Tuesday, November 29th, 2005: Tropical Storm Epsilon … The 26th named storm of the apparently never ending 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.
10 PM Wed: The window of opportunity for strengthening should close in 12-24 hr. 4 PM Thu: Slow but steady weakening is expected to begin in 12-24 hours.
4 AM Fri: Epsilon does not appear weaker. 10 AM Fri: Epsilon has been upgraded to a 65-kt hurricane.
4 PM Sat: Epsilon has continued to strengthen against all odds … [but] can not maintain the current intensity much longer since the environment is becoming increasingly unfavorable.
10 PM Sat: Epsilon might or might not still be a hurricane … but in any case it likely will not be one on Sunday. 4 AM Sun: Epsilon is downgraded to a tropical storm.
10 AM Sun: Morning satellite images indicate that Epsilon has restrengthened.
There are no clear reasons … and I am not going to make one up … to explain the recent strengthening of Epsilon and I am just describing the facts. However … I still have to make an intensity forecast and the best bet at this time is to predict weakening … Epsilon will likely become a remnant low. I heard that before about epsilon … haven’t you?
4 PM Mon: The cloud pattern continues to be remarkably well-organized for a hurricane at such high latitude in December.
10 PM Mon: We have said this before … but Epsilon really does not appear as strong this evening as it did this afternoon.
4 AM Tue: I have run out of things to say.
10 PM Tue: The end is in sight. It really really is. But in the meantime … Epsilon continues to maintain hurricane status. 4 AM Wed: The end is in sight … yes … but not quiet yet. I thought I was going to find a weakening system and instead I found that Epsilon is still a hurricane.
10 AM Thu: Convection has vanished and Epsilon is now a tight swirl of low clouds. I hope this is the end of the long lasting 2005 hurricane season.
Friday, December 30th, 2005: An elongated area of low pressure … which had its origins in an old frontal trough … began developing organized convection overnight. Advisories are initiated on the 27th tropical storm of 2005.
4PM Fri: Although the atmosphere seems to want to develop tropical storms ad nauseam … the calendar will shortly put an end to the use of the Greek alphabet to name them.
10 PM Sat: Zeta appeared on the verge of losing all of its deep convection a few hours ago … but since about 21z the convection has been on somewhat of an increase again.
10 PM Sun: This is like Epsilon all over again. Most of the conventional guidance suggested that zeta should have been dissipated by now … well … zeta is pretty much alive at this time. I have no choice but to forecast weakening again and again.
4 AM Mon: By 24-36 hours … a significant increase in westerly winds … should act to shear away most of the associated convection … and finally bring the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season to a merciful ending. 4 PM Mon: It is hard to conceive that a tropical cyclone will be able to survive for very long in such a hostile environment. therefore I have not backed off on the forecast of weakening.
10 PM Mon: Zeta is stronger than yesterday. 10 AM Wed: As you can see… I ran out of things to say.
4 AM Thu: Satellite intensity estimates have decreased. Zeta is downgraded to a 30 kt tropical depression.
10 AM Thu: Shortly after the previous advisory had been issued … regretfully … the intensity … increased to 35 kt and Zeta is a tropical storm once again.
10 PM Thu: Although it seems as if Zeta will never die … the forecast continues to show weakening.
4 PM, Friday, January 6, 2006: Zeta no longer meets the criteria of a tropical cyclone… which means that both it and the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season have ended. This is the national hurricane center signing off for 2005.
[The bald man still sits at his desk, the man with hair is no longer in his chair.]
[Again, we see the bald man at his desk and the other guy’s empty desk.]
Bald guy: Actually, Zeta’s cloud pattern is…
Hair guy: (out of panel) NO.
Bald guy: Ok.
I posted the above to sci.geo.earthquakes and then thought I had better grab the archived advisories before they get doctored. Not that I believe they will.
There are a lot of them and it is all in shouting because that is the way that faxes worked originally.
I will put them in the comments in chronological order as they were linked to in the original comic: