SEVERE WEATHER RISK: SLIGHT
TROPICAL STORM FORMATION: LOW
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This office is now switching to Tropical Weather Forecast mode. I will try, if time allows, to include severe weather, however, the added analyses would consume more time than I’d prefer, making my synopsis post later in issuance. Please refer to the Storm Prediction Center website home page for severe weather information in the interim.
The NHC in Miami, FL. has issued a Special Tropical Weather Outlook regarding the possible development of the system I have been speaking of over the past few days. Currently, the NHC has designated a LOW (30%) chance of development of a subtropical system during the next 5 days IVO the northern Bahamas area.
Based on analysis of the global models, and regional DGEX, consensus appears to be a development will initialize on Wed., May 06, 2015. The majority of the models indicate if development occurs, that the system will be slow to move. This solution is in response to ridging forecast to be north of the system, which will try to inhibit northward motion.
Given the suggested slow movement, track forecast is going to be difficult. I believe the key to where this may wind up is, how far in or away from the coast development occurs. Right now, it looks if development occurs closer toward the coast than shown in the NHC graphic, chances for a landfall are more probable. I am basing this on the premise that the system is forecast only to be of minimal sub-tropical storm status, and will be guided by low level steering. Modeling suggests at this time, that 850mb heights will be slightly stronger directly north of the system, and weaker toward the west on some of the models. This situation “could” draw whatever develops, slowly toward the coast. On the other hand, if the system remains stationary for as long as projected by a couple of the models, and further east, once the ridge/trof setup begins to progress, the blocking pattern would be eroded by the trof approaching from the west, and carry the system toward the NE. So at this particular moment, it’s useless to try and speculate on “any” definitive direction, at least until development occurs and we see what we have.
This is suggested by the models to transition to warm core, most likely shallow, and should remain subtropical as indicated by the forecast wind field of the maximum winds located away from the center. The ECMWF currently shows dissipation by Sunday, a few hundred miles off the SEUS coast. Once the models have something to latch onto, we should see closer agreement in solutions as far as strength and track. Both the CMC and GFS wind shear forecast indicates upper level winds may become slightly favorable over the next few days.
So at this moment, residents along the coastal areas from GA to NC should monitor the situation during the next 5 days.
I should be updating tomorrow and Tuesday, but may not be available until Friday, due to a temporary change in my schedule at work.
Have a blessed day!
T. F. “STORM” WALSH III GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST / SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST MEMBER WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AMS