SEVERE WEATHER THREAT: SLIGHT
TROPICAL STORM FORMATION: HIGH (80%)
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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
INTENSE HURRICANES: 1
Good evening everyone!
Tropical Disturbance INVEST 96L continues to move toward the west at near 15 mph. Based on the 18Z ATCF FTP information, the following was the latest information on INVEST 96L:
Location: 9.8°N 32.2°W
Moving: W at 15 mph
Min pressure: 1010 mb/29.82 in
Max sustained: 35 mph
ATCF data indicates the radius of 30 knot (35mph) winds is 150 nm to the NE, 50 nm SE, and 40 nm SW. Estimated pressure has dropped 1 mb.
Analysis of satellite loop imagery indicates the disturbance has become a little better organized over the past few hours, with a slight increase in convective activity.
Water vapor loop imagery indicates dry air still surrounds the system well to the north and south, however 96L seems to have been able to mix out dry air that was located much closer to the system earlier, and expansion in the moisture field is noted around the current convection as seen by the bright white cloud field. The recent TPW image from 2200Z still indicates plenty of precipitable water surrounding the disturbance. This may be enough to stave off dry air intrusion, at least for tonight.
The most recent wind shear map overlay still indicated an upper level anticyclone over the disturbance, still providing an outflow pattern, and wind shear values were noted to be on the order of only 5-10 knots.
The recent wind shear forecast still keeps the upper level anticyclone pretty much over 96L for the next 5 days.
GFS 200 MB STREAMLINE FORECAST
Given the improvement in the moisture field, and premise of the upper level anticyclone moving in tandem with the disturbance, and an increase in the maximum wind velocity, should this trend continue, I will not rule out the formation of a tropical depression within the next 24-36 hours.
The NHC Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook has increased the probability of cyclone development during the next 5 days to 80%.
The 18Z intensity models forecast still indicate the reliable intensity models bring this to hurricane strength within the next 48-72 hours. IF all of the conditions I mentioned pan out, I cannot rule this out at the moment.
Based on current steering, and forecast steering maps, the 18Z dynamic model track guidance looks decent, and I prefer a track combined with the TVCN, TVCC, and HWFI, but will be subject to change should a discernible LLC become established and models can latch onto it.
ATCF 18Z DYNAMIC MODEL TRACK GUIDANCE
I have to work tomorrow, so I cannot promise when my next update will occur…but I will continue to monitor INVEST 96L for any significant changes, and will update when I can.
Elsewhere, analysis of the global models still indicate the models are in fair agreement of developing another low near the Cape Verde islands within the next 5-6 days. This will remain to be seen, however with models indicating this, it would appear they are “hinting” at a slight increase of tropical activity.
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