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Answers: Hurricane rainbands

By Jack Williams ©2015

Q: Cross-cut figures of hurricanes show a structure like a jelly roll turned on end and sliced through the middle.  Are these rings all connected in a continuous spiral or are they multiple rings? (I suspect they are continuous.) Also, how do they develop in the evolution of a hurricane? That is, why isn't the hurricane just a big homogeneous storm?... »

Meteorological pioneer Joanne Simpson dies

By Jack Williams ©2015

Joanne Simpson, a world-renowned atmospheric scientist who led the way for today's many women meteorologists, died on Thursday, March 4, in Washington, D.C. She and her husband Robert (Bob) Simpson, who survives her, were a rare example of a wife and husband who were both leaders in the same scientific field.  In The AMS Weather Book I characterized their importance:... »

Hurricane Stories Full of Holes

By Jack Williams ©2015

USA TODAY,  ABC News, and probably other news outlets have published reports that Bill Gates and others have filed patent applications for a plan to weaken hurricanes. In brief, the proposal is to have a fleet of ships equipped to pump warm... »

Hurricane Shutters and Fire

By Jack Williams ©2015

Protecting windows and other openings is vital to making a house more likely to survive strong winds. I go into some detail explaining why in Chapter 3 of my AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Weather. The chapter opens with... »

Weather Links: Hurricanes

By Jack Williams ©2015

If  you live along the U.S. Gulf or Atlantic coasts, or just want to keep up with hurricanes or other kinds of tropical cyclones elsewhere in the world, the links below will take you directly to information you need or want. Atlantic Basin Forecasts and Outlooks To learn whether a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane has formed over the Atlantic, Caribbean... »