Erika Dissipates

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 2:34 PM GMT on August 29, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika charged into the teeth of Hispaniola's high mountains on Friday night, and emerged from the encounter shattered, without a closed circulation, and is no longer a tropical storm. Measurements on Saturday morning from an Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft failed to find any tropical storm-force winds associated with Erika, and the plane did not find any westerly winds, showing the the storm had degenerated to a tropical wave.



Updated: 3:03 PM GMT on August 29, 2015

Erika’s Path Shifts West; Hawaii Still Watching Ignacio

By: Bob Henson, 5:24 AM GMT on August 29, 2015

Thumbing its nose at some of the world’s most skilled computer models and forecasters, Tropical Storm Erika cruised relentlessly almost due west through the northern Caribbean on Friday, failing to make a long-predicted northwestward turn toward the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center placed Erika's ill-defined center at 11:00 pm EDT Friday at 18.5°N, 72.9°W, or about 40 miles west of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Erika’s top sustained winds were set a...


Updated: 6:11 AM GMT on August 29, 2015

Will Erika Survive its Traverse of Hispaniola?

By: Jeff Masters, 3:45 PM GMT on August 28, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika is headed into the teeth of Hispaniola's 10,000-foot high mountains, as the storm marches west-northwest at 17 mph, spreading torrential rains and sustained winds of 50 mph along its path. The biggest danger of the storm to the islands is heavy rainfall; according to the Antigua Met Service, Canefield Airport on Dominica recorded 12.62" (320.6 mm) of rain in twelve hours on Wednesday night and Thursday morning from Erika, and the resulting heavy...


Updated: 10:43 PM GMT on August 28, 2015

Erika Nears Puerto Rico with High Wind, Heavy Rain

By: Bob Henson, 3:19 AM GMT on August 28, 2015

Still poorly organized--but already deadly, and growing in size--Tropical Storm Erika is likely to cause problems in Puerto Rico on Thursday night into Friday. At least four people were killed by mudslides in the wake of Erika’s passage over Dominica. The capital of Roseau, on the island’s southwest coast, was hard-hit with major river and street flooding. According to, Canefield Airport on Dominica received 12.64” of rain between 2:00 am and 2:00 ...


Updated: 7:07 AM GMT on August 28, 2015

Erika Floods Dominica; Major Uncertainties on Potential U.S. Impact

By: Jeff Masters, 2:23 PM GMT on August 27, 2015

Heavy rains and strong gusty winds are sweeping through much of the northern Lesser Antilles Islands today as Tropical Storm Erika heads west at 16 mph. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft was in the storm Thursday morning, and at 8 am EDT found Erika's top surface winds were 50 mph, with a central pressure nearly unchanged at 1004 mb. The aircraft also found the center had jogged to the south by about 20 miles between 5 am and 8 am, a position which put the cent...


Updated: 6:54 PM GMT on August 27, 2015

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Dr. Masters co-founded wunderground in 1995. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. Co-blogging with him: Bob Henson, @bhensonweather

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