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Hurricanes - 2000

National Climatic Data Center - Updated October 2nd, 2000
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    This page is devoted to notable hurricanes and tropical storms of 2000. NCDC archives the climatic data, satellite images, and radar data related to these storms. A good deal of the surface data collected by National Weather Service offices and other airports, as well as cooperative stations, is available via the NCDC Get/View Data page. NCDC also has images and movies of these events-- Historical Significant Imagery, along with special reports and summaries that put these and other global climate events in historical perspective-- Worldwide Weather Events--2000. Finally, NCDC reports on the global climate and places monthly temperatures, precipitation and extremes in historical perspective-- The Climate of 2000.

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    Hurricane Logbook - Interesting Facts and Climatology- August 2000

    Alberto, as of 11AM EDT on the August 17th, maintained at least tropical storm strength longer than any other Atlantic August tropical cyclone since 1900 except for Hurricane Felix in 1995. Alberto maintain storm status until August 23rd at 1500Z. and surpassed Felix for August longevity. Alberto became the first Tropical Storm in the Atlantic basin on August 4th, 2000 at 11AM AST. Alberto was upgraded to a Hurricane again for the third time on the 18th.

    The record for longevity belongs to Hurricane/Typhoon John which lasted 31 days as it traveled both the Northeast and Northwest Pacific basins during August and September 1994. (It formed in the Northeast Pacific, reached hurricane force there, moved across the dateline and was renamed Typhoon John, and then finally recurved back across the dateline and renamed Hurricane John again.) Hurricane Ginger was a tropical cyclone for 28 days in the North Atlantic Ocean back in 1971. For more fascinating information on the subject see NOAA/AOML Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) : Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Tropical Cyclones.

    Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall 150 miles south of Brownsville, Texas on the 14th. Moisture from Beryl moved northward along the south Texas coast and brought 0.79 inches of rain to the Corpus Christi on the 15th. The previous record was 0.76 inches set bach in 1937. Cloud cover and rainfall on the outskirts of Beryl was the cause for cool high temperatures on Tuesday. The high temperature in Brownsville on Tuesday the 15th was 84 F. This establishes a new record for the coolest maximum temperature for the date, the old record was 85F. set back in 1881.

    Hurricane/Tropical Storm Debby weakened as it moved across the Carribbean for the latest update see, NOAA/NHC Tropical Prediction Center. As of 11AM EDT on the 24th, Debby was downgraded to a trough or open wave and then dissipated.

    Super Typhoon Billis crossed Taiwan and dissipated in southeast China on Thursday. Bilis devastated Taiwan on Tuesday (22) and Wednesday (23), claiming 11 lives, injuring at least 80 others, trapping 18 in mudslides and leaving 10 people missing. There were no storm-related causalities reported in China but Bilis caused mudslides and widespread flooding in both countries, and a mudslide damaged sections of a railway in southern China. The complete media report is available here.

    Hurricane Logbook - Interesting Facts and Climatology- September 2000

    Elsewhere, around the globe, flooding is causing widespread problems in Southeast Asia, especially in Cambodia , Thailand and parts of Vietnam. The flooding is the worst in decades along the Mekong River in Vietnam. In China, media reports indicate that over 50 people have died in 2 southern Chinese provinces as a result of typhoon Maria. The typhoon hit between the coastal cities of Huizhou and Shanwei on September 1st, 2000. Tropical storm Kaimi and Typhoon Wukong also brought deadly rains to parts of southeast Asia.

    According to media reports as of the 12th, at least three people were killed by flooding and landslides in the industrial city of Nagoya and surrounding areas in central Japan on Tuesday as Typhoon Saomai triggered the region's heaviest rains in at least a century. Central Japan had received a record 600 millimeters (24 inches) of rain by Tuesday (12th) afternoon. The deluge caused four deaths, flooded roads, triggered mudslides and damaged houses. According to a Japanese Meteorological Agency official, "the storm was expected to dump rain for another two days, so people should remain on alert". See the updated CNN Media Report.

    According to media reports, more than 45,000 residents of Ningbo, a port city in southeastern China, and outlying Zhoushan Island evacuated their homes as Typhoon Saomai delivered heavy rains and winds gusting to 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour. Officials reported that more than 700 houses collapsed in the region, and that 10 fishing boats collided in the heavy winds off Zhoushan Island. This region in China had heavy rains in August due to tropical systems. The outer feeder bands of the storm lashed China. Typhoon Saomai was moving slowly northeast toward the Korean Peninsula on the 15th. This area of Asia also had torrential flooding rains in August.

    Tropical Storm/Hurricane Gordon brought heavy rains and isolated tornadoes to Florida on Sunday (17th). The storm dumped over 8 inches of rain in Seabring, FL in the central part of the state. The storm weakened steadily on Sunday (17th) then became extratropical on the Monday (18th) but brought locally heavy rains across parts of Georgia and the eastern Carolina's into southeast Virginia to start the workweek.

    Hurricane Logbook - Interesting Facts and Climatology- October 2000

    Hurricane Keith Hurricane Keith pounded much of Central America early Monday (Oct 2nd) with heavy rain and high winds that had coastal residents praying for relief. At 5 a.m. EDT, Keith's center was located about 45 miles (70 km) east of Belize City and about 70 miles (110 km) south-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, a city of about 250,000, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. The storm has moved little for the past 24 hours. With its slow motion, Keith was expected to dump rainfall of as much as 20 inches on some parts of Central America, forecasters said. In addition, storm surge flooding recent reports indicate that strong northerly winds have emptied the Bay of Chetumal northeast of Belize City, people have been walking across the bay. This is an extremely dangerous situation because the bay water can rapidly return and flood the entire bay and surrounding marshy area in short notice.

    NOAA/NHC Monthly Hurricane Summary Reports are available for June, July, and August. Summaries, press reports and other information is available here. NOAA/Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI) WWW Site
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