Tropical cyclones WikiProject Newsletter #23
This is the monthly newsletter of WikiProject Tropical Cyclones. The Hurricane Herald aims to give a summary, both of the activities of the WikiProject and global tropical cyclone activity. If you wish to change how you receive this newsletter, or no longer wish to receive it, please add your username to the appropriate section on the mailing list. This newsletter covers all of November & December 2008.
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Storm of the month
Hurricane Paloma was the second most powerful November hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin, behind Hurricane Lenny in 1999. It was the third and final major hurricane to hit Cuba in 2008, being the first time that three major hurricanes have struck Cuba in one season. It also marked the first time that at least one major hurricane formed in every month of the hurricane season from July to November, with only June not having a major hurricane this season.
Hurricane Paloma was also the last Tropical Depression of the 2008 season, and caused at least $1.4 billion in damage and was responsible for at least one direct death.
Other tropical cyclone activity
- South Indian– Cyclone Bernard was the first cyclone of the year to move into the Australian Region from the Southwest Indian Ocean. Forming on early on November 19 it quickly intensified into a Moderate Tropical Storm the next day, however as it moved westward it weakened into a Tropical Depression and moved into Australia's Bureau of Meteorology's area of responsibility and dissipated later on November 21.
- Australian - There were four tropical lows during November and December with Tropical Low ex Bernard moving into the Australian Region from the South-West Indian Ocean. Two of the Lows developed into Tropical Cyclones being named Anika and Billy respectively. Anika intensified into a category two cyclone whilst Cyclone Billy became a Severe Tropical Cyclone after it had affected Northern Australia.
- The 2008–09 South Pacific cyclone season got off to an slow start during November and December, with three Tropical Disturbances forming during December. Only one of the tropical disturbances developed into a tropical depression.
Member of the month
The November/December member of the month is Thegreatdr, who has been a steady editor within the project for the past few years. Lately, the user's contributions include improving some of the Pacific Typhoon season articles from the 1980s. Thegreatdr has also tipped us off about going on's at the National Hurricane Center and the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center.
New and improved articles
- There were new pieces of Featured content : Timeline of the 2005 Pacific hurricane season, Tropical Storm Erick (2007), Tropical Storm Gabrielle (2007), Timeline of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season, Timeline of the 1983 Atlantic hurricane season, Timeline of the 1982 Atlantic hurricane season
- New Good articles include: 1981 Pacific typhoon season, 1983 Pacific typhoon season, 1994 Pacific typhoon season, Hurricane Karl (1998), Tropical Depression One-C (2005), Tropical Storm Dorothy (1970), Tropical Storm Hermine (1998), Cyclone Gene
- New storm articles include: Tropical Storm Guchol (2005), Hurricane Paloma (2008), Hurricane Douglas (2002), Hurricane Florence (1994), Tropical Storm Vongfong (2008), Cyclone Rosie (2008), Tropical Storm Becky (1970), Hurricane Hector (2006), Hurricane Karl (1998)
- New non-storm articles include: Timeline of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season, Timeline of the 1995 Atlantic hurricane season, Timeline of the 1983 Atlantic hurricane season, Timeline of the 1982 Atlantic hurricane season, 2009 Pacific typhoon season, Timeline of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season
During the last two months there have been several important discussions of which some are still seeking contributions from members. These include discussions about:
- Project Importance - Is it better to rate Storm Importance by basin or by overall importance? - There seems to be a consensus to rate storm importance on a case by case basis, though there still needs to be a bit more discussion on this matter.
- Prominent units within TC articles: Imperial or SI? - Which should be the prominent unit outside the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Basins, Knots or MPH? Generally people think that Knots should not be used except in the general science articles and infoboxes.
- ACE - Where and how, should it be used? - We have decided that it should not be used outside the Atlantic or the Eastern Pacific hurricane Seasons. A debate is still ongoing with a view too get rid of it all together.
- JMA Tropical Depressions Should we include them with the season articles or not? - The general consensus so far seems to be that we should include them in the season articles though this debate is still ongoing.
We discovered during December that the Australian Bureau of Meteorology have started to designate the Tropical Lows that form within their region with letter U. It is unclear whether either TCWC Jakarta or TCWC Port Moresby assign any designations to lows that form within their Area of Responsibility.
–Juliancolton Tropical Cyclone
03:05, 4 January 2009 (UTC)
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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : Issue XXXIV (December 2008)
The Military history WikiProject Newsletter: The Bugle
Issue XXXIV (December 2008)
- Project news
- Articles of note
New featured articles:
- 13th Airborne Division (United States)
- 2nd Canadian Infantry Division
- Action of 13 January 1797
- Akutan Zero
- Arena Active Protection System
- Blair Anderson Wark
- British Empire
- Frederick III, German Emperor
- Phan Dinh Phung
- Rheinmetall 120 mm gun
- SS Dakotan
- SS Washingtonian
- Tanks in the Spanish Army
New featured lists:
- Timeline of the Adriatic campaign, 1807–1814
New featured topics:
- Spanish Tanks
New A-Class articles:
- Battle of Salamis
- Bruce Kingsbury
- Four Freedoms (Norman Rockwell)
- George Ingram
- Jagdgeschwader 1 (World War II)
- John Whittle
- Lexington class battlecruiser
- Maryland and Virginia Rifle Regiment
- SM U-5 (Austria-Hungary)
- Tetrarch (tank)
- USS Iowa turret explosion
- Zanzibar Revolution
- Current proposals and discussions
- Design competition Editors with design skills urgently needed to design an eyecatching logo for this newsletter. The logo needs to incorporate a bugle motif as well as the newsletter's title, "The Bugle". Fame and honour (a barnstar) guaranteed for the successful design. Submit entries here please.
- Who will be the three "2008 Military historians of the Year"? There are 13 candidates so far and the number is rising rapidly. The winning editors will receive the Gold, Silver and Bronze Wikis; and all other nominees the WikiProject barnstar. To nominate editors you admire, or to cast your votes, please visit here!
- A new drive has been started to identify the core topics of World War I with the aim of improving their quality before the centenary of the start of World War I in 2014.
- A discussion is underway regarding flag icons and whether to rewrite the current guidelines to reflect the Manual of Style.
- Awards and honors
- Bellhalla has been awarded the Milhist A-Class medal for three ship-related articles: SS Black Osprey, SS Mauna Loa, and SM U-5 (Austria-Hungary).
- JonCatalán has been awarded the Milhist A-Class medal for Battle of Khafji, Rheinmetall 120 mm gun, and AMX-30.
- The Contest department has completed its twenty first month of competition, which saw 58 entries. The top scorer this month is Bellhalla with 113 points followed by Abraham, B.S. with 32 points. Ed!, Chamal_N, JonCatalan, Skinny87, Rosiestep, the_ed17, David Underdown, Maralia and Terrakyte also fielded entries. Bellhalla remains the overall leader with 594 points in total. The Chevrons go to Bellhalla and Abraham, B.S. gets the Writer's Barnstar. You are encouraged to submit any articles you are working on as entries.
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