Yes it was indeed a very odd occurance. I'm not even sure if it would be called a Hurrican down there, but for lack of a better name... also, it was about the intensity of a weak Hurricane would be up here (65 - 75 knots), and it unfortunately did hit Brazil. From what I read on CNN.com, 2 people died, and hundred of homes were destroyed . Hopefully they will be able to recover from this.
Part of the reason was that the Brazil meteorologists have no experience forecasting these storms since they're so rare.
An update from NASA
Three posts already about an unusual weather phenomenon and no reference yet to global warming. Curious.
Stormy eras tend to come and go in cycles of several years it seems. Based on the weather in the past, we may be in for some more hectic weather the next few years.
Anyway I understand that this may not have been a true hurricane
But then again, perhaps it was http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2004/02apr_hurricane.htm?list1066675 [Broken] after all.
Well, now that you brought it up...
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