is a spectacular 9/12-9/14 quicktime movie of Floyd as he approached the Bahamas. From GOES Hot Stuff
    9/13/99-Universal Time
    9/14/99-Universal Time
    1920z San Salvador is due west of the eye Intellicast IR Loop illustrating the eyewall passage near San Salvador, thru 0000z. San Salvador is getting hammered.
    Enhanced IR says it all, 2215z San Salvador is in the intense inner core region Enhanced IR(9/14/99-0000z)
    2245z, even closer Enhanced IR(9/14/99-0045z)
    Enhanced IR 2315z Floyd 3 day IR (LARGE) movie from Plymouth College
    Enhanced IR 2345z Enhanced IR(9/14/99-0115z)
    Hi-Resolution IR animation thru 2241z.
    Enhanced IR(9/14/99-0145z)

    Hurricanes Dennis and Cindy

    Hurricane Bret

    Archives: 1999 East Pacific and Other Locations

    1998 Hurricanes & Typhoons

    Special! A Chronology of Category 5 Hurricane Mitch

    Ah! October is the month of beautiful seasonal change. Leaves change color and drop as the northern hemisphere prepares for winter. Occasionally, a tropical system develops that turns out to be very impressive despite seasonal changes which lurk just north of a system. Hurricane Mitch rapidly intensified on Saturday, Oct. 24 in the western Caribbean--pressures dropped about 27 millibars in 13 hours, 49 mb in 22 hours! Yet, the best was yet to come!

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    As of 11/8/98, there are estimates of over 13,000 people killed in Central America, mostly from mud slides and river flooding. Absolutely unbelievable. Sometimes I forget about the impact of extreme weather phenomena on people.

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