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Willie Drye

Willie Drye is the author of Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, published by National Geographic Books. He also is a contributing editor for National Geographic News, where his posts about hurricanes have set records for page views. He and his wife live in Plymouth, North Carolina, where he is chairman of the town Planning Board and chairman of the Plymouth Small Town Main Street Committee. He served as an Army medic and earned a degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

CSU Forecasters Reaffirm Forecast for Quiet Hurricane Season

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With the peak of the 2014 hurricane season approaching, researchers at Colorado State University reaffirmed their June forecast for a relatively quiet summer. CSU meteorologists Phil Klotzbach and William Gray said today they think nine tropical storms will form in the Atlantic Basin — which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea —…

NOAA Reaffirms Forecast For Active Hurricane Season

With the peak of the 2013 hurricane season approaching in the Atlantic Basin, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reaffirmed its June forecast for a stormy summer. Four named tropical storms have formed in the Atlantic Basin — which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea — since the 2013 hurricane…

CSU Forecasters Still Think 3 Major Hurricanes Will Form In Atlantic This Summer

Meteorologists at Colorado State University made a slight modification to their forecast for the rest of the 2013 Atlantic Basin hurricane season, but they still think three major hurricanes are likely to form before the season ends. CSU forecasters Phil Klotzbach and William Gray had predicted four major hurricanes in the seasonal forecast they released…

Archaeologists Recover Two More Cannons From Blackbeard’s Ship

Lester Bell, in the white hard hat, directs the placement of a cannon recovered Thursday from the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the infamous 18th-century pirate Blackbeard. Mitchel Gilliland, in the yellow hardhat and sunglasses, is helping guide the cannon, which is attached to a large inflatable lift-bag. Bell and other crewmen…

CSU Forecasters Think U.S. Is Overdue For Major Hurricane

Forecasters at Colorado State University think a stormy summer will produce a major hurricane with winds exceeding 110 mph that probably will make landfall somewhere on the U.S. Gulf or Atlantic coast. CSU meteorologists Phil Klotzbach and William Gray based their prediction of a major hurricane landfall on a mathematical formula that factors in the total…

CSU Forecasters Predict 4 Major Atlantic Hurricanes, With One Making U.S. Landfall

Meteorologists at Colorado State University think as many as four major hurricanes with winds exceeding 110 mph will form in the Atlantic Basin during an active 2013 hurricane season. And they think it’s likely that at least one of those catastrophic storms will make landfall somewhere on the U.S. coast from Maine to Texas. CSU meteorologists…

CSU Researchers Say Sandy Wasn’t Influenced By Global Warming

Researchers at Colorado State University say the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in October was not caused by human-induced climate change. In a recently released paper discussing the unusual “super-storm” that devastated the New Jersey shore and flooded the New York City subway and a traffic tunnel, CSU researchers William Gray and Phil Klotzbach say…

Powerful Hurricanes Such As Sandy and ‘Black Swan’ Storms Could Alter U.S. Coastline

Scientists and meteorologists examining data from Hurricane Sandy think the massive super-storm that caused widespread devastation from North Carolina to New York City in October could be a harbinger of changes for the U.S. coastline. Exactly how those changes might unfold isn’t clear. But some scientists who study hurricanes and coastal environments outlined some possibilities at…

Trying To Out-Guess A Storm At Sea Is A Risky Gamble

As Hurricane Sandy pounded its way up the Atlantic Coast last week, a tragic and compelling sidebar to the hurricane’s devastation was the loss of two lives and a replica of a historic wooden tall ship in the treacherous waters off the coast of North Carolina. Questions have been raised about whether Robin Walbridge, the…

A Timeline of Hurricane Sandy’s Path of Destruction

  Hurricane Sandy will be remembered as a raging freak of nature that became one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history. Here is a timeline from Sandy’s birth deep in the Caribbean Sea to its dissipation over Pennsylvania nine days later. October 22 A tropical depression forms in the southern Caribbean Sea off…

Hurricane Sandy’s Expected Impacts

Here is a compilation of Hurricane Sandy’s expected impacts produced by Early Alert, an emergency management consulting service based in Islamorada, Florida. The highest storm surges are most likely to occur tonight through Tuesday morning during high tide. Major coastal flooding causing road closures, inundation and damage to structures is expected along the coasts of New…

Hurricane Sandy Will Join Other Storms That Were Rare Freaks Of Nature

  A phenomenal set of meteorological coincidences has turned Hurricane Sandy into an epic storm, but there have been a few other tempests that have greatly benefitted from similarly freakish conditions. And as bad as Hurricane Sandy will be, at least the technology is available to detect, monitor and track it. Earlier “storms of the…

Hurricane Sandy Could Be One of Most Destructive Storms in Many Years

As Hurricane Sandy moves from the Bahamas into the Atlantic Ocean, unusual weather conditions in the upper atmosphere could turn the storm toward major U.S cities and make it one of the most destructive hurricanes to strike the U.S. East Coast in many years. Sandy is expected to stay well offshore for the next two days as…

$450,000 In Private Donations Will Allow Excavation Of Blackbeard’s Ship To Continue

  A spur-of-the-moment donation today of $32,500 allowed the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to meet its fund-raising goal of $450,000 to continue excavating the wreckage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the legendary 18th-century pirate Blackbeard. The contribution from Rita and Eric Bigham, a retired couple who divide their time between…

Isaac Still Battering Gulf Coast; Tornadoes, Flooding Feared As Storm Moves Inland

  After making landfall Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane in southeastern Louisiana, Tropical Storm Isaac’s slow crawl northward from the Gulf Coast is causing significant flooding and some wind damage, as well as a threat of tornadoes. “The slow motion has been exacerbating the problem here,” said Keith Blackwell, meteorologist at the University of South Alabama’s…