I’m an extreme weather hobbiest and have been ever since I was a kid. One of the things I keep track of is tropical cyclones, i.e. hurricanes. In fact, I think it’d be wild to ride one out – in a hurricane-proof building – and see the eyewall pass overhead. Very cool.
And so today we have news that the first named storm of the season, Andrea, has formed off the coast of Georgia. Since it formed out of the tropics, it’ll never be particularly powerful like a real tropical storm (thus the term “subtropical storm”), but it’s still strong enough to cause 10′ waves along the U.S. Southeast coastline and dump lots of rain along with 45 MPH sustained winds. What’s amazing about this is that it’s three weeks early -the official hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Depending on how you count storms forming in January or February. It’s one of the earliest named storms to form since records have kept.
I’m not going to say that this means anything about the 2007 hurricane season or about global heating in general. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. But regardless, it’s just plain cool that we have our first named storm this early.
And sometimes it’s nice to take a break from all the politics for things that are just plain cool.