Imelda Disrupts U.S. Gulf Coast Energy Operations from Refineries to Terminals

By Erwin Seba HOUSTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Energy infrastructure on the U.S. Gulf Coast was hit hard by Tropical Storm Imelda on Thursday, as flooding forced a major refinery, a key oil pipeline, terminals and a ship channel in Texas to shut, according to sources familiar with operations. Torrential rain has inundated the Gulf Coast from Houston to western Louisiana for a … [Read more...]

Dorian Heads Toward Puerto Rico; New Forecast Track Shows Florida Threat

By Brian K. Sullivan and Will Wade (Bloomberg) --Tropical Storm Dorian is about to sideswipe Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. And if you live on Florida’s east coast, it may be time to start gathering supplies. Chances are increasing that the storm will approach Florida bringing 100-mile-per-hour winds, making it a Category 2 hurricane, according to the U.S. National … [Read more...]

The National Hurricane Center Recorded an 83-Foot Wave Height Associated with Florence. It Could Be An Error, But Maybe Not

My eye lit up in amazement Wednesday morning after I scrolled to a tweet by the National Hurricane Center's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch claiming that satellite radar picked up a significant wave height of 83-feet in the northeast quadrant of Hurricane Florence. My mind was blown, along with the others who shared, retweeted and commented on the post. A wave … [Read more...]

Hermine Churns North into Carolinas After Pounding Florida

Sept 3 (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Hermine plowed across North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday, threatening the U.S. East Coast with a mix of high winds and heavy rain after leaving a path of destruction in Florida, Georgia and in the Carolinas. The storm was projected to creep north along the Carolina coast, then gather strength after moving offshore into the Atlantic, … [Read more...]

Warning: Rogue Wave Ahead — Predicting the Ship Killing Waves

Rogue waves are real sea monsters. Rising many times higher than surrounding waves, they have the power to sink ships and to cripple offshore platforms. Recently, engineers from MIT have developed a new means of predicting the formation of rogue waves, which may give mariners a two to three-minute warning before one of the monster wave hits. Whether or not the new … [Read more...]