Storm in a teacup

Interesting to see how pumping waves in the Mediterranean Sea are often associated with weird borderline climatic conditions. Storms lashing especially the French Riviera are rare, but not unheard of. There’s usually a few prominent cases every year, of which only a few deliver actual swell up to our southeastern shores. The Mediterranean provides relatively little surface area making it tough for tropical like storms to develop, however it happens and when it does, storm in a tea cup is really what it’s all about.

This one was generated last week by a 992 HPa depression a hundred miles or so west of Corsica island. This configuration is a best-case scenario as it turns on solid south swells, two magic words for hundreds of desperate guys in this part of Europe.

Hurricane 2012

Ex-tropical storm Christine in med
Say hello to ex tropical storm Christine, which almost turned into a TMS (Tropical like Mediterranean Storm) in the Mediterranean on september 3rd. Christine generated heavy rain and caused flash flooding in Malta, but unfortunately no swell for us.

Coming next: Leslie, Michael… and Nadine!
Is 2012 the next hurricane record after 2005 and 2006?
Are we all going to die in 2012?
To find out, stay tuned to Free-Surf Photo.