08:59 AM EDT - 30 August 2000
I think we will not see any more named systems this month.
August was a strange montth for storms, and memorable for these reasons:
This one just hung around forever going to major hurricane status back to tropical storm and up again, did a loop and went out. It was a very long lived storm and the most interesting thing this month.
This was pretty much doomed from the start, its center was placed too far east of where it actually was, and therefore went into the Mexican coast way before any damage could have been done. Hurricane watches/warnings were put up as a precaution, but were never really needed.
Chris was the storm that more than a few jumped the gun on big time. Saying that it would affect Florida way way to early. When in fact, it died before even reaching the Caribbean due to shear. I never thought it would make it, but the next one gets the oddball of the decade award...
This one threw everyone for a loop, even those who said it would go into the gulf were wrong, all of us were wrong. It had the potential to me a mess for Florida, and winded up just going kaput north of Hispaniola never to recover. Head scratching, indeed, but definitely a small miracle that it did this.
I don't see anything happening this week as far as named storms go. I'm pretty much willing to write off the storm off the east coast, and if the one in the east Atlantic develops into a named storm, it won't be in August. So we go out of August almost as quietly as we went into it.
We've got a new webcam: Barb & Wendy in Winter Springs have set one up.
Also Joseph Johnston in Mobile has redone his page and added a very nice collection of photos on Mobile, Alabama's hurricane history.
JimF has added some impressive lightning photos and Irene photos to his webcam page.
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