Dr. Masters co-founded wunderground in 1995. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. Co-blogging with him: Bob Henson, @bhensonweather
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
By: Bob Henson, 1:36 AM GMT on August 27, 2015
After going through a rather sickly phase during the day on Wednesday, Tropical Storm Erika began to rally after sunset, a sign that it may yet survive--and perhaps eventually thrive--en route to a possible U.S. East Coast landfall. As of 8:00 pm EDT Tuesday, Erika was located at 16.7°N, 59.5°W, or about 150 miles east of Antigua. Erika remains a relatively weak tropical storm, with top sustained winds of around 45 mph. An Air Force hurricane hunter measured peak ...
Updated: 1:38 AM GMT on August 27, 2015
By: Jeff Masters, 3:33 PM GMT on August 26, 2015
Tropical storm warnings are flying for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and much of the northern Lesser Antilles Islands as Tropical Storm Erika speeds westwards at 17 mph. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft was in the storm Wednesday morning, and found Erika's winds had increased slightly, with top surface winds up to 45 mph from their previous 40 mph. Erika's tropical storm-force winds were all on the east and northeast sides of the storm. Satellite loops on W...
Updated: 6:14 PM GMT on August 26, 2015
By: Bob Henson, 6:01 AM GMT on August 26, 2015
Tropical Storm Erika is not looking especially fearsome tonight, although it remains a longer-term threat for parts of the southeast U.S. coast and a more immediate concern for the Caribbean. At 11:00 pm EDT Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center placed Erika at 16.0°N, 54.4°W, or about 500 miles east of Antigua. WIth top sustained winds still at minimum tropical-storm strength (40 mph), Erika was moving just north of due west at around 18 mph. That healthy clip h...
Updated: 6:06 AM GMT on August 26, 2015
By: Bob Henson, 7:53 PM GMT on August 25, 2015
There’s a lot to monitor in the tropics right now, including Tropical Storm Erika, now heading toward the Lesser Antilles (see the Jeff Masters post from this morning, and watch for our update later tonight). We're also commemorating the onset of one of the biggest weather stories in U.S. history. Ten years ago today, a storm named Katrina swept into the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, just a few hours after it attained hurricane status. Even if it hadn’t gone on...
Updated: 8:54 PM GMT on August 25, 2015