Storms and Hurricanes

Severe storms, particularly along the East and Gulf coasts and Florida, can disrupt and damage marinas, marine industry factories and other facilities. Trade Only follows threatening weather and the damage it causes.

Alex downgraded to a tropical storm

Hurricane Alex was downgraded to a tropical storm after it came ashore over northeastern Mexico. The storm shut down about a quarter of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. Alex was packing maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour about 55 miles west of Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said…more

Tropical Storm Alex expected to become a hurricane

Tropical Storm Alex could send oil skimmers back to port and make containment booms useless, even from some 500 miles away, according to authorities overseeing the Gulf oil spill cleanup. But the rough weather also might give nature a hand in breaking down crude from the massive oil spill. Forecasters expect Alex to grow to…more

Tropical storm expected to miss Gulf oil spill

Tropical Storm Alex, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is moving across the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico today on a track that would keep it away from the Gulf oil spill. The storm, with maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour, was becoming better organized as it…more

Forecaster updates his hurricane outlook

AccuWeather.com is now predicting 18 to 21 named storms for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, some of which will impact the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. There have been no named storms so far this season, which began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. AccuWeather.com chief hurricane meteorologist Joe Bastardi increased his…more

Weather and tides app now available

Mobile Mariner announced that its app for weather and tides is now available for purchase through BlackBerry App World. The Mobile Mariner app provides marine weather forecasts, tide information and live weather conditions for the coastal United States and the Great Lakes. It displays a five-day forecast for all coastal NOAA weather zones and allows…more

NOAA: 19 percent of Gulf closed to fishing

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration extended the boundaries of the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico into the northern portion of the warm water current known as “the loop” current as a precautionary measure, the agency announced. The closed area now represents 45,728 square miles, which is about 19 percent of Gulf…more

Web site providing oil-slick updates for Keys

The Florida Keys & Key West tourism council has added a component to its Web site to provide up-to-date information regarding the oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The site features National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oil slick trajectory maps, as well as a Q&A advisory regarding the oil and its proximity to…more

Forecasters: Conditions ripe for busy hurricane season

The Colorado State University forecast team predicts an above-average 2010 Atlantic basin hurricane season based on the premise that El Niño conditions will dissipate by this summer and that warm tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures will persist. The team predicts 15 named storms to form in the Atlantic basin between June 1 and Nov. 30…more

Mobile Mariner adds weather app

Mobile Mariner launched the Mobile Mariner app for the BlackBerry smartphone. The app includes marine weather forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service, as well as tide information and live weather conditions for the coastal United States and the Great Lakes. It displays a five-day weather forecast for all…more

Forecasters: Above-average hurricane season coming

AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center meteorologists are predicting a more active 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, with above-normal threats to the U.S. coastline. “This year has the chance to be an extreme season,” forecaster Joe Bastardi said in a statement. “It is certainly much more like 2008 than 2009 as far as the overall threat to the United…more

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