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Harvey Leonard
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A quiet Atlantic hurricane season in 2013
From its beginning, the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season was forecasted to be an above-normal season, but it has turned out to be very quiet—almost historically quiet to this point. The ACE (Accumulated Cyclone Energy) for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season thus far has been 29. The highest ACE for a season was the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane season with an ACE of 250, and the lowest ACE for a hurricane season was 17 in 1983. If we were to finish the season with an ACE of 29, that would be the fourth lowest ACE for a season or the fourth lowest tropical activity for a hurricane season.
There have been two main factors for the low tropical activity. The first deals with persistent dry and descending air that has occurred over much of the Atlantic basin this summer. The Insight package's Saharan Air Layer product has routinely shown large areas of dry air and dust moving west across the Atlantic Ocean this summer.
Saharan dust is often associated with descending air, which also prohibits tropical storm formation. These factors have greatly diminished tropical storms that form in the traditional Cape Verde season near the coast of Africa, and those that have developed have often suffered a quick demise due to dry air entrainment. Even though the Cape Verde season is essentially finished, large amounts of Saharan dust continue to move off the African Coast, as evident with the image below.
The second dampening factor has been wind shear. Areas in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico have experienced a high amount of wind shear throughout the summer.
Tropical Storm Chantal in the Caribbean and Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf of Mexico quickly diminished due to high wind shear. In fact, currently the Wind Shear product from the Insight package shows high amounts of wind shear over the entire Gulf of Mexico and the western Caribbean Sea, preventing any potential storms from developing in these areas for the next 5-7 days.
As we look across the entire Atlantic Basin, we see that conditions are very quiet with no tropical disturbances on satellite and a cold front moving across the west central Atlantic.
Additionally, Satellite-Derived Reflectivity from the Insight package provides a view of precipitation where no radars are present.

As we head through the rest of the month of November, chances of another tropical system developing are becoming much less with time.
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What makes animals so sensitive to changes in weather patterns? My cats go bonkers before it gets cooler or if a major storm is brewing. Just curious.
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Chief Meteorologist at WCVB NewsCenter 5

Harvey Leonard is WCVB-TV Channel 5’s chief meteorologist. He joined the station in 2002 as Storm Team 5’s co-chief meteorologist with his longtime friend Dick Albert, who retired in 2009. Leonard forecasts for NewsCenter 5’s early evening and late newscasts, as well as the station’s website,

Prior to joining WCVB, Leonard served as chief meteorologist for WHDH-TV from May 1977 to April 2002. He also served as chief meteorologist at WPRI-TV in Providence, RI. Leonard began his forecasting career as a meteorologist for Universal Weather Services, Inc, preparing forecasts for aviation and industry.

Widely regarded as Boston’s top meteorologists, Leonard and Albert were honored by the Associated Press in 2005 for Best Weathercast in New England. In 2003, Leonard was recognized with the Silver Circle Award from NATSNE (National Academy of Arts and Sciences New England Chapter) for more than twenty-five years of broadcast excellence. He was the 1999 winner of the prestigious “Award for Outstanding Service by a Broadcast Meteorologist” from the American Meteorological Society. In addition, Leonard earned two New England Emmy Awards for outstanding achievement in television weathercasting, and he has been named “Best Meteorologist” by Boston Magazine in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1994 and has been dubbed the Hub’s “favorite forecaster” by the Improper Bostonian. Recently, Leonard was named as a fellow of the American Meteorologist Society. Leonard is credited as the first meteorologist to correctly predict the impact and intensity of the Blizzard of ’78.

Leonard is actively involved in numerous local organizations including the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, for which he participates in seven annual fundraisers to help find a cure while providing support and services for those living with the disease and their families. Leonard also lends his support to Boston Medical Center, the primary teaching affiliate for the Boston University School of Medicine. Additionally, he is a regular speaker at educational seminars held by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association and an avid supporter of the Blue Hill Weather Observatory. In Leonard has also served as an honored guest speaker at Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Over the years, Leonard has visited and spoken to hundreds of school and adult groups. He has been a mentor to numerous aspiring meteorologists and today more than a dozen of his protege serve as on-air meteorologists in markets across the country.

Leonard received a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from City College of New York and earned a Master of Science degree in meteorology from New York University, where he also served as an instructor in meteorology.

Leonard is an avid tennis player and enjoys hiking trails, particularly around Walden Pond and Woods Hole. He currently resides in Natick, MA, with his wife. They are the proud parents of two daughters and a granddaughter.

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