TROPICAL WEATHER SYNOPSIS…SPECIAL UPDATE…SEP. 26, 2014…ISSUED AT 3:20 P.M. EDT…WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA HURRICANE AND SEVERE WEATHER FORECAST CENTER

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SPECIAL UPDATE…SEP. 26, 2014…ISSUED AT 3:20 P.M. EDT:

Analysis of satellite loop imagery over the western Atlantic indicates an area of low pressure may be trying to develop over portions of the Yucatan peninsula.  Broad cyclonic turning is noted in the lower cloud deck, approximately at the 700-500 mb level, with a more noted vortex seen earlier near Latitude 18.0N…89.9W.  This is in association with the tropical wave I had mentioned in the morning forecast synopsis.  Since analysis this morning, the energy to the south has become the less noted feature, with cyclonic turning pretty much having formed more to the north, over the Yucatan peninsula.  This is moving toward the west at an estimated 10 mph.

SSEC GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE LOOP IMAGERY

WATL SATELLITE LOOP IMAGEREY

This area has an upper level anticyclone overhead at this time, with  a fairly good outflow jet from the NE, clockwise around to the south…in other words, this area is being ventilated at the moment.

CIMSS WIND SHEAR MAP

CIMSS UPPER LEVEL WIND PROFILE

I will be monitoring this area for possible entrance into the BOC over the next 24 hours, and to see if the upper level anticyclone moves in tandem with this area.

“Storm”

Good day everyone!

Not very much to speak of in the tropics today.  The area I have been monitoring in the CATL east of the Lesser Antilles was designated INVEST 96L 2 days ago.  This system remains very disorganized, and is under 20 knots of wind shear.  The latest run of the ATCF tracking was at 06Z this morning, and the following was available on INVEST 96L:

LOCATED: 12.6N…43.3W
MOVEMENT: STATIONARY
MAX SUSTAINED: 30 MPH
PRESSURE: 1012 MB / 29.88 IN.

INVEST 96L FLOATER SATELLITE LOOP IMAGERY

INVEST 96L has been stationary over the past few hours, but more of a northward drift is expected to ensue today.  I am not expecting development of this disturbance, as upper level winds are forecast to become much less favorable during the next 24 hours.  In fact, I doubt if we see too many more updates in the ATCF tracking information.  The NHC has designated a LOW (10%) probability for development over the next 5 days.

NHC 5 DAY GRAPHICAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

An area of disturbed weather is located over Mexico at the moment and is notable in satellite loop images.  This is associated with a Tropical Wave, with the bulk of energy located mainly to the south.  This will enter the Pacific over the course of today, and could be another development for the EPAC.

WESTERN ATLANTIC SATELLITE LOOP IMAGERY

Elsewhere, the GFS is still clinging to development in the Caribbean in 10-14 days.  Albeit the Cape Verde season is shut down, and we focus back toward the Caribbean and GOMEX this time of year, I’m going to look at things in near real time, vice looking at model solutions.  As far as I’m concerned this season, global models haven’t done well at all.  Upper level winds are forecast to improve in the southern Caribbean at that time, however it’s been seen how this can change from this far out.

The CATL and MDR will be pretty much down until next season, as wind shear is forecast to increase in the next 4-5 days with unfavorable conditions.

WIND SHEAR FORECAST 126 HOURS FROM 06Z

It appears that El Nino could come to fruition by late fall or early winter.  If you note, the SOI has been strongly negative during the past almost 3 months.  This indicates a reversal in the trade wind pattern over the Equatorial Pacific, in that they blow from west to east, allowing the warmer sub-surface waters to hit the South American coast, and come to the surface and back toward the west.

SOI (SOUTHERN OSCILLATION INDEX)

What I am looking at doing, when time permits after the season officially closes, is to post as to why we have seen such inactivity this season, given the lack of the teleconnection between the warming Equatorial EPAC and the atmosphere as far as an El Nino signal, albeit the season acts much like this is in place as far as storm numbers (EPAC 18…NATL 5).

Have a blessed day!

T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST / SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST
MEMBER WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AMS
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OFFICIAL SKYWARN SPOTTER (ADVANCED)

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I am a Tropical Forecast meteorologist, providing hurricane forecasts during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. I retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in July of 2001. Meteorology became my passion in high school, and I have continued my educational background in meteorology since 1996, when I undertook the study of Tropical Meteorology. While working toward my degree, I had to unexpectedly withdraw from college due to my oldest sons medical reasons. I do however, meet the educational criteria of the AMS to be recognized as a meteorologist. Studies include, but are not limited to the Navy Aerographers Mate course, Naval METOC meteorology course, Meteorology 2010 Sophomore level course while attending St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL., Basic Forecasting course for operational meteorologists from Rapid WX, meteorology institute, a four month meteorological internship, and extensive research on numerous meteorological topics such as the MJO, NAO, satellite imagery interpretation, etc. I have been forecasting Tropical Weather (Tropical Storms and Hurricanes) since 1996, with my main client being three different Coast Guard Commands.
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8 Responses to TROPICAL WEATHER SYNOPSIS…SPECIAL UPDATE…SEP. 26, 2014…ISSUED AT 3:20 P.M. EDT…WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA HURRICANE AND SEVERE WEATHER FORECAST CENTER

  1. greg goodman says:

    Thankyou mr storm. Mr storm I know it not good to go out past a week,But if something were to develop what does the long range steering pattern look like were these systems would go?

  2. greg goodman says:

    Happy birthday dellamom.

  3. Monty says:

    Thanks Storm. Definitely something to watch. I echo Dellamom…you ROCK!! Happy Birthday Dellamom to you and yours.

  4. dellamom says:

    EEEEEEKKKKKKK! Okay, if this thing gets into the Gulf and hits that lovely hot water just below Louisiana somehow, I expect everyone to turn south or west and blow very hard. My husband and sister share a birthday the 28th and my first mother-in-law and I share one on the 2nd. We would prefer no unpleasantness for the joint occasion. Thank you very much and get ready to pucker! 🙂 Seriously, thank you, Storm. Whether this develops or not, you can bet none of us will hear anything from anyone else anytime soon. I’d rather be alert to the possibility. You rock!

    • PortABeachBums says:

      I don’t know about where you live, but here on Mustang Island, it don’t make no never-mind wether th’ rain comes or not! I actually went out t’other day and the drops actully got me wet when I went to git th’ paper out of the gutter! Got back up stairs and the funny-papers were missing! I didn’t care, I got to dn-load them from th’ internet anyway! The rain didn’t ‘mount t’ much, didn’t even fill th’ pool! Too bad! I still have t’ clean the thing anyhow’s . — Happy Birthday To One and all..
      BeachBums

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