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|TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 - ANNIVERSARY OF TWO TROPICAL SYSTEMS
When you talk about tropical systems that our region has seen, Floyd comes
immediately to mind. But ranking right up there with Floyd is the period from
August 12th to August 19th in 1955, when we received a 1-2 punch of tropical
trouble named Connie and Diane.
In mid-August 1955, the door was open for tropical systems to threaten the
Thatís because the so-called "Bermuda High" had set
up shop in
the mid-Atlantic. This giant, high-altitude, clockwise-rotating weather system helps steer
tropical storms and hurricanes, first to the west
and then to the north. When the Bermuda High's in
this position, East Coast forecasters keep a close watch on the tropics.
In the months prior to August 1955, there hadn't been much rain. In fact, when
Connie and Diane arrived, they ended a dry spell reminiscent of last summer's drought.
The next two nights I'll look back at this tropical twosomeís affect on our region.