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My History with Tropical Cyclones and Hypothetical Hurricanes
Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones have been a long-time interest of mine. My first major experience with a tropical cyclone came in September of 2006 with Tropical Storm Ernesto, which brought severe flooding to my great state of Maryland. By 2012, I had become frequently involved and fascinated with tropical cyclones. In 2016, I began consistently monitoring tropical cyclones of the North Atlantic, and tracked my first hurricane season. By 2017, I was monitoring both hurricanes and typhoons of the Northern Pacific, and since then I have been actively tracking tropical cyclones around the world.
Around the time that I began actively tracking Atlantic hurricanes, I had begun to draw up my own tropical cyclone scenarios, and during October of 2016 I discovered Hypothetical Hurricanes Wiki, and was immediately fascinated. I joined Hypothetical Hurricanes Wiki in August of 2017, and I have served as an Administrator here since April 2018. I am proud to have served and helped build this wonderful community for over two years, and I hope to continue doing so for more years to come!
Aside from being an administrator and active contributor here at Hypothetical Hurricanes Wiki, I am active in a number of other projects. Through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Comprehensive Large-Array Data Stewardship System (CLASS), I download and process tropical cyclone imagery for public usage, and much of my work can be found on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. I am also a contributor and member of the United Kingdom-based non-profit organization Force Thirteen, which monitors and provides coverage of tropical cyclones around the world.
I enjoy traveling and often schedule multiple trips per year. My availability is often limited during these times, so if you don't see me around, I am most likely away. Below is a list of trips and events which are currently scheduled.
June 19 – 21, 2020: Rehoboth, Delaware
June 28 – July 3, 2020: Currituck, North Carolina
July 24 – 26, 2020: Ocean City, Maryland
My Experiences with Tropical Cyclones
Hurricane Isabel, September 2003: Unlike most Atlantic hurricanes which recurve northeastward into the Westerlies, Isabel maintained a northwestward course into North Carolina. The center of Isabel moved into Garrett County as a tropical storm, and the two-day deluge resulted in widespread flooding and wind damage throughout the entire state. Isabel's impact on the Eastern Shore was particularly damaging due to the storm surge and strong winds it produced.
Remnants of Hurricane Frances, September 2004: The first of three major tropical cyclone-related rainfall events during this hurricane season came with the remnants of Frances, with heavy rainfall across much of the state.
Tropical Depression Ivan, September 2004: Of the three major tropical cyclone-related rainfall events in 2004, Ivan was the most significant, producing some 4 inches of rainfall in my area as well as a few minor tornadoes.
Tropical Depression Jeanne, September 2004: Jeanne was the final of the three major rainfall events and produced 2 inches of rainfall in my area.
Tropical Storm Ernesto, September 2006: My first significant experience with a tropical cyclone. Gale-force winds and rainfall-induced freshwater flooding resulted in significant damage across much of the state and neighboring Virginia and Delaware.
Tropical Storm Hanna, September 2008: Rainfall-induced flooding from this storm resulted in the issuance of a State of Emergency and significant flooding across much of the state.
Hurricane Irene, August 2011: Hurricane Irene's inner core passed very close to our shore. Hurricane-force winds and storm surge flooding were responsible for significant damage in our coastal areas. The outer rainbands of large Hurricane Irene additionally caused heavy rainfall and flooding across much of the state.
Hurricane Sandy, October 2012: Perhaps the most significant Maryland hurricane of the 20th century, Sandy was responsible for millions in damages and 11 deaths in the state from its powerful winds, heavy rainfall, and widespread flooding, which lasted for nearly five days. While Sandy did not make landfall in Maryland, the enormous hurricane caused widespread disruption across the entirety of the state and the rest of the Eastern Shore. Sandy was the deadliest tropical cyclone event in recent history for the state of Maryland.
Tropical Storm Andrea, June 2013: Occuring during a rather tame hurricane season for the United States, Tropical Storm Andrea produced heavy rainfall and gusty winds in our state as it was becoming extratropical over the Eastern Seaboard.
Hurricane Matthew, October 2016: The outer rainbands of Hurricane Matthew produced heavy rainfall across the entirety of the state, resulting in widespread and significant flooding.
Remnants of Hurricane Harvey, September 2017: The remnants of powerful Hurricane Harvey, which proved disastrous in southern Texas and Louisiana, produced prolonged rainfall and moderate flooding in our state.
Tropical Storm Irma, September 2017: Mostly overnight cloudiness, but the outermost bands of weakening Tropical Storm Irma produced intermittent periods of steady rainfall.
Tropical Storm Alberto, May 2018: Although convective activity became rather concentrated as Alberto moved inland, its outermost bands produced modest rainfall accumulations of around 1 inch in my location while it was still a tropical storm.
Hurricane Florence, September 2018: The outer bands of Hurricane Florence combined with its slow motion produced a prolonged, yet light, period of rainfall across the state.
Tropical Storm Michael, October 2018: A weakening Tropical Storm Michael produced moderate rainfall accumulations of around 1 inch in my location as it accelerated northeastward into the western Atlantic.
Remnants of Tropical Storm Nestor, October 2019: As the remnants of Nestor moved up the Eastern Seaboard and into the western Atlantic, they produced heavy rainfall across much of the state, although impact was minor.
Tropical Depression Bertha, May 2020: As it passed over southwestern Virginia and West Virginia, the outer bands of Bertha produced welcome rainfall accumulations near an inch at my location.