UPDATE: 8/3/2012: The storms made landfall last night, nearly simultaneously, and another Tropical Depression has already formed to the west. Click the image below (from CIMSS Tropical) for a loop of the storms:
UPDATE: 8/2/2012: (Original Blog Entry) Both Damrey and Saola will make landfall before tonight (00Z 8/3), hours apart, according to JTWC forecasts, but both will be tropical storms, weakened from their status as typhoons, as the zoom of the CIMSS map this morning shows. Here's the radar from Typhoon Saola last night:
Our updated news story about the storms says, "Saola unleashed torrential rain throughout northern and western Taiwan, with three-day amounts topping 70 inches of rain in at least one location." NASA TRMM has vertical cross-sections of both storms:
And their MODIS satellite took this wonderful image of both storms yesterday:
Today I'm pleased to announce a new suite of world radar maps and advisories from the national weather services of several countries on AccuWeather.com.
There's much ado this week about the polar vortex visiting the U.S. this week, but it wasn't long ago that we set over 7,800 cold records in July.
I caught an awesome lightning storm on the Dropcam at AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions' office in downtown Wichita Wednesday night.
Hurricane Arthur set a number of records and caused damage across eastern North Carolina. View the storm through maps, webcams and more.
Meteorologically, Hurricane Arthur is a beautiful storm -- almost a textbook example of a hurricane, especially when the right color palettes are applied.
What other Tropical Storms have threatened the U.S. on July 4th, or the days leading up to it? Very few since 1980. Here's a list.