Post tropical storm “Lee” moved thru far eastern Canada (Newfoundland) is now out to sea as a windy, rainy low pressure center.
Early Sun. AM, there were 105,297 customers without power in Nova Scotia. That’s down from a peak of nearly 130,000. More than 11,700 New Brunswick power customers were in the dark and just over 800 Maritime Electric customers were without power on Prince Edward Island. The center of Lee came onshore just west of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. At least one fatality and several injuries are attributed to the storm.
A buoy south of Nova Scotia recorded a wave 36 feet high! Big waves on Cape Cod. The peak gust I saw out on Cape Cod was 65 mph and that was 59 feet off the ground. The Hurricane Hunters aircraft captured video of nearly constant lightning near the center of Hurricane Lee on Thursday, Sept. 14.
Tropical Storm/Depression Margot has been drifting around the central Atlantic Ocean. This storm will drift to the east and is no threat to land.
Nigel has become a hurricane. The storm will miss Bermuda well to the east and eventually weaken and accelerate toward NW Europe as a windy, rainy low pressure center.
Post-Tropical Cyclone 12-E is drifting west and dissipating – no threat to land.
The western Pacific Ocean is quiet. As I type this, there are no typhoon watches or warnings.
After 3 years of La Nina and a below average ACE Index, the flip to El Nino comes with an increase in tropical storm activity. All Northern Hemisphere sectors have an above average ACE Index. In the North Atlantic, the ACE Index stands at 106.1, compared to an average ACE Index-to-date of 73.7. We’re down to the letter “N” in the alphabet. Fortunately, with the exception of Idalia, the hurricanes have mostly tracked over open water and avoided major hits on land areas.