Satellite Liaison Blog

As we mark the final day of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we have witnessed a few mid-latitude storms that have included elements of convection and even hurricane-force winds. After working with the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) last winter, I was amazed at how many hurricane-force extratropical storms occur during a typical winter. Could you imagine if we named all of those? These storms are winter’s version of the hurricane, but are far more expansive than their southern cousins. This post will focus on two storms in particular that have kept the forecasters at OPC quite busy in the last few days.

I created a four day animation of the complicated West Coast trough (large-scale storm system) that spit out a couple different waves of low pressure that included wind gusts along the CA and OR coasts over 70 mph and very heavy rainfall. The main highlight of this animation…

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