Alex Lamers

Alex Lamers

@AlexJLamers

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Meteorologist. Nerd. I like to talk about weather, science, and sports. Tweets are my opinions only.

Washington, DC
Joined on February 15, 2009
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I've decided to follow @TropicalTidbits' convention and mark more technical tweets with the hashtag #TweetForScientists. I think it's a nice way to indicate a purposeful inclusion of that info, plus it offers an easy keyword for non-technical users to mute, if they choose.

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I can’t stand the phrase “there’s no there there.” It’s like nails on the chalkboard.

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Quoted @iembot_gsp

ASHEVILLE NC Apr 19 Climate: Hi: 66 Lo: 56 Precip: 5.05 Snow: 0.0 https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/p.php?pid=201904192035-KGSP-CDUS42-CLIAVL …

Asheville picks up just over 5 inches of rain in ~12 hours. Context: that’s the fourth highest daily total on record (por: 1869) and 5”/12h has around a 0.5-1.0% annual exceedance probability.

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Quoted @AlexJLamers

6. Marianna, Florida, which is over 50 miles inland, had 1,000 buildings with major damage or destroyed. Seminole County, the most Southwest County in Georgia, reported damage to 99% (!!) of homes. Both had gusts in excess of 100 MPH.

The severity of inland wind damage seen with #Michael was rare. Nearly every home was damaged in a Georgia county 60+ miles inland. Threaded that and some other details from the NHC report earlier. 👇

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And I remember that byline from the OU Daily when I was at school there. Boomer Sooner.

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Quoted @Baxter

“What’s my legacy? Food and wine. This is just a job.” Gregg Popovich was kidding, kind of. But the legendary basketball coach is equally revered in the culinary world. Here's how central that world is to his life and to the Spurs' decades of success: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/26524600/secret-team-dinners-built-spurs-dynasty …

What an amazing article. Highly recommend.

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Quoted @NOAAComms

NOAA analysis determined Hurricane Michael was a Category 5 #hurricane at landfall last October. Details at https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/hurricane-michael-upgraded-to-category-5-at-time-of-us-landfall …

NOAA analysis determined Hurricane Michael was a Category 5 #hurricane at landfall last October. Details at https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/hurricane-michael-upgraded-to-category-5-at-time-of-us-landfall …

With Michael upgraded to a Cat 5, this means 3 consecutive years (2016-2018) had at least 1 category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin, the first time since 2003-2005.

End/ For even more detail, I would encourage you to read the full #Michael report from NHC. They put a lot of time and care into these reports. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tcr/AL142018_Michael.pdf …

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12. Storm surge surveys and analysis revealed maximum inundation of 14 feet above normally dry ground in Mexico Beach. Five storm surge fatalities occurred in evacuation zones in the Florida Panhandle.

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11. A couple worthwhile caveats from NHC. Maximum winds were at a marine exposure in a very small area. And future revisions are possible. Reconstruction of SFMR winds showed possible even higher values, but the reliability is still unknown.

11. A couple worthwhile caveats from NHC. Maximum winds were at a marine exposure in a very small area. And future revisions are possible. Reconstruction of SFMR winds showed possible even higher values, but the reliability is still unknown.

11. Many of the factors that NHC analyzed supported a higher intensity than 135 knots (hence the upgrade), but there was a range of estimates. NHC notes their best track intensities have uncertainty of around ±10%.

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10. NHC bumped up the maximum wind speed based on a detailed analysis of aircraft winds, doppler radar velocity, surface observations, and satellite data.

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9. Michael was already just shy of Category 5 strength (137+ knots) with the real-time operational estimate when it was making landfall (135 knots).

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8. Hurricane Michael is similar to Andrew in the respect that both storms were upgraded as the result of a post-storm analysis.

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7. This upgrade makes Hurricane #Michael the fourth storm on record to make a CONUS Category 5 landfall. — 1935 Labor Day Hurricane (Florida Keys) — 1969 Camille (Mississippi) — 1992 Andrew (South Florida) — 2018 Michael (Florida Panhandle)

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6. Marianna, Florida, which is over 50 miles inland, had 1,000 buildings with major damage or destroyed. Seminole County, the most Southwest County in Georgia, reported damage to 99% (!!) of homes. Both had gusts in excess of 100 MPH.

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5. The swath of severe wind damage well inland was another major story. $3.3 billion of the total damages were agricultural and forestry losses in Florida and Georgia.

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4. In Bay County (landfall location), a total of 45,000 structures were damaged and more than 1,500 destroyed. Just east in Gulf County (more sparsely populated), 3,200 structures were damaged and 985 destroyed.

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3. 1584 out of 1692 buildings in Mexico Beach, Florida (94%) were damaged with 809 (48%) destroyed. Every building at Tyndall AFB was reported damaged, with many destroyed.

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2. NCEI currently estimates total damages from #Michael in the United States at $25 billion. Most occurred in Florida; $3B alone was on Tyndall Air Force Base near the landfall location.

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1. Hurricane #Michael post-storm report has been published by NHC. The big headline, of course, is that it has been upgraded to Category 5 at landfall near Panama City, Florida. But there are other interesting details in the report. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tcr/AL142018_Michael.pdf …

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