Weekend wrap-upMay 20th, 2012 at 10:42 pm by David Mazza under Weather
Quite a weekend in the weather department, which is hard to believe given the fact we had such nice weather locally. Its true, not a lot happened around our area, except for some pleasant outdoor weather. This set us up for a great view of the Solar Eclipse this (Sunday) evening. We didn’t get the full view to see the “ring of fire” where the Moon is completely in front of the Sun and just the ring of sunlight is around the Moon. The main reason we didn’t see the ring was because sunset occurred in our area before they could line up in our sky. That did not prevent a lot of viewers from sending in beautiful photos of the Solar Eclipse in our area. http://interactives.kxan.com/photomojo/gallery/preview/2866/1/solar-eclipse/solar-eclipse/ We showed about a dozen and a half on air between the 9pm and 10pm shows on Sunday night.
Also this weekend we had our first Tropical Storm in the Atlantic Basin form. I know what you are thinking… that’s early, right? It is, but not unheard of. Even though the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane season isn’t for a few more weeks (June 1), we can have storms before and even well after the end of the season (Nov. 30). This was the earliest storm we have had since Tropical Storm Ana back in 2003. Now in the Eastern Pacific basin we have already seen Tropical Storm Aletta come and go, and now Tropical Depression Two-E has formed. According to the National Hurricane Center, this is the first time that a storm has formed before the official start of the hurricane season in both the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific basins. This doesn’t mean that we will be seeing an active season, as the forecast from the folks at Colorado State, still has a below normal season with 10 tropical storms expected, 4 of which will become hurricanes, and 2 of those becoming a major hurricane. They will have an updated forecast out in the next few weeks.
Below is the current stats for Alberto, and its forecast track.