Rare Medicane Hits Malta and Sicily With hurricane Conditions

Today's Medicane, which has been dubbed "Qendresa" by the Free University of Berlin, derived part of its energy from last weekend's Nor'easter that brought early snows to portions of the Eastern U.S., according to TWC's Stu Ostro. So, it got its start from a non-tropical storm, but has definitely acquired characteristics of a tropical storm, making it a hybrid. The NHC does not have responsibility for naming storms in the Mediterranean. If they were responsible, there is a good chance that they would have named this Medicane, labeling it a tropical storm. A www.wunderground.com/hurricane/2014/medicane-malta-loop.gif out of the the weather.maltairport.com/en/radar-images.htm showed the storm appeared to be forming a banded eye structure typical of a tropical storm approaching hurricane strength as the storm moved over the island.

Hurricanes may begin forming in the Mediterranean by 2100
According to research published by uk.reuters.com/article/2007/07/16/uk-climate-mediterranean-i, an increase in ocean temperatures of 3°C in the Mediterranean by the end of the century could lead to hurricanes forming there. Miguel Angel Gaertner of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo, Spain, ran 9 different climate models with resolutions of about 50 km and found that some of the models simulated hurricanes in the Mediterranean in September by the end of the century, when ocean temperature could reach 30°C.

The Mediterranean may start seeing hurricanes by the end of the century