Thursday, July 16, 2009

R.I.P Hurricane Carlos

It's over for Hurricane Carlos.

The storm system that threatened to be the first named storm of the season to enter the Central Pacific, and which captivated the community with its bipolar ways (see previous posts on, has died.

(Image: That's what's left of Carlos in the middle of the image, a clump of moisture, drifting along on the easterly winds down in that global band of rainy weather known as the Intertropical Convergence Zone, ITCZ. Credit: NOAA.)

The National Weather Service rang its death knell with these words:

“The system has degenerated into a remnant low and this is the last advisory on Carlos.”

Carlos still exists as a barely recognizable anomaly in the Intertropical Convergence Zone, and soon it won't even be that, the service said.

“The remnant of Carlos should continue moving westward with the low-level easerlies until completely losing its identity within the next day or two.”

Former Tropical Storm Dolores, which is following Carlos on a much more northerly path, is also collapsing, having been downgraded to a tropical depression with 30 mile-an-hour winds.

© Jan TenBruggencate 2009

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