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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sub-Tropical Storm Arani in the South Atlantic

When it rains it pours?

Arani, a subtropical storm, formed in the South Atlantic today when a satellite covering the area caught the small circulation on imagery and meteorological information was given out on this very rare event.

The last storm formed in 2004, it's name was Catarina.

You can find satellite imagery at the hurricane center's site:

Info below comes from the following link:

On March 15 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EST), the Brazilian Navy issued a special marine warning for the Brazilian coast. The warning stated that Sub-Tropical Storm Arani was located near 24.0 South latitude and 37 West longitude. Arani had a minimum central pressure of 998 millibars and was moving east-southeast near 10 to 15 knot winds.

Tropical cyclones in the Southern Atlantic Ocean are rare. In 2010 System 90Q formed in the same region where Sub-Tropical Storm Arani formed this year. For more information on System 90Q, visit NASA's Hurricane page archives at:

Dr. Jack Beven of the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Fla. said that Sub-Tropical Storm Arani is not currently as well developed as Tropical Storm Catarina was in the Southern Atlantic in 2004 or System 90Q last year.

In case you are wondering how this might relate to the 2004 hurricane season... busy season, lots of landfalls.

As for Japan, the workers have been evacuated which sounds like they are giving up the ship. We will have more information in the morning on what is now officially, the worst nuclear disaster after Chernobyl which still is the number 1 on the list.

It's an amazing world, beautiful from outer space or on a vapor loop or any loop.

Good night Arani



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