The Canadian Press is reporting not much damage from Hurricane Bill
, which pretty much behaved as forecast. It paralleled the coast of Nova Scotia, keeping the deteriorating eye offshore on Sunday. I found the seas at the mouth of the Halifax Harbor got up to about 32 feet. . I’ve got to think that there was some damage to shore assets such as boardwalks, marinas and some roads. Video of giant waves at Peggy’s Cove (watch the waves get bigger and bigger) supported the fact that there was damage to some cool places there. There were some power outages but the storm had weakened a bunch as it was in the transition from a tropical cyclone to an extratropical storm. So, stronger winds aloft were not really all that suited to be brought down to the surface. Offshore I saw wind gusts at some buoys to 70 kts and seas upward of 40 feet.
The International Space Station captured some cool video of Hurricane Bill. Cape Cod video shows some pretty good wave action and even some surfers showed up. In North Carolina, a lifeguard had to save a swimmer who didn’t heed the warnings of riptide dangers, as this video shows. There was some pretty good beach erosion in New Jersey. Some people were swept out to sea by huge waves in Maine. All were rescued but a little girl later died. I have yet to figure out why people do this. In Hurricane Ike, several people thought it would be cool to have their picture taken with crashing waves behind them on the seawall For a few, that photograph was the last anyone saw of them. And there were lots of people standing there with small children. People have no concept of the power of water. Well, Bill is off to the North Sea, though I still think it may swing back around to Spain or Portugal. Either way, it did its job of transporting heat and moisture from the tropical regions to the polar regions and it did so without really hitting land. It was a good hurricane.
There is a new Tropical Disturbance that I wasn’t overly consumed with because it was a wave interacting with an upper low. But, I’ll tell you what..the satellite image looks pretty interesting. Worth watching. Here’s the satellite image with the final Hurricane/Tropical Storm Bill NHC discussion
TROPICAL STORM BILL DISCUSSION NUMBER 36
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL032009
500 AM AST MON AUG 24 2009
SATELLITE IMAGERY AS WELL AS RADAR AND SURFACE DATA FROM
NEWFOUNDLAND CANADA INDICATE THAT BILL HAS QUICKLY LOST TROPICAL
CHARACTERISTICS THIS MORNING. THE CLOUD PATTERN HAS BECOME
INCREASING ASYMMETRIC WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS AND COLDEST CLOUD
TOPS WELL REMOVED FROM THE CENTER. THE SYSTEM IS RAPIDLY MOVING
EAST-NORTHEASTWARD WITHIN A BAND OF STRONG UPPER-LEVEL WESTERLY
WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SOUTHERN EXTENT OF A POLAR JET THAT IS
LOCATED JUST TO THE NORTH OF THE CYCLONE. THE INITIAL INTENSITY
ESTIMATE IS 60 KT…WHICH IS BASED PRIMARILY ON BUOY…SHIP…AND
LAND OBSERVATIONS THAT RECORDED 50-56 KT WINDS DURING THE PAST 6
HOURS. THE EXTRATROPICAL LOW IS FORECAST TO GRADUALLY WEAKEN
THROUGHOUT THE FORECAST PERIOD.
THE CYCLONE CONTINUES TO ACCELERATE EAST-NORTHWESTWARD WITH AN
INITIAL MOTION ESTIMATE OF 075/37. BILL SHOULD CONTINUE TO MOVE
RAPIDLY EAST-NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS THE NORTH ATLANTIC DURING THE
NEXT DAY OR SO. THE GLOBAL MODELS INDICATE THAT BILL WILL SLOW
DOWN AS IT INTERACTS WITH A LARGE EXTRATROPICAL LOW SOUTHWEST OF
ICELAND IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. THE MODELS SUGGEST THAT THE
EXTRATROPICAL REMNANTS OF BILL WILL BE ABSORBED INTO THE LARGER LOW
SHORTLY THEREAFTER. THE OFFICIAL FORECAST IS SIMILAR TO THE
PREVIOUS ADVISORY AND IS CLOSE TO THE MODEL CONSENSUS.
THIS WILL BE THE LAST NHC ADVISORY ON BILL. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
ON THIS SYSTEM CAN BE FOUND IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE…UNDER AWIPS HEADER NFDHSFAT1 AND WMO
HEADER FZNT01 KWBC.
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INITIAL 24/0900Z 48.6N 50.2W 60 KT…EXTRATROPICAL
12HR VT 24/1800Z 50.0N 41.5W 55 KT…EXTRATROPICAL
24HR VT 25/0600Z 51.5N 29.5W 45 KT…EXTRATROPICAL
36HR VT 25/1800Z 52.5N 19.0W 40 KT…EXTRATROPICAL
48HR VT 26/0600Z 55.0N 11.0W 35 KT…EXTRATROPICAL
72HR VT 27/0600Z 62.5N 1.0W 30 KT…EXTRATROPICAL
96HR VT 28/0600Z…DISSIPATED