Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, is currently touching down on Cuba and Florida after leaving a trail of devastation in the Caribbean.Coming just days after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc in Texas and Louisiana – killing at least 70 people – and with two more storms, Katia and Jose, raging nearby, it would be tempting to think something unusual was occurring – especially given the blanket media coverage.But how out of the ordinary are recent events? And is climate change a factor?Firstly, it is important to note that we are currently in the "peak of the hurricane season, so having hurricanes in this region is not unexpected", a Met Office spokesperson told IBTimes UK."The North Atlantic hurricane season runs from June-November, with peak activity during August-October. During peak season around 96% of all Atlantic major hurricanes – categories 3, 4 and 5 – occur", they said.To put this in perspective, an … [Read more...] about Why are there so many hurricanes these days? Irma, Harvey and more explained
The destruction left by hurricanes Irma and Harveyhas left many wondering why this year has been particularly bad for disastrous weather. Harvey pummeled Texas, while Irma has been barrelling through the Carribbean and Bahamas, hurtling towards Florida. Many thousands of homes have been destroyed and lives have been lost after the worst hurricanes seen for some years came in from the Atlantic Ocean. The US expects hurricanes - they have a season of them every year - but not of this magnitude. So why is it so bad? And can we expect more in the future? We asked scientists and other experts to explain. What is causing these large hurricanes? Julian Heming, the Met Office's tropical prediction scientist, told The Telegraph about the reasons Irma is such a large hurricane. "Irma is a powerful hurricane because all the characteristics required to produce an intense hurricane in the Atlantic are coinciding: Sea surface temperatures under Irma are 1 to 1.5°C … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irma: why are there so many hurricanes and will there be more in the future? We asked the experts
The tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda has been devastated by Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm recorded in history. Around 90% of the nation’s structures and vehicles have been destroyed, killing at least one person, Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said. Irma passed over Barbuda early on Wednesday as a Category 5 hurricane. The storm has left a trail of destruction across the eastern Caribbean, leaving at least eight people dead in total. “Barbuda is literally rubble. The entire housing stock was damaged. It is just a total devastation,” Mr Browne told local news station ABS. He said the island was “barely habitable” and the damage caused by the 185mph winds was “unprecedented”. Around 60% of Barbuda’s 1,600 residents have been left homeless, Mr Browne said. A two-year-old child was killed as a family tried to escape a damaged home during the storm. Barbuda is situated between the Atlantic Ocean … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irma destroys tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda: ‘It is literally rubble’
Hurricane Irma left a trail of "absolute devastation" as it tore across the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda on Wednesday with 185-mile-per-hour winds destroying houses, snapping trees and killing at least one person Gaston Browne, the prime minister of the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, described the island as "barely habitable" after the powerful Category 5 storm struck. "This rebuilding initiative will take years," Browne told local ABS Television Radio after a visit to the island. A two-year-old child was killed as a family tried to escape a damaged home during the storm, he said. Describing the scene as "absolute devastation," he said the storm, which also snapped a telecoms tower, had caused estimated damage of some $150 million. "It is heart-wrenching, absolutely devastating." he said, adding that 95 per cent of buildings on Barbuda had been damaged. "I have never seen any such destruction on a per-capita before as I saw when I was in Barbuda this … [Read more...] about ‘Barbuda is literally rubble’: Hurricane Irma leaves Caribbean island in ruins
The hurricane is becoming one of the largest on record and is bringing with it 185mph winds. The National Hurricane Centre has warned that Irma will bring life-threatening winds, storm surges and rainfall hazards. And hurricane watchers have warned images indicate it could be a killer storm. @DoubleJacked said on Twitter: “Whoa! Doppler signature on Hurricane Irma! See the Bull’s eye at Irma’s centre? Doppler hallmark of a killer cat 5.” Whoa! Doppler signature on Hurricane Irma! See the Bull’s eye at Irma’s centre? Doppler hallmark of a killer cat 5 Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning areas in the Leeward Islands by tonight.The US's National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has described Irma as "potentially catastrophic".The NHC has warned the hurricane could cause water levels to rise by as much as 11 feet above normal tide levels along … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irma: Deadly BULLS EYE in storm’s EYE is hallmark of killer category 5 hurricane
With the Gulf Coast still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma has now formed over the south-central Atlantic Ocean.At 10 CDT, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced that Irma had become a category 2 hurricane about 650 miles (1,050 km) west of the Cabo Verde Islands.The latest update confirmed that Irma is forecast to become a "extremely dangerous" category 4 east of the Leeward Islands in the West Indies next week. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest at nearly 10 mph (17 km/h) but will turn westward on Saturday. The NHC said a ridge over the central Atlantic Ocean force Irma to turn west-southwestward early next week. It added: “Guidance continues to trend southward, following the trend of the ECMWF model starting yesterday. “Given the strength of the ridge and depth of the tropical cyclone, there are no obvious reasons to discount the anomalous west-southwestward motion seen in most of the … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irma path: Could Hurricane Irma become the next Hurricane Harvey?
While the Gulf Coast still deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Tropical Storm Irma has formed over the south-central Atlantic Ocean.As of 11am AST (4pm BST) Irma is travelling in a westwards direction at a speed of 13mph (20 km/h), and is located 420 miles (675 km) away from the Cabo Verde Islands.According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Irma is expected to continue on this path over the next few days.“Global models indicate that the upper-level winds are likely to be favourable for strengthening of Irma during the next several days,” the NHC warned.“However, Irma will be moving over more marginal water temperatures and into drier mid-level conditions, which should temper the intensification rate.”Will Tropical Storm Irma be the next Hurricane Harvey?Currently there is a more than 60 per cent chance that Irma will turn into a hurricane by late Thursday or early Friday, as estimated by the NHC.This is the first time ever that the name is being … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irma path: Could Tropical Storm Irma become the next Hurricane Harvey?
IT was hailed as the unsinkable ship but more than 1,500 people died when it crashed into an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912. Here’s everything you need to know about the tragic passenger liner… The RMS Titanic was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. It the largest passenger ship when it set off on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912, from Southampton to New York City. Just five days into the journey, it collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean with around 2,224 passengers and crew on board. At 11.40pm, the lookout sounded the alarm and telephoned the bridge warning: “Iceberg, right ahead”. But tragically the warning came to late and 37 seconds later, Titanic struck the iceberg – tearing a series of holes along the side of the hull. The iceberg was around 100 feet tall and came from a glacier in Greenland. Titanic’s chief naval architect Thomas Andrews said to Captain Smith that the ship would certainly sink. He … [Read more...] about When did the Titanic sink, where is the wreck, how many people died and what happened to the survivors?
AFTER days of drizzle and rain some summer sun broke through the clouds today to take parts of the country up to 25C. Tropical air from the remnants of Hurricane Gert sweeping through the UK have brought temperatures up again, but the Bank Holiday will soon see a return to the sunshine and showers Brits have become used to. We were due for temperature to soar to 27C today, experts said yesterday, but cloud cover prevented the temperature from hitting more balmy heights – as the highest record was in Bude, Cornwall, at 25.3C. Rain and thundery downpours are likely to blight the rest of this week for Brits before the Bank Holiday dries up – and the warmer weather should last until September. Temperatures are expected to stay at average or even slightly above next month but the weather for September is likely to remain “changeable”. This week the south will see more sunshine but cooler temperatures, and the north is set for a battering as the turbulent summer … [Read more...] about Summer finally reappears with temperatures hitting 25C as tail-end of Hurricane Gert brings tropical air to the UK
RAIN and thundery downpours will blight the rest of this week for Brits before the bank holiday dries up – and the warmer weather should last until September. The south will see more sunshine and could hit 27 C, but the north is set for a battering this week as the turbulent summer continues. A Met Office forecaster said: “It is going to stay fairly dry and cloudy across the south this evening, fairly humid – we could even see a bit of fog around particularly coastal fog – and rain further north. “The east of the country should stay fairly cloudy but dry and then as we go into tomorrow Northern Ireland and Scotland start cloudy, perhaps thundery down pours particularly over Northern Ireland. “The southern half of the UK will stay fairly bright and sunny tomorrow – a fairly pleasant day for the south. “We could see temperatures of 26/27 in some parts tomorrow. “And then on Wednesday we are looking at a fairly similar … [Read more...] about Brits battle heavy rain and thundery downpours but forecasters promise sun IS on the way – and will last until September
What's happening? Today, all of North America will witness an eclipse of the sun for the first time in 99 years, where the Moon will pass in front of the Sun casting darkness across swathes of the Earth's surface. Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, the moment will see the Sun, the Moon and the Earth become perfectly aligned in a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle seen from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Although we won't see a perfect alignment in the UK, we will be able to see a partial eclipse (where the moon covers only a part of the sun). Who will see it? Everyone in North America, parts of South America, Africa and Europe - including the UK - will see at least a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun. However, 14 states across the United States will experience a total solar eclipse with more than two minutes of darkness descending in the middle of the day over the course of 100 … [Read more...] about Total solar eclipse 2017: What time and where is it, plus how to watch in UK
PARTS of Britain are set to bake in 28C sunshine today as Hurricane Gert brings in warm weather as forecasters predict a glorious Indian summer. The Met Office also says there is a 55 per cent chance September could be “very warm” in their three-month forecast. Meteorologist Charlie Powell said the remnants of Hurricane Gert could bring more “tropical and humid” conditions to southern and eastern parts as Monday begins. The former category two hurricane is going to be “wrapped up in existing pressure” and weakened as it moves across the Atlantic Ocean, likely bringing humidity and balminess to the South. If it hits 26C (78.8F) or 27C (80.6F) on Monday, that will make it the warmest day of August. And after a wet and windy August, the mercury could reach up to 30 degrees in the first weeks of September. A Met Office spokesman said: “Temperatures may become warm or very warm at times, especially in the … [Read more...] about Parts of UK set to bake in 28C sunshine today as Hurricane Gert brings in warm weather – and experts are saying MORE is to come
HURRICANE Gert is set to bring wet and blustery weather to Scotland this weekend as southern parts of the UK experience a swell of tropical weather. August’s patchy rain is expected to continue this weekend while the south of England will see temperatures soar to 25C. The aftermath of the hurricane is expected to bring the hottest day of the month with Scots experiencing temperatures between 15C and 19C. Heavy showers are expected to clear by late Sunday but cloud will remain looming overheard. Downpours are set to continue into early next week, with some thunder possible. Watch as Buckie man performs hilarious song for best man's 'speech' at brother's wedding Child killer Jordan McCready strikes up friendship with firebug Stephanie Beattie who torched flats full of OAPs Inside the … [Read more...] about Aftermath of Hurricane Gert brings miserable weather to Scotland
What is the path of the solar eclipse?For the first time in 100 years, America will have a chance to witness a total solar eclipse darken the skies. The total eclipse will occur on Monday August 21 this year, with the majority of the action taking place over Northern America. NASA have said the eclipse's path will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse.The spectacle will kick off over the Pacific Ocean in the west, just south of Alaska and the Bering Sea.The map above shows how its 'path of totality' will arch over central US, down towards Florida.When the sun rises on Monday, it will position itself directly behind the moon, in a so-called eclipse sunrise.This will totally block out its sunlight in a 70 mile-wide (113 kilometres) zone. All areas caught in this zone will get to witness an unforgettable experience.The sun's path will take it all the way from Oregon towards South Carolina, … [Read more...] about Solar Eclipse 2017 path mapped: Where will the solar eclipse head this year?
HURRICANE Gert is billowing closer to the UK, potentially bringing torrential rain and strong winds. But how will it affect Britain’s weather in the coming days? Hurricane Gert is a weather system moving across the Atlantic that has gained strength from the warm tropical waters. Typical for this time of year, the hurricane is currently a category two storm and is the second of the season in the Atlantic. The hurricane has curved up the eastern sides of the United States, bringing with it strong winds and rain. A hurricane is formed over tropical or subtropical waters, characterised by its strong winds. Hurricane Gert is travelling east, south of Newfoundland and parallel to the US coast. But experts have predicted that the cooler sea waters will see the hurricane lose strength, eventually petering out to become an ex-hurricane by Friday afternoon. Meteorologist Emma Sharples told the Sun Online: “It will remain hurricane status until sometime (on Friday) and will then … [Read more...] about Here’s the lowdown on Hurricane Gert – and what it means for the weather in the UK
HURRICANE Gert is billowing closer to the UK, potentially bringing torrential rain and strong winds with it. But how will it affect Britain’s weather in the coming days? Hurricane Gert is a weather system moving across the Atlantic that has gained strength from the warm tropical waters. Typical for this time of year, the hurricane is currently a category two storm and is the second of the season in the Atlantic. The hurricane has curved up the eastern sides of the United States, bringing with it strong winds and rain. A hurricane is formed over tropical or subtropical waters, characterised by its strong winds. Hurricane Gert is travelling east, south of Newfoundland and parallel to the US coast. But experts have predicted that the cooler sea waters will see the hurricane lose strength, eventually petering out to become an ex-hurricane by Friday afternoon. Meteorologist Emma Sharples told the Sun Online: “It will remain hurricane status until sometime (on Friday) and … [Read more...] about What is Hurricane Gert, where is it and how will it affect UK weather?
HURRICANE Gert could split the UK in two – dumping wet weather on the North but bringing glorious sunshine to the South. The category two hurricane will ride in on the jet stream – losing strength as it travels over the Atlantic Ocean. Forecasters say the tail end will bring rain for those in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England. But it will be a different story in the South and East where temperatures will soar as the weather system brings tropical air on Sunday. And the mercury could even nudge 27C in the South East on Monday in a welcome change from the colder August temperatures seen so far. Those in the North will only see highs of 19C – with a third of the month’s rainfall – 25mm -expected to fall in North West England. Hurricane Gert, the second hurricane of the season in the Atlantic, is travelling along the eastern coast of the US. Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said: “At the moment we might see a bit of a North-South … [Read more...] about Hurricane Gert could divide the UK with its tail end bringing wet weather for the north and sunny weather down south
IRELAND is set to be battered by the aftermath of a storm that will generate life threatening coastal conditions in America. Storm Gert is currently making its way east across the Atlantic and it is likely to strengthen as it makes a turn towards the north east and continues to pick up speed. And Ireland will be hit by the remnants of the giant storm which will generate winds of up to 80mph before becoming calmer as it moves over colder Atlantic water on Thursday. Parts of Ireland could be hit with cooler, wetter and more blustery weather if the storm nudges a ridge of high pressure out of the way. However, some weather experts have predicted that there could be days of warm sunshine for most of the country if the storms turbulent conditions are swallowed up by low pressure as it makes its way across the ocean. Other forecasts have predicted that the stormy conditions will put an end to the intermittent summery weather in Ireland. Storm Gert is the second hurricane of the Atlantic … [Read more...] about US mega storm Hurricane Gert is set to bring miserable wet and windy conditions to Ireland
HURRICANE Gert “could bring summer back to the UK” by disrupting the jet stream and diverting warm weather to the UK, forecasters say. Meteorologists reckon the category-one storm will weaken as it crosses the Atlantic and encourage warm air from Europe to move northwards. Forecasters predict that will produce clear skies, glorious sunshine and a return to Summer-like temperatures. It could even reach 27C in London and the South East on Monday – with the good weather set to last all week. Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said: “Gert is moving eastwards across the Atlantic through Friday and Saturday. “It will become significantly weaker as it does so and will eventually lose it’s full force and sting, becoming an ex-hurricane. “It will still bring wind and rain to the north west on Sunday, but will simultaneously draw warmer air up from the Continent and the Azores. “That’s going to bring high pressure into the South and encourage … [Read more...] about Hurricane Gert ‘could bring summer back to the UK’ by disrupting the jet stream
HURRICANE Gert “could bring summer back to the UK” by disrupting the jet stream and diverting warm weather to the UK, forecasters say. Meteorologist Liam Dutton, who presents the weather on Channel 4, reckons we could see bright, sunny and warmer weather by the end of next week. He posted on Twitter yesterday: “Hurricane Gert will bump into the jet stream and may bring summer weather back to UK. Confused? Answers here…” He then shared a video from his YouTube channel, which explains: “Hurricane Gert is expected to push north east this week, before weakening as it moves over cooler water. “Most forecasts take the future remnants of Hurricane Gert somewhere between the UK and Iceland later this week. “As Hurricane Gert moves north east this week, it is going to bump into the jet stream. “This is going to cause the jet stream to ripple around more, after being stuck in a similar position for a while. “A rippling jet stream is … [Read more...] about Hurricane Gert ‘could bring summer back to the UK’ by disrupting the jet stream and diverting warm weather to the UK