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2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
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Active Tropical Systems: None!
Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1 - November 30


GOES Satellite - Zoomed in on the Caribbean (15:15 UTC, 33 minutes ago)
Vertical gridlines 10° or about 650 miles (~1050 km) apart. [more satellite imagery].

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:29AM EDT - On the horizon

Good morning all!

After a fast start to the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season and a doldrum start to the EPAC season, role reversal was implemented and the Atlantic chilled out while the EPAC is still steaming along but things are about to change.

The EPAC is forecast to slow down and go back to an almost hibernating posture while the Atlantic is forecast to re-awaken from it's slumber, as soon as the next 10-21 days. Long range models, often inaccurate but still a force to be reckoned with, forecast tropical cyclone formation at the end of July with a possibility of a hurricane in about 3 weeks. Again, often inaccurate but now is the time we start to look towards the west coast of Africa and the Cape Verde islands, officially renamed, The Republic of Cabo Verde.

There are several factors to consider: SST's (sea surface temperatures) are extremely warm in the Caribbean, western Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico while warming up to launch level or approx. 80 degrees F in the waters close to the west coast of Africa and the Cape Verdes.

Wind shear is not as dramatic as it was last year, mainly due to the decline of El Nino and the slow rise of a possible El Nina while Saharan Dust, while prevalent and thick for the last few months, will be lessening and retreating from the MDR, or main development zone thus allowing the atmosphere to moisten considerably enhancing storm formation.

The tropical waves coming off the African coast will start to keep their intensity after exiting the coast unlike their predecessors so far this year whose demise was assured by dust and cooler waters but that's about to change.

So, if you haven't paid attention, you might want to start taking stock of your supplies, update as needed, have a hurricane plan, and be vigilant. This goes for the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast of the US, not just here in the Caribbean. Hurricane Earl or Fiona might be right around the corner.

Stay safe!

Dave 

Monday, July 4, 2016 09:54AM EDT - Waves, drought and dust

Good morning and Happy 4th of July!

The tropical wave train is quiet on the continent of Africa with one notable exception: an exceptionally large blob exiting the coast tonight with quite the convection association. Transitioning from land to water will not make it easy to keep this size wave together as it's still June and the waters are still a bit cool in the eastern Atlantic along with our infamous Saharan dry dust. Still, it bears watching as it scoots across the Atlantic conveyor belt. You never know with Mother Nature! 

Closer to home, a semi vigorous tropical wave, whose axis is around 55W, is approaching the Lesser Antilles and Windward Islands but with less punch and impressiveness than yesterday. Saharan dust drying out the atmosphere along with relentless wind shear has decimated and elongated this wave from it's earlier potential. While this is good news storm formation wise, it is not good for the islands who are experiencing drought conditions again. The moisture belt coming across the Atlantic is quite narrow while dry air is prevalent and high pressure to the north is also bringing a stabilizing presence.

This looks to change in a few weeks as we start looking more to the east for storm formation.

In the Gulf of Mexico, it is quiet too but there is potential if an upper level low can work it's way down to the surface as wind shear is low and the water temperatures are high.

While we were active in the first part of the year, the Pacific was quiet. Now, it's the opposite and Taiwan, if the track holds true, could be in big trouble. As usual, time will tell.

Stay prepared and be safe!

Dave

Monday, June 20, 2016 10:09AM PDT - Danielle
Just before making landfall, Tropical Depression #4 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Danielle. This is a new record for the earliest 'D' storm. It is located in the Bay of Campeche, just off the Mexican coast. Danielle is expected to make landfall later today. Heavy rainfall, rather than the wind will be the biggest problem. Locally it can be up to 15"... Please, use the tools above, esp. the Closest Point of Approach with satellite overlay to see how close you will be to the center and outflow of the storm. -Gert

Sunday, June 19, 2016 10:10AM EDT - 94L

Good morning and Happy Fathers Day!

While no threat to the Caribbean islands where most of us need the rain, the Mexican coast in the Bay of Campeche south of Brownsville Texas is in for a soaking from 94L at the least and minimal TS Danielle at the greatest.

Currently 94L is looking better convection wise as it moves towards the west northwest around 10 mph. Pressure dropped slightly and the waters are definitely ready with a lot of heat energy to expound but 94L's proximity to land will be it's stifling factor. A couple of other items to note are wind shear, which  is expected to lessen, enhancing development possibilities while dry air in the Western Gulf, is an inhibiting factor, so you can see there are pros and cons for development instead of all the marbles in one basket.

Look for at least a TD over the next 12-24 hours but that's probably not gonna happen till this afternoon or tonight since a closed low level circulation is not evident yet. Hurricane Hunters are on a mission to 94L this afternoon and I'd expect a TD soon after their arrival and recon.

Off to our east is copious amounts of Saharan Dust and not much in the way of beneficial rains. Most of the good rains have fell on the mid to southern end of the Windwards while we in the Leewards except for the DR/Haiti have been drying out with brown foliage returning although St. Croix and eastern PR have received some decent rains this morning courtesy of a weak tropical wave.

It's early in season and already active and if 94L becomes TS Danielle, no matter how weak, that will be 4 named storms the earliest ever on record.

Be vigilant!!

Dave


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Current Tropical Weather Outlook (NHC/TPC):
Accompanying satellite image (pop-up, source: NHC)
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
800 AM EDT MON JUL 25 2016

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

$$
Forecaster Brennan
More detail in the Tropical Weather Discussion or view the Graphicast Image

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Latest local updates from the special
hurricane correspondents on the islands:
- Nevis [Jul 25 6:58]
- Trinidad & Tobago [Jul 25 5:38]
- St.Croix [Jul 24 22:01]
- St.Thomas [Jul 24 9:15]
- Vieques (PR) [Jul 21 14:35]
- St.Lucia [Jul 20 16:57]
- St.Maarten/St.Martin [Jul 20 7:39]
- Bonaire [Jul 9 14:52]
- Antigua [Jul 5 16:39]
- Culebra (PR) [Jul 2 6:00]
- Dominica [Jun 20 9:46]
- Grenada [Jun 17 19:16]
- Barbados [Jun 7 7:05]
- Bermuda [Jun 6 23:00]
- Haiti [Jun 3 0:36]
- Puerto Rico [May 31 13:32]
- Tortola & Virgin Gorda [May 27 12:17]
- Anguilla [May 5 13:46]

Only reports received for this season are listed. See the archive for previous years.

Links to excellent websites:
- Navy/NRL Monterey
- WeatherUnderground
- NOAA/NESDIS (floater loops)
- RAMSDIS Imagery
- Radar Composite - E-Carib.
- Caribbean/Atl. buoy data
- RT model guidance (RAL/NCAR)
- STORM2K forum
- Tracking Waves (McNoldy)
- more...

Storm definitions by wind speed:
- Tropical Depression <39mph
- Tropical Storm 39-73mph
- Cat.1 Hurricane 74-95mph
- Cat.2 Hurricane 96-110mph
- Cat.3 Hurricane 111-129mph
- Cat.4 Hurricane 130-156mph
- Cat.5 Hurricane >=157mph
More info in the Practical Guide



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