"Hurricane Maria is following Irma's path"… Maria coverage picks up where Irma coverage left off.

Guest post by David Middleton

Hurricane Maria is a really bad storm.  This criticism of the media’s coverage of it is in no way meant to dismiss, disregard or devalue the harm that this storm will bring to many people.

With Irma we had variations of the following headlines:

  • Most Powerful Hurricane Ever
  • Most Powerful Atlantic Hurricane Ever
  • Most Powerful Atlantic Hurricane Ever… Apart From More Powerful Atlantic Hurricanes Ever
  • Most Powerful Atlantic Hurricane Ever… In This Particular Part of the Atlantic Ocean

Now we have…

Hurricane Maria is following Irma’s path and getting stronger

By Susannah Cullinane and Holly Yan, CNN

Updated 4:05 AM ET, Mon September 18, 2017

[…]

CNN

Screen capture of CNN video that accompanied the article:

Epic Fail
If their paths cross, they can’t be following the same path.

 

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And from the Beeb…

Hurricane Maria batters Dominica as category five storm

19 September 2017

From the section Latin America & Caribbean

[…]

Maria is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, the hurricane that devastated the region this month.

[…]

The Beeb

Dr. Jeff Masters’ Weather Underground has a very user-friendly collection of hurricane graphics (proof that climate is not weather).  Using a combination of Weather Underground and National Hurricane Center graphics, I put together a comparison of the paths of these two storms.  The lack of similarity should be intuitively obvious to the most casual of observers…

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Maria historical track and forecast models (5 AM EDT 19 Sept 2017) and Irma historical track.
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Previous image with National Hurricane Center’s 5-day forecast cone.

Why?  Why is there this obsession with Maria following the same path as Irma?  Yes… That was a rhetorical question.

Hurricane Maria’s Path: Is it On the Same Track as Irma?

Tropical Storm Maria – soon to be Hurricane Maria – is taking a similar path, at least so far, as Hurricane Irma. That has a lot of people in Florida and, especially, throughout the Caribbean, on edge.

However, is Hurricane Maria really taking a similar path to Hurricane Irma? The answer is yes, in its early stages (and you can see the forecast cones for both later in this article). However, the September 18 spaghetti and forecast cone models show that Maria may then veer to the north and miss the United States and Florida completely. Be aware, though, that these are just projections, and they also preliminarily showed Irma hitting the east coast or veering out to sea before she shifted course and struck the western coast of Florida.

[…]

Heavy

Maria’s path has never been similar to Irma’s.  Their paths couldn’t be much more dissimilar for “likely” paths of September hurricanes…

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Prevailing tracks of September Atlantic hurricanes (NOAA).
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Irma and Maria tracks on September prevailing track map.

The paths of Irma and Maria are similar in the same way that the paths of interstate highways I-10 and I-20 are similar… They go from east to west and hit some of the same States.

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http://coast.artglassokc.com/us-interstate-map/

 

Other “brilliant” headlines:

 

 

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Curious George
September 19, 2017 7:22 am

The worst news evah! As always. That’s a degenerated journalism.

Latitude
Reply to  Curious George
September 19, 2017 9:06 am

Sara
Reply to  Curious George
September 19, 2017 3:06 pm

But you don’t understand! It isn’t the hurricane itself that’s important. It isn’t even thepath it follows.
It’s the DRAMA!!! You have to have DRAMA! Without DRAMA! you don’t have much of a news story. It becomes just another hurricane and less interesting than Carla or Sandy or Katrina or Andrew or Camille or whoever is next.
DRAMA! It’s what they live for!

Frederik Michiels
Reply to  Sara
September 19, 2017 3:44 pm

in the media it’s definitely a category 6 near category 7 interthermonuclear dramaticane of unseen superlatives…
they had 12 years to prepare a whole batch of them 🙂

Goldrider
September 19, 2017 7:25 am

Everything is being played for emotional “punch” these days. That’s what you have to do to get attention and ratings–be more shrill and hysterical than the next source. I find that older people, who grew up thinking “if it’s on TV it must be true” are the most susceptible to this kind of brain-stem manipulation. Most people around me right now believe we are having unusual, unprecedented, and terrifying weather. And we live more than a thousand miles away from the hurricane-affected areas! Very, very effective fomentation of hysteria, thanks MSM! Time to ask in what way this serves society. I just tell people to turn off the box.

Eustace Cranch
Reply to  Goldrider
September 19, 2017 8:03 am

I find that older people, who grew up thinking “if it’s on TV it must be true” are the most susceptible to this kind of brain-stem manipulation
Stereotypes and broad-brush statements like that are part of the problem. It’s not limited to a particular demographic. The vast majority of people don’t practice “nullius in verba.” It has always been so.
I’m 63, Richard Feynman is my hero, and I’m a hard core skeptic.

Greg
Reply to  Eustace Cranch
September 19, 2017 1:59 pm

Apparently millennials are cursing the older generation who simply don’t give a shit because they will be dead ( and oddly don’t seem to care for their families as grandparents traditionally have ? ).
Younger generations have been brainwashed from the cradle with this AGW crap, if anything it is the older, wiser generation who tend to be more sceptical.
I get the impression the median readership age here is definitely “senior”.

Tom O
Reply to  Goldrider
September 19, 2017 8:38 am

I will agree with you that everything is played for ratings. The problem is you have chosen the wrong group. As a current “older person” I watched TV and verified it with the newspaper – back when I watched TV and the newspapers weren’t just another source of shrill lies, never accepting what the talking heads said until then. TV was a quick source, it wasn’t the chosen media for truth. But with the lumping of TV, radio, and newspapers into the same conglomerates, you have to trust your intuition, not the news.
We also weren’t running around wearing our emotions on our sleeves or as mottos on our shirts. It is the cellphone/facebook people that suck this crap up, not “older people.”.

James Fosser
Reply to  Goldrider
September 19, 2017 2:45 pm

YOU find! Could you please be more definitive about this study you have conducted? Please include graphs and statistics.

Sixto
Reply to  Goldrider
September 19, 2017 3:11 pm

I find that younger people who have never learned anything are the most susceptible.
Among scientists, the distinguished elders call BS on Mann, et al, while the young are forced to go along to get along and ahead.

Reply to  Goldrider
September 19, 2017 6:15 pm

“Goldrider September 19, 2017 at 7:25 am
I find that older people, who grew up thinking “if it’s on TV it must be true” are the most susceptible to this kind of brain-stem manipulation.”

Absurd!
Us older folks grew up with Westerns, comedies, sitcoms, really bad weather forecasts, sixty minutia, absurd off the wall advertising claims as in where did you think “truth in advertising” laws came from.
Television is rife with actors, actresses and glory hogs paid to tell us anything the writers desire.
Ever hear of Jimmy Bakker? A televangelist, unfortunately TV was lousy with televangelists; most who could make Bill Clinton look prim.
Your gross assumption is ridiculous, Goldrider.

mellyrn
Reply to  Goldrider
September 20, 2017 7:14 am

Back in pre-Internet days, the saying was, “You can’t believe everything you read in the paper!”
Every generation has its cohort of “they wouldn’t publish/broadcast/post it if it weren’t true” folks.
Some people look for truth outside themselves. To some extent, this is true of all of us as social beings: we do have some need to fit in, so we look to see what sort of dress, speech, manners are most like our most familiar neighbors.
As far as I can tell, some folks take this all the way and look outside themselves for everything.
Others are more self-referential (which can also be taken too far). True skepticism is a challenging path, as it requires constant willingness to find oneself in the wrong. The payoff, of course, is that once we’ve faced up to being wrong, we then know better than we did before.

stevekeohane
September 19, 2017 7:33 am

I find that older people, who grew up thinking “if it’s on TV it must be true” Never saw TV until I was 7, never heard of such a silly concept.

John from Europe
Reply to  stevekeohane
September 19, 2017 8:01 am

Me neither, I am not the youngest.
I would sayt: if its on tv, its mostly make believe.

Reply to  John from Europe
September 19, 2017 8:10 am

Being a Generation X-er, I am suspicious of everything. A lot of my generation are only suspicious of authorities and big business.

commieBob
September 19, 2017 7:44 am

The thing following the same path seems to be the news stories. It’s strange that when we have so many different sources available that the mainstream media seems to be falling into groupthink. I think they can’t afford to pay for decent reporting any more and are reduced to copying other people’s stuff.

Reply to  David Middleton
September 19, 2017 9:38 am

Well, yes — they could also just look at a couple of graphs and learn that CAGW isn’t happening, that if it were Paris wouldn’t make a dent anyway, etc. Or take a look through Galileo’s telescope.

taz1999
Reply to  David Middleton
September 19, 2017 10:14 am

Dr. Jeff Masters’ Weather Underground has a very user-friendly collection of hurricane graphics (proof that climate is not weather).
For a long time weatherunderground was incredibly alarmist. The blog name is Category 6. However, I just took a quick peruse and maybe it’s sampling but the alarmism seems to have toned down a bit. I’m still not brave enough to turn the weather channel back on.
The other weather underground chart I use to get confidence (or not) in the models is the historical paths. Not happy with this one now because florida is more or less centered in the spaghetti. The proof is going to be in the North turn. My pool screens are still flapping in the breeze.

I Came I Saw I Left
September 19, 2017 7:47 am

These morons are so pathetic. They are grasping at every little dust particle that they can. Eric Holthaus (climate fiction writer; failed meteorologist? – inquiring minds want to know!) just wrote:

Hurricane #Maria has made landfall in Dominica, the first Category 5 hurricane in recorded history to do so. Records date to 1851.

OMFG! UN-effing-PRECEDENTED! SAVE US ELON MUSK!

I Came I Saw I Left
Reply to  I Came I Saw I Left
September 19, 2017 7:54 am

btw, “fastest intensifying hurricane” is the new “be afraid; be very afraid” talking point.

Sara
Reply to  I Came I Saw I Left
September 19, 2017 3:08 pm

DRAMA!!! They feed on it like starving vampires.

schitzree
Reply to  I Came I Saw I Left
September 19, 2017 5:23 pm

Hurricane #Maria has made landfall in Dominica, the first Category 5 hurricane in recorded history to do so. Records date to 1851.

~¿~
Wasn’t Irma a Cat 5 pretty much the whole way through the Caribbean?
Did it somehow MISS Dominica? If Maria were ‘Following Irma’s Path’ wouldn’t it hit the same places? That’s usually how paths work.
This makes my head hurt.
>¿<

Reply to  schitzree
September 19, 2017 6:36 pm

Dave, Irma killed people. Maria will do the same, irrespective of your views on journalism.

Reply to  schitzree
September 19, 2017 6:54 pm

If the end result of what journalists write scares the heck out of the people in the path of an oncoming storm…..GREAT. When the people head for higher/safer ground as a result of what the journalists published……GREAT. Saving one life is worth any and all the scorn you can heap upon said journalist.

Reply to  schitzree
September 19, 2017 7:00 pm

Sorry Dave, I value human life above service to my “profession”

Reply to  schitzree
September 19, 2017 7:07 pm

“Human life often depends on journalists accurately reporting the facts.”

LMAO, you’re funny, tell me when has a human life depended on what was reported in the National Enquirer?

Reply to  schitzree
September 19, 2017 7:17 pm

“Human life often depends on journalists accurately reporting the facts”
and
“Human life often depends on journalists accurately reporting the facts.

Are identical.

I guess you think repeating yourself changes something?

Are you doing the same thing over and over expecting different results?

Reply to  schitzree
September 19, 2017 7:21 pm

Thank you Dave. You’re the first person that actually has admitted to doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

Reply to  schitzree
September 19, 2017 7:24 pm

The definition makes no distinction as to occupation.

Reply to  schitzree
September 19, 2017 7:25 pm

PS, it’s YOU doing the same thing over and over, not the journalists.

Reply to  schitzree
September 19, 2017 7:33 pm

Strawman

Reply to  schitzree
September 19, 2017 7:38 pm

Deflecting to something about STEM has nothing to do with your posting the same thing over and over again, expecting……………

Matt G
Reply to  schitzree
September 20, 2017 8:29 am

It is very important to report accurate weather accounts via the media, to inform people of potential dangers. If every weather event is exaggerated and ends up not too serious. People lose respect for the information given and may ignore further warnings when they actually could end up being very serious.

Roy Spencer
September 19, 2017 7:47 am

The Carribean region is the same as flyover country…it’s all the same.

Roy Spencer
Reply to  Roy Spencer
September 19, 2017 7:48 am

…excuse the missspellling

Roy Spencer
Reply to  Roy Spencer
September 19, 2017 7:58 am

I had a meteorology professor who marked off every case where I used “data” as singular.

Reply to  Roy Spencer
September 19, 2017 8:31 am

Luckily I had an aviation law professor who did not mark off misspellings. The logic was one could always hire a secretary. I go t an A in that class, had he taken off for misspelling it would have been a F.

Caligula Jones
Reply to  Roy Spencer
September 19, 2017 9:09 am

The old copy editor in me grimaces when I hear “stadiums”.

Reply to  Roy Spencer
September 19, 2017 9:52 am

I had a meteorology professor who marked off every case where I used “data” as singular.

He was correct, of course. There is nothing more horrible than the modern abuse of Latin. The plural is the new singular — to wit not only “data” but “media”, “bacteria” etc. These fake singulars then engender fake plurals like “datas”, “bacterias”, “mediae”, and on this very site “ridiculae”. The Latin word “species” which is the same for singular and plural gets truncated to the spurious singular “specie”. And on and on “ad naseum.”

Tom Halla
Reply to  Michael Palmer
September 19, 2017 9:57 am

That sort of thing is easy and common with foreign languages==>my favorite is the La Brea Tar Pits.

ripshin
Editor
Reply to  Roy Spencer
September 19, 2017 10:06 am

“There is nothing more horrible than the modern abuse of Latin.”
And that’s compared to, say, testicular cancer and Cat-5 hurricanes in fly-over country?
I jest.
🙂
rip

Hugs
Reply to  Roy Spencer
September 19, 2017 12:19 pm

Why would you think data is Latin? Originates there, yes, but it is definitely English.
But if you want to increase your pain, remember that sauna’s plural is saunat when talking about a definitive set and saunoja when talking about some saunat. And, of course, the genitive is saunan, not sauna’s. Except in plural, when it becomes saunojen. Monty Python jokes on this science of foreign inflective grammar well when Brian tries to write Romans go home! Nonononoooo….
I guess SAH-ooh-nah-s is just a good plural, after all.
Do you want to know the genitive plural of 出租汽车? 🙂 The whole idea of this is to keep the uneducated shutting up since they don’t know the language of the better people, Latin.

Malcolm Carter
Reply to  Roy Spencer
September 19, 2017 1:34 pm

Ah yes the old win the argument by criticizing the grammar tactic.

Greg
Reply to  Roy Spencer
September 19, 2017 2:10 pm

…. so I had my balls removed, got a LEGAL reason to get pumped up with testosterone and won the Tour de France.
Hey, if I didn’t really have testicular cancer , I would have paid some quack good money for a positive diagnosis. If you want to win enough to win, you have to make sacrifices.

schitzree
Reply to  Roy Spencer
September 19, 2017 5:32 pm

I would give up Lefty to win the Tour de France, but not ol’ Righty.
<¿<

September 19, 2017 7:55 am

It’s Christmas in climate alarmism land but before we bolt to the human caused angle on this event we must consider the following.
1. High variability of tropical cyclone activity at an annual time scale requires decadal or longer time scales.
2. Tropical cyclone trends can only be studied as global averages of all seven basins because of high random variability at the basin level.
3. An anthropogenic cause is indicated only if the rate of warming in SST can be attributed to emissions. Tropical cyclone formation and intensification are thought to be driven by SST.
But there is no such evidence of anthropogenic cause.
https://ssrn.com/abstract=3033001

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  chaamjamal
September 19, 2017 9:06 am

Tom Trevor,
Your professor may not have done you a favor in the long run. I once got into a spat with an editor at the aerospace company I retired from because she wanted me to change the verb agreement with “data” to be singular, in my annual report on my research. It did not end well with her because she was adamant that she was right. If you hire a “secretary” to make you look good, and that person is not any better than you, then you have lost your chance to look good.

Tom Halla
September 19, 2017 7:57 am

Today’s presentation of Short Attention Span Theater. . .

September 19, 2017 8:04 am

Well Irma didn’t do as much damage in USA as they had hoped, so they are hoping for another big one.

cedarhill
September 19, 2017 8:07 am

Those in the Midwest that bother to watch their local weather forecast have just been told that a huge High is moving into the region from the Gulf and the West. For the next week and a half, summer will return with temps nearing 90s. Maria is much more likely to follow Jose, get married, and honeymoon somewhere around Iceland.

erastvandoren
September 19, 2017 8:14 am

You should have said something about the winds. Max 70knots measured until now and in 60 miles from Maria’a center there is barely any wind. It is a very small category 1 hurricane, not a cat 5 monster.

bw
Reply to  erastvandoren
September 19, 2017 4:39 pm

Agreed. PR has plenty of NDBC stations. We will see the damage there matching the sustained winds recorded by those anemometers at landfall.

SuffolkBoy
Reply to  bw
September 21, 2017 12:31 am

That assumes the anemometer doesn’t fly away and that there is power to the station!

SuffolkBoy
Reply to  erastvandoren
September 21, 2017 12:30 am

Looks like YABP4 has blown away (or at least the anemometer is broken)? ://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=yabp4
I’m not convinced that the low wind-speed readings on the ground demonstrate a CAT1, as you imply. Surely, the chances of the eye (and consequently the highest speeds) passing over any particular point (like a buoy or weather station) is small? Therefore, if they are using peak wind speed as the determination of the category, they will have to use some other measurement, height, modelling, estimation and classification to come up with a category, not just the highest sustained wind speed actually recorded by a ground-based instrument? Despite this, I suspect that I shall agree with you that, when all the data is in and properly analyzed, Maria isn’t going to turn out to be a major hurricane.

SuffolkBoy
September 19, 2017 8:16 am

Hype apart, the data is (are) flooding in. Here is Station 42060, which is having a rough time of it, floating around on the ocean, yet the storm has not yet reached its nearest point to the station. Notice the barometeric pressure drop in particular!
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/show_plot.php?station=42060&meas=wdpr&uom=E&time_diff=-4&time_label=AST

erastvandoren
Reply to  SuffolkBoy
September 19, 2017 8:24 am

42060 is in the eye now, wind is going down, pressure still falling. Max wind in the eye wall was 73.8 knots, 1-2 category. Pressure 956mb.

SuffolkBoy
Reply to  erastvandoren
September 19, 2017 8:34 am

1-2 category indeed. Which, according to the Guardian is Category 5, and has been so for several hours. However, I guess we shall have to wait some hours for a validated categorization, while NOAA sort out aircraft snap shots in the eye from fixed buoys. https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/sep/19/hurricane-maria-landfall-dominica-caribbean-category-five-storm-live

erastvandoren
Reply to  erastvandoren
September 19, 2017 8:37 am

Maria’s eye passed over buoy 42060, min pressure 956mb, max wind 85mph = small category 1 hurricane. NHC lied again.comment image:large

erastvandoren
Reply to  erastvandoren
September 19, 2017 8:39 am

@SuffolkBoy NOAA uses computer models from airplane measurements, exaggerating wind speeds by 50-100%.

SuffolkBoy
Reply to  erastvandoren
September 19, 2017 9:11 am

Are you sure that the eye passed “over” buoy 42060? Surely that would be too much of a coincidence. I had assumed that that eye would pass near the buoy, but not necessarily so close that the buoy was in the eye. PS, just for fun: The wind speed at station 42060 during Maria2017, away from the eye, is approximately given by p+q/(1+(t/a)²) where, roughly, p=15 miles per hour, q=55 miles per hour, a=7 hours, t=hours after 15:00 GMT. I don’t know if this empirical formula has any basis in physics!

SuffolkBoy
Reply to  erastvandoren
September 19, 2017 10:26 am
erastvandoren
Reply to  erastvandoren
September 19, 2017 10:36 am

@SuffolkBoy Yes, Maria passed direct over 42060. I watched it.

Toneb
Reply to  erastvandoren
September 19, 2017 3:08 pm

“Maria’s eye passed over buoy 42060, min pressure 956mb, max wind 85mph = small category 1 hurricane. NHC lied again.”
Nope it didn’t (and no they didn’t) – the buoy is drifting ….
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/nws_special/42060.txt
“Station 42060 went adrift on 9/19/2017 and the last report from its moored position was at 1400Z. It is still transmitting valid observation data, which continued to be reported here, but not from the location above.”
YYYY MM DD hh LAT LON WD WSPD GST WVHT DPD BARO ATMP WTMP DEWP VIS TIDE
deg kts kts ft sec mb degC degC degC mi ft
2017 09 19 19 16.2661 -63.2023 171 45.5 59.4 99.0 99.0 9999.0 999.0 999.0 999.0 99.0
2017 09 19 18 16.2367 -63.1979 184 49.7 65.3 99.0 99.0 9999.0 999.0 999.0 999.0 99.0
2017 09 19 17 16.2334 -63.2087 197 55.2 74.8 99.0 99.0 9999.0 999.0 999.0 999.0 99.0
2017 09 19 16 16.2648 -63.2456 230 54.8 74.0 99.0 99.0 9999.0 27.0 999.0 27.0 99.0
2017 09 19 15 16.3322 -63.2410 311 69.0 93.0 99.0 99.0 9999.0 26.7 999.0 26.7 99.0
2017 09 19 14 16.3788 -63.2093 4 55.9 75.8 99.0 99.0 9999.0 26.6 999.0 26.6 99.0
2017 09 19 13 16.3926 -63.1997 15 52.3 73.2 99.0 99.0 9999.0 26.2 999.0 26.2 99.0
2017 09 19 12 16.3936 -63.2004 10 47.0 64.7 99.0 99.0 9999.0 26.4 999.0 26.2 99.0
2017 09 19 11 16.3946 -63.2007 17 43.5 61.2 99.0 99.0 9999.0 26.6 999.0 26.2 99.0
But still managed a gust to 93kts @ 15Z
LOCATION of Maria at 18Z …16.6N 63.6W
” Buouy at 18Z 16.2367 63.1979
Makes it 32nm away to SE of the centre at that time.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT5+shtml/191757.shtml
“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to
140 miles (220 km). During the past few hours, the eye passed just
north of NOAA buoy 42060, which reported 1-min average winds of
85 mph (137 km/h) and a wind gust of 94 mph (151 km/h).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 927 mb (27.37 inches).
NOAA buoy 42060 reported a minimum pressure of 955.7 mb
(28.22 inches) as the eye passed.”

erastvandoren
Reply to  Toneb
September 19, 2017 3:19 pm

You are looking at the wrong time point. Here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2017/al15/al152017.wndprb.014.shtml
“AT 1500Z THE CENTER OF HURRICANE MARIA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE
16.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 63.1”
Both points are only 15km apart and Maria moved almost exactly to the buoy. Maria passed over the buoy, period. NOAA’s numbers are junk.
http://daily-madness.news/maria-42060.png

Toneb
Reply to  erastvandoren
September 20, 2017 2:28 am

“Maria passed over the buoy, period. NOAA’s numbers are junk.”
No it didn’t … else show me the numbers where the wind abatted in the eye.
None there.
Why don’t you go one further an say that NOAA ‘adjusted’ those umbers too.
Went from 017 deg 43/61 @ 11Z to 004 56/76 @ 14Z (time when NOAA said it went adrift)
to 311 69/93 @15Z.
You don’t need to be Met-man (I am BTW) to see that those direction show the eye passing to the NE of the buoy.

erastvandoren
Reply to  erastvandoren
September 20, 2017 8:21 am

@Toneb: OMG, add 5mph then! Maria was slow moving at the moment.

Gary
September 19, 2017 8:28 am

Under-educated journalists doing what they were trained to do. They also think the global average temperature is following the same path the models predicted. Close enough for propaganda work.

Tom O
Reply to  Gary
September 19, 2017 8:45 am

Gary, they aren’t “under-educated,” as they know what they are doing and why. They just don’t care about accuracy.

Caligula Jones
Reply to  Gary
September 19, 2017 9:17 am

One almost longs for the day that the garbage in the media was only there due to under-educated journalists.
Now, we have under- (and un-) educated movie stars, “singers” and media “celebrities” who further cloud the waters with their earnest pontifications, which are never, of course, related to hyping an upcoming movie…
Just ask !Dr. Jennifer Lawrence, she of the two solid years of home schooling leading into a modelling career.

Nobogies
September 19, 2017 8:33 am

You may have missed this beauty…last evening during the 6 p.m. CNN News with “Blitz Wolfstar” there was a box inserted on the screen under the banner “Breaking News”. The box contained an infrared sat loop of Maria as she approached the Leeward Islands. The sub-headline was “NEW CATEGORY 4 STORM APPROACHING U.S.”…with the center of the storm roughly 1,200 miles from Miami at the time!!!

MarkW
September 19, 2017 8:33 am

They both cross through the Caribbean. Isn’t that close enough?

SuffolkBoy
Reply to  MarkW
September 19, 2017 8:35 am

That’s why I thought: they cross at Haiti. I suppose the important divergence is Irma going East (recorded) at this point but Maria going North (forecast).

September 19, 2017 9:07 am

truth = at no time has maria been on the same path as irma……the modern news about storms is PURE HYPE……..

Clyde Spencer
September 19, 2017 9:12 am

David,
One must always keep in mind that the ‘news’ media are in the business of selling advertising, which is dictated by the size of their readership. Thus, they have to write headlines that make potential readers buy the print version, or click on the website link. Accuracy is of far less concern than getting the rubes to pay to enter the tent and ogle the bearded lady.

SuffolkBoy
Reply to  David Middleton
September 19, 2017 10:18 am

The BBC have joined in. “The storm is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, this season’s other category five hurricane.”
“The new storm is proving particularly treacherous as its strength can change dramatically in a matter of hours.”
No Maria is not “changing dramatically in a matter of hours”. It’s the estimates (or the way they are spun, cherry-picked and despun) that are treachorous.
Hurricane Maria regains strength after battering Dominica
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41323272 (downloaded 201709191816).

Don Penim
September 19, 2017 10:24 am

…and what was Hurricane Lee … has been forgotten.

Roger Knights
Reply to  Don Penim
September 19, 2017 10:50 am

IIRC, Lee is following Maria, for some reason.

SuffolkBoy
Reply to  Roger Knights
September 19, 2017 4:10 pm

Lee was identified before Maria, but started life much further East. So when both Lee and Maria were alive, Lee was following behind Maria, who “materialized” West (“in front”) of Lee. So Lee was following Maria. It would make life easier if they all started from exactly the same point!

SuffolkBoy
Reply to  Don Penim
September 19, 2017 4:16 pm

You can track the historical ones (and the current ones) here. Just select the basin and the storm name. https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurricane/tracker

Greg in Houston
September 19, 2017 10:27 am

“The paths of Irma and Maria are similar in the same way that the paths of interstate highways I-10 and I-20 are similar..”
While the gist of the story is correct, the above example was a bad one. I-10 and I-20 merge in West Texas, and so it can be said they follow the same “path” from there to Los Angeles. (I know the road in that section does not have a dual designation.)

Greg in Houston
Reply to  David Middleton
September 19, 2017 11:31 am

Yes, looks like Jose will suck Maria north. She still might threaten the upper Atlantic coast, though.

jorgekafkazar
September 19, 2017 10:50 am

Ah, but you’ve neglected to account for the fact that IRMA contains four of the same letters as MARIA. In this post-Normal world of chem lab assistants made Pope, pretty movie stars uttering ugly, misinformed climate prognostications, and Leftist politicians spewing Lysenkoist drivel, that should be a significant consideration.

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  jorgekafkazar
September 20, 2017 2:14 pm

Quick! Who wrote “All Quiet on the Western Front?”

Mumbles McGuirck
September 19, 2017 11:03 am

I was wondering why my friend on Saturday night was so worked up. He was in a panic that Tropical Storm Lee (he meant Maria) was going to hit us. I tried to calm him down but he kept insisting it was following “the same path as Irma.” I tried to explain to him that the steering currents over the Atlantic were always changing and that storms only a few days apart could follow different tracks. This did not seem to mollify him. Now I understand that some screaming headline had put the notion into his head that Maria was locked on to the same course as Irma. Of course, everyone in south Florida is on edge about any system to our east right now.

eyesonu
September 19, 2017 11:31 am

David Middleton,
“The paths of Irma and Maria are similar in the same way that the paths of interstate highways I-10 and I-20 are similar… They go from east to west and hit some of the same States.”
Great analogy! :

Bruce Cobb
September 19, 2017 11:34 am

No, you don’t understand. Irma broke trail, the same as a snowmobile does through snow, making it easier for others to follow in the same path. Simple physics. Plus, the hurricanes following that path don’t need to expend as much energy breaking trail, so will be even bigger, badder and meaner than ever. Again, simple physics. Sheesh.

Greg in Houston
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
September 19, 2017 1:27 pm

Sorry Bruce, hurricanes don’t work that way. Sheesh.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
September 19, 2017 3:06 pm

Thanks, Forrest.
I never noticed before that most hurricane tracks look sort of like a hockey stick.
(Or maybe the hook they used on the “Gong Show”.)

bw
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
September 19, 2017 4:35 pm

Bruce, just the opposite. All hurricanes are cooling events. They dissipate sea surface energy over the path of the storm. Following storms will have less energy available from the cooler surface, so will be weaker.

Brad Grubel
September 19, 2017 1:42 pm

They all start somewhere over by Africa, sort of, and head west, sort of, and then eventually go over somewhere, more or less, and then go north, usually more or less, and get stronger or weaker or stay the same as they go. So yes, it followed the same path.

Greg in Houston
Reply to  Brad Grubel
September 19, 2017 2:40 pm

Yes, Brad, except for those that don’t.

Brad Grubel
Reply to  Greg in Houston
September 19, 2017 3:39 pm

Exactly

September 19, 2017 2:25 pm

I think you all should send container loads of sharpies so that everyone can write their social security numbers on their arms. Cause that’s how bad it’s going to be.

schitzree
Reply to  Charles Gerard Nelson
September 19, 2017 5:56 pm

It’s worse then you thought! Sharpies just arn’t going to cut it in our modern Category 6 world! We need to start tattooing everyones Social Security number on their arms!
…wait. that image reminds me of something.
Oh well, it probably wasn’t anything apropos.
~¿~

Gunga Din
September 19, 2017 2:57 pm

They couldn’t use the superlatives and personifications and hurricane hype and spins that were “projected” for 12 years. They got a bit constipated and ached to get them out.
This year has been sort of a laxative for them.
We know what laxatives produce.

Frederik Michiels
Reply to  Gunga Din
September 19, 2017 3:46 pm

a record flood caused by a superlatives diarrhea? 🙂

Frederik Michiels
September 19, 2017 3:42 pm

they follow the tracks that any cape verde type hurricane does follow…

bw
September 19, 2017 4:27 pm

Maria eyewall sustained winds are 64 knots, based on the NDBC buoy 42060 anemometer. No other reliable surface measurements available. NHC claims of Category 5 are totally bogus.
Most likely that Maria will be a small Category 1 hurricane at PR landfall.
NDBC station YABP4 (Yabucoa) will be near landfall, with anemometer height 10 meters. The sustained winds recorded at that station will likely be Category 1, with area surface damage that matches.
Google street maps of SE PR show villages with a lot of concrete walls and roofs for housing. Plenty of palm trees to use as wind speed indicators. Lots of above ground power poles, some wood, some concrete. I’d say that PR building construction practice is better than Florida in regard to tropical cyclones.

Reply to  bw
September 19, 2017 4:41 pm

“Station 42060 went adrift on 9/19/2017 and the last report from its moored position was at 1400Z. It is still transmitting valid observation data, which continued to be reported here, but not from the location above.”

Reference: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=42060

PabloNH
Reply to  David Middleton
September 19, 2017 9:00 pm

After Irma, I asked here, and of my local NWS office, why the NHC had still not released actual, measured surface sustained wind speeds (from Harvey or Irma), especially considering that this is the sole criterion for their categorization. I still have no satisfactory answer; after some research, a few excuses, and a bit of prevarication, the NWS office wrote, “we don’t know”…

FL Engineer
Reply to  David Middleton
September 19, 2017 9:15 pm

I can’t quite work out how the raw data is used to derive the advisory ratings. There are three separate measuring systems for the recon aircraft:
1. A flight level wind speed measured as 30 second average and peak reading over a 10 second interval.
2. A surface estimate from SFMR radar which measures emissivity of the surface. The principal being higher wind speeds result in more froth on the surface which can be measured across 6 separate GHz+ bands in the radar.
3. A dropsonde measurement which is jettisoned from the aircraft and falls over a 3-4 minute interval transmitting slices of data until it hits surface.
For all interested in monitoring the flights and their data you can check out: http://tropicalatlantic.com/recon/ which can be imported into google earth or viewed in browser on map.
The dropsonde data seemed like it should be most accurate but I’ve seen other comments suggesting it uses the GPS co-ordinates to infer wind speed and direction which seems fraught with potential inaccuracies. One of the drops from AF303 earlier today occured in the eyewall but the final resting place of the sensor was about 10 km away. Hard to calibrate the flight level readings when the plane is travelling the opposite direction of the dropsonde you are trying to calibrate too.
I’m actually surprised that the raw data is so readily available as comparing plane readings with surface stations like Yabucoa or Lime Tree Bay (http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=LTBV3) with overlays of the GOES 16 images where you can see and measure proximity to eyewall is showing a big disconnect.
I’m not advocating the advisories should be ignored but it seems a worthy task to independently derive the official sustained winds from the raw data and compare against direct surface measurements rather than simply using the largest peak recorded value from the three separate systems.

erastvandoren
Reply to  David Middleton
September 20, 2017 8:31 am

Here is a Puerto Rico station http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=frdp4 Max sustained wind 66kts. Another one on the Northern Coast: Station 41053 50kts. Southeast of Ponce, Station 42085 52kts. MGZP4 – 35kts. AROP4 – 68kts.
The measurements are quite consistent with category 1 hurricane.

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