Stay Informed

Given the increased coverage of Hurricane Ike at Local 10, I have not had the time to blog.   This blog was never intended to give frequent updates on ongoing tropical cyclones.  I feel very strongly in a consistent message.  Local 10 will continue to inform viewers by airing the official National Hurricane Center forecast as well as sharing the uncertainty in that forecast. 

Like most people, I like to be told what to do when a hurricane threatens.  Local 10 will continue to spread the official word from local emergency managers and other local officials. 

Hurricane Ike forecasts from the NHC as well as preparedness actions ordered or recommended by local officials are constantly being updated.   It is critical for residents and visitors in South Florida to keep up with the latest messages.  The Local 10 web channel at www.local10.com is an excellent source for information.

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5 thoughts on “Stay Informed

  1. I tried to send a note to you…not sure if it went through…but you might check out livenewscameras.com. They have a page with all live video about the hurricane.

  2. Dr. Mayfield, Can you comment on why you guys have to hype the wind and surge conditions so much like muck stations. I hear too often about the 110 MPH constant winds and Gusts of 135 MPH for Ike going into Galveston Bay. I have attached NOAA data bouy info that clearly shows EYE of Ike going over this bouy and the winds did not even reach constant Hurricane Cat 1 speeds if you notice. I am so disappointed that you guys do this. Same thing on Surge. We heard about the 25 foot surge expected that was show on news this am at a max of 10 foot. I know 10 foot is bad enough but to say 25 feet is over kill. I have so much respect for you and hope you can explain what the real situation might be regarding what appears to be well overblown stories.

  3. Sorry forgot to include data bouy info.
    Here it is.

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    Storm Special! View the latest observations near Atlantic Hurricane Ike.
    Station 42035 – GALVESTON 22NM East of Galveston, TX
    Owned and maintained by National Data Buoy Center
    3-meter discus buoy
    ARES 4.4 payload
    29.246 N 94.408 W (29°14’47” N 94°24’30” W)
    Site elevation: sea level
    Air temp height: 4 m above site elevation
    Anemometer height: 5 m above site elevation
    Barometer elevation: sea level
    Sea temp depth: 0.6 m below site elevation
    Water depth: 15.9 m
    Watch circle radius: 52 yards
    42035 went adrift on 09/13/2008 and the last report from its moored position was
    1900Z. It is still transmitting valid observation data, which will continue to be
    reported here, but not from the location given above.
    Click here to see the latest position.
    Latest NWS Marine Forecast 1 and Latest NWS Marine Forecast 2
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    Latest Satellite Wind Map for this Area
    Conditions at 42035 as of
    (7:50 am CDT)
    1250 GMT on 09/13/2008:
    Unit of Measure: Time Zone:
    English
    Station Local Time Select
    Click on the graph icon in the table below to see a time series plot of the last five days of that
    observation.
    Wind Direction (WDIR): W ( 270 deg true )
    Wind Speed (WSPD): 36.9 kts
    Wind Gust (GST): 50.5 kts
    Wave Height (WVHT): 17.7 ft
    Dominant Wave Period (DPD): 10 sec
    Average Period (APD): 8.2 sec
    Mean Wave Direction (MWD): S ( 188 deg true )
    Atmospheric Pressure (PRES): 29.33 in
    NDBC – Station 42035 Page 1 of 3
    http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=42035 09/13/08
    Pressure Tendency (PTDY): +0.38 in ( Rising Rapidly )
    Air Temperature (ATMP): 81.7 °F
    Water Temperature (WTMP): 82.0 °F
    Combined plot of Wind Speed, Gust, and Air Pressure
    Continuous Winds
    TIME
    (CDT) WDIR WSPD
    7:50 am W ( 265 deg ) 38.3 kts
    7:40 am W ( 267 deg ) 37.7 kts
    7:30 am W ( 266 deg ) 36.7 kts
    7:20 am W ( 267 deg ) 37.5 kts
    7:10 am W ( 264 deg ) 38.1 kts
    7:00 am W ( 266 deg ) 36.1 kts
    Previous observations
    MM DD TIME
    (CDT)
    WDIR WSPD
    kts
    GST
    kts
    WVHT
    ft
    DPD
    sec
    APD
    sec
    MWD PRES
    in
    PTDY
    in
    ATMP
    °F
    WTMP
    °F
    DEWP
    °F
    SAL
    psu
    VIS
    mi
    TIDE
    ft
    09 13 6:50 am W 40.8 52.4 17.7 11 8.4 SE 29.24 +0.53 79.5 82.0 – – – –
    09 13 5:50 am W 42.7 54.4 – – – – 29.14 +0.73 78.6 82.2 – – – –
    09 13 4:50 am W 48.6 64.1 – 11 – – 28.95 – 77.7 82.2 – – – –
    09 13 3:50 am W 54.4 73.8 16.1 11 8.4 NE 28.71 – 77.4 82.4 – – – –
    09 13 2:50 am WNW 52.4 68.0 11.5 10 7.8 ENE 28.41 – 77.2 82.6 – – – –
    09 13 1:50 am W 13.6 19.4 10.2 11 6.3 ESE 28.17 – 80.6 82.8 – – – –
    09 13 12:50 am E 9.7 11.7 16.1 13 7.3 E 28.15 – 81.5 82.8 – – – –
    09 12 11:50 pm SE 44.7 54.4 19.7 10 7.0 ESE 28.12 – 80.6 82.8 – – – –
    09 12 10:50 pm ESE 48.6 60.2 – – – – 28.39 – 79.5 82.9 – – – –
    09 12 9:50 pm ESE 48.6 60.2 – – – – 28.60 – 79.9 82.9 – – – –
    09 12 8:50 pm E 48.6 62.2 – – – – 28.74 – 78.8 83.1 – – – –
    09 12 7:00 pm NE 42.7 56.3 – – – – – – 79.5 83.1 – – – –
    09 12 6:50 pm NNE 44.7 – – – – – – – 79.9 – – – – –
    09 12 5:50 pm NNE 44.7 60.2 18.7 14 6.8 SSE 29.02 – 79.7 83.3 – – – –
    09 12 4:50 pm NNE 44.7 56.3 15.7 15 6.9 SE 29.10 – 79.5 83.5 – – – –
    09 12 3:50 pm NE 38.9 48.6 15.1 14 6.7 SSE 29.22 – 81.0 83.5 – – – –
    09 12 2:50 pm NE 38.9 46.6 17.1 15 7.1 SSE 29.31 – 81.1 83.5 – – – –
    09 12 1:50 pm NE 35.0 42.7 16.7 15 7.4 SE 29.38 – 83.8 83.7 – – – –
    09 12 12:50 pm ENE 33.0 40.8 19.4 15 8.5 SE 29.44 -0.09 84.6 83.7 – – – –
    09 12 11:50 am NE 27.2 35.0 17.1 15 7.8 ESE 29.50 -0.04 83.5 83.8 – – – –
    09 12 10:50 am NE 29.1 38.9 19.7 16 8.6 ESE 29.52 -0.03 82.9 83.8 – – – –
    09 12 9:50 am NE 27.2 35.0 18.7 15 8.7 ESE 29.54 -0.01 81.9 83.8 – – – –
    09 12 8:50 am NE 29.1 36.9 18.7 16 8.8 ESE 29.54 -0.01 80.8 83.8 – – – –
    09 12 7:50 am NE 29.1 33.0 17.4 16 8.5 ESE 29.54 -0.04 81.7 84.0 – – – –
    Detailed Wave Summary
    for 42035 as of (8:00 am CDT)
    1300 GMT on 09/13/2008:
    These wave data are displayed in rounded times.
    Unit of Measure: Time Zone:
    English
    Station Local Time Select
    Click on the graph icon in the table below to see a time series plot of the last five days of that
    observation.
    Significant Wave Height (WVHT): 17.7 ft
    Wind Wave Height (WWH): 17.7 ft
    Wind Wave Period (WWP): 10.0 sec
    Wind Wave Direction (WWD): S
    Wave Steepness (STEEPNESS): STEEP
    NDBC – Station 42035 Page 2 of 3
    http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=42035 09/13/08
    Plot of wave energy versus frequency (and period)
    Description of Measurements
    Links which are specific to this station are listed below:
    Real Time Data in tabular form for the last forty-five days.
    Historical Data & Climatic Summaries for quality controlled data for the current month, previous months,
    and previous years.
    The weekly status report and the weekly maintenance report also provide valuable station information.
    Note that the payload types and the station locations occasionally change.
    Please refer to the NDBC data inventory for the data history of each station.
    Average Wave Period (APD): 8.2 sec
    Previous observations
    MM DD TIME
    (CDT)
    WVHT
    ft
    SwH
    ft
    SwP
    sec
    SwD WWH
    ft
    WWP
    sec
    WWD STEEPNESS APD
    sec
    09 13 7:00 am 17.7 – – – 17.7 10.8 SE STEEP 8.4
    09 13 5:00 am 0.0 – – – – – – N/A –
    09 13 4:00 am 16.1 – – – 16.1 10.8 NE AVERAGE 8.4
    09 13 3:00 am 11.5 4.3 12.9 ENE 10.8 10.0 ENE AVERAGE 7.8
    09 13 2:00 am 10.2 7.5 10.8 ESE 6.6 6.7 ESE AVERAGE 6.3
    09 13 1:00 am 16.1 15.4 12.9 E 3.9 3.8 E AVERAGE 7.3
    09 13 12:00 am 19.7 – – – 19.7 10.0 ESE STEEP 7.0
    09 12 6:00 pm 18.7 10.2 13.8 SSE 15.7 6.2 E AVERAGE 6.8
    09 12 5:00 pm 15.7 11.5 14.8 SE 10.8 6.2 E SWELL 6.9
    09 12 4:00 pm 15.1 9.8 13.8 SSE 11.5 6.7 ESE AVERAGE 6.7
    09 12 3:00 pm 17.1 11.5 14.8 SSE 12.5 7.1 E AVERAGE 7.1
    09 12 2:00 pm 16.7 13.1 14.8 SE 10.2 7.1 ESE SWELL 7.4
    09 12 1:00 pm 19.4 16.4 14.8 SE 10.5 7.7 ESE SWELL 8.5
    09 12 12:00 pm 17.1 14.4 14.8 ESE 9.2 7.7 ESE SWELL 7.8
    09 12 11:00 am 19.7 16.7 16.0 ESE 10.2 7.7 ESE SWELL 8.6
    09 12 10:00 am 18.7 16.4 14.8 ESE 9.2 7.7 ESE SWELL 8.7
    09 12 9:00 am 18.7 16.7 16.0 ESE 8.2 7.1 SE SWELL 8.8
    09 12 8:00 am 17.4 15.4 16.0 ESE 8.2 5.6 E SWELL 8.5
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    Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
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    NDBC – Station 42035 Page 3 of 3
    http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=42035 09/13/08

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