TS Norman forms over eastern Pacific; could become…

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Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Although, this area of showers and storms has a better chance of developing over the next 5 days as it moves west/northwest across the Pacific.

May 23, 2013 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts an active or extremely active hurricane season, predicting that there is a 70 percent chance of having 13 to 20 named storms, of which seven to 11 could become hurricanes, including three to six major hurricanes (categories 3-5).

Located about 2,573 miles west of Hilo, Norman was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph while moving west-northwest at 10 mph at 5 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Miriam and Norman are Category 1 storms with wind speeds of 75 miles per hour.


Tropical Storm GraceSeptember 5, 2015 - Tropical Storm Grace forms.September 8, 2015 - Weakens to a tropical depression.

But rain was still pounding the island chain, touching off flooding on Oahu and Kauai.

Hurricane JoaquinSeptember 28, 2015 - Tropical Storm Joaquin forms.September 30, 2015 - Strengthens into a hurricane and later in the evening becomes a Category 3 hurricane about 170 miles east of the central Bahamas.October 1, 2015 - The U.S. -flagged container ship El Faro, carrying a crew of 28 Americans and five Polish nationals, loses all communications at 7:20 a.m. ET near the Bahamas. Increased activity due to lessening wind shear Wind shear helps in keeping tropical depressions from forming, and right now, the wind shear appears to be decreasing.


Hawaii was spared a direct hit from a major hurricane as Lane diminished to a tropical storm as it approached and then drifted west, further from land.

Lane is the nation's second rainiest tropical cyclone since 1950. NASA research has shown that storms with cloud top temperatures that cold (that are very high in the troposphere) have the capability to generate heavy rain.

Officials are reporting the first death associated with a powerful storm that initially threatened Hawaii as a hurricane and later weakened to a tropical depression.


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