TROPICAL STORM FORMATION: HENRI
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Current Storm Total for 2015:
TOTAL STORMS: 8
INTENSE HURRICANES: 1
U.S. LANDFALLS: 2
StormW’s Seasonal Forecast:
TOTAL STORMS: 8
INTENSE HURRICANES: 1
Good evening everyone!
This will have to be short, as I just got home from work about 6:00, and I’m beat! Hence the “quickcast” in the title.
T.D. 8 became Tropical Storm HENRI yesterday. As of the 5:00 p.m. advisory from the NHC, the following was available on HENRI:
5:00 PM AST Thu Sep 10
Location: 33.9°N 60.7°W
Moving: N at 15 mph
Min pressure: 1008 mb / 29.77 in.
Max sustained: 40 mph
Satellite loop imagery indicates the LLC of HENRI is exposed well to the SW of the convection. This is attributed to some southerly wind shear which was noted in analysis this evening.
The NHC forecast discussion indicates the shear may relax somewhat tonight, which “could” allow for some slight strengthening, albeit very briefly. However, based on my analysis of the 12Z wind shear forecast map, the upper level pattern may not be optimal enough for strengthening, unless what is mentioned in the discussion of HENRI beginning to resemble a subtropical system, in which that some slight strengthening could occur, as the forecast flow would not affect HENRI as much in being subtropical. Based on this, I tend to agree with the NHC intensity forecast, although personally I am leaning toward a Status Quo system, until weakening begins.
Based on analysis of the current forecast steering layers maps, I concur with the NHC forecast track, which is in the center of the dynamic guidance.
Elsewhere, another well defined Tropical Wave is abut to leave the African continent, and is displaying a pronounced cyclonic rotation. Convection is limited at the moment, however upper level winds are favorable for development at the moment, with the most recent wind shear forecast indicating upper level winds to remain conducive for slow development during the next 48-60 hours. Soon thereafter, upper level winds may only be marginal.
There is some dry air present, but is very limited at the moment, based on analysis of water vapor imagery products. Current MIMIC TPW loop indicates a moderate to high TPW associated with the wave. IF the analyzed forecast parameters hold, we should see slow development of this wave during the next 72 hours. At the moment, it is to early to speculate as to whether or not we would see a depression by then, although the NHC has increased the 5 day probability from 20% to 30% in the latest TWO.
Elsewhere, the ECMWF model has backed off in strength and size of a possible low in the BOC in a few days. The ECMWF and CMC pretty much agree on a very small, weak low now in the BOC in about 5 days. The GFS, NAVGEM, and UKMET are not impressed, however tend to hint at lower pressure. Again, this doesn’t mean a development is for sure, as I’ve explained previously. However, if one looks at the models closely, each model pretty much indicates high pressure over or near the Virginia area. When surface pressures are high, or should I say, rise over an area in such a location, it is good to pay attention south of the area, in this case over the W. Caribbean, or in this case with the “hints”, over the BOC, as pressures south of the high tend to lower, which is a natural occurrence of what we term the PGF (Pressure Gradient Force). This type of setup can lead to what we term as a “situational development”. I’ll post a very simple explanation of PGF after the global model graphics. I will keep tabs on the BOC next week as a precaution.
PRESSURE GRADIENT FORCE
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