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2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season
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Active Tropical Systems: None!
Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1 - November 30

GOES Satellite - Zoomed in on the Caribbean (09:50 UTC, 19 minutes ago)
Scale bar (lower right) is 250 miles. [more satellite imagery].
See storm-centered satellite image and loop in the tools section below (if available)

Sunday, March 8, 2020 09:04AM PDT - Surfers, get ready!?
The following was forwarded to me by Ann Phelan, she was a long-time correspondent for Bonaire, about big waves coming to the Caribbean: Another Bomb Cyclone to Push Impactful Swells to the Caribbean (268weather/Dale C. S. Destin). Maybe post some cool pictures, but stay safe! -Gert

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 14:26PM PST - Earthquake Puerto Rico
No storm in sight, but hurricane correspondents on Puerto Rico have been posting some updates, incl. pictures, on the recent earthquakes near Ponce. See here. -Gert

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 21:44PM EST - #18 - 2019

Good night all,

It has been some season so far, this 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season, and as it draws to it's historical climax on November 30th after a prolonged period of weak, short lived systems, relative quiet, and the Azores taking the surprisng brunt of late season activity, Mother Nature says "It ain't over till I say it's over!". With that, TS Sebastien was declared from the seedling formerly known as 90L as of the 11am advisory, today November 19th.

Located about 300 miles NE of the Leeward Islands, Sebastien has been earmarked for potential development since Saturday. Asymmetrical in appearance due to strong westerly wind shear (20+ knots) shoving dry air into his tiny COC, Sebastien's convection is almost entirely on the eastern side of that COC.

Down the road, Sebastien is supposed to turn North then Northeast and be eventually absorbed by a cold front. Increasing in speed forward wise, he has the chance of increasing strength as well due to a lessening of wind shear, warm enough SST's, and baroclinic processes (which occurs in the form of wind energy from warm air rising and cold air sinking forming vorticity). Sebastien might reach 60-65 mph as an extra tropical storm before dying a rapid death in the North Atlantic. No land masses will be involved or impacted at this point.

Sebastien makes the total 18 named storms, 6 hurricanes with 3 intense hurricanes for this season so far. Above average activity yes. Will there be another one? Maybe. Sounds like alot but 8 or so of these storms were short lived with not much impact on land masses; only theÂname score.

Have a good night everyone!


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 14:26PM PST - Sebastien
One more named storm (hopefully) before the end of hurricane season. Sebastien, storm number 18 for this year. Although only about 275 miles from the Leeward Islands it is no threat to the islands. The system is currently moving north northwest, and might get a bit closer to us, but then it will veer off to the east. Hopefully the last storm until June 2020!!! -Gert

Monday, November 18, 2019 07:56AM PST - Possible something?
Hurricane season is almost over, but we have an invest a few hundred miles east of the Leeward islands. There is a 50% chance that it could become tropical storm Sebastien. Luckily is is not moving towards the islands, but more north. Also, even if it becomes a tropical storm it will be (another) short lived storm. -Gert

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Current Tropical Weather Outlook (NHC/TPC):
Accompanying satellite image (pop-up, source: NHC)
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
700 PM EST Sat Nov 30 2019

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

This is the last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of
the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  Routine issuance of the
Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on June 1, 2020.  During the
off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as
conditions warrant.

Forecaster Beven
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.Thomas [Mar 26 13:05]
- Trinidad & Tobago [Mar 23 1:54]
- St.Maarten/St.Martin [Mar 21 10:02]
- Grenada [Mar 16 13:10]
- Nevis [Mar 11 8:01]
- Dominica [Mar 11 7:50]
- Anguilla [Mar 2 18:33]
- Tortola & Virgin Gorda [Feb 11 8:56]
- Jamaica [Jan 23 10:29]
- Puerto Rico [Jan 20 6:51]
- Barbados [Jan 19 19:10]
- St.John [Dec 26 15:35]
- St.Croix [Nov 30 22:55]
- Antigua [Nov 30 19:37]
- St.Lucia [Nov 6 11:34]
- Martinique [Oct 31 15:10]
- Dominican Republic [Sep 25 19:09]
- St.Vincent & Grenadines [Sep 22 18:03]
- Bahamas [Sep 22 4:01]
- Montserrat [Sep 19 21:50]
- Bermuda [Sep 19 20:54]
- Vieques (PR) [Sep 19 9:51]
- Cayman Islands [Sep 3 16:25]
- Florida Keys [Sep 2 9:08]
- Belize [Sep 1 13:07]
- Culebra (PR) [Aug 29 2:22]
- Haiti [Aug 19 13:55]
- Saba [Aug 19 9:20]

Only reports received for this season are listed. See the archive for previous years.

Links to excellent websites:
- Navy/NRL Monterey
- WeatherUnderground
- NOAA/NESDIS (floater loops)
- RAMSDIS Imagery
- Radar Composite - E-Carib.
- Caribbean/Atl. buoy data
- RT model guidance (RAL/NCAR)
- STORM2K forum
- Tracking Waves (McNoldy)
- Tang/UAlbany (model tracks)
- CIMSS/U.Wisc-Mad
- Brammer/UAlbany
- ECMWF Model Forecast
- more...

Storm definitions by wind speed:
- Tropical Depression <39mph
- Tropical Storm 39-73mph
- Cat.1 Hurricane 74-95mph
- Cat.2 Hurricane 96-110mph
- Cat.3 Hurricane 111-129mph
- Cat.4 Hurricane 130-156mph
- Cat.5 Hurricane >=157mph
More info in the Practical Guide

Wind force relative to Category 1:
- Tropical Storm 39mph: 0.28x
- Cat.1 Hurricane 74mph: 1x
- Cat.2 Hurricane 96mph: 1.7x
- Cat.3 Hurricane 111mph: 2.3x
- Cat.4 Hurricane 130mph: 3.1x
- Cat.5 Hurricane 157mph: 4.5x
- Irma 185mph: 6.3x

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