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Active Tropical Systems: Tropical Storm Fred
Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1 - November 30


GOES Satellite - Zoomed in on the Caribbean (20:45 UTC, 37 minutes ago)
Vertical gridlines 10° or about 650 miles (~1050 km) apart. [more satellite imagery].

Fred tools:

Sunday, August 30, 2015 09:56AM EDT - Ex-Erika, Fred and then some!

Good morning!

Prayers and thoughts to those who live in Dominica as the TS Erika pummeled the island with a foot of rain in some areas, including the capital city of Roseau and the city of Portsmouth. I reserve my comments on the government there who did not issue watches or warnings to the populace as they expected the center to be 100 miles to their north but still, it's better to be safe than sorry. In this case, it was deadly.

Meanwhile after the remnants of Erika dropped copious amounts of rain on the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and portions of Cuba, she still retains the possibility of rising like a phoenix and re-emerging from the tropical cyclone dirt pile as a tropical depression in the coming day or two as the system now plows into the Bahamas and South Florida. After traversing the Dominican Republic. whose mountains wreaked havoc on her circulation forcing her capitulation as a weirdly and historically disorganized tropical system who followed no computer model or human forecasts, Ex-Erika is likely to wipe out the drought or at least significantly alleviate it in South Florida; something she forgot to do here in the Virgin Islands. Flooding is likely due to the torrential downpours all at once but the sand and limestone structure of Florida's soil allows for that flooding to quickly diminish but the damage potential is there nevertheless. There is also the small possibility of a trek west of the peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico itself. She hasn't listened to anyone in the first place, why now? We will see. Be prepared regardless.

TS Fred. Possibly Hurricane Fred. Where? SE of the Cape Verde Islands. The potential for hitting the Caribbean is miniscule due to the steering currents in place but after seeing Danny and Erika's polka around this area this week, one begins to wonder. Most likely trek is over the Cape Verde Islands as a strong TS or even a Cat 1 hurricane moving WNW and then flattening out on a more westerly trek. Basically a "fish storm" after leaving the Cape Verdes for at least 3-4 days.

Has a hurricane ever made a direct on the Cape Verde Islands, oh so close to the African Coast? I've seen this question asked on a few other sites. The answer is no since recordkeeping began in 1851. Have they been brushed by any hurricanes? Yes several times. 1947 (Ft. Lauderdale hurricane), 1948, 1957 and most recently a close call with Hurricane Jeanne in 1998 according to historical records. No damage or injuries were ever recorded by these flybys.

A tropical wave is affecting the northern islands at the moment but all the rain seems to be avoiding the land masses this morning while another wave is off to the east of Barbados and has a few concentrated storm close together but nothing significant.

Have a good yet safe Sunday!

Dave






Saturday, August 29, 2015 11:24AM PDT - Bye bye Erika
Not sad at all to say goodbye to Erika! Although the remnants can still produce inches of rainfall over Cuba, Turks&Caicos, the Bahamas and Florida. Very sad to hear about the devastation on Dominica though. The death toll stands at 20 people now, with many missing as well. I have had contact with one of my hurricane correspondents, and hopefully she can report later. It will be posted on the Dominica web page. You can donate to the Red Cross of Dominica through this website (I do not think this is a scam). I also found a fundraising site on Indiegogo, but I don't know those people so can not vouch for it. The Government of Dominica has also set up a Recovery and Reconstruction Fund. There is also ReliefWeb. Just to make it clear, the call for donations above is for running the website, etc., it does not go to Dominica storm relief (unless I receive a surplus in donations, since I don't want to make money running the Caribbean Hurricane Network).

As you might have noticed above there is another Invest, 99L that just rolled off the African coast. Looking at the model runs it will go nicely north, so should not be a threat to the islands! -Gert

Friday, August 28, 2015 07:32AM EDT - Very Fickle Erika

Good morning,

Before I dozed off last night, I noted a 47 mph wind gust on the east end of St. Thomas where I live with virtually no rain involved. Average sustained winds were around 35 mph but higher up the mountains. The towel brigade is not happy as they and all of us here were looking forward to a good soaking to alleviate the drought. Why no rain?

Northwesterly wind shear is the answer. This shear has and continues to push most of TS Erikas convection to the south-southeast. As we were on the northern side of the system, we received some of the stronger winds but none of the accompanying rain. On a good and surprising note, our WAPA (Water and Power Authority) stayed on all night with some fluctuations and limited outages on St. Thomas/St. John while St. Croix suffered more extensive outages from early evening.

On St. Croix more damage has been reported due to its closer proximity to the center of Erika. I do not have anything concrete at the moment but all ports in the US Virgin Islands remain at condition Zulu meaning they are closed to inbound and outbound traffic until a security assessment has been completed. A curfew has been instituted by Governor Mapp until 5 pm this evening, peace officers have been deputized and prices are frozen. I believe this is mainly meant for St. Croix but he says its for all of the territory. Problem is, many business owners and others are ignoring the curfew here on St. Thomas.

TS Erika is now approx. 60 miles south of Puerto Rico heading in the direction of the Dominican Republic. Discombobulated by the NW shear, the center is elongated and out in front of the convection. Until the center can relocate underneath this convection, strengthening will not occur, at least anything of the rapid kind which bodes ill will for Erikas future due to the mountainous terrain of the DR which could be her demise. Rains, much needed rains, are heading into Puerto Rico still but not on the scale once predicted and much needed. We here in the VI and BVI definitely didn't see much in the way of those needed rains either.

Down the road, warnings are up for the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the cone includes all of Florida. Its a wait and see what happens to Erika after her encounter with the DR. She might survive as TS or TD or be torn apart and relegated to an open tropical wave.

While all are looking west, the east is going to get active again shortly. Time to look in both directions.

Now I have to see if I can get to work. More later.

Dave    

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Current Tropical Weather Outlook (NHC/TPC):
Accompanying satellite image (pop-up, source: NHC)
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
200 PM EDT THU SEP 3 2015

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical
Storm Fred, located several hundred miles west-northwest of the
Cape Verde Islands.

A tropical wave is currently moving off of the west coast of
Africa. This system has some potential for slow development
as it moves westward at 15 to 20 mph across the tropical Atlantic
over the next several days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent

$$
Forecaster Avila
More detail in the Tropical Weather Discussion or view the Graphicast Image

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Latest local updates from the special
hurricane correspondents on the islands:
- St.Maarten/St.Martin [Sep 3 10:00]
- Cayman Islands [Sep 2 23:13]
- St.Croix [Sep 2 20:24]
- Dominica [Sep 2 13:45]
- Grenada [Sep 2 8:03]
- Nevis [Sep 1 22:41]
- St.Thomas [Sep 1 18:40]
- Saba [Sep 1 7:45]
- Culebra (PR) [Sep 1 6:44]
- St.Lucia [Sep 1 6:10]
- Haiti [Aug 31 11:28]
- Dominican Republic [Aug 31 8:50]
- Jamaica [Aug 30 21:00]
- Puerto Rico [Aug 30 13:33]
- St.John [Aug 30 12:30]
- Tortola & Virgin Gorda [Aug 30 6:58]
- Bahamas [Aug 29 23:11]
- Barbados [Aug 29 19:57]
- Turks & Caicos [Aug 28 18:35]
- Montserrat [Aug 28 18:04]
- Anguilla [Aug 28 12:35]
- Vieques (PR) [Aug 28 10:18]
- Trinidad & Tobago [Aug 28 3:11]
- Antigua [Aug 27 19:10]
- Guadeloupe [Aug 27 17:28]
- Statia [Aug 27 16:50]
- St.Kitts [Aug 27 10:47]
- Bonaire [Aug 22 16:46]
- St.Vincent & Grenadines [Aug 15 21:45]
- Curaçao [Aug 4 9:23]
- General Update [Jun 16 19:53]
- Martinique [May 28 18:08]

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