Hurricane Dorian Finally Takes A Turn
The Bahamas were hammered by Hurricane Dorian. The pictures and videos coming out of those islands are frightening. Dorian slowed down and all but stalled on top of the Bahamas for over thirty-six hours. The 185 mile per hour winds just ground that area up and flooded it with massive storm surge and rain. The amount of water the wind alone picks up and dumps is staggering. Hurricane Dorian tied a landfall record for wind for the strongest hurricane.
Now Hurricane Dorian has been reduced to a category two, she is slow, a little larger and much more of an issue. Hurricanes are supposed to move much faster than they are these days. Our biggest fear here in Delaware is a nor’easter not a hurricane. A hurricane like Dorian that just sits there will act like a nor’easter. Wind, flooding rains and storm surge constantly barraging an area through several tide cycles. A nor’easter did that several years ago and it was pretty bad, the storm of 62 was the worst.
The issue (in a nutshell) is the jet stream isn’t working as it usually does due to higher arctic temperatures. This is causing warmer air up north to stall out the jet stream, slowing down these storms. This condition gave Hurricane Sandy the moniker Super Storm Sandy. The article below explains this in detail. Dorian’s path and speed were predicted in 2012 by Dr. Jennifer Francis.
The points made in this article are not only all valid, but science prevails. This has been talked about for years. I don’t care what side of the fence you are on for climate change and the whole shebang. The fact it is happening is the real issue. Changing it is not feasible, learning to live with this change is going to become a new way of life. Larger, slower, more dangerous storms.
Where does all of this leave Delaware with Hurricane Dorian for this coming weekend? That remains to be seen, but at this point in time. Delaware is looking at heavy winds and gusts, rain and coastal flooding from storm surge (big waves). Just because the hurricane eye is far off the coast does not mean there won’t be storm issues. Just look at Florida right now into the Carolinas. Massive storm surge with heavy winds from a slow storm is very powerful.
Worst case scenario she comes closer to land and creates more storm related issues. I wouldn’t worry, but I would always be prepared just in case. When you live at the coast you get used to these storms, and warnings. Taking them serious with a side of levity is a natural reaction. Being ready to deal with anything is necessary.
Marine Forecast Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm- Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm- 634 AM EDT Wed Sep 4 2019
.TODAY…S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around
3 ft. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant period of 9
.TONIGHT…SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, becoming
NW 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas around 4 ft. Swell mainly from
the SE with a dominant period of 9 seconds. A chance of showers
.THU…NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around
4 ft. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant period of
9 seconds. A chance of rain in the late morning and afternoon.
.THU NIGHT…NE winds 10 to 15 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt
after midnight. Gusts up to 30 kt. Seas around 4 ft, building to
7 ft after midnight. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant
period of 9 seconds. A chance of rain early in the evening, then
periods of rain in the late evening and overnight.
.FRI…Tropical storm conditions possible. NE winds 25 to 30 kt
with gusts up to 45 kt. Seas around 9 ft, building to 13 ft in
the afternoon. Periods of rain.
.FRI NIGHT…N winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 45 kt,
diminishing to 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt after midnight.
Seas around 13 ft, subsiding to 11 ft after midnight. Periods of
rain, mainly in the evening.
.SAT…NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas around
8 ft, subsiding to 6 ft in the afternoon. Light swell in the
.SAT NIGHT…SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 5 ft.
.SUN…W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.SUN NIGHT…W winds around 5 kt, becoming N after midnight. Seas
3 to 4 ft.
Tides Indian River Inlet