SEVERE WEATHER THREAT: SLIGHT
TROPICAL STORM FORMATION: NONE
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Current Storm Total for 2015:
TOTAL STORMS: 3
INTENSE HURRICANES: 0
U.S. LANDFALLS: 2
StormW Seasonal Forecast:
TOTAL STORMS: 8 – 10
HURRICANES: 3 – 5
INTENSE HURRICANES: 1 – 2
Good day everyone!
Back once again to a quiet tropics. Waves continue to exit the African continent, however are still falling apart as they enter the Atlantic.
I’ve noticed some concern on some of the weather groups I post in, about possible development very close to the west coast of Florida, and another area off the SEUS coast, east of the Florida northern east coast. This would be in response to a surface stationary front and trof split at 500 mb.
Analysis of the global models indicates a trof split to occur approximately around this upcoming weekend, mainly Sunday. I have just picked 2 of the models in order to cut down on graphics tonight. The ECMWF and GFS had been more bullish on developing weak lows both off the SEUS coast, and just near shore off of the west coast of Florida. However, both have backed off the solutions from earlier, but do indeed show a trof split, which extends down across the Florida Peninsula on Sunday.
Based on this, current forecast wind shear maps, and position of the forecast stationary front, it would appear to me that the majority of the energy from the trof split will be off the SEUS coast. Analysis of a couple different surface analysis forecast maps would support my current thinking of off the SEUS coast, as the position of the frontal system doesn’t exactly pose a favorable position at the very tail end, as one indicates it lies very close to shore near the Florida Panhandle, and the other surface map from WPC indicates the tail end draped over MS., AL., and GA. Based on this combination, it would seem more likely if development ere to occur, it would be off the SEUS coast. This is not to say that a piece of energy could not make it to the Gulf, but at the moment of analysis, the best probability is off the SEUS coast.
The current wind shear value forecast from the GFS also indicates that even though wind shear relaxes both over the eastern GOMEX for a couple of days, and over the SEUS coastal area, the more optimal, albeit only somewhat favorable area, lies IVO the SEUS coastal and offshore waters.
Given the SST’s off the east coast, development cannot be totally ruled out, however it could be slow to get started. I really didn’t notice anything in the models that excite me as far as definite development, but given the premise of the very warm SST’s, relaxed upper level winds, and a surface low depicted with a stationary front, it would be a good idea to monitor these areas as the weekend approaches, especially off the SEUS coast.
Forecast steering indicates at the supposed time of any low beginning, steering currents will be weak in both areas. However, IF anything odes evolve off the east coast, steering suggests an eventual motion toward the ENE.
I will monitor these areas beginning this weekend, and will update when possible
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm formation is not expected during the next 7 days.
Have a blessed evening!
T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST / SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST MEMBER WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AMS