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.

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

Study: Warming to intensify tropical cyclones

Although global warming could cause a drop in the number of tropical cyclones, the storms that do form probably will be more intense, according to a study in the journal Nature Geoscience. The study’s authors, led by Thomas Knutson of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J., base their findings on an analysis of…more

Reports sees above-average 2010 hurricane season

In the wake of a quiet 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, some meteorologists are predicting an above-average number of Atlantic hurricanes for the 2010 season. In the annual early extended-range hurricane forecast issued by Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project, meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray predict 11-16 named storms will develop, six to eight of…more

Quiet hurricane season comes to an end

The Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ends today, produced nine named storms, including three hurricanes, during the six-month period that began June 1. Of the three hurricanes, two were considered major, with winds of more than 110 mph. The first named storm of the season – Tropical Storm Ana – didn’t form until mid-August, nearly…more

Tropical Storm Ida heads toward U.S.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Grand Isle, La. eastward to the Aucilla River in Florida, in advance of Tropical Storm Ida, the National Hurricane Center reports. The warning area includes New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. Ida, which was a Category One hurricane, weakened to a tropical storm this morning. The storm, with…more

Weather Channel founder Frank Batten Sr. remembered

Frank Batten Sr., founder and chairman of Landmark Communications, one of the country’s largest privately held media companies, died Thursday in Norfolk, Va. He was 82. Batten, an avid sailor, was a publishing magnate and visionary who launched The Weather Channel, among many other accomplishments. His Norfolk-based Landmark Media Enterprises – successor to Landmark Communications…more

Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic

Another hurricane has formed in the Atlantic, bringing to six the number of named storms so far this season. Hurricane Fred is growing rapidly in the far eastern tropical Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center reports. The storm is located about 500 miles west-southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde islands. Fred is moving toward the west-northwest…more

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