I know, I'm afraid to let go of my old me. All you gave me was to see through the cracks. So I could see all the strings. Now I see further than the strings. I need something that can't be controlled. I need the whole of my heart.
The #NOAA20 satellite snapped this view from across the pond yesterday: a sprawling area of high pressure brought clear skies (and warm temperatures) to central and eastern Europe while the remnants of former hurricanes Leslie and Michael appear over #Spain and the eastern Atlantic.
On Oct. 13, Leslie slammed into the coast of #Portugal as a rare post-tropical cyclone. While no longer a tropical system, the storm was still packing sustained 70 mph winds and gusts as high as 109 mph. Just hours before reaching the Portuguese coast, Leslie was still a Category 1 hurricane, and became one of only a handful of hurricanes ever seen so far east in the Atlantic on record.
Hurricanes and tropical storms rarely move eastward toward Europe. They usually lose their tropical characteristics long before reaching the continent, instead arriving as mid-latitude cyclones, which are structurally different from hurricanes. Warmer-than-average ocean temperatures and a lack of atmospheric steering currents allowed Leslie to meander through the Atlantic for nearly three weeks before it finally made an odd beeline toward the Iberian Peninsula.