Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.
By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 4:54 PM GMT on October 19, 2014
Hurricane Gonzalo sped by Southeast Newfoundland, Canada on Sunday morning as a Category 1 storm with 85 mph winds. Cape Race, Newfoundland measured sustained winds of 41 mph, gusting to 55 mph at 8:30 am local time; Cape Pine measured a gust of 66 mph. Despite traversing waters colder than 10°C (50°F), Gonzalo was still maintaining its tropical characteristics on Sunday morning, and had a respectable amount of heavy thunderstorms near its center. The hurricane ca...
Updated: 6:00 PM GMT on October 19, 2014
By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 2:46 PM GMT on October 18, 2014
Hurricane Gonzalo made a direct hit on the island of Bermuda near 8:30 pm EDT Friday night rated by NHC as a strong Category 2 storm with sustained 110 mph winds. Sustained winds at the Bermuda Airport peaked at 76 mph, with a gust to 96 mph, as the northern eyewall passed overhead between 8 - 9 pm ADT. After a calm lasting about an hour, when the pressure sank to 953 mb, the southern eyewall hit, with stronger winds than the northern eyewall--93 mph, gusting to 11...
Updated: 4:58 PM GMT on October 18, 2014
By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:10 PM GMT on October 17, 2014
The winds are rising and huge waves are pounding Bermuda as powerful Category 3 Hurricane Gonzalo closes in with sustained 125 mph winds. Gonzalo is gradually weakening, thanks to wind shear that has risen to a moderate 15 knots and Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) that have cooled to 28°C (82°F). However, Gonzalo is not weakening fast enough to spare Bermuda from a devastating strike by a major hurricane. Infrared and visible satellite loops on Friday morning show...
Updated: 4:14 PM GMT on October 17, 2014
By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:47 PM GMT on October 16, 2014
Hurricane Warnings are flying for Bermuda as one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to threaten the island, dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo, aims its 145 mph winds towards Bermuda. After weakening briefly on Wednesday due to an eyewall replacement cycle, when the eye shrank to a minuscule 5 miles in diameter and the inner eyewall collapsed, Gonzalo successfully consolidated its new 20-mile diameter outer eyewall into an unbroken ring overnight. This allowed...
Updated: 10:00 PM GMT on October 16, 2014
By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 4:30 PM GMT on October 15, 2014
A Hurricane Watch is up for Bermuda as Powerful Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo aims its 130 mph winds towards the island. Gonzalo is the Atlantic's first Category 4 hurricane since October 2, 2011, when Hurricane Ophelia reached 140 mph winds. Gonzalo walloped the northernmost Lesser Antilles Islands on Monday into Tuesday morning while rapidly intensifying from a tropical storm to a strong Category 1 hurricane. One person was killed on St. Maarten, and two others wer...