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2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
| Alex | Bonnie | Colin | Danielle | Earl | Fiona | Gaston | Hermine | Ian | Julia | Karl | Lisa | Matthew | Nicole | Otto | Paula | Richard | Shary | Tobias | Virginie | Walter |

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

GOES Satellite - Zoomed in on the Caribbean (21:15 UTC, 59 minutes ago)
Vertical gridlines 10° or about 650 miles (~1050 km) apart. [more satellite imagery].

Monday, December 26, 2016 10:05AM EST - Holidays

Good afternoon,

Been traveling. Happy Safe Holidays and a positive, prepared, storm safe 2017 to all!! 


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Thursday, November 24, 2016 10:17AM EST - Wow Otto

Good morning,

Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate and embrace this American holiday!

What's not so happy is the situation off the Caribbean coastline of Nicaragua and Costa Rica where dangerous Hurricane Otto, having finally decided it was time, is approaching the coastline and where the eyewall is expected to landfall this afternoon.

Currently at 110 mph, Otto has a few more hours to strengthen and might actually make major Cat 3 status. The eye is a pinhole 15 miles wide with TS force winds out to about 75 miles so Otto is a compact storm with a potent punch. The eye has cleared out the last few hours on both microwave and infrared satellite imagery suggesting strengthening so Cat 3 is not out of the question with a few hours left as he moves currently about 9 mph to the west and expected to pick up some forward speed.

Looking at the latest satellite imagery, Otto appears to have taken a jog to the south and might actually make a historic Costa Rican landfall; one never recorded since records began. But if the eyewall hits just a mile into Nicaragua, that record will still stand as it's where the eyewall actually strikes land is where it's official landfall is determined.

If there is a sliver lining, it is the fact Otto will strike  a sparsely populated area of coastline including a nature preserve in Nicaragua. Needless to say, those who do live there are in for a heck of a ride. Heavy rains will also be a major player with life threatening flood and mudslides. This is a storm to be reckoned with and will undoubtably be destructive sadly both in property and human life.

Once Otto clears Central America, he is expected to die a slow death in the Eastern Pacific as wind shear and cooler waters will contribute to his demise.

TD Marce by the Phillipines, snow detected in Tokyo for the first time in like 50 years, and a probable, at landfall, major hurricane named Otto about to maybe make dubious, destructive history are all players this Thanksgiving Day. We have much to be thankful for.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016 14:45PM PST - Hurricane Otto
Here we have a late season surprise, Hurricane Otto, although Dave had pointed out this stubborn weather system a week ago in the same area. It is expected to move to the west to make landfall at the Nicaragua/Costa Rican border. A hurricane this far south in the Caribbean is very unusual. It would be a first ever for Costa Rica. As is often the case, the rain associated with this system will be the biggest threat, locally 15-20 inch... Stay safe! -Gert

Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:51AM EST - Caribbean Mess

Good Sunday morning!

Six days ago I posted about a possible "Otto" and today, I'm still posting about a possible "Otto" and the system is still in the same area as well!

Located off the coasts of Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, 90L is still in a meandering, erratic moving state with no particular place to go. Steering currents have and continue to be weak but if it develops, it's rotation will take it somewhere, most likely into Nicaragua, according to the latest model trends.

On satellite this morning, it is not the blobbette that has formed south of Haiti and the Dominican Republic; rather the discombobulated mess in the extreme SW corner of the Caribbean. It doesn't have a large window in which to organize but it has a chance right now with above average SST's (Sea Surface Temperatures) and a good deal of moisture in the atmosphere with no dry air interference around. Only downside is wind shear, which is marginal but even that shouldn't hinder development with all the juiciness in the atmosphere.

So, as the front pulls away, maybe Otto will come out and play. But he won't play nice. Regardless whether it becomes TS Otto, reaches and stays at depression status, or doesn't become an organized system at all, life threatening heavy rains and flooding will affect Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Closer to home, a lingering trough has produced very slow moving cells of heavy rainfall the last couple days although we are in a dry slot at the time. Even our cell phones sounded the flash flood warning yesterday. We are expecting heavy rains tonight into tomorrow and the ground is saturated on a very green island. While many of these forecasts do not verify, they are forecasts so that means the potential is there so keep aware.


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Current Tropical Weather Outlook (NHC/TPC):
Accompanying satellite image (pop-up, source: NHC)
700 PM EST WED NOV 30 2016

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

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

This is the last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of
the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.  Routine issuance of the
Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on June 1, 2017.  During the
off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as
conditions warrant.

Forecaster Beven
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 [Mar 22 13:57]
- Trinidad & Tobago [Mar 21 1:41]
- Dominica [Mar 11 13:18]
- Anguilla [Mar 10 21:02]
- Tortola & Virgin Gorda [Mar 10 18:01]
- Culebra (PR) [Mar 1 6:55]
- Barbados [Feb 28 18:05]
- St.Maarten/St.Martin [Feb 28 15:59]
- Cayman Islands [Jan 25 10:36]
- Antigua [Jan 18 7:01]
- Haiti [Jan 10 10:41]
- Bonaire [Jan 8 17:34]
- Grenada [Dec 9 13:41]
- St.Lucia [Dec 1 10:10]
- St.Croix [Nov 30 21:39]
- Montserrat [Nov 28 20:25]
- St.Thomas [Nov 21 12:44]
- Curaçao [Nov 16 22:56]
- Dominican Republic [Nov 14 10:50]
- St.John [Nov 1 8:50]
- Florida Keys [Oct 26 16:20]
- Bermuda [Oct 15 18:49]
- Bahamas [Oct 9 0:19]
- Jamaica [Oct 6 16:33]
- Cuba [Oct 6 10:03]
- St.Kitts [Oct 5 15:51]
- Turks & Caicos [Oct 5 7:27]
- St.Vincent & Grenadines [Oct 4 19:51]
- Aruba [Oct 2 19:54]
- Belize [Oct 2 8:15]
- Vieques (PR) [Sep 30 22:39]
- Martinique [Sep 28 19:35]
- Puerto Rico [Sep 5 20:58]
- Guadeloupe [Sep 5 11:55]
- Saba [Sep 1 7:56]

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

Links to excellent websites:
- Navy/NRL Monterey
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- RAMSDIS Imagery
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- Tropical Storm 39-73mph
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- Cat.2 Hurricane 96-110mph
- Cat.3 Hurricane 111-129mph
- Cat.4 Hurricane 130-156mph
- Cat.5 Hurricane >=157mph
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