Ana becomes first 2015 Atlantic tropical storm, weakens coming ashore

via NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

The GPM satellite flew over when ANA was making the change from subtropical storm to tropical storm. Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce

On May 9, 2015 at 1626 UTC ( 12:26 PM EDT) the GPM satellite flew over when ANA was making the change from subtropical storm to tropical storm. Convective storms near the inner-core region were warming the center of the storm with heat generated by condensation. GPM’s Microwave Imager (GMI) measured rain falling at at rate of over 58.7 (2.31 inches) per hour in these convective storms near ANA’s center. The lighter swath to the west of ANA’s center shows the area viewed by GPM’s Ku/Ka-band Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR).

On Sunday morning (May 10, 2015) Tropical storm ANA dropped heavy rainfall as it came ashore near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The GPM satellite had a good look at dissipating tropical depression ANA on May 11, 2015 at 0116 UTC (May 10, 2015 9:16 PM EDT). GPM’s Microwave Imager (GMI) found that ANA’s rainfall intensity had greatly decreased as the dissipating tropical cyclone was moving over North Carolina toward the northeast.


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May 12, 2015 5:00 pm

I survived Ana

Reply to  tmitsss
May 12, 2015 9:38 pm


Reply to  tmitsss
May 12, 2015 10:34 pm

Unfortunately 2 people in Havana didn’t. but has not been reported anywhere that I have read. I have a few friends out there and they have kept me up to date.

Dave Worley
May 12, 2015 5:28 pm

Not another Superstorm!

May 12, 2015 5:35 pm

Not at all unprecedented for this time of year. Seems like every 7-8 years we get a named storm before June 1. Haven’t had one in a while.

Reply to  MattN
May 12, 2015 6:12 pm

Don’t tell Jeff Masters!

May 12, 2015 6:12 pm

More USA centric WUWT propaganda. No mention of the multiple category 5 hurricanes that devastated the pacific region earlier in the year.

Reply to  Siberian_Husky
May 12, 2015 7:43 pm

Someone needs to give the puppy his rabies shots.

Reply to  dbstealey
May 12, 2015 10:07 pm

No point, after the Samoyed mutt is infected with superlative-itis.
“The active season resulted in numerous records and highlights. First, Hurricane Amanda, the strongest May hurricane and earliest Category 4 on record. A month later, Hurricane Cristina, the earliest second major hurricane. In August, Hurricane Iselle became the strongest tropical cyclone on record to strike the Big Island of Hawaii while Hurricane Marie was the first Category 5 Pacific hurricane since 2010, The following month, Hurricane Odile became most destructive tropical cyclone of the season and the most intense and destructive tropical cyclone to make landfall over the Baja California peninsula.”
The only record not broken was the “most storms born on Monday,bigger on Tuesday, worse on Wednesday… dead on Saturday, making landfall between 25 and 26 degrees North between 11:00 am and some other time.

Reply to  dbstealey
May 13, 2015 12:47 am

Too late.

Reply to  dbstealey
May 13, 2015 12:52 am

Joe’s forecasts are usually pretty good, which is why I don’t expect a super ElNino. Expect a moderate ElNino.

Just an engineer
Reply to  dbstealey
May 13, 2015 11:12 am

He has so much to learn, I think he should change his moniker to Siberian Husky In Training.

Reply to  Siberian_Husky
May 12, 2015 9:46 pm

What hurricanes in the Pacific region? I live here and there’s not been too many striking Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa etc! And, I am just going to assume you know, the name given to the “Pacific” was for a reason. It is to do with the LACK of storms.

Reply to  Patrick
May 12, 2015 10:55 pm

I believe NOUL made it to supertyphoon status last week. But since that’s called a typhoon, not a hurricane, maybe the husky was talking about something else?

Reply to  Patrick
May 12, 2015 11:05 pm

Did it strike land and caused damage? If it had, I am sure it would have been reported. No reports of cat 5 “hurricabes” hitting land in recent weeks as far as I can recall. I can tell you that if one had struck the ABC here in Aus would be all over it like a nasty rash.

Siberian Husky
Reply to  Patrick
May 13, 2015 3:12 am

Pam and Marcia.

Reply to  Siberian_Husky
May 13, 2015 6:58 am

Speaking of USA centric, Pacific storms are called typhoons.

Steve in SC
May 12, 2015 6:20 pm

I was hoping for some rain out of that bitch. No soap.

masInt branch 4 C3I in is
May 12, 2015 7:03 pm

So lets get this!
Ana, THE Anthropocene Planet Crusher Human KIller Storm Of The Anthropocence Eon turns out to be just a run-of-the-mill tropical depression though a few days early!
Sounds from the office of UN climate chief Christiana Figueres indicates “Smashing Pumpkins” meaning furniture, walls and floor are in a state of destruction following the disastrous IPCC identification of tropical depression Ana as the Anthropocene Planet Crusher Human KIller Storm Of The Anthropocence Eon which it is clearly not.
Ha ha ha Ja ja ja ja

May 12, 2015 7:12 pm

And in other news…
The Australian Met is forecasting a Super El Nino…
or something.

Reply to  jimmaine
May 12, 2015 9:47 pm

Yup! Droughts and hottest evea temperatures. And on the smae SMH page, south east Australia to be hit by a cold snap.

Reply to  jimmaine
May 13, 2015 1:25 am

BBC as well.

Reply to  Oldseadog
May 13, 2015 1:26 am

That was in reply to jimmaine.

May 12, 2015 8:34 pm

I think they should start with “A” again for the name of Atlantic storms this year…

Reply to  J. Philip Peterson
May 12, 2015 8:35 pm

Was looking for rain in the Carlina’s today and didn’t see anything…

Reply to  J. Philip Peterson
May 12, 2015 9:56 pm

At least you got a lightweight Ana-gram out of it.

May 12, 2015 9:52 pm

Almost powerful enough to briefly turn a windmill.

May 12, 2015 10:35 pm

I would X out Ana and start over…

Joel O’Bryan
May 12, 2015 10:50 pm

Joe Bastardi and his forecasters have been calling this for going on 2 weeks now. Yawn.
No big deal. Just a TC. Not even that really as it became sub-top so soon after landfall.
But of course it’s all because we now have 4 parts per 10,000 of CO2, rather than 3 ppt of CO2.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
May 13, 2015 5:01 am

I think has been calling this for almost two months. They also called the increased tornado activity starting in mid-April. I’ve often wondered why people pay private weather companies when the NWS gives it away for free, but now I know.

Frank Kotler
May 13, 2015 1:20 am

How ’bout Alice in 1954-1955? Was that the earliest in the season? Or the latest? Climate Disruption, either way.

James Bull
May 13, 2015 1:30 am

You mean you’re not all going to get washed away by storm surges and super high tides and many and various bad things caused by the wonder gas CO2 making this the biggest and badest storm to hit the USA.
Ho Hum
James Bull

May 13, 2015 11:03 am

I think that storms should not be named unless they are still in the required wind speed when they come ashore. A bad rain in the middle of the ocean is a yawner.

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