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Monthly Global Tropical Cyclone Summary May 2008
[Summaries and Track Data] [Prepared by Gary Padgett]


                                  MAY, 2008

  (For general comments about the nature of these summaries, as well as
  information on how to download the tabular cyclone track files, see
  the Author's Note at the end of this summary.)


                               MAY HIGHLIGHTS

   --> First Eastern Pacific cyclone on record to strike Nicaragua
   --> Western Pacific very active with four storms--three typhoons



     Short reports with satellite pictures and small-scale maps for all 
  tropical cyclones may be found at the following links:>>>>>

  For some storms more detailed reports have been prepared.  In those cases
  I will include the specific links in the reports for the applicable
  tropical cyclones.


                    !!!!!!!!!!  EXTRA FEATURE !!!!!!!!!!

                            2008 - 2009 SEASON
     The Australian Bureau of Meteorology maintains three Tropical
  Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWCs) at Perth, Western Australia; Darwin,
  Northern Territory; and Brisbane, Queensland.  Formerly each centre
  was allotted a separate list of tropical cyclone names, but beginning
  with the 2008-2009 season, one single alphabetical list will be used
  for the entire Australian region.  In addition, TCWCs at Port Moresby,
  Papua New Guinea, and Jakarta, Indonesia, maintain lists of native
  names to assign to the rare tropical cyclones which form within their
  respective AORs.

     The AORs of the respective centres are:

  (1) Perth - 125E westward to 90E and south of 10S.

  (2) Darwin - 125E eastward to 138E and extending northward to the
      equator.  There is a little irregularity with the eastern border
      in the Gulf of Carpentaria.  The Darwin TCWC issues High Seas
      Warnings for the entire Gulf of Carpentaria, but Brisbane issues
      Tropical Cyclone Advices and names cyclones in the eastern portion
      of the Gulf.

  (3) Brisbane - 138E eastward to 160E and generally south of 10S.  The
      northern border with the Port Moresby AOR is somewhat irregular.

  (4) Port Moresby - immediate vicinity of the island of New Guinea and
      eastward to 160E generally north of 10S, although the southern
      border is somewhat irregular.

  (5) Jakarta - 125E westward to 90E and north of 10S to the equator.

     Names for the 2008-2009 season (** indicates name has already been

         Australian Region              Port Moresby         Jakarta

     Anika            Kirrily               Alu              Anggrek
     Billy            Laurence              Buri             Bakung
     Cathy            Magda                 Dodo             Cempaka
     Dominic          Neville               Emau             Dahlia
     Ellie            Olga                  Fere             Flamboyan
     Freddy           Paul                  Hibu             Kenanga
     Gabrielle        Robyn                 Ila              Lili
     Hamish           Sean                  Kama             Mawar
     Ilsa             Tasha                 Lobu             Seroja
     Jasper           Vince                 Maila            Teratai

                      and the SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

     The Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre (TCWC) at Nadi, Fiji, has
  tropical cyclone warning responsibility for the South Pacific east of
  160E and from the equator to 25S.   The Meteorological Service of New
  Zealand at Wellington has warning responsibility for waters south of
  25S, but almost all tropical cyclones in this basin form north of 25S.
  When a rare cyclone forms in the Wellington area of responsibility
  (AOR), it usually will be assigned a name from the Fiji list (such as
  was done for Tropical Cyclone Gita in February, 1999.)

     Tropical cyclone warning responsibility for South Indian waters west
  of 90E are shared by several TCWCs.       The Regional Specialty
  Meteorological Centre (RSMC) for the region is the office of Meteo
  France on the island of La Reunion.  However, following a long-standing
  practice, the Sub-regional Tropical Cyclone Advisory Centres at Mauritius 
  and Madagascar share the responsibility for actually naming tropical 
  storms with Mauritius naming systems east of 55E and Madagascar covering
  the area west of 55E.   RSMC La Reunion issues warnings for the basin 
  independently of Mauritius and Madagascar, but only advises regarding when
  or when not to assign a name to a developing cyclone.

     Names for the 2008-2009 season (** indicates name has already been

          Southwest Indian                       South Pacific

     Asma              Newa                  Hettie        Sarah
     Bernard           Owami                 Innis         Tomas
     Cinda             Pulane                Joni          Vania
     Dongo             Qoli                  Ken           Wilma
     Eric              Rute                  Lin           Yasi
     Fanele            Sama                  Mick          Zaka
     Gael              Tsholo                Nisha         Atu
     Hina              Uzale                 Oli           Bune
     Izilda            Vimbai                Pat           Cyril
     Jade              Wada                  Rene          Daphne
     Kago              Xylo
     Lisebo            Yamba
     Magoma            Zita


                             ACTIVITY BY BASINS

  ATLANTIC (ATL) - North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico

  Activity for May:  1 tropical storm

                          Sources of Information

     Most of the information presented below was obtained from the
  various tropical cyclone products issued by the Tropical Prediction
  Center/National Hurricane Center (TPC/NHC) in Miami, Florida:
  discussions, public advisories, forecast/advisories, tropical weather
  outlooks, special tropical disturbance statements, etc.    Some
  additional information may have been gleaned from the monthly
  summaries prepared by the hurricane specialists and available on
  TPC/NHC's website.     All references to sustained winds imply a
  1-minute averaging period unless otherwise noted.

  NOTE: Most of the information following was taken from the TPC/NHC's
  monthly summary for June.

                           TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR
                              31 May - 2 June

     Tropical Storm Arthur, named on 31 May, became the second storm in as
  many years to be named in the month of May, following Subtropical Storm
  Andrea last year.  However, Arthur was the first purely tropical storm
  to form in May since Tropical Storm Arlene formed early in May, 1981.
  The development of Arthur appeared to be the result of a combination
  of the low to mid-level remnants of Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Alma
  and a westward-moving tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea.   The cyclone
  was upgraded to a tropical storm on the first advisory at 1700 UTC on
  31 May with the center already inland in Belize about 75 km north-
  northwest of Belize City.  The initial intensity was 35 kts, which would
  turn out to be Arthur's peak operational intensity.

     The center of the storm moved slowly west-northwestward and farther
  inland over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, but winds of tropical storm
  force continued over portions of the northwestern Caribbean Sea until
  early on 1 June.  Arthur was downgraded to a tropical depression at
  1500 UTC on 1 June.  The weakening cyclone turned toward the west and
  eventually west-southwestward, dissipating near the northern border
  between Guatemala and Mexico by very early the next day.

     According to the Wikipedia report, there were five direct and four
  indirect fatalities attributed to Arthur.  Heavy rains led to serious
  flooding in portions of Belize.  The total estimated damage to the
  nation was US$78 million.

     The Wikipedia report may be accessed at the following link:>

     A post-storm analysis of Arthur has determined that the system was
  likely a tropical storm as early as 0000 UTC on 31 May.  The development
  of the tropical storm from a broad low-pressure area appeared to happen
  very quickly.   A ship reported winds of 44 kts about 60 nm northeast of
  the center around 31/0300 UTC; however, based on the ship's history,
  these winds were believed to be slightly inflated.  A maximum intensity
  of 40 kts has been assigned at 31/0600 UTC.

     The official TPC/NHC storm report on Arthur, authored by Eric Blake,
  may be accessed at the following link:>

  (Report written by Gary Padgett)


  NORTHEAST PACIFIC (NEP) - North Pacific Ocean East of Longitude 180

  Activity for May:  1 tropical storm

                          Sources of Information

     Most of the information presented below was obtained from the
  various tropical cyclone products issued by the Tropical Prediction
  Center/National Hurricane Center (TPC/NHC) in Miami, Florida (or the
  Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) in Honolulu, Hawaii, for
  locations west of longitude 140W):  discussions, public advisories,
  forecast/advisories, tropical weather outlooks, special tropical
  disturbance statements, etc.  Some additional information may have
  been gleaned from the monthly summaries prepared by the hurricane
  specialists and available on TPC/NHC's website.  All references to
  sustained winds imply a 1-minute averaging period unless otherwise

  NOTE: Most of the information following was taken from the TPC/NHC's
  monthly summary for May.

                           TROPICAL STORM ALMA
                               29 - 30 May

     Tropical Storm Alma originated from a broad area of low pressure that
  formed early on 27 May about 220 nm southwest of the coast of Nicaragua.
  The system subsequently moved eastward with associated shower and
  thunderstorm activity gradually becoming better organized.  Early on
  29 May a tropical depression formed about 85 nm west-northwest of Cabo
  Blanco, Costa Rica.  TD-01E turned northward and was upgraded to Tropical
  Storm Alma at 1500 UTC.  Alma reached its peak intensity of 55 kts while
  centered about 40 nm southwest of Managua, Nicaragua.  A few hours later,
  Alma made landfall at peak intensity along the northwestern Pacific coast
  of Nicaragua near Leon.  The cyclone continued northward and weakened to
  a tropical depression over Honduras.  The LLCC of Alma had dissipated
  over the mountains of western Honduras by 30 May, but the mid-level
  remnants continued northward into the Gulf of Honduras and were partially
  responsible for the formation of Atlantic Tropical Storm Arthur on
  31 May.  (See report on Arthur above.)  The last time that the remnants
  of a Pacific storm contributed to the formation of an Atlantic cyclone
  was in 1989, when the remnants of Hurricane Cosme were instrumental in
  the formation of Tropical Storm Allison.

     Alma was the first tropical storm to make landfall along the Pacific 
  coast of Central America since prior to 1949.  Tropical Storm Simone of 
  1968 moved along the coast of Guatemala, and Tropical Storms Miriam of 
  1988 and Andres of 1997 passed a short distance offshore of the coast-
  lines of Guatemala and El Salvador.  In May, 2005, former Hurricane 
  Adrian was a tropical storm almost up to landfall with the weakening 
  depression moving inland near the El Salvador/Nicaragua border.

     According to the Wikipedia report, there were two direct fatalities
  and seven indirect fatalities attributed to Alma with total damage
  estimated at US$33 million.  A significant amount of the damage occurred
  in Costa Rica due to heavy rainfall which caused river flooding and
  widespread mudslides.

     The Wikipedia report on Alma is available at the following URL:>

     The official TPC/NHC storm report on Alma, written by Daniel Brown,
  may be accessed at the following link:>

  (Report written by Gary Padgett)


  NORTHWEST PACIFIC (NWP) - North Pacific Ocean West of Longitude 180

  Activity for May:  1 tropical storm
                     2 typhoons **
                     1 super typhoon

  ** - one of these not classified as typhoon by JMA

                          Sources of Information

     Most of the information presented below is based upon tropical
  cyclone warnings and significant tropical weather outlooks issued
  by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the U. S. Air Force and
  Navy (JTWC), located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.   In the companion
  tropical cyclone tracks file, I normally annotate track coordinates
  from some of the various Asian warning centers when their center
  positions differ from JTWC's by usually 40-50 nm or more.   All
  references to sustained winds imply a 1-minute averaging period
  unless otherwise noted.

     Michael V. Padua of Naga City in the Philippines, owner of the
  Typhoon 2000 website, normally sends me cyclone tracks based upon
  warnings issued by the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) and the
  Philippines' Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services
  Administration (PAGASA).  A very special thanks to Michael for the 
  assistance he so reliably provides.

     In the title line for each storm I have referenced all the cyclone
  names/numbers I have available:   JTWC's depression number, the 
  JMA-assigned name (if any), JMA's tropical storm numeric designator,
  and PAGASA's name for systems forming in or passing through their
  area of warning responsibility.

                 Northwest Pacific Tropical Activity for May

     The month of May was an active one in the Northwest Pacific basin.
  Four named tropical cyclones formed with three reaching typhoon strength
  (per JTWC's assessment--Halong/Cosme was not upgraded to typhoon status
  by JMA nor PAGASA).  One of the typhoons reached super typhoon intensity
  of 130 kts (again per JTWC's estimate).  All the storms but one formed
  in the Philippine Sea east of the Philippines and moved northward and/or
  northeastward with minimal effects on populated areas.  Typhoon Halong
  (known as Cosme in the Philippines) formed in the South China Sea and
  followed a steady northeasterly track across the northern part of Luzon.
  Reports on all the cyclones follow.

                          SUPER TYPHOON RAMMASUN
                       (TC-03W / TY 0802 / BUTCHOY)
                                6 - 13 May

  Rammasun: contributed by Thailand, means 'God of thunder'

     Early in May a disturbed area of weather well east of the southernmost
  Philippine island of Mindanao began to show signs of development.  JMA
  classified the system as a weak tropical depression at 1800 UTC on 6 May
  when it was located about 100 nm south-southeast of Palau.  The next day
  PAGASA named the system Tropical Depression Butchoy, and JTWC initiated
  warnings on Tropical Depression 03W.  The system steadily intensified and
  both JTWC and JMA upgraded the system to tropical status at 07/1800 UTC
  with JMA assigning the name Rammasun.  The depression had been drifting
  west-northwestward and at the time of its upgrade was located about 
  175 nm west-northwest of Palau.  Immediately after being named Rammasun 
  turned to a rather straight northward trajectory which it was to follow 
  for several days until recurvature into the westerlies south of Japan.

     Intensification proceeded slowly at first, but became more steady on
  the 8th.  JTWC upgraded Rammasun to a typhoon at 0000 UTC 9 May with the
  center located approximately 375 nm west-northwest of Yap.  JMA likewise
  upgraded the storm to typhoon status six hours later.   After reaching
  typhoon intensity the storm strengthened more rapidly, reaching a peak
  intensity of 135 kts at 10/1200 UTC while centered about 625 nm south-
  southeast of Okinawa.  JMA's peak 10-min avg MSW estimate was 105 kts
  with a CP of 915 hPa.  JTWC maintained Rammasun at super typhoon
  intensity for 18 hours, after which the system began to weaken rapidly
  as it encountered increasing shear and cooler SSTs.   JTWC downgraded
  Rammasun to a tropical storm and issued their final warning at 1800 UTC
  on 12 May with the storm centered about 325 nm south of Tokyo.  JMA
  carried Rammasun as a tropical cyclone for one more warning cycle and
  then declared the system extratropical at 13/0600 UTC near 33N/144E.

  (Note: Normally I track the extratropical remnants of tropical cyclones
  for several days at least, but I was unable to do this for Rammasun.
  I lost my original track for Rammasun when my computer suffered a disk
  crash in mid-May.  I recreated the track from Michael Padua's logs on
  his Typhoon2000 website, but Michael does not continue the logs past
  extratropical transition, so I was unable to follow the extratropical
  stage of former Super Typhoon Rammasun.)

     A somewhat detailed report on Rammasun is available on Wikipedia at
  the following link:>

  According to this report there were no known fatalities resulting from
  the typhoon, and only relatively minor damage in the Philippines and
  in Japan.

  (Report written by Gary Padgett)

                           TROPICAL STORM MATMO
                        (TC-04W / TS 0803 / DINDO)
                                14 - 17 May

  Matmo: contributed by the United States, means 'heavy rain' in the
         Chamorro language

     At 0000 UTC on 14 May JMA classified a tropical disturbance east of
  Luzon as a weak tropical depression located about 250 nm east-northeast
  of Manila.  Six hours later JTWC initiated warnings on Tropical
  Depression 04W while at the same time JMA upped the winds to 30 kts.
  The tropical depression moved slowly west-northwestward toward north-
  eastern Luzon for a day or so while slowly consolidating.  By 15/0000
  UTC TD-04W had begun to track northeastward.  JMA upgraded the depression
  to Tropical Storm Matmo at 15/1200 UTC while located about 365 nm south-
  southwest of Okinawa.  At the same time PAGASA initiated warnings on the
  system, naming it Tropical Depression Dindo.  At 1800 UTC both PAGASA
  and JTWC upgraded the system to tropical storm status.

     Matmo intensified a little more as it accelerated northeastward.
  JTWC's peak 1-min avg MSW reached only 40 kts, and that agency issued
  its final warning at 16/0600 UTC and declared Matmo to be extratropical.
  However, JMA maintained Matmo as a tropical cyclone until 17/0000 UTC
  when it was declared extratropical near 27N/141E.  The JMA High Seas
  Warning at 17/0600 UTC did not contain a reference to any LOW which
  could have been ex-Matmo.  It seems likely that the former tropical
  cyclone was absorbed into a developing LOW which at 17/0600 UTC was
  located near 30N/149E.

     RSMC Tokyo's peak operational intensity for Matmo was 45 kts, reached
  at 16/0000 UTC when the storm was centered approximately 365 nm south-
  southwest of Okinawa.  However, according to the Wikipedia report, during
  a post-storm analysis JMA revised Matmo's intensity up to 50 kts, making
  the cyclone a 'severe tropical storm' per the nomenclature used by the
  agency.  A 10-min avg wind of 50 kts would equate to a 1-min avg MSW of
  around 55-60 kts--a significantly stronger system than assessed by JTWC.

     There have been no reports of casualties or damage resulting from
  Tropical Storm Matmo/Dindo.

  (Report written by Gary Padgett)

                              TYPHOON HALONG
                       (TC 05W / STS 0804 / COSME)
                                13 - 23 May

  Halong: contributed by Viet Nam, is a famous picturesque place in Viet
          Nam which lies in the Bacbo Gulf and consists of more than
          1000 isles, most of which are limestone islands

     At 1800 UTC on 13 May JMA upgraded a low-pressure area in the South 
  China Sea about 250 nm southwest of Manila to weak tropical depression 
  status.  The system remained quasi-stationary for a couple of days while
  slowly organizing.  PAGASA initiated warnings at 0600 UTC 14 May, 
  classifying the system as a 30-kt depression and naming it Cosme.  JTWC 
  initiated warnings on Tropical Depression 05W at 1200 UTC 15 May.  PAGASA
  upgraded Cosme to a tropical storm at 15/1800 UTC located about 225 nm 
  west-southwest of Manila.  Both JMA and JTWC followed suit twelve hours 
  later with JMA assigning the international name Halong.

     Tropical Storm Halong/Cosme began to intensify somewhat quickly on
  16 May as it headed northeastward for northwestern Luzon.  JTWC upgraded
  Halong/Cosme to typhoon status at 17/0600 UTC with a peak intensity of
  70 kts occurring six hours later.  The storm was located at the time
  about 100 nm north-northeast of Manila.  JMA did not upgrade the storm
  to typhoon status--their peak 10-min avg MSW was 60 kts with an estimated
  minimum CP of 975 hPa.  Halong/Cosme made landfall in the province of
  Pangasinan and moved northeastward across the island, exiting into the
  Philippine Sea by 18/0600 UTC.  The MSW decreased to 45 kts while
  crossing Luzon, but Halong re-intensified to 55 kts (per both JTWC and
  JMA) on the 19th while accelerating northeastward.  However, extra-
  tropical transition was looming on the horizon.  JTWC issued their final
  warning at 20/0000 UTC, and JMA declared Halong extratropical at 1200 UTC
  while located about 300 nm south-southeast of Tokyo, still headed north-
  eastward.  The remnants of Halong intensified slightly to 50 kts as an
  extratropical storm on 21 May, but began to slowly weaken thereafter.
  By 23/0600 UTC the former tropical cyclone had weakened to a 30-kt LOW
  in the North Pacific near 50N/161E.

     According to the Wikipedia report, in Luzon Halong/Cosme caused
  58 deaths with an estimated damage total of US$94 million.  The storm
  destroyed 43,365 houses and damaged 188,830 more.  Also, the islands of
  Mindoro and Panay were affected as the storm-induced southwest monsoon
  brought heavy rain and attendant flooding to those areas.

     The complete Wikipedia report on Halong/Cosme may be accessed at the
  following URL:>

  (Report written by Gary Padgett)

                             TYPHOON NAKRI
                      (TC-06W / TY 0805 / ENTENG)
                            26 May - 9 June

  Nakri: contributed by Cambodia, is a kind of flower

     A developing tropical disturbance southwest of Guam had become
  sufficiently organized so that JMA classified the system as a weak 
  tropical depression at 26/0000 UTC located about 350 nm southwest of the
  island.  By 1200 UTC convection had continued to organize and the winds 
  were raised to 30 kts.     JTWC issued their first warning on Tropical 
  Depression 06W at 0000 UTC 27 May with the MSW estimated at 25 kts, but 
  six hours later both JTWC and JMA upgraded the depression to tropical 
  storm status with JMA assigning the name Nakri.  The system had moved 
  northwestward and by this time was located approximately 425 nm west of 
  Guam.  Intensification proceeded at a steady pace with Nakri reaching 
  typhoon intensity at 28/1200 UTC while centered about 475 nm west-
  northwest of Guam.  Nakri was moving slowly at this time, but once having
  reached typhoon intensity, rapid intensification set in and the cyclone 
  reached a peak intensity of 125 kts (105 kts per JMA) at 1200 UTC 29 May.
  The estimated CP was 930 hPa.  At the time of its peak intensity Typhoon
  Nakri was located about 750 nm south-southeast of Okinawa.

     Based on JTWC's warnings, Nakri retained its peak intensity for a
  period of 24 hours.  The storm had been moving slowly west-northwestward,
  but as it began to weaken the track began to curve to the northwest,
  north and eventually north-northeast.  (While at its peak intensity,
  Nakri entered PAGASA's AOR, thereby receiving the name Enteng.)  The
  storm had begun to weaken by 30/1200 UTC, and thereafter weakening was
  almost as rapid as its earlier intensification.   Nakri had weakened
  to minimal typhoon intensity by 31/1200 UTC but underwent a modest
  re-strengthening to 80 kts at 0000 UTC on 2 June.  This secondary peak
  in intensity occurred with the storm centered about 350 nm east-southeast
  of Okinawa.  JMA's peak 10-min avg wind during Nakri's "second wind" was
  70 kts.   The storm began to weaken and take on extratropical features
  later on 2 June.  JTWC issued its final warning on the storm at 0000 UTC
  on 3 June, and JMA classified Nakri extratropical six hours later while
  located about 225 nm southwest of Tokyo.  The extratropical remnants of
  Nakri sped eastward and later east-southeastward across the North
  Pacific while slowly weakening.  After crossing the Dateline ex-Nakri
  turned more to the northeast, weakening to a 25-kt LOW near 47N/155W by
  0000 UTC on 9 June.

     Typhoon Nakri remained far from populated shores and there are no
  reports of damage or casualties resulting from the storm.

  (Report written by Gary Padgett)


  NORTH INDIAN OCEAN (NIO) - Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea

  Activity for May:  No tropical cyclones

                North Indian Ocean Tropical Activity for May

     No tropical cyclones formed in the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea
  during May.  As the month opened, the intense Cyclonic Storm Nargis was
  closing in for its horrifically deadly rendezvous with southern Myanmar.
  The report on Nargis may be found in the April summary.


  SOUTHWEST INDIAN OCEAN (SWI) - South Indian Ocean West of Longitude 90E

  Activity for May:  No tropical cyclones


  Activity for May:  No tropical cyclones


  Activity for May:  No tropical cyclones


  SOUTH PACIFIC (SPA) - South Pacific Ocean East of Longitude 160E

  Activity for May:  No tropical cyclones


     The purpose of this section is to list some websites where many and
  varied types of tropical cyclone information are archived.  Many readers
  will know about these already, but for the benefit of those who don't,
  I wanted to include them. 

  (1) Aircraft Reconnaissance Information

     Various types of messages from reconnaissance aircraft may be
  retrieved from the following FTP site:>

     Information regarding how to interpret the coded reconnaissance
  messages may be found at the following URL:>

  Links are also included to websites with further information about the
  U. S. Air Force 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron and the NOAA Air-
  craft Operations Center.

  (2) Archived Advisories

     All the advisory products (public advisories, forecast/advisories,
  strike probabilities, discussions, various graphics) issued by TPC/NHC
  are archived on TPC's website.  For the current year (using 2004 as an
  example), the archived products can be found at:>

  Links to tropical products archives for earlier years are available at
  the following URL:>

  JTWC warnings for past storms are archived on the NRL Monterrey website:>

  On the NRL site, the link to past years can be found in the upper left 
  corner of the screen.

     I am not aware at the moment of any other TCWC which archives all
  its tropical cyclone warning/advisory products for public access, but
  if I learn of any, I will add them to this list.

  (3) Satellite Imagery

     Satellite images of tropical cyclones in various sensor bands are
  available on the NRL Monterrey and University of Wisconsin websites,
  courtesy of Jeff Hawkins and Chris Velden and their associates.  The
  links are:>>

  On the NRL site, the link to past years can be found in the upper left 
  corner of the screen.  For the CIMSS site, a link to data archives is 
  located in the lower left portion of the screen.

     Additional tropical satellite imagery, along with looping ability for
  composite microwave imagery for the Western Hemisphere north of the
  equator, can be found at:

  (1) For the Eastern North Pacific:>

  (2) For the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea:>

  (4) Cyclone Tracking Information

     There is a U. S. Navy site that tracks tropical cyclones at 6-hourly
  intervals which often includes pre and post-advisory positions.  The
  link to the site is:>

     Steve Young has compiled many of these tracks onto a single webpage
  which is very user-friendly:>

     I'm sure there are other sites with available imagery available, and
  as I learn of them, I will add the links to this list.


                               EXTRA FEATURE

     In order to shorten the amount of typing in preparing the narrative
  material, I have been in the habit of freely using abbreviations and
  acronyms.   I have tried to define most of these with the first usage
  in a given summary, but I may have missed one now and then.  Most of
  these are probably understood by a majority of readers but perhaps a
  few aren't clear to some.  To remedy this I developed a Glossary of
  Abbreviations and Acronyms which I first included in the August, 1998
  summary.  I don't normally include the Glossary in most months in
  order to help keep them from being too long.  If anyone would like to
  receive a copy of the Glossary, please e-mail me and I'll be happy
  to send them a copy.


  AUTHOR'S NOTE:  This summary should be considered a very preliminary 
  overview of the tropical cyclones that occur in each month. The cyclone
  tracks (provided separately) will generally be based upon operational
  warnings issued by the various tropical cyclone warning centers.  The
  information contained therein may differ somewhat from the tracking and
  intensity information obtained from a "best-track" file which is based
  on a detailed post-seasonal analysis of all available data. Information
  on where to find official "best-track" files from the various warning
  centers will be passed along from time to time.

    The track files are not being sent via e-mail.  They can be retrieved
  from the archive sites listed below.  (Note: I do have a limited e-mail
  distribution list for the track files.    If anyone wishes to receive
  these via e-mail, please send me a message.)

    Both the summaries and the track files are standard text files
  created in DOS editor.  Download to disk and use a viewer such as
  Notepad or DOS editor to view the files.

     The first summary in this series covered the month of October,
  1997.   Back issues can be obtained from the following websites
  (courtesy of Michael Bath, Michael V. Padua, Michael Pitt, and
  Chris Landsea):>>>>

     Another website where much information about tropical cyclones may
  be found is the website for the UK Meteorological Office.  Their site
  contains a lot of statistical information about tropical cyclones
  globally on a monthly basis.  The URL is:>


     JTWC now has available on its website the Annual Tropical Cyclone
  Report (ATCR) for 2006 (2005-2006 season for the Southern Hemisphere).
  ATCRs for earlier years are available also.

     The URL is:>

     Also, TPC/NHC has available on its webpage nice "technicolor"
  tracking charts for the 2007 Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific
  tropical cyclones; also, storm reports for all the 2007 Atlantic
  and Eastern North Pacific cyclones are now available, as well as
  track charts and reports on storms from earlier years. 

     The URL is:>

     A special thanks to Michael Bath of McLeans Ridges, New South Wales,
  Australia, for assisting me with proofreading the summaries.


  Gary Padgett
  Phone:  334-222-5327

  Kevin Boyle  (Northwest Pacific)


Document: summ0805.htm
Updated: 18th September 2008

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