Medicane Ianos

The medicane/cyclone which I have watching for the last couple of days has now been given the name of Ianos by somebody or other and has moved a little faster in the last 24 hours than the NWP models suggested it would yesterday. Overnight the cyclone seems to have crossed close by the island of Kefalonia in the Ionian sea with gales and gusts of 60 knots (69 mph). I have had to add a couple of bogus ships for the 06 UTC plotted chart to contour correctly so don’t take this as gospel, and because the Greeks don’t have such a dense network of SYNOP stations, a few of which a seem to close at night, that leaves a pretty thin observational coverage in that part of the world. There’s been quite a bit of rain with its arrival in Greece much of that thundery in nature. With winds like this and a dash of tropical air, I think that Ionas could be best described as a tropical storm, which although quite rare, are not unheard of in the Mediterranean.

18 September 06 UTC Plotted Chart
24 hour rainfall totals [06-06]
Lightning Strikes
September 17 0600 – 18 0800 UTC
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