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2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season
| Andrea | Barry | Chantal | Dorian | Erin | Fernand | Gabrielle | Humberto | Imelda | Jerry | Karen | Lorenzo | Melissa | Nestor | Olga | Pablo | Rebekah | Sebastien | Tanya | Van | Wendy |

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

GOES Satellite - Zoomed in on the Caribbean (09:20 UTC, 19 minutes ago)
Scale bar (lower right) is 250 miles. [more satellite imagery].
See storm-centered satellite image and loop in the tools section below (if available)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 14:30PM PDT - Another one!
The season is not over yet. Another tropical storm named Rebekah. Similar to Pablo it is far out. And 38N, far north as well, about the same latitude as Lisbon, Portugal or Washington, DC... Rebekah is not expected to strengthen much, however it is moving towards the Azores, so might cause some squally weather over there. -Gert

Friday, October 25, 2019 16:17PM PDT - Two Storms!
And this late in the season we all of a sudden have two tropical storms, Olga and Pablo! Olga formed in the Gulf of Mexico, but won't be long lived as it currently is merging with a cold front. It can still cause significant rainfall though along the Gulf Coast and more inland. Check your local forecasts if you live in the affected area. As for Pablo, it is also won't be threatening the Caribbean. It is far out in the Atlantic, moving 'the other way'. It might affect the Azores though. -Gert

Saturday, October 12, 2019 06:33AM PDT - Melissa
And here we have (sub-)tropical storm Melissa. Sorry, I have not really been keeping track since I arrived on St.Maarten/St.Martin last week (more on that below). Melissa is not a threat to the Caribbean or Bermuda. There are 2 other areas that are being watched, in the southwestern Caribbean Sea and a wave that came off the African coast. Both are unlikely to become anything.

This is the first time I am on the island since Irma (2017). The stories people tell us who went through the storm (and aftermath) are pretty scary. But driving around the island I have been very pleasantly surprised how good the island looks now. There are still some areas where they haven't start rebuilding, like when you drive from Mullet Bay to Cupecoy (Ocean Club, next to Sapphire) and some places on the French side. Orient is now looking good as well, though some places still need a lot of work. Rebuilding on the French side is more difficult because of new rules set in place by the government. The vegetation looks very good. The island is very green. It's a bit warm here today, not much wind, the sea is looking very calm. Time to go swimming at Friar's. -Gert

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 09:57AM PDT - Europe
With Lorenzo aiming for Ireland, I added a list of some cities in 'coastal' European countries to the closest point of approach tool. Never thought I had to do this. Closest approach with Dublin, Ireland is only 6 miles on Friday. Winds at that time are still expected to be tropical storm force! -Gert

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 18:54PM EDT - Quiet, for now

Good evening all,

While hurricane Lorenzo races off to a quick date with the Azores (whose wind field is quite prodigious), then to raise havoc with the western coasts of Ireland and the UK, the Caribbean, GOM, and tropical Atlantic are pretty quiet considering the mayhem and chaos of the majority of September. However,.....

October historically, is home to the second "peak" of hurricane season and has been the home of many destructive storms throughout time. Currently, we have a few areas not quite of intense interest to receive an invest designation from the NHC but a % has been assigned showing potential, yet minimal. One is to the east of the Yucatan Peninsula and another is to the north of Hispaniola, both receiving only a 10% chance now through the next 5 days as of now. That can and will change but it's not certain yet which direction that change will entail.Â

Off to the east, we have a few weak waves but the ones that have caught some models attention are still over land that is the African continent. I shared previously the next three weeks could be quite interesting but hoped to be on the wrong side of interesting as in almost boring but with some rainfall. The waves that will be rolling off the African coast will really not get going, if they do, until they pass say 40-45 degrees west with a strong possibility of a mainly westward movement due to a strong ridge forecast to develop and block any thoughts of OTS treks aka fish storm movements.

Now is not the time to let your guard and vigilance down. We still have 8 weeks officially to go.

Be safe, vigilant and prepared!!


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Current Tropical Weather Outlook (NHC/TPC):
Accompanying satellite image (pop-up, source: NHC)
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Tue Nov 12 2019

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

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

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

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hurricane correspondents on the islands:
- Dominica [Nov 12 1:30]
- St.Croix [Nov 11 23:03]
- Trinidad & Tobago [Nov 11 5:51]
- St.Thomas [Nov 10 13:25]
- Anguilla [Nov 9 8:46]
- St.Lucia [Nov 6 11:34]
- Grenada [Nov 5 13:57]
- Nevis [Nov 2 17:26]
- Jamaica [Nov 1 12:36]
- Martinique [Oct 31 15:10]
- Antigua [Oct 7 18:23]
- Puerto Rico [Sep 25 22:42]
- Dominican Republic [Sep 25 19:09]
- St.Maarten/St.Martin [Sep 25 11:12]
- St.John [Sep 25 8:03]
- St.Vincent & Grenadines [Sep 22 18:03]
- Barbados [Sep 22 13:43]
- Bahamas [Sep 22 4:01]
- Montserrat [Sep 19 21:50]
- Bermuda [Sep 19 20:54]
- Vieques (PR) [Sep 19 9:51]
- Cayman Islands [Sep 3 16:25]
- Florida Keys [Sep 2 9:08]
- Belize [Sep 1 13:07]
- Culebra (PR) [Aug 29 2:22]
- Haiti [Aug 19 13:55]
- Saba [Aug 19 9:20]
- Tortola & Virgin Gorda [Apr 3 9:00]

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)
- Tang/UAlbany (model tracks)
- CIMSS/U.Wisc-Mad
- Brammer/UAlbany
- ECMWF Model Forecast
- 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

Wind force relative to Category 1:
- Tropical Storm 39mph: 0.28x
- Cat.1 Hurricane 74mph: 1x
- Cat.2 Hurricane 96mph: 1.7x
- Cat.3 Hurricane 111mph: 2.3x
- Cat.4 Hurricane 130mph: 3.1x
- Cat.5 Hurricane 157mph: 4.5x
- Irma 185mph: 6.3x

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