Yep, it's time for another Atlantic hurricane season! The 2008 edition officially began yesterday and has immediately announced itself with the development of Tropical Storm Arthur. If you live in a hurricane-prone state, even those up to 100 miles inland, now is the time to finish your preparations! Please do not wait until a major hurricane is bearing down on you. All information regarding hurricanes, safety, and how to prepare can be found on the National Hurricane Center's Preparedness Website (En Espanol), and is also available through most disaster relief organizations. This season is predicted, both by NOAA's official hurricane outlook and various unofficial long-range forecasts, to be another active one in line with the pattern that has continued since 1995. However, making forecasts for a six month period is very tough, especially when you are talking about the tropics. No one knows what the 2008 season will bring, so the only thing we can do is watch it unfold, and prepare for whatever comes our way.
Unfortunately, you will have to put up with me for a few months...lol! I probably won't keep an updated blog for the tropics since we have many talented and well-informed forecasters already doing this everyday, which can only be a blessing for those who need such accurate information. But I will be around the blogs as mych as I can be, and I'm always willing help out in my limited ways. A few months ago I would never have imagined myself coming back here, but my passion for meteorology returned eventually. I have decided to pursue educational opportunities both in school and outside of school that will hopefully make me a better forecaster, and have already completed a five month long internship at NWS Peachtree City in Georgia. One day, I hope to complete a masters degree in meterology and become a useful member of the Weather Underground. I will do my very best to be around throughout as much of the season as possible, and it will be our 4th hurricane season on the blogs. This place has changed a lot over the course of these last four years (I will never forget the days when it was just a few of us hanging around lefty's and Dr. Masters' blog!), but it still remains an incredible community of passionate members who educate, inform, advise, and comfort each other in the best possible manner. This is such a special place with many special individuals, and I am truly honored to be a very small part of it. As always, I look forward to speaking with you all, about the tropics, about weather in general, and most importantly, about life. I would not want it any other way =)
NASA's GISS - Easily one of the most comprehensive sites on the web! Contains a wealth of information on climate, global weather, research, and much more. Research papers, articles, and news briefings can be found here, and all data, statistics, and images (which are extensive and extremely useful) are located here. Thanks to skyepony for giving me this great link!
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