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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: 13
TOTAL HURRICANES: 5
MAJOR HURRICANES: 3
TOTAL U. S. LANDFALLS: 6
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.
Good evening everyone,
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Today marks the climatological “peak” of the hurricane season. Just a note however, during my years of forecasting, I’ve seen the season peak as early as Sept. 05, and as late as Sept. 21.
The tropics have quieted down considerably. The NHC indicates 2 areas, in which they have designated a HIGH (70%) probability of cyclone development during the next 5 days. Neither area has been declared an INVEST area as of yet.
NHC 5 DAY GTWO
The Tropical Wave exiting Africa at the moment, will have favorable conditions as far as the shear pattern and 200 mb pattern, as well as mid level moisture during the next 48 hours. Thereafter, the upper pattern becomes much less favorable, and the system begins to ingest dry air at the mid level. During the favorable period, we could see development of a Tropical Depression. Right now, there was not any guidance as far as intensity or track. However, based on analysis of the ECMWF and GFS, and forecast steering currents, it is suggested at the moment that this feature will recurve. I will be monitoring this closely for any significant changes in the forecast parameters during the next 48 hours. You will note that the circulation “center” is north of the convection within the ITCZ. I will also be monitoring the area south of the wave, in the ITCZ, as IR satellite seems to indciate a circulation..
EASTERN ATLANTIC SATELLITE
ECMWF SHEAR FORECAST
The other area is located over the Yucatan Peninsula. Right now, there has been no guidance initiated on this either. Analysis of satellite loop imagery from the visible channel, seems to show some weak, almost undetectable rotation.
YUCATAN SATELLITE ANIMATION
Currently, an upper level trof is inducing shear over the area. Based on my analysis of 200 mb winds, this trof is forecast to move west, and over Mexico during the next 24 hours. By 48 hours in the forecast period, wind shear is forecast to relax, and the pattern turns favorable for development. The ECMWF and GFS both indicate a very small, weak area of low pressure near the coast of Mexico/Texas, but do not indciate any significant development. Analysis of the 500 mb relative humidity values indicates ample moisture will be present, and PWAT is forecast to increase. Based on analysis of both the wind shear forecast and 200 mb streamline forecast, conditions will become much less conducive for development at around 72 hours. Based on this, we could see development of a Tropical Depression within the next 72 hours, though I am not too keen on this right now…albeit the probability does exists. I will say however, these type of systems since we are still in phase 3 of the MJO, could show better development just prior to landfall, as phase 3 of the MJO favors close in development.
Based on analysis of the forecast steering pattern, the “track projection” from the NHC graphical tropical weather outlook map looks good. The area of interest should continue on a WNW motion, then on more of a NW track after entering the BOC. From the NHC outlook:
Regardless of development, this disturbance is expected to produce heavy rains across portions of Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula through Saturday. Heavy rains are likely to reach portions of the western Gulf coast late this weekend.
The GFS brings the “low” into Mexico, while the ECMWF brings it in toward Brownsville/Padre Island, TX. Right now, until I can see if and when something develops, and models have a well defined low to latch onto, intensity and track should be considered low confidence.
ECMWF WIND SHEAR FORECAST
ECMWF RELATIVE HUMIDITY FORECAST
ECMWF TPW FORECAST
ECMWF AND GFS MSLP NORMALIZED ANOMALIES FORECAST
I’ll be monitoring this closely over the next 48 hours.
Elsewhere, the ECMWF is hinting at another system developing south of the Cape Verde Islands in 4 – 5 days, and brings it toward the Caribbean. I cannot totally rule this out, however I am going to look for run to run consistency since the GFS and CMC do not indicate anything.
ECMWF EATL AND ATLANTIC FORECAST
The MJO phase space diagram keeps us in phase 3 up until around the 20th of the month, then swings into phase 4. So, we should see things begin to slow, or even somewhat shutdown after that time.
JMA AND ECMWF MJO PHASE SPACE DIAGRAM FORECAST
The following is the updated JMA model forecast for CHI200 anomalies. Based on the forecast, a phase 4 pattern looks to be in order. IF the MJO behaves as it should, we may see a return to conditions more favorable for development, or increase in tropical activity starting around Oct. 10, or even may closer to mid month.
JMA MJO WEEK ONE (SEP. 12 – SEP 18)
WEEK 2 (SEP. 19 – SEP. 25)
WEEK 3 (SEP. 26 – OCT. 09)
28 DAYS MEAN
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T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST /SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST
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