Colleagues, FORECAST: HURRICANE IGOR is barely, if that, a Category 1 hurricane. IGOR is becoming a extratropical low on a front, that is a mid-latitude frontal system. It is a strong low and will go around Newfoundland and Labrador the next few days as a strong mid-latitude system with occasional bursts of hurricane force winds reflecting and honoring its heritage. Bermuda can put itself together again (they do respect building codes there).
DISCUSSION: Relatively quiet, for now. Looks like nothing for a few days and probably the better part of the week. Do you realize that we have had 12 total storms so far, 6 hurricanes and 5 of those 6 have been major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher). This is unprecedented !!!! And NO landfalls in the USA. This is truly an unusual season so far, and we are on the downside.
NEXT FORECAST: When there is a developing tropical system
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