Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tropical Storm Flossie - 6th Pacific Storm of the Season

The sixth tropical storm in the Eastern Pacific for 2013 now has a name, FLOSSIE. This storm is moving west, away from the Mexico mainland. You may wonder why some storm names are used more than others. For this specific name, it has been used for one tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Ocean, five tropical cyclones in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and nine tropical cyclones in the western Pacific. There even was a Hurricane Flossy in 1956. The most recent Hurricane Flossie was a storm that passed near Hawaii. In the late 50's, one of the storms affected Japan in 1958, another struck China in 1964, another approached Taiwan in 1969 and another to hit southern China in 1975.
The latest to occur prior to present day, Flossie of 2007 came within 100 miles of the Hawaiian Islands. Like Dorian, Flossie of 2007 originated off of the coast of Africa and reached its peak wind speed of 140 MPH (220km/h). It only produced a maximum of 6 inches of rain to the island at worst case, but again the storm passed by at least 100 miles away from the islands. It was a Category 4 hurricane for 36 continuous hours and it seemed that the storm would never weaken. Even wind shear didn't phase it. But eventually it was too loose, as they all eventually do, when they reach cooler waters and/or receive a large amount of wind shear. The storm dissipated when it was located south of the Hawaiian Islands.
Again, it is too early to tell what effect Flossie can have on land, as there is no definite prediction regarding its path. Further updates can be found right here as they happen.
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