The Dry Tortugas weather station I told you about earlier started sending out observations again and is currently gusting up to 81 mph with pressure dipping below 29.00" Hg, a place on our barometers where most of us have never been. You can see a graph of the winds and pressure here, courtesy of the National Weather Service.
Models have continued to trend west with Katrina today and are now pointing towards New Orleans (see below). It's still early, of course, but westward likely means stronger (more warm water to strengthen over) and our own hurricane expert Joe Bastardi has issued a major update to his blog this afternoon for our AccuWeather.com Professional users, labeling Kat-rina as a potential Kat-astrophe.
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.