This is going to be a jolly quick update as Claudette has already more-or-less dissipated over the Atlantic this evening. Short but sharp was this one!
She became a Tropical Storm early this morning but was already being pushed along by a front and was moving forward with speeds of around 28mph – much faster than your usual Tropical Storm. She still has some convection (rainfall) and some circulation, but it’s not as well developed as it was earlier. You can also see the front – extending from Texas to Canada and the rain that is also bringing (colourful parts of this satellite imagery – I’ll explain how you can analyze it in a future update):
Although a relatively small storm, Claudette unfortunately caused some damage and fatalities in the southern states (Alabama in particular, I saw). Any storm that causes multiple deaths or large economic harm has its name ‘retired’ so it doesn’t appear again – storm names are in rotation every 6 years otherwise. This may be the last time we see a Tropical Storm Claudette.
I’ll be back when the next one, Danny, is brewing. Unless he’s only around for a day.
Ciao for now!
These remarks are just what I think/see regarding tropical storms – not the opinion of any organization I represent. If you are making an evacuation decision, please heed your local emergency management and the National Hurricane Center’s official forecast and local weather service announcements. This is not an official forecast. If I “run away, run away” (Monty Python), I’ll let you know.