Disturbance expected to grow into Gulf hurricane, while tropical storm hovers off Mexico
While Tropical Storm Gamma is nearly stationary just north of the Yucatan Peninsula, there is one more disturbance quickly growing in the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.
None are currently an immediate threat to South Florida. But one of the disturbances, Potential Tropical Cyclone Twenty-Six, is growing fast and could turn into a hurricane as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast later this week.
The system has already triggered a Hurricane Watch for parts of western Cuba, while a Tropical Storm warning is in effect for the Cayman Islands and Havana.
It could affect Louisiana and the western Florida Panhandle, which is still recovering from Hurricane Sally, a Category 2 storm.
Meteorologists said in a 5 p.m. advisory that the new disturbance forming about 100 miles south of Jamaica has an 80% chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next few days, as it continues to move through Jamaica and approach western Cuba by late Tuesday.
Tropical storm conditions could affect the Cayman Islands starting late Monday, the NHC advisory said.
“Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds will be possible across portions of Hispaniola, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba during the next few days,” the advisory said.
Gamma, which is just offshore from southeastern Mexico, is expected to bring heavy rains to the region, which could result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in parts of Mexico and nearby Central American countries, forecasters said in a 4 p.m. advisory. It is packing maximum sustained winds of about 60 mph.
Separately, two other disturbances in the middle of the Atlantic are unlikely to grow over the next week. One of the disorganized systems, which has about 10% chance of forming in the next 48 hours, is about 1,000 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving west-southwest about 10 mph.
Tropical Storm Gamma has winds of 50 mph this morning and is moving north at 5 mph. The storm is located over the southern Gulf of Mexico and is about 30 Miles north of Rio Lagartos, Mexico.
Torrential rain is occurring with Gamma this morning over the northern Yucatan Peninsula with over 9 inches of rain reported in Cozumel, Mexico.
Gamma is expected to slow down even further today and turn west or west-southwest tonight and Monday.
Gamma will then meander around in the extreme southern Gulf of Mexico for the next few days but, while there could be a brief period of strengthening today, Gamma will weaken again beginning Monday and lasting into Wednesday.
Locally, over 12 inches of rain will be possible in the coming days due to Gamma’s slow movement.
The area at greatest risk for major flash flooding will be in the Mexican States of Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas and Veracruz, and these heavy rainfall totals could cause mudslides.
Right behind Gamma, there is another disturbance being monitored in the Caribbean Sea.
This tropical wave is expected become a little better organized over the coming days and will likely become a tropical depression during this time frame.
There is currently an 80% chance of tropical formation over the next five days meaning this tropical wave will likely bring some heavy rain to Hispaniola, Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands during this time frame.
Towards Friday and next weekend, this system may be able to just slip by a weakening meandering Gamma and emerge in the Gulf of Mexico.
There is some computer guidance that indicates this system could strengthen in that time frame and be of interest to the U.S. mainland, though it is too early to determine how some of this will play out.
Meanwhile, there are two other tropical waves in the Atlantic, both of which only have low chances for development and are not a major concern at this time.
Elsewhere, there are localized elevated fire conditions today in California but cooler temperatures and even some Northern California rain are forecast for later this week
In California, the Glass Fire has currently consumed 63,450 acres and is 15% contained.
Saturday should provide better conditions for fire fighters trying to contain the fires, but some locally gusty winds as well as low relative humidity overnight has prompted the National Weather Service to reissue Red Flag Regions for parts of Northern California.
Widespread weather conditions, overall, are trending in the right direction for fire spread and growth in much of the West with better relative humidity and calmer winds.
However, there is still a localized chance of gusty winds and low relative humidity, especially in Northern California today which is expected to be hot through much of the state.
The good news is that a major pattern change looks to be in sight.
First, some of the hot air that has been plaguing much of the western U.S. will begin to be suppressed to the south which will allow cooler air to move into parts of California and even into the desert southwest.Looking ahead, a well-organized Pacific storm will arrive later this week and likely bring areas of beneficial rain to Northern California.It is a little too early to determine the exact impacts of this storm and whether it could cause a brief period of gusty winds.However, it is good news to see that rain is in the forecast later this week for parts of Northern California.Tropical Storm Gamma hits Yucatan Peninsula with torrential rain, gusty winds originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
ALAMEDA, Calif. — California marked a grim milestone Sunday as the number of acres burned during a record wildfire year surpassed 4 million, officials said.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, didn’t provide an exact amount of land that had been scorched this year, but it said in a daily statewide summary that more than 8,200 fires have burned „well over” 4 million acres.
Annual statistics from the department dating to 1987 show that 2020 has more than doubled the previous record.
As many as 20,000 firefighters, some coming from as far away as Israel, have responded to scores of major fires across the state this year. Thirty-one people have died.
The largest, most destructive blazes have occurred since mid-August, when thousands of lightning strikes sparked dozens of fires in Northern California, including the largest wildfire in state history, the nearly 1 million-acre August Complex fire, which is burning across six counties.
Cal Fire said Sunday that the fire has killed one person and destroyed 159 structures. It was 51 percent contained.
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North of the San Francisco Bay Area, thousands of firefighters continued battling a blaze that roared through wine country Sept. 27 in high temperatures and powerful winds. More than 36,000 people remained under mandatory evacuation orders in Sonoma and Napa counties Sunday, Cal Fire Deputy Chief Jonathan Cox said.
As 12 teams continued surveying damage from the Glass Fire, the number of homes and businesses that have been destroyed rose to 564, Cox said. The teams have surveyed about 50 percent of the area, he said.
Brian Newman, a fire behavior analyst with Cal Fire, said a combination of rugged terrain, parched vegetation and strong winds Saturday intensified the northern and southern sections of the fire, which grew to nearly 64,000 acres.
Napa County issued new mandatory evacuation orders Sunday for an area near Mount Saint Helena, a 4,300-foot peak in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Images from the mountain showed a massive column of smoke rising from below.
Forecasters said a high pressure ridge that has baked the region for days is expected to weaken later this week, bringing the possibility of much-needed rain.
Officials and experts have attributed the state’s increasingly intense wildfire seasons to climate change and a buildup of dead and dried-out vegetation across California’s 33 million acres of forestland.
Speaking to reporters last week, Cal Fire Director Thom Porter compared 2020 to 1910, when one of the largest wildfires ever recorded tore through parts of Washington state, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia.
Porter said he expects it to take several decades to adequately prepare for increasingly intense wildfire seasons.
„It’s not just more firefighters,” he said. „It’s not just more aircraft. It’s not just fuel reduction project work. It’s not just defensible space or home hardening. It’s absolutely every one of those things. We need very piece of the system to be raised to meet the challenge that the changing climate is giving us.”
In pictures: Parts of the country left underwater as Storm Alex batters Britain by Ellen Manning•Storm Alex Batters Britain Early morning runners in Clevedon, Somerset, were forced to dodge and jump the waves crashing into the seafront on Sunday as Storm Alex continued to batter Britain. (SWNS)Britain has been hit by heavy rain and flooding as Storm Alex battered the country at the weekend.Pictures from across the UK showed cars underwater, rivers bursting their banks and people being rescued after the storm soaked the country.More than 20 flood warnings were put in place and more than 80 flood alerts following the deluge.Flooding was reported in the south-east as well as in Hertfordshire, Northumberland and West Lothian in Scotland.Amber weather warnings were put in place for parts of the country but the heavy rain was due to ease on Sunday, according to the Met Office.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s tourism and antiquities minster said on Saturday archaeologists have unearthed dozens of ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo.
Khalid el-Anany said at least 59 sealed sarcophagi, with mummies inside most of them, were found that had been buried in three wells more than 2,600 years ago.
“I consider this is the beginning of a big discovery,” el-Anany said, adding that there is an unknown number of coffins that have yet to be unearthed in the same area.
He spoke at a news conference at the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara where the coffins were found. The sarcophagi have been displayed and one of them was opened before reporters to show the mummy inside. Several foreign diplomats attended the announcement ceremony.
The Saqqara plateau hosts at least 11 pyramids, including the Step Pyramid, along with hundreds of tombs of ancient officials and other sites that range from the 1st Dynasty (2920 B.C.-2770 B.C.) to the Coptic period (395-642).
Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said initial studies show that the decorated coffins were made for priests, top officials and elites from the Pharaonic Late Period (664-525 B.C.).
He said archaeologists also found a total of 28 statuettes of Ptah-Soker the main god of the Saqqara necropolis, and a beautifully carved 35 cm tall bronze statuette of god Nefertum, inlaid with precious stones. The name of its owner, Priest Badi-Amun, is written on its base, he said.
Egyptian antiquities officials had announced the discovery of the first batch coffins last month, when archaeologists found 13 of the containers in a newly discovered 11 meter-deep (36 feet) well.
The Saqqara site is part of the necropolis of Egypt’s ancient capital of Memphis that includes the famed Giza Pyramids, as well as smaller pyramids at Abu Sir, Dahshur and Abu Ruwaysh. The ruins of Memphis were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1970s.
El-Anany said the Saqqara coffins would join 30 ancient wooden coffins that were discovered in October in the southern city of Luxor, and will be showcased at the new Grand Egyptian Museum, which Egypt is building near the Giza Pyramids.
The Saqqara discovery is the latest in a series of archeological finds that Egypt has sought to publicize in an effort to revive its key tourism sector, which was badly hit by the turmoil that followed the 2011 uprising. The sector was also dealt a further blow this year by the global coronavirus pandemic.