Alain Delord was rescued by the cruise ship Orion on Sunday after spending three days adrift in a life raft 500 nautical miles off the coast of Australia.
Delord was competing in the Vendee Globe race and he was forced to abandon his yacht on Friday when rough weather broke the mast.
"In the south, the southern jet stream produces much stronger winds than the northern jet stream," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel.
The race starts and ends at Les Sables d'Olonne (located on the western coast of France). Competitors race around the world from west to east by way of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn. The journey takes about three months.
At the time of the incident with Delord's yacht, he had been at sea for 69 days. As he awaited rescue, Australian authorities were able to drop food, water and a survival suit to Delord, according to the BBC.
The cruise ship made a 50-hour diversion to pick up Delord after hearing his distress call.
Delord was not injured and is said to be in good spirits.
The first widespread ice storm of the season will slowly diminish over parts of the southern and central Plains, but areas of slippery travel will continue into early Monday.
Summer-like heat will be short-lived eastern Australia early this week in advance of a cold front.
The reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final day of November.
After another brief shot of chilly air over the weekend, the month of December will start out milder across the Northeast.
December will begin with a roar across the Northwest as rounds of rain, mountain snow and even ice are in store for late this week.
The strongest El Nino in 50 years will unfold this winter and significantly alter the chances for a white Christmas across the country.
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Buffalo, NY (2001)
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