Thursday, June 17, 2010

Nuclear Hurricanes?

Thought I'd lure you in with that headline. Many people know this, however it is still fascinating to think that "a fully developed hurricane can release heat energy at a rate of 5 to 20x1013 watts and converts less than 10% of the heat into the mechanical energy of the wind. The heat release is equivalent to a 10-megaton nuclear bomb exploding every 20 minutes." Don't have to believe me, that quote comes from the hurricane experts at NOAA - if you can call anyone a hurricane expert. 





The tropical wave seen in the IR Satellite shot above is still moving west and located near the Leeward Islands, so named because they are leeward of the Windward Islands. The NHC says "DEVELOPMENT...IF ANY...IS EXPECTED TO BE SLOW TO OCCUR AS THIS SYSTEM MOVES WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AT ABOUT 15 MPH." 


In other notes, I am now routing my blog through my new domain:  www.pennweather.com
You will  be rerouted if you go to the old site so no worries - I know my blog is of the utmost importance to my massive fan base - which I think is my parents and Mitzi - and you suckers who click on it through facebook. Jokes aside, update the address if need be. Also, on the right side you will see links to what I think are the most important/informative tropical sites on the intraweb. CrownWeather aggregates current tropical info and is my recommendation for the place to go if you're looking for a quick look at current conditions and forecasts by NOAA - after you check my blog of course. 


I'm thinking of posting an idiot's guide to Hurricanes in the next few days - basic requirements for formation, strengthening, etc. If there is anything you would like me to include/answer/research, just leave me a comment.