SEVERE WEATHER THREAT: MODERATE
TROPICAL STORM FORMATION: NONE
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Current Storm Total for 2015:
TOTAL STORMS: 2
INTENSE HURRICANES: 0
U.S. LANDFALLS: 2
StormW Seasonal Forecast:
TOTAL STORMS: 8 – 10
HURRICANES: 3 – 5
INTENSE HURRICANES: 1 – 2
Good day everyone!
Once again relatively quiet in the tropics. As I mentioned on one of the weather groups I am in on Facebook, there were two areas that kind of caught my eye yesterday in satellite imagery. The first, being a Tropical Wave which is located near 45W, and the second, an area of limited cloudiness over the Yucatan Peninsula. Analysis of satellite loop images this morning reveal the wave in question, and showers to the east of the wave, are associated with the ITCZ. Satellite presentation is not as well defined as it was yesterday, and based on surrounding dry air and current wind shear, as well as the recent forecast wind shear maps, does not indicate any threat of development with this are in the CATL.
Satellite presentation of the area over the Yucatan Peninsula shows that cloudiness and convection has diminished greatly over the past 24 hours. Albeit there appears to be a slight cyclonic twist to a portion of the middle and lower cloud decks, this area is associated with somewhat of a diffuse surface trof just to the west, and an upper level low centered just off the NE tip of the Peninsula. Based on analysis of the current vorticity maps, there is no hint of vorticity near the surface, up through the mid levels of the atmosphere, and upper level winds are forecast to remain unfavorable for development over the area.
Elsewhere, global models do not indicate any development over the next 7-10 days.
The forecast of possible upward motion of the MJO has been pushed back, and is forecast to be in phases 6 and 7, which would tend to favor development in the western and central Pacific. We will have to see if the forecast for the MJO indicates any motion into Octants 8 and 1 within the following week of the forecast projection.
Again, my concern if the warmer SST’s remain in place over the GOMEX, and from the Bahamas northward along and off the U.S. east coast, is either close in development, in which we have already experienced 2. My concern is if something should make it from the Caribbean, or begin to develop north of the MDR, traversing into the Bahamas…later into the season.
Have a blessed day!
T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST / SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST MEMBER WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AMS