No Gracias Tropical Storm Cristobal…


The satellite presentation of Tropical Storm Cristobal on the afternoon of Sunday July 20, 2008. Feeder bands from the tropical storm extended for hundreds of miles, one hitting Ocean County, as can be seen by close inspection, with tropical downpours of rain and breezy conditions.

Every weather forecast said that Sunday July 20, 2008 was going to be sunny, all day, with temperatures flirting with 90 degrees. However, Tropical Storm Cristobal had other ideas, as it spread feeder bands of rain hundreds of miles from its center off of the North Carolina coast, one straight over Ocean County at the noontime hour.
The arrival of Cristobal’s rains were a complete surprise to many. None of the meteorologists predicted that any rain would come this way, although the Weather Channel forecast did call for the slight chance of a shower. A rather large circulation brewing off of the North Carolina coast, Cristobal was sucking up tropical moisture from the warm ocean and exhausting it hundreds of miles away from the center through its outflow in the upper atmosphere. It just so happens that Ocean County was in an unlucky spot. No other area in New Jersey saw much in the way of rain from the tropical storm.
Rain fell fast and furious, quickly flooding streets in poor drainage areas. Lightning was reported to have struck the Krane Kingdom arcade at Dupont Avenue and The Boardwalk in Seaside Heights. Toms River police reported a downed live power line that halted traffic coming east over the Mathis Bridge, and limited traffic to one lane in the westbound Tunney Bridge for over two hours.
So far, the Atlantic Tropical season in 2008 has been active. Tropical Storm Arthur formed on May 31st, and struck Central America with gusty winds and rain. Hurricane Bertha made history in many ways, not only as the furthest east forming storm in the record books, but also as the second longest-lived July hurricane on record. As high as Category 4 hurricane, with winds estimated briefly at 135 miles per hour at its peak, Bertha brought hurricane-force gusts to the island of Bermuda.Bertha also brought high waves and rip currents to Ocean County for days last week, causing local beach patrols much grief until it passed. It was a race to see which system would develop first, but the tropical low off of the Carolinas was named Cristobal on July 19th, and a tropical wave in the Western Caribbean was named Tropical Storm Dolly on July 20th. Dolly is expected to cross over the Yucatan of Mexico, but then head into the open Gulf of Mexico. At the time of this writing, Dolly was expected to possibly reach hurricane strength, and possibly hit the United States along the southern Texas Gulf Coast by Thursday or Friday. Additionally, a huge tropical wave has just emerged off of the coast of Africa. Stay Tuned!

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