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Florence Approaches

Florence Approaches

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, September 10, 2018/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design, environment, climate change

                           Astronaut Ricky Arnold Captured Hurricane Florence, 9-10-2018 (credit: ISS)

Hurricane Florence is approaching the East Coast and is on its way to becoming a super-storm. Ricky Arnold, an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS), captured a dramatic image of the physical dimensions for the hurricane today.

Florence will be passing over warmer than normal ocean waters shortly and will intensify rapidly as water vapor is pulled into the storm by bombogenesis. NOAA's National Hurricane Center predicts wind speeds from the storm will reach upwards of 150mph—nearly Category 5 intensity—before making landfall later this week. The Agency has also predicted rainfall totals of 20+ inches from Florence which likely may be understated in some locations. Flooding is expected.

 

                          Hurricane Florence 7-Day Rainfall Forecast to 9-17-2018 (credit: NOAA)

Florence is being followed by two other storms still developing in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events has been predicted by all climate change models since the 1980's.

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