USA- New York: Tropical Storm Henri, was downgraded to a tropical storm before its landfall Sunday within the Northeast. Here’s everything to understand about this weekend’s weather that’s tropical in name only, but far away from its titular home.
Is Henri still a hurricane? [Tropical Storm Henri]
The National Hurricane Center downgraded it to a tropical storm early Sunday, and it had been weakening because it made landfall in Rhode Island at midday.
Difference between a hurricane and a tropical storm?
It’s all about the wind. Specifically, the sustained wind speeds. the utmost sustained winds for a hurricane is anything above 74 mph. A tropical storm? 73 mph.
As of early Sunday afternoon, Henri’s sustained winds topped out at 60 mph (96 kph), well below hurricane status.
But don’t write Tropical Storm Henri off. the best threat from a storm this size is water. Heavy rains cause storm surges and inland flooding, and historically, those things have threatened life and property with quite high winds.
What areas is Henri alleged to affect?
Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Henri to bank west now that it’s come ashore, dumping massive amounts of rain on Connecticut and New York’s Hudson Valley, which could cause dangerous flooding.
So far, the storm surge hasn’t been significant love it was with 2012s Superstorm Sandy – the consequences of which are still plaguing New York.
Who is Henri? Who is Bob? And who is Gloria?
A stormy trio. Tropical Storm Henri (pronounced ahn-ree) strengthened into a hurricane Saturday morning — and can perhaps become New England’s first in 30 years. Bob was its predecessor, liable for the deaths of 17 and $1.5 billion in damage in August 1991.
But with Connecticut in Henri’s sights, some might better remember Gloria – the September 1985 hurricane made landfall on both Long Island and Connecticut and caused eight deaths and nearly $1 billion in damage.
Je m’appelle Henri — why do I share a reputation with a hurricane?
These storms have human names courtesy the planet Meteorological Association, which pulls up an inventory of 21 names for every Atlantic hurricane season.
So what are the conditions needed for a Henri (or Bob or Gloria)?
There are two ingredients needed for a storm to trace this far up north: a tropical system itself and steering currents.
Most tropical systems within the hemisphere run out or recur before they will make their way north, consistent with the National Weather Service.
OK, so this is often pretty rare. Is Tropical Storm Henri’s path connected to climate change?
It’s just a tropical weather phenomenon, the National Weather Service says. But at an equivalent time, global climate change isn’t off the hook when it involves tropical weather — heating exacerbates hurricanes, making them stronger and wetter.
What do people got to do to organize for Tropical Storm Henri?
This isn’t New England or New York’s first rodeo with weather obvious . After all, a nor’easter is simply a hurricane with a Boston accent.
it isn’t too different within the Long Island dialect either. So, the standard protocols apply: Get boats out of the water, fuel cars, stock the pantry and batten the hatches. Be prepared for power outages, too.
How does Henri compare to Sandy?
Sandy’s referred to as a superstorm around these parts, because it technically wasn’t a hurricane when it did its worst to NY City, its suburbs and therefore the Jersey Shore in October 2012.
Tropical Storm Henri likely won’t be that tough on the town or the shore, but it could cause calamitous flooding within the saturated Hudson Valley. Power outages throughout the greater region could last every week or more.
And with Sandy, at least, there was longer to organize NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned Sandy during a Saturday presser, saying Tropical Storm Henri comparatively offered “short notice.”
Cuomo? He’s still around?
Yes! Cuomo is governor until Monday at 11:59 p.m. so he’s technically still responsible for now.
We’re within the canicule of August — are there still tourists on the Atlantic Coast?
Oh, yes. School is back in session in parts of the East Coast, but there are still thousands of tourists enjoying the beaches of Cape Cod, the Hamptons et al.
Is Henri a fast-or-slow-moving storm?
Henri isn’t winning any races, but it steadily sped up Saturday. Its slow churn might be an honest thing, increasing the prospect it’ll falter quickly.
But it could also mean tons of concentrated rain, which translates to flooding.
Wait, was Hurricane Bob an equivalent as ‘the perfect storm?
Nope, though both storms were in 1991. The so-called “perfect storm” — also referred to as the Halloween Storm — hit New England about two months later. It started as a nor’easter, during which form it inflicted the foremost damage.
A hurricane eventually formed at its center – but it purposely went unnamed, because meteorologists worried it might be distracting.
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Yep! Atlantic hurricane names are recycled every six years unless they’re retired out of notoriety — we’re never getting to see another hurricane named Katrina, or maybe Bob, again. and therefore the “H” name — Henri in 1991 — was next on the list when the storm struck.
So that movie isn’t about Bob?
Correct. “The Perfect Storm” was a 2000 movie starring George Clooney and New England’s own Mark Wahlberg, supported a book of an equivalent name by Sebastian Junger. We’re getting a touch off-topic, here, though.