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Storm Smart – News ALERT December 2012

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 20, 2012

Storm Smart - News ALERT December 2012For the second time in as many years, the Atlantic hurricane season ends with U.S. coast hit by a devastating storm: Sandy this year, Hurricane Irene last year. Now begins the time when experts, emergency responders and home owners reevaluate preparations, mitigation efforts and response to lessen impacts of future storms.


The National Hurricane Center is considering a proposal that would give it more flexibility when it comes to issuing a hurricane warning, according to a report posted on The possible change follows criticism about NHC not issuing a hurricane warning for Sandy once it became post-tropical before hitting the Northeast coast.

Under the current definition, a hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions are expected within a specific area. The proposed change would allow a hurricane warning to be issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of expected tropical-storm force winds (74 mph or higher), and the warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue even though winds are less than hurricane force.

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NASA’s HS3 Hurricane Mission Ends for 2012

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 19, 2012

NASA's HS3 Hurricane Mission Ends for 2012NASA’s 2012 Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel, or HS3, mission came to an end Nov. 6 when a NASA unmanned Global Hawk aircraft flew a final data-collection mission in the North Pacific Ocean over a large storm in preparation for next year’s campaign.

The primary activity of the 2012 HS3 mission included a NASA Global Hawk aircraft that flew from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., in September to investigate the environment and cloud structure of hurricanes Leslie and Nadine in the Atlantic Ocean with more than 148 hours flown over six science flights. A second Global Hawk equipped to examine hurricane precipitation and wind structure was unable to deploy to Wallops before the end of the hurricane campaign, but successfully completed its maiden science research voyage in the Pacific flight.

The Global Hawk departed from NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 5 and flew along the Pacific Coast to as far north as Washington state. The aircraft flew over four Pacific Ocean buoys and a low pressure system south of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. The 24.2-hour flight allowed for testing of several instruments that will be flown during the 2013 HS3 campaign. All three instruments operated well and collected good data.

Testing the HIWRAP Instrument

One of the instruments on this HS3 journey was the High-altitude Imaging Wind and Rain Airborne Profiler, or HIWRAP. This system maps 3-D winds and precipitation within hurricanes and other severe weather events. Gerry Heymsfield is the principal investigator for the HIWRAP and is a research meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

“HIWRAP measured precipitation and Doppler winds in the weather front associated with the low pressure system,” Heymsfield said. “The vertical structure of this front is very interesting in preliminary looks since it was in a data sparse region of the Pacific. We are really excited about looking at this data in more detail. While this data was not from a tropical weather system that we are interested in for HS3, the flight nevertheless allowed us to test upgrades to HIWRAP such as real time plots that are very promising for future flights.”

Testing the HIRAD Instrument

A second instrument that flew on this final 2012 HS3 flight was the Hurricane Imaging Radiometer, or HIRAD. HIRAD is an instrument that measures surface wind speeds and rain rates using its rectangular antenna to track storm-induced fluctuations on the ocean’s surface. The antenna measures microwaves emitted by the ocean surface that are increased by the storm. As winds move across the surface of the sea they generate white, frothy foam. This sea foam causes the ocean surface to emit increasingly large amounts of microwave radiation. HIRAD measures that microwave energy and, in doing so, allows scientists to deduce how powerfully the wind is blowing.

With HIRAD’s unique capabilities, the two-dimensional structure of the surface wind field can be much more accurately determined than current operational capabilities allow.

“The Pacific flight was a major step in the development and validation of the algorithms that retrieve wind and rain measurements from the microwave brightness temperatures,” said HIRAD Principal Investigator Tim Miller of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.


The High Altitude MMIC (Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits) Sounding Radiometer (HAMSR) instrument was also tested during this flight over the Pacific Ocean. For HS3, HAMSR will provide measurements of the moist thermodynamic state (e.g. temperature, water vapor) and precipitation structure in and around a tropical cyclone, which are important measurements for understanding the storm dynamics and evolution.

During the Pacific Global Hawk flight, the HAMSR quick-look temperature and water vapor profiles showed a transition from warmer, moister air to cold, dry polar air as the plane traversed a front associated with a low pressure system centered in the Gulf of Alaska.

“Because HAMSR operates at microwave frequencies, it readily penetrates the clouds that are prevalent in the core regions of hurricanes, which allows us to map out the temperature, water vapor, cloud and precipitation structure there,” said Bjorn Lambrigtsen, HAMSR principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. He noted that infrared sounders are “blinded” by those clouds, and dropsondes only give sparse spot samples — and neither measures precipitation or cloud structure.

HAMSR and the other two instruments previously flew in NASA’s 2010 Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) hurricane mission. During GRIP, the HIRAD flew aboard a WB-57 aircraft and HIWRAP was mounted in a NASA Global Hawk.

The HS3 mission is an Earth Venture mission funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C. Earth Venture missions are managed by NASA’s Earth System Science Pathfinder Program at the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. The HS3 mission is managed by the Earth Science Project Office at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The principal investigator (lead scientist) Scott Braun is from NASA Goddard.

For more information about NASA’s HS3 mission, visit:

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D I V I S I O N O F E M E R G E N C Y M A N A G E M E N T RICK SCOTT Governor BRYAN W. KOON Director F L O R I D A R E C O V E R Y O F F I C E • D I V I S I O N H E A D Q U A R T E R S • STATE LOGISTICS RESPONSE CENTER : Weekly Weather Report 12/11/2012

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 12, 2012

D I V I S I O N O F E M E R G E N C Y M A N A G E M E N T RICK SCOTT Governor BRYAN W. KOON Director F L O R I D A R E C O V E R Y O F F I C E • D I V I S I O N H E A D Q U A R T E R S • STATE LOGISTICS RESPONSE CENTER :  Weekly Weather Report 12/11/2012•A cold front will stall over the northern-central Peninsula on Tuesday and for
a portion of the day on Wednesday before finally moving southward through
South Florida late Wednesday. The energy associated with the front will
combine with plenty of moisture over the area and a disturbance passing
through the area to allow scattered to numerous showers and storms to
develop. Once the front finally moves south of the state, high pressure with
cooler and drier conditions will move in to finish off the work week.

•Rain chances will be quite high over most of the state on Tuesday and
Wednesday as the front stalls over Central Florida but these rain chances will
quickly diminish on Thursday and Friday as high pressure builds in. As the
front stalls over the area on Tuesday, the Storm Prediction Center has
highlighted Central Florida as an area that has a Slight Risk for severe
weather. While widespread severe weather is not likely, a few of the
developing storms may produce frequent and dangerous lightning strikes and
strong and potentially damaging winds. It is important for all residents and
visitors to stay weather-aware by listening to a NOAA-All Hazards Weather
Radio or your local news media when severe weather is in the forecast.

•Overall rainfall amounts will likely be near an inch and a half or less
throughout Central Florida on Tuesday. Even though this is quite a bit of rain
in a short period of time, since this portion of the state is experiencing a
rainfall deficit, flooding is not a concern.
•High temperatures will stay rather warm on Tuesday with only the extreme
Western Panhandle experiencing the cooler air behind the front. By
Wednesday and Thursday, once the front pushes through an area, and also
due to heavier cloud cover, temperatures will fall a bit from the summery feel
that we experienced last week. Then, by Friday our high temperatures will
begin to rebound once again.

•For our overnight forecast, with just enough humidity in the air and decreasing wind speeds, areas of patchy to locally dense fog will be possible Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Some locations may see visibilities fall to dangerous levels so we encourage anyone who plans to drive overnight or in the pre-dawn hours to use caution, turn on your low-beam headlights, and to slow-down when approaching an area of lower visibilities.
•Our overnight temperatures will fall the most after the cold front and this will really be felt across the state by mid week. A few locations of the Panhandle will fall into the 40s Tuesday night, but most of the state will stay in the 50s and 60s. By Wednesday and Thursday nights, we can expect lows to dip into the 40s and 50s throughout most of North and Central Florida, then by Friday night, much like the daytime temperatures, our lows will begin to warm.

•Developing strong onshore winds along the Atlantic Coast on Thursday and Friday will bring rough surf and a moderate to high risk of rip currents to the beaches of the First Coast through the Gold Coast. Although the surf is quite chilly, we encourage anyone who plans to swim in the ocean to look for warning signs and flags before entering the surf and to stay out of the water when red flags are flying. To ensure that you have the most enjoyable Florida beach experience, please swim within sight of a lifeguard.

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The 2013 Hurricane Season Officialy begins June 1, 2013!

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 5, 2012

The 2013 Hurricane Season Officialy begins June 1, 2013!November 30, 2012 marked the official end of the hurricane season in both the Atlantic basin and the eastern North Pacific basin.

NHC is currently working on the Tropical Cyclone Report (TCR) for each tropical cyclone that developed in these basins during 2012.

These comprehensive reports include the synoptic history, meteorological statistics, casualties and damages, and the post-analysis best track (six-hourly positions and intensities).

Once an individual TCR is completed, it will be posted at:
A final track map of the season will be available when all of the TCRs are completed.

The 2013 hurricane season officially begins on June 1, 2013!

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CAT 5 Shutters, LLC Another Quality Job: 1251 S Federal Hwy, Boca Raton 33498

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 5, 2012

CAT 5 Shutters, LLC Another Quality Job:  1251 S Federal Hwy, Boca Raton 33498One of our latest projects was a condo at 1251 S Federal Hwy in Boca Raton, FL 33498.  We installed Accordion shutters around the entire unit!

Another Job Well Done!

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2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recap

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on December 5, 2012

2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season RecapNovember 30, 2012 marked the end of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, which began and ended with a flurry of activity.

There was a total of 19 total storms, 10 hurricanes, and 1 major hurricane during the 2012 season, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The 19 named storms this year is the second most behind 2005 (28 storms), while it is first time there has been 19 named storms in three consecutive Atlantic hurricane seasons.

The season started with a bang when Tropical Storm Alberto and Tropical Storm Beryl developed well before the start of the season, which had not happened since the 1908 Atlantic hurricane season.

Despite the abnormal start, the 2012 season will be known for the damage caused by Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Sandy. Isaac struck the mouth of the Mississippi River on August 28 as a Category 1 hurricane. The storm shut down as much as 95 percent of Gulf of Mexico oil production as the storm approached the Louisiana coast, according to NHC.

Meanwhile, the end of the season will have lasting impacts after Sandy struck the Northeast coast on October 29. The storm’s damage is still being estimated, but it has easily become the most destructive storm of the year when it struck the New Jersey coast.

The number of total storms this year is above the number predicted before the season began in June. Colorado State University predicted that 15 storms would develop in 2012, while the U.S. Climate Prediction Center called for nine to 15 named storms.

Take a look at the storms that developed in 2012 below as well as a graphic from the National Hurricane Center that shows the paths of each storm.

Afterwards, take steps to prepare for next year’s season today using hurricane resources provided by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Pay particular attention to your roof, which is the first line of defense during high winds and heavy rain. Find out how you can strengthen your roof using FORTIFIED standards in the “Is Your Roof FORTIFIED?” brochure. In addition, IBHS provides guidance for re-roofing the right way, choosing a professional roofer, and information on creating a stronger commercial roof.

2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season:

Alberto May 19 – May 22 Tropical storm
Beryl May 26 – May 30 Tropical storm
Chris June 19 – June 22 Category 1 hurricane
Debby June 23 – June 27 Tropical storm
Ernesto August 1 – August 10 Category 1 hurricane
Florence August 3 – August 6 Tropical storm
Helene August 9 – August 19 Tropical storm
Gordon August 15 – August 20 Category 2 hurricane
Isaac August 21 – September 1 Category 1 hurricane
Joyce August 22 – August 24 Tropical storm
Kirk August 28 – September 2 Category 2 hurricane
Leslie August 30 – September 11 Category 1 hurricane
Michael September 3 – September 11 Category 3 hurricane
Nadine September 11 – October 4 Category 1 hurricane
Oscar October 3 – October 5 Tropical storm
Patty October 11 – October 13 Tropical storm
Rafael October 12 – October 17 Category 1 hurricane
Sandy October 22 – October 29 Category 2 hurricane
Tony October 22 – October 25 Tropical storm

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