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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 06/13/2008

Dynamic Duo: Tropical Storms Arthur & Alma

By Steve Tracton

Next up... Bertha

All's quiet in the tropics after the season's first named storms, Tropical Storm Arthur in the Atlantic and Tropical Storm Alma in the Pacific, joined forces to produce unprecedented rainfall and disastrous floods in Belize at the beginning of the month, killing at least five people. The remnants of Arthur/Alma are also blamed for contributing to rains that fell in parts of Iowa -- more than 12 inches during the past 10 days over the Cedar River watershed.

The next named storm in the Atlantic, whenever it forms, will be Bertha. Some names you wont see on this season's list or possibly ever again are Dean, Felix and Noel, which were three of the most devastating storms of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, and have thus been retired by the World Meteorological Organization. Almost 200 people died after Dean and Noel struck the Caribbean and Bahamas, while Felix killed 130 in Nicaragua and Honduras.

These names will be replaced in 2013 (ordinarily, names repeat every six years) with Dorian, Fernand and Nestor.

By Steve Tracton  | June 13, 2008; 1:45 PM ET
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I remember a Hurricaine Bertha in New Jersey in the mid 90s (1996?). I guess it wasn't too distructive, but I remember it well. I was stuck in a bedroom for 12 hours because the door had swollen shut.

Posted by: md | June 13, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Additional info:

According to Prof. Greg Tripoli (Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, U. Wisconsin, Madison) it appears from satellite imagery that the unusually heavy precipitation over Wisconsin this past weekend (> 12" at some locations) resulted from the coupling of a moisture plume and outflow dynamics generated by the remnants Arthur/Alma with the polar jet stream. The IR and water vapor loop over the relevant ten day period is posted at:

Posted by: Steve Tracton, Capital Weather Gang | June 13, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that the remnant moisture of a tropical system still wreaked havoc weeks later in the upper Midwest.

And the retired name was retired back in 2005. I was a little bummed about them retiring my name, but I sure did mess things up, lol.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | June 13, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Need to lose the period at the end of that link.

That is indeed impressive to watch.

Posted by: D | June 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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