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STORM WALSH PRE-SEASON FORECAST
TOTAL NAMED STORMS: 17 – 20
TOTAL HURRICANES : 7 – 9
MAJOR HURRICANES: 4 – 5
AVERAGE HURRICANE SEASON:
TOTAL NAMED STORMS: 14
TOTAL HURRICANES: 7
MAJOR HURRICANES: 3
2021 SEASON TOTALS:
TOTAL NAMED STORMS: 6
TOTAL HURRICANES: 1
MAJOR HURRICANES: 0
TOTAL U. S. LANDFALLS: 3
The following is the list of storm names for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season:
Ana Bill Claudette Danny Elsa Fred Grace Henri Ida Julian Kate Larry
Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda
As a storm becomes named, I will be marking it in bold red to keep track of the activity for this Atlantic season.
Please note..when we are dealing with multiple systems, they will be listed in order as to the greatest threat to land or the U. S. , to the least threat.
For our friends in the Caribbean and Lesser Antilles, right now, I am unable to conduct a full analysis on both systems. The NHC has however increased the probability for 95L becoming a tropical cyclone.
A small low pressure system located about 1100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity primarily west of the center. However, environmental conditions are expected to gradually become more conducive for additional development, and a tropical depression is likely to form by the weekend. The system is forecast to move generally westward at about 20 mph across the tropical Atlantic, reaching portions of the Leeward Islands late Saturday or early Sunday, and interests there should monitor its progress. * Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.
Good evening everyone,
Tropical Storm FRED has been downgraded to a depression, after crossing the island of Hispaniola last night and this morning. To put it in no uncertain terms, FRED got his butt kicked after encountering the 10,000 ft mountains in central Hispaniola. Satellite loop images this evening show a disorganized, and sheared system. The COC is noted just to the NW of a flareup of convection. Water vapor indicates some dry air in the center. It appears the flareup of convection may be slowly reducing the dry air. I am not sure at the moment if the convection will continue to build…if it does, this may indciate FRED may be on the way to a slow recovery. The following are satellite animations from WEATHERNERDS.
GOES 16 IR ANIMATION
GEOS 16 VISIBLE ANIMATION
WATER VAPOR ANIMATION
As of the 8:00 p.m. EDT intermediate advisory from the NHC, the following was available on FRED.
8:00 PM EDT Thu Aug 12
Location: 21.3°N 75.0°W
Moving: WNW at 7 mph
Min pressure: 1012 mb / 29.88 in
Max sustained: 35 mph
ABOUT 240 MI…385 KM SE OF SOUTHERN ANDROS ISLAND BAHAMAS
ABOUT 485 MI…780 KM ESE OF KEY WEST FLORIDA
Based on current satellite loop imagery, FRED does continue to move to the WNW, and his forward speed has slowed. Based on analysis of forecast steering layers, this motion should continue during the next 24 – 30 hours. Thereafter, forecast steering indicates a turn toward the NW should occur. At around 72 – 84 hours in the period, a more northerly track should occur. This is shown in the most available track guidance, and the same was noted in analysis of forecast steering layers (850 – 700 mb, and 850 – 500 mb). Based on this, I currently agree with the NHC forecast track, save any center relocations as FRED tries to recover. It is noted that central pressure has dropped 2 mb since this afternoon. Model guidance has taken a shift more toward the west, and if the forecast track pans out, FRED should pass a little further offshore to the west of the Florida coast in a few days. I will be keeping close tabs on this, in case the forecast steering flow changes over the next 48 – 72 hours.
NHC TRACKING MAP
NHC TRACKING MAP (LINKED TO THE NHC INTERACTIVE MAP…CLICK MAP)
18Z ATCF GUIDANCE
ECMWF ENSEMBLE GUIDANCE
Maximum sustained winds with FRED are now 35 mph. As mentioned before, satellite imagery indicated convection building to the SE of the center, just on the edge, and in uncertain terms, FRED could be trying to recover. Analysis of the most recent wind shear map from CIMSS indicated FRED was under 20 kts of westerly shear. Based on analysis of forecast wind shear maps, wind shear is forecast to remain, until FRED reaches a point near the very northern Bahamas chain, and the Florida straights. Shear is then forecast to relax, and appears to change to a very favorable upper level environment as far as shear is concerned. The upper level low over Florida at the moment is forecast to weaken, and a large upper level anticyclone is forecast to develop, just as the system reaches the Florida Keys, and then enters the GOMEX. You’ll notice this in the ECMWF 200 mb streamline animation.
CIMSS WIND SHEAR MAP
GFS WIND SHEAR FORECAST
ECMWF 200 MB STREAMLINE ANIMATION
Based on this, the current disorganization of FRED, and possible slower recovery, I have to agree with the NHC intensity forecast. I will however be monitoring this, and will re-evaluate the situation when I can see how FRED reacts to the changes. At the moment, I don’t believe FRED will intensify quickly, until it reaches that area just mentioned, based on the high OHC in the area. This may help fight off any remaining dry air. In fact, the GFS and ECMWF show improving mid level moisture at that time as 700 – 500 mb relative humidity values are shown to increase. The last SHIPS diagnostics report indicated this as well.
CURRENT OHC MAP
NHC INTENSITY FORECAST
INIT 12/2100Z 21.3N 75.3W 30 KT 35 MPH
12H 13/0600Z 22.0N 77.0W 30 KT 35 MPH
24H 13/1800Z 23.0N 79.0W 30 KT 35 MPH
36H 14/0600Z 24.0N 80.6W 35 KT 40 MPH
48H 14/1800Z 25.2N 81.9W 35 KT 40 MPH
60H 15/0600Z 26.4N 83.1W 40 KT 45 MPH
72H 15/1800Z 28.1N 84.1W 45 KT 50 MPH
96H 16/1800Z 31.0N 85.5W 40 KT 45 MPH…INLAND
120H 17/1800Z 33.5N 85.5W 25 KT 30 MPH…INLAND
Tropical Storm watches and warnings are still in effect, and the following information is from the NHC advisories:
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... * The Cuban provinces of Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Granma * The Florida Keys west of Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas * The southwest coast of Florida from Bonita Beach south and east to Ocean Reef including Florida Bay A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area. Interests elsewhere in the Bahamas, Cuba, and the southern Florida Peninsula should monitor the progress of Fred. Additional watches and warnings may be required for portions of these areas tonight and Friday. For storm information specific to your area in the United States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside of the United States, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- Key messages for Fred can be found in the Tropical Cyclone Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT1, WMO header WTNT41 KNHC and on the web at www.hurricanes.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?key_messages. RAINFALL: Fred is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts: Over the Turks and Caicos, Cuba and the eastern Bahamas...1 to 3 inches with isolated maximum totals of 5 inches. Across the western Bahamas...3 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches. From Friday into Monday, 3 to 6 inches of rain is anticipated across the Florida Keys, the southern and central Florida Peninsula, and north towards the Big Bend of Florida, with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches. Heavy rainfall could lead to areal, urban, and small stream flooding, and potentially exacerbate ongoing minor to isolated moderate river flooding. By early next week, heavy rain and flood impacts could extend into other portions of the Southeast and into the southern and central Appalachians and Piedmont. WIND: Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area in Cuba tonight through Friday night. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area in Florida beginning Friday night. Wind gusts to tropical storm force may occur over portions of the southeastern Bahamas tonight. SURF: Swells generated by Fred are expected to spread across portions of the Bahamas and northern coast of Cuba during the next couple of days. These swells could reach the Florida Keys and southern Florida by early Saturday. Please consult products from your local weather office for more details.
NWS LOCAL PRODUCTS FOR FRED (CLICK LINK)
The following map will allow to to get information from your NWS office.
NWS WATCH / WARNING DISPLAY (LINKED…CLICK MAP, THEN YOUR AREA)
NWS SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO LINK
RAP RADAR (CLICK IMAGE THEN RADAR SITE)
CARIBBEAN RADAR IMAGES (LINK)
I will continue to monitor FRED for any significant changes to the forecast atmospheric parameters, and intend to update again tomorrow evening.
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Have a blessed evening!
T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST /SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST
MEMBER WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AMS