A forgotten mangrove forest around remote inland lagoons in Mexico's Yucatan tells a story of rising seas
A stand of red mangroves in the calm, calcium-rich, fresh waters of the San Pedro Mártir River, Tabasco, Mexico. Ben Meissner, CC BY-NDThe San Pedro River winds from rainforests in Guatemala through the Yucatan Peninsula in eastern Mexico. There, this peaceful river widens into a series of slow-flowing lakes. Along a remote 50-mile (80-kilometer) stretch, thousands of red mangroves – trees commonly found along tropical coastlines – line the river’s banks and gentle waterfalls. Unlike mangroves enews.yahoo.com
Zeta temporarily weakens into a Tropical Storm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – At 5 p.m. the center of Tropical Storm Zeta was crossing the Louisiana coast. The center of Hurricane Zeta was located near latitude 29.2 North, longitude 90.6 West. Weakening will occur while Zeta moves over the southeastern United States on Thursday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles. This year’s season has so many storms that the hurricane center had to turn to the Greek alphabet after running out of official names for only the second time in history.
Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim
Zeta, the 27th named storm of a very busy Atlantic hurricane season, was a hurricane when it began raking across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula early Tuesday. It emerged in the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm but was expected to regain hurricane strength before landfall south of New Orleans on Wednesday evening. A hurricane warning stretched from the central Louisiana coast to the Alabama state line. Officials in two Mexican states hit by Zeta reported power outages and damage caused by downed trees, but no deaths. The extraordinarily busy hurricane season has focused attention on the role of climate change, which scientists say is causing wetter, stronger and more destructive storms.
Hurricane Zeta is ashore in resort zone of Mexico's Yucatan
Clouds gather over Playa Gaviota Azul as Tropical Storm Zeta approaches Cancun, Mexico, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. A strengthening Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a hurricane Monday as it heads toward the eastern end of Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and then likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Zeta came ashore just north of Tulum with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). Zeta broke the record for the previous earliest 27th Atlantic named storm that formed Nov. 29, 2005. There was also a Tropical Storm Zeta in 2005, but that year had 28 storms because meteorologists later went back and found they missed one, which then became an “unnamed named storm."
Winds and rain whip Yucatan resorts as Hurricane Zeta nears
MIAMI – Hurricane Zeta lashed Mexico's Caribbean coast resorts around Tulum with high winds and rain Monday night as it headed toward the Yucatan Peninsula and then a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. It was the second time this month that boat captain Francisco Sosa Rosado had to perform the same maneuver, after Hurricane Delta hit the resort in early October. Trees felled by Hurricane Delta barely three weeks earlier still littered parts of Cancun, stacked along roadsides and in parks. Zeta broke the record for the previous earliest 27th Atlantic named storm that formed Nov. 29, 2005. There was also a Tropical Storm Zeta in 2005, but that year had 28 storms because meteorologists later went back and found they missed one, which then became an “unnamed named storm."
New storm Zeta a hurricane threat to Mexico, US Gulf Coast
MIAMI – Newly formed Tropical Storm Zeta gradually strengthened Sunday in the western Caribbean and forecasters said it would likely become a hurricane before hitting Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and the U.S. Gulf Coast in coming days. Zeta was the earliest named 27th Atlantic storm recorded in an already historic hurricane season. The system was centered about 260 miles (420 kilometers) southeast of Cozumel island late Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The government is still handing out aid, including sheet roofing, to Yucatan residents hit by Hurricane Delta and Tropical Storm Gamma earlier this month. The hurricane center said it could make landfall anywhere from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
Zeta Zooming Offshore The Mid-Atlantic Coast Toward The Western Atlantic
Zeta is moving toward the east-northeast near 55 mph (89 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight. On the forecast track, the center of Zeta will emerge over the western Atlantic this evening. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. A sustained wind of 39 mph (63 km/h) and a gust to 46 mph (74 km/h) were recently reported at Ocean City, Maryland. RAINFALL: The last of the heavy rainfall along the track of Zeta will impact the Mid-Atlantic through this evening.
Hurricane Delta moving closer to Louisiana
Regardless, Delta is forecast to be near major hurricane intensity when it makes landfall and significant impacts are expected. At 11 a.m, the center of Hurricane Delta was located near latitude 28.0 North, longitude 93.8 West. Hurricane Delta is on steroids! Over the next few hours, Delta spun up into a 140 mph major hurricane. The area in the western Caribbean sea holds the hottest and deepest water on average in the Atlantic Hurricane Basin.
Hurricane Delta approaches Gulf Coast landfall in year of major storms
Hurricane #Delta made its way past the Yucatan Peninsula and has now re-organized as a Category-3 hurricane in the #GulfofMexico this #FridayMorning, with wind speeds of 120 mph. pic.twitter.com/A1tXWahp4sOctober 9, 2020Satellites are monitoring Hurricane Delta, now a Category 3 storm targeting the already-battered Gulf Coast after making a first landfall on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall along the coast of Louisiana tonight (Oct. 9) and spend the weekend traveling northeast across the inland U.S. Related: Astronaut and satellites see tropical storms Laura and Marco from spaceAccording to the current forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Hurricane Center, the key threats posed by Hurricane Delta at landfall are storm surge and rainfall. The storm surge areas for Hurricane Delta includes the region from High Island, Texas to the mouth of the Pearl River in Louisiana, according to the NHC.space.com
Can we retire a Greek hurricane name? Delta made us wonder.
Louisiana residents who are still recovering from the devastation of a powerful hurricane less than two months ago braced for another hit as Hurricane Delta steamed north through the Gulf on Thursday after swiping Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Associated Press reported. “They do not retire Greek alphabet storm names -- at least so far,” Gross said. The last time we went through all the letters of the alphabet and moved on to the Greek alphabet was 2005. In 2005, a record-breaking year of devastating hurricanes, we made it through six Greek letters. The Committee also agreed that it was not practical to retire into hurricane history a letter in the Greek alphabet.
Hurricane Delta hits Mexico, toppling trees and knocking out power to some resorts
Hurricane #Delta makes landfall along the coast of northeastern Mexico near Puerto Morelos around 5:30 AM CDT with estimated maximum winds of 110 mph. Latest information at: https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/cWKYybKCMi — National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 7, 2020Delta's rapid intensification was the fastest in the Caribbean since Hurricane Wilma's. A view of some of the debris left by Hurricane Delta in Cancun, in Cancun, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. State tourism officials said more than 40,000 tourists were in Quintana Roo, a fraction of what would normally be there. "We hope that in this place we are surely much safer," Quintana Roo Tourism Secretary Marisol Vanegas said.cbsnews.com
Dangerous Hurricane Delta closing in on Mexico's Yucatan
Fishermen pull in a boat before the arrival of Hurricane Delta in Puerto Juarez, Cancun, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Tuesday on a course to hammer southeastern Mexico and then continue on to the U.S. Gulf coast this week. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz Garcia)MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a dangerous Category 4 storm Tuesday while on a course to hammer Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and then continue on to the U.S. Gulf Coast later in the week. From Tulum to Cancun, tourism-dependent communities still soaked by the remnants of Tropical Storm Gamma could bear the brunt of Delta. Delta increased in strength 80 mph, more than doubling from a 60 mph storm at 2 pm EDT Monday to 140 mph at 2 pm EDT Tuesday.
Delta grows into hurricane in Caribbean; eyes Yucatan, Cuba
MEXICO CITY – Tropical Storm Delta rapidly strengthened into a hurricane in the Caribbean Monday, aiming to hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula potentially as a major storm before continuing on to strike the U.S. Gulf coast later in the week. It continued to break up just north of the Yucatan Peninsula. The hurricane was moving into an area with very warm water and nearly calm high winds that forecasters at the hurricane center called “a very conducive environment for strengthening." The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday evening that a hurricane warning was in effect in Mexico, from Tulum to Rio Lagartos, as well as Cozumel. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Cayman Islands and the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.
Post-Tropical Remnants Of Delta Continue Weaken, As The Heavy Rainfall Threat Diminishes Late Sunday Night
Location 90 miles S of Knoxville Tennessee Wind 15 mph Heading E at 15 mph Pressure 29.77 Coordinates 84.1W, 34.5NDiscussionAt 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Delta was located near latitude 34.5 North, longitude 84.1 West. The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the east near 15 mph, and this motion is expected to continue tonight and Monday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 15 mph (30 km/h) with higher gusts. Some further weakening is possible tonight as a new surface low develops in the Carolinas, and Delta's surface low is expected to be absorbed by this new low pressure area on Monday. Moderate to major river flooring will continue across the Calcasieu and Mermentau river basins in Louisiana through much of next week
Gamma weakens into a Tropical Depression, will be absorbed by Delta as it passes.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gamma has now weakened into a Tropical Depression after crossing the Yucatan peninsula. The hurricane center said Gamma was about 190 miles east-northeast of Progreso, Mexico, and had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Gamma is forecast to gradually turn toward the southwest later Monday and continue to move slowly in that direction through mid-week. On the forecast track, the center of Gamma will continue to meander offshore of the northern Yucatan Peninsula through Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts.
Gamma Becomes Post Tropical Near The Northern Coast Of The Yucatan Peninsula
Location 85 miles ENE of Progreso Mexico Wind 35 mph Heading SW at 6 mph Pressure 29.68 Coordinates 88.4W, 21.6NDiscussionAt 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Gamma was located near latitude 21.6 North, longitude 88.4 West. The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the southwest near 6 mph (9 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next day or so. The post-tropical cyclone is currently centered along the northern coast of the Yucatan peninsula and will move inland through Monday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. This rainfall may produce areas of flash flooding.
2 tropical storms heading for double blow to US Gulf Coast
Two tropical storms advanced across the Caribbean on Saturday as potentially historic threats to the U.S. Gulf Coast, one dumping rain on Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hispaniola while the other swept into the gulf through the gap between Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba. Tropical Storms Laura and Marco were both projected to approach Louisiana's coast at or close to hurricane force just two days apart in the next several days. The last time two tropical storms were in the Gulf together was in 1959, he said. But large uncertainties remained for that time span, and forecasts have varied greatly so far for the two storms. ___Associated Press writer Dánica Coto reported this story in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and AP writer Seth Borenstein reported from Kensington, Md.
Tropical Depression Forms Over The West-Central Caribbean Sea
Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today or tonight. The system could be near or at hurricane strength when it reaches the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico late Saturday. Summary of watches and warnings in effect:A tropical storm watch is in effect for, * honduras/nicaragua border westward to Punta Castilla Honduras * bay islands of HondurasA tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 36 hours. Additional watches or warnings, including for the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, may be required later today. Land HazardsWind: tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area tonight and on Friday.
Skeleton of 12,000 year-old teenage girl found
Skeleton of 12,000 year-old teenage girl found A 12,000-year-old skeleton of a teenage girl has been found inside a huge underground chamber north of the city of Tulum, in the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Research done on her skeleton and DNA just released by the journal Science bolsters the theory that pioneers arrived from Asia by way of a land bridge that has long since disappeared.cbsnews.com