Saturday, August 15, 2009

First Tropical System of '09 Season

The first named tropical storm of the season has formed in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Ana is currently about 2,000 miles (3,218 km) southeast of Miami, Florida. The storm has maximum winds of 40mph (64kph) and is moving the the west northwest at approximately 17mph (27kph). Current forecasts have the storm going over Key West and on into the Gulf, however there are forecasts that take the storm further south over the Dominican Republic. If the storm does go over the Dominican Republic, chances are the storm will be ripped apart by the tall mountains on the island. The tallest of which is 10,164 foot (3098 meter) Pico Duarte.
In addition to Ana, a second named storm with very similar strength has formed right behind Ana. This storm is forecast though to move up the eastern seaboard and move out to sea.
Back closer to home, the weather has turned quite boring. Temperatures have been warm, humidity has been high, and skies have been dry. At least we'll start to see some fall weather in about six weeks. Also, the days are getting noticeably shorter. The sun is setting a minute earlier every day. Only 77 days till Daylight Saving Time Ends!!

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