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97L Invest:

Thursday, September 11, 2014 15:56PM EDT - TD#6 & 92L

Good afternoon!

Returning from a week in the beautiful country of Costa Rica with very limited access to media on the Pacific side hoping nothing was going on tropics wise I see I haven't missed much until the last day or two.

92L will be a drencher for mid to south Florida and the northern/central Bahamas and has a scheduled date with Gulf of Mexico. This date may give some along the gulfcoast a very big headache in the days to come but development is not expected to be rapid even though there is plenty of energy available in the form of very warm and unmolested STT's. Models are all over the place as it is a weak system but we will see what happens after the peninsula crossing.If you are in the gulf, you need to monitor this system as it will be like a caged animal. It has no where to go but hit land somewhere.

TD#6 should eventually reach Cat 1 status by the time it reaches the cooler waters of the north central Atlantic and is not expected to be a threat to any Caribbean of US land masses at this time. Looking at the satellite images it's environment is fairly moist and wind shear manageable for development. Already above 16 degrees north, Edouard, as it will knighted, is resigned to becoming a "fish storm".

More over the next few days. Time to catch a plane!


Monday, September 1, 2014 22:56PM PDT - Tropical Storm Dolly
The fifth tropical depression has been upgraded to tropical storm Dolly. It is located in the Bay of Campeche, just north of the Yucatan. It is expected to make landfall in Mexico as a tropical storm by Wednesday morning. The biggest threat of this storm will be the torrential rainfall which might cause flash flooding and mudslides. Use the tools above to see the threatened areas. Reporting from 29N, 146W in the Pacific, with some slow but live internet. -Gert

Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:29AM EDT - Next!

Good morning!

What once was Invest 97L has now been relabeled Invest 99L and is south of Jamaica moving off to the WNW on a collision course with the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, the Bay of Campeche in the SW Gulf of Mexico and ultimately as a probable low to mid tropical storm with the northern Mexico, southern Texas coast. Hopefully, the system will bring beneficial rains to those areas and not much flooding although the ex invest 98L remnants are drenching these same areas and points north into Galveston, Houston and even Louisiana but not reaching too far inland where it is sorely needed.

Cristobal, ex hurricane and now extra tropical whose long life has been spent mainly threatening shipping interests is now racing towards his date with Lady Iceland at about 45 mph. Still packing a punch as most of these extra tropical storms do after the transition from tropical to extra tropical Cristobal will probably give Europe a good jolt as well.

Down south by Trinidad and Tobago we have a wave moving through with no chances of development but squally winds and rains will be prevalent and the rain is needed.

Out in the central Atlantic it appears a wave around 45 degrees west is making a case for Invest status and I believe it should be classified by now and should be soon. Moving mainly west about 15 mph, the bulk of the increased thunderstorm activity is actually around a cluster at 36 degrees west, 12 north. Upper level winds are moderate and the majority of dry Saharan dust is to it's north so some slow growth is possible although the NHC only gives it a 10% chance by Wednesday. If it stays far south then I agree with that but if it starts a shift more WNW then I see an improved chance for some development. We seem to be the "birthing grounds" for storm this year with Bertha and Cristobal already hatched.

The African mainland has another impressive wave with its exit strategy coming to fruition in about three days or so. It is the heart of hurricane season and we should expect nothing less. Be prepared. You never know.


Monday, August 25, 2014 11:56AM PDT - Cristobal
The Invest was upgraded to tropical storm Cristobal over the weekend. It should stay nicely off the US coast on its way north/northeast. However, it is expected to become a hurricane in 48 hours or so, but no threat to land.
There is also another invest about 1200 miles off the islands, but it doesn't look that it will develop into anything, we'll see.
I am reporting from a research vesel in the Pacific Ocean at 31.5N, 132.8W. We are currently steaming southwest in order to avoid Category 4 Hurricane Marie (see CPA calculator). I have a new respect for 'fish storms'... -Gert

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Current Tropical Weather Outlook (NHC/TPC):
Accompanying satellite image (pop-up, source: NHC)
800 AM EDT TUE SEP 30 2014

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

Shower activity associated with a weak low pressure area located a
little more than 100 miles northwest of Bermuda is minimal and
development is not expected. The low should move toward the north
and then north-northeast over the next couple of days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...near 0 percent.

Forecaster Avila
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