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Hurricane season begins

Weather Underground

The Atlantic hurricane season is off and running. Tropical Storm Bertha is now forming in the South Atlantic. Jeff Masters at Weather Underground, whose excellent blog follows these storms and gives good descriptions of the meteorology behind them, says that Bertha has already set a record. It’s the farthest east a tropical storm has ever formed this early in the season. Masters thinks that this may mean that the 2008 hurricane season may be more active than average.

Here in Northwest North Carolina, up against the mountains, a strong hurricane season is good news rather than bad news. Hurricanes rarely do much damage this far inland, but they often bring excellent rains and interesting tropical weather.

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