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WRI to Attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!
By Chris Iraggi, Meteorologist
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Our Meteorologists will be attending the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on November 1st-3rd, 2017.

We have updates to our customized routing and forecasting services and SeaWeather.net supplemental website. We will also be explaining our upcoming SeaWeather Onboard service, which allows you to view products found on SeaWeather with limited to no internet access required. In addition, we will have several WRI branded giveaways available, and will be more than happy to discuss our services with you.

We always enjoy meeting our present and future clients and hope we can have an opportunity to meet you. If you would like to arrange a time to meet, please either give us a call at 1-518-798-1110, or send us an email at wri@wriwx.com. We look forward to seeing you all at the show!

This is just one scene from WRI's attendance at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at Bahia Mar. We hope to see everyone again in 2017


Highlights of the Historic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Thus Far
By: Jonathan Blufer, Meteorologist
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Harvey, Irma, Jose, Lee, Maria, Ophelia. These are the six major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) to impact the Atlantic Ocean Basin this season so far, and these are only six of the 15 named storms that have formed during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. This season did not take long to start, with the first named storm forming east of Bermuda on April 19th with the name Arlene – the second tropical storm to ever form in the month of April in the Atlantic Basin. It then took until August for the season's first hurricane to develop, with Hurricane Franklin reaching Category 1 strength on August 9th.

From that point, there were four major hurricanes highlighted below:

Hurricane Harvey:
  • Within 32 hours, Harvey strengthened from a Tropical Depression to a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall on the southeastern Texas Coast.
  • Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, unleashing devastating flooding estimated to cost between $70 billion and $108 billion.
Hurricane Irma:
  • This major hurricane attained winds over 160 knots, an intensity that Irma maintained for 37 consecutive hours – the only tropical cyclone globally to have ever reached that status.
  • After severely impacting the northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, Irma made landfall in southwestern Florida only two weeks after Harvey did so in Texas.
Hurricane Jose:
  • Jose tracked over the northern Leeward Islands as a category 4 storm in similar fashion to Irma, leaving islands such as Barbuda and Antigua devastated.
  • Jose persisted for 18 days as a tropical cyclone, making a clockwise loop east of Bermuda before paralleling the U.S. East Coast.
Hurricane Maria:
  • Maria became the second category 5 Atlantic hurricane of 2017, moving through similar areas affected by Irma and Jose.
  • Nearly every structure on the island of Dominica was damaged or destroyed, while 100 percent of Puerto Ricans were without power.
  • The governor of Puerto Rico claims the storm resulted in $90 billion in damages on the island, with 46 known deaths.
As of today, the season now stands at 10 consecutive hurricanes, marking the first time the Atlantic has attained this feat in the satellite era. This season also has the highest accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) index (a measure used by NOAA to quantify the activity of a hurricane season) since the hyperactive 2005 season.

However, the tropics have quieted down over the past couple weeks, and this diminished trend is likely to continue. As the jet stream pushes southward over the Eastern United States and Atlantic over the next few weeks, winds aloft will increase and reduce the likelihood of tropical disturbances developing in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, where they typically do this time of year.

While the possibility does still exist for additional tropical systems to form, the end of the season is fast approaching. Will the 11th consecutive hurricane form before November 30th? WRI will let you know.

Hurricanes Katia (left), Irma (middle), and Jose (right) simultaneously active in the Atlantic Basin on September 8, 2017. Image obtained from NOAA. (click to enlarge)

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