By News9 Meteorologist Carrie Rose.
Tropical Storm Fay and her remnants dumped temendous amounts of rain on the southeast U.S., flooding parts of Florida, but bringing much-needed moisture to the drought-stricken southeast. So I suppose the old adage that there are two sides to every coin applies to Fay. On one side, Florida didn't really need those 20" to 30" of rain, thank you very much! Yet on the other side, the dry-mouth South joyfully cries a hoarse, "Thank you very much!"
Here are some of the storm totals from Fay, documented by the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center.
..ALABAMA...CLAYHATCHEE 5.9 E 15.27HIGHLAND HOME 12.74VALLEY 0.4 NNW 11.62WETUMPKA 9.9 NNE 10.81CLIO 0.2 SSW 10.27MEADOWBROOK 1.7 NE 10.27LAKE PURDY 3.6 ENE 10.10CALERA 8.87TROY 8.14BIRMINGHAM INTL 7.24ANNISTON 6.99MOBILE 6.14DOTHAN 5.80MONTGOMERY 5.72AUBURN 5.52...FLORIDA...MELBOURNE/WINDOVER FARMS 26.65CAPE CANAVERAL /USAF FIELD MILL 21/ 22.83SEBASTIAN /SCRIPPS SPACE COAST/ 22.25PALM SHORES 1.4 W 21.44PALM BAY 1.0 NE 21.00VIERA 20.75HILLIARD 5.4 NW 19.70MELBOURNE WFO 19.62CAPE CANAVERAL/COCOA BEACH 19.01SANFORD 2 ESE 18.27ST MARKS 4 ESE 17.67JACKSONVILLE/INTL APT 12.07MONTICELLO 3.6 WSW 11.90VERO BEACH/MUNI APT 11.34WACISSA 1.1 SW 10.80DAYTONA BEACH/REGIONAL APT 8.99GAINESVILLE/REGIONAL APT 8.25NAPLES/MUNICIPAL APT 7.96FT LAUDERDALE/HOLLYWOOD 7.12...GEORGIA...THOMASVILLE 27.50COOLIDGE 3.2 SSW 12.03NEWTON 11 SW 13.50ELMODEL 11.80VALDOSTA 9 N 11.67BLAKELY 10.85MORGAN 5 NW 10.83MILFORD 10.73IRON CITY 6 NE 9.54ALBANY 1 N 8.68FORT GAINES 13 ENE 8.48BLUFFTON 0.2 N 8.35FORT BENNING/COLUMBUS 6.77TIGER 1.7 S 5.00SAVANNAH/HUNTER AAF 4.87PEACHTREE CITY/ATL WFO 2.56...KENTUCKY...LEXINGTON/BLUE GRASS FLD 1.69LONDON-CORBIN ARPT 1.38ALBANY 4 N 1.18DIXON 1.14TAYLORSVILLE 1.00...LOUISIANA...BATON ROUGE/SHERWOOD 4.49MILLERVILLE 4.38ZACHARY 4.20SHENANDOAH 0.8 W 4.02INNISWOLD 4 E 4.01WALKER 1.1 N 3.93DENHAM SPRINGS 3.91GREENWELL SPRINGS 2 SW 3.79VIDALIA 3.30JACKSON 3.26RESERVE 3.20NEW ORLEANS/MSY 1.46...MISSISSIPPI...ACKERMAN 3 SE 7.87NOXAPATER 1 N 6.80DAMASCUS 1 SE 6.27STATE UNIVERSITY 5.50STARKVILLE 2.5 ENE 5.47GHOLSON 8 W 5.12CRAWFORD 5 W 5.07TOPTON 4.88PHILADELPHIA 5 N 4.87BROOKSVILLE 2 NNE 4.59TOOMSUBA 5 SE 4.53PASCAGOULA 4.52MERIDIAN/KEY FLD 4.43...NORTH CAROLINA...CHARLOTTE 5.90ASHEVILLE 5.22HICKORY 2.90MONROE ARPT 2.85WINSTON-SALEM 1.21 ...SOUTH CAROLINA...BEAUFORT 6.11MEGGETT 1.8 W 4.97SALEM 0.1 SE 4.65WALTERBORO 2 SW 4.33HARDEEVILLE 13 S 4.25CHARLESTON/MUNI APT 4.07FOLLY BEACH 2.5 SW 3.96WALHALLA 5 NW 3.94MARIETTA 1.8 SW 3.49COLUMBIA/METRO ARPT 3.10GREENVILLE/SPARTANBURG 3.03...TENNESSEE...CARTHAGE 0.1 W 5.30COLUMBIA 0.9 SE 5.05EAGLEVILLE 1 SE 4.39SMYRNA 4.5 SSW 4.24SIGNAL MTN 1.2 WSW 4.20RED BANK 3.4 NNE 4.19CHATTANOOGA/LOVELL FLD ASOS 3.75KNOXVILLE 1.73...VIRGINIA...GRAYSON HIGHLANDS IFLOWS 1.88PEAK CREEK IFLOWS 1.24FANCY GAP IFLOWS 1.16
So if Fay was a two-sided coin, what is Gustav? As of writing this blog Wednesday morning, Gustav is projected to move into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, and pass over very warm waters that have not be worked over by a previous storm recently. That means there will be plenty of warm ocean water for Gustav to move over and gulp energy into the storm and strengthen. Upper level winds are fairly light, too, and that will keep the cyclone structure together. It looks like Gustav will make it to at least Category 3 status this weekend, and make landfall somewhere on the U.S. Gulf Coast next week.
It is too soon to say if Gustav will affect Oklahoma's weather. It's even too soon to pinpoint where exactly the storm will make landfall along the Gulf. Tropical cyclones fascinate me, the way they evolve, especially their transformation process as they gradually transition from a tropical to an extratropical system after landfall. Tropical cyclones have warm centers, or cores, which is unlike a low pressure system we typically see inland with a colder core than the surroundings. Once a cyclone makes landfall and moves inland, though, its warm core slowly cools and eventually loses its "tropical" characteristics. That's when we dub the storm "extratropical."
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