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September 2016

[Friday Evening] – Matthew a Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane – Hurricane Watch for Jamaica

   Posted by Levi at 10:29pm on September 30, 2016

Latest Information from the National Hurricane Center


[Friday Morning] Matthew Continues to Strengthen

   Posted by Levi at 1:44pm on September 30, 2016

Hurricane Matthew continues to strengthen this morning, with the latest recon aircraft finding a pressure of 969mb and winds up to 115 mph. Matthew may undergo some fluctuations in intensity as it interacts with Columbia and dry air to its west over the next day or two, but Matthew could be a major hurricane as it nears Jamaica by early Monday. A track near Jamaica, Haiti, and eastern Cuba is expected Monday and Tuesday, and into the Bahamas by Wednesday, continuing northward to the east of the United States. There is some greater confidence in this general track forecast this morning than there was a couple days ago. However, direct impacts from Matthew in Florida or the rest of the southeast U.S. coastline cannot be ruled out at this time. Such impacts would still be several days away, and residents should stay informed on Matthew.


[Thursday Evening] Matthew a Strengthening Hurricane – Big Threat to Jamaica, Haiti, and Cuba

   Posted by Levi at 1:53am on September 30, 2016


[Wednesday Evening] Matthew Forms – Short-Term Threat to Southern Caribbean Islands – Long-Term Future Uncertain

   Posted by Levi at 10:57pm on September 28, 2016


[Tuesday Evening] 97L Slow to Develop – Could Bring Tropical Storm Conditions to Windward Islands and Southern Caribbean

   Posted by Levi at 1:07am on September 28, 2016


97L Expected to Develop – Long-Term Future in the Caribbean Highly Uncertain

   Posted by Levi at 10:01pm on September 26, 2016


Invest 97L Likely to Develop While Approaching Windward Islands on Wednesday

   Posted by Levi at 4:14pm on September 25, 2016


Karl Strengthening – Impacts to Bermuda Friday Night and Saturday Morning

   Posted by Levi at 12:11pm on September 23, 2016

Tropical Storm Karl has begun to strengthen this morning, as the storm’s circulation has now become more aligned with its convection. It may not take long for Karl to approach hurricane strength now that intensification has begun. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bermuda, and hurricane conditions could be possible if Karl continues strengthening and passes close enough to the island early Saturday morning. At the moment, Karl is expected to pass about 100 km southeast of Bermuda, but even small changes in its track could bring it closer. Tropical Storm conditions are expected to reach the island sometime tonight.


Karl Remains Weak, but Expected to Strengthen Soon

   Posted by Levi at 1:56pm on September 22, 2016

Tropical Depression Karl remains weak due to southerly wind shear this morning. Convection has become more organized on the north side of the circulation, but the low-level center remains partially exposed on the south side. Shear is expected to lighten somewhat over the next couple of days and some strengthening is likely to occur as Karl turns northward toward Bermuda. Karl is expected to pass just southeast of Bermuda late Friday and early Saturday while strengthening. This track forecast has high confidence, but even slight shifts in track could change the impacts to Bermuda, and details will be difficult to know until Friday. After passing by Bermuda, Karl will accelerate northeastward and become extratropical.


Karl Still Struggling – Could Impact Bermuda This Weekend

   Posted by Levi at 12:20pm on September 20, 2016

Tropical Storm Karl continues to struggle due to wind shear and dry air this morning. This is likely to continue hindering significant strengthening of Karl until Thursday or Friday, when wind shear should lessen. By this time, Karl will be making a turn northward and then northeastward just to the south of Bermuda, and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane during that time. The track forecast is currently southeast of Bermuda, and although the track forecast has high confidence, Karl will not be in Bermuda’s vicinity for 4 days, and thus it is not yet clear the extent to which Karl may impact the island.