UPDATE TO "BUOY 41002, We Hardly Knew Ye":
Buoy 42001 in the central Gulf is has passed through the eyewall and is now coming out the other side. The National Buoy Data Center says that 42001 has broken from its moorings and is now adrift (but still reporting weather data). It showed winds over 120 mph and pressure plummeting to an incredible 27.34 inches of mercury (at a rate of 1.40 inches per hour; a "rapid fall" is considered more than 0.03 per hour!) Waves are reading 38 feet. These readings sound similar to buoy readings during Katrina but I'll have to do some research this weekend to find out which one wins out.
There's been a lot of news on amateur drones since I tested the DJI Phantom Quadcopter for storm chasing purposes last fall. Not to drone on, but let's take it from the top.
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.