Alberto and More
08:56 AM EDT - 05 August 2000
Alberto has held its own overnight, and is a little shy of Hurricane Status now, with more slow strengthening in the future. (It may wane a bit before picking up again as well)
Is Alberto Familiar? The name "Alberto" was last used in 1994, and back then it was a Tropical Storm which caused extreme flooding in Southern Georgia. 30 people died in the floods there. It never got stronger than a Tropical Storm, but it stagnated over the state. Alberto, nonetheless, was not retired, so the name comes back again, but this time as a Cape Verde storm.
It's distance still gives us many days to watch it. And the future path suggests that the Caribbean Islands should keep watch of it for now. It's much to early to say if they will be impacted or not, much less us in the US. The forecast models predict a slight northward drift over time, but the general westward movement will continue. It may even head more of a due west later on.
Another system Southeast of Bermuda still is trying to hold on, and if it continues to persist and continues moving in a Southwestward direction could form. We'll have to watch this too, as it is much closer than Alberto is.
We'll keep up the watch.
Dr. Gray and the rest at Colorado State University has reduced predictions by one in named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes. Announced on the same day that Alberto formed.
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Satellite images at: [N.A. visible] (visible -- Daytime Only) [N.A. infrared] (infrared), and [N.A. water vapor] (water vapor)--Nasa source.Some Forecast models: (NGM, AVN, MRF, ECMWF, ETA)