Disturbance 91L spins towards Cape Hatteras; Cyclone Aila toll at 180

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:28 PM GMT on May 27, 2009

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An area of disturbed weather, dubbed "91L" by the National Hurricane Center, is centered 120 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. While the storm does not have much in the way of heavy thunderstorm activity, it does have a well-developed circulation, and the spin of the system is readily apparent on long range radar animations out of Morehead City, North Carolina. The disturbance is over waters of 25 - 26°C and has wind shear of 10 - 15 knots over it, and these conditions are marginally favorable for some slow development to occur until Thursday afternoon, when the system will begin moving over waters too cold to support tropical cyclone development. The disturbance will track north or north-northeastward at 10 - 15 mph towards North Carolina's Outer Banks today, then get swept northeastwards out to sea on Thursday. It is unlikely that the disturbance has enough time to develop into a tropical depression, but an Air Force hurricane hunter flight is on call to investigate the system this afternoon, if necessary. If the system does develop, the current location of the heaviest thunderstorm activity in a band well removed from the center suggests that 91L would be classified as a subtropical depression. The Outer Banks of North Carolina can expect 20 - 25 mph winds and heavy rain from this system tonight and Thursday morning. In a Special Tropical Weather Outlook issued at 8am EDT this morning, NHC gave 91L a low (less than 30% chance) of developing into a tropical depression.


Figure 1. Latest radar image from the Morehead City, NC radar.

Tropical Cyclone Aila death toll at 180
The year's deadliest tropical cyclone so far, Tropical Cyclone Aila, has killed at least 180 people in India and Bangladesh border region, according to the latest media reports. Aila hit the India/Bangladesh border region on May 25 as a borderline tropical storm/Category 1 hurricane, bringing sustained winds of 65 - 75 mph and a 3 - 4 meter (10 - 13 foot) storm surge to the coast. Aila has left over 150,000 homeless in India and 500,000 in Bangladesh. The cyclone destroyed over 180,000 homes in Bangladesh--a severe blow for a region still recovering from the devastation wrought by Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Sidr of November 2007, which killed 3,500 people. The death toll form Aila will likely go much higher, as over 500 people are still missing. The Bay of Bengal is no stranger to deadly cyclones--fifteen of the world's twenty deadliest tropical cyclones have been Bay of Bengal storms that have hit Bangladesh, India, or Myanmar. The most recent was last year's Cyclone Nargis, which killed 146,000 people in Myanmar.


Figure 2. Satellite image of Aila as it made landfall near the India/Bangladesh border. Image credit: NASA.

Interview tonight on hurricanetrack.com
I'll be doing one of my periodic spiels on Internet radio tonight at 9pm EDT. Tune your browsers to www.hurricanetrack.com and listen in to my interview with host Mark Sudduth. There is also a live chat to participate in. Hurricane season starts Monday!

Jeff Masters

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545. SpicyAngel1072
2:32 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:
I'm wondering if the blob off the west coast of fl is going to fare up or die off in the next few hours???,I'm thinking flair up as the move onshore around 2pm in my area.....


How do you know what time they will be moving on shore? Just curious ... that's a good tool to have ...Thanks
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544. AussieStorm
1:39 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting Bobbyweather:
There is a new blog.

where?
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543. weatherbro
1:32 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
I don't know why The Weather Channel is relying on the GFS when it's have such feedback issues. It's the only model that stalls the front across s. Florida. The rest more or less sweep it through.
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542. Bobbyweather
1:28 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
There is a new blog.
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541. CaneWarning
1:25 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:
I'm wondering if the blob off the west coast of fl is going to fare up or die off in the next few hours???,I'm thinking flair up as the move onshore around 2pm in my area.....


They only give the area a 40% chance of rain, so I guess the NWS doesn't expect it to flair up.
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540. KEHCharleston
1:25 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:


Now that we need a picture of.. walking down the road in scuba gear... and a stir stick


Image of man courtesy of FotoSearch (Royalty Free)

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539. stillwaiting
1:25 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Yea mah,thanks,I fixed it!!
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538. stillwaiting
1:23 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
I'm wondering if the blob off the west coast of fl is going to fare up or die off in the next few hours???,I'm thinking flair up as the move onshore around 2pm in my area.....
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537. MahFL
1:22 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Stillwaiting, do you mean move East ?
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536. stillwaiting
1:20 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Orca: those boxes make it look like the carib has eye's!!!!
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535. CaneWarning
1:17 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:
Hmmm I wonder if I should leave them on all the time???



I like it.
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534. Orcasystems
1:15 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Hmmm I wonder if I should leave them on all the time???

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533. stillwaiting
1:14 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
the main piece of energy w/the GOM blob should effect for the most part from Naples south w/KW getting the worst of the winds and rain....I heard there's another blob that w/build over the sierra's and move into the GOM in addition to the 2 blobs now,the off the TX coastline w/be the one to watch as it heads east!!!
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532. Orcasystems
1:05 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting KEHCharleston:
Good morning,

75F here this morning with a 73F dew point. Chance of thunder showers (duh... ya think?). Birds do not sound as chipper as usual. Setting up for a hot, muggy summer? Will we need to get out the scuba gear, just to walk around?

RE: 'Gulf Glob'
Wondering what happens when the MCS crosses to the EAST of the Sunshine State. Not much shear to speak of, warm water - and all that hot air : )



Now that we need a picture of.. walking down the road in scuba gear... and a stir stick
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531. Gulfsyed
1:05 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting surfmom:
MICAH WEAVER: swfl SURF REPORT
Gradient kinda flattened out so no surf for today although there is a massive blob offshore and 003 has had some 30knt W winds. The blob seems to be associated with the old frontal boundary and not a closed cell Low. Friday's looking to be the best shot at surf with waves in the waist high range from the SW at the best spots by afternoon. By Saturday it's just looking like knee high leftovers as the gradient flattens back out again. Although if a little southy gets going there may still be small surf on Saturday. Keep an eye on the wind in the bottom of the gulf.

Nice to see a little something for me and no hurricane guilt associated w/the waves.......


Sufmom, I am definitley going to check the beach as the storm moves thru...hope we get some...
530. KEHCharleston
1:02 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Good morning,

75F here this morning with a 73F dew point. Chance of thunder showers (duh... ya think?). Birds do not sound as chipper as usual. Setting up for a hot, muggy summer? Will we need to get out the scuba gear, just to walk around?

RE: 'Gulf Glob'
Wondering what happens when the MCS crosses to the EAST of the Sunshine State. Not much shear to speak of, warm water - and all that hot air : )

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529. fireflymom
1:02 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Earthquake off the coast of Honduras- 7.1 magnitude Tsunami alert issued. The event lasted for 30 seconds and there was definite ground displacement.



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528. ILwatcher
12:58 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
522. very cool!
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527. weathermanwannabe
12:55 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Good Morning.......I see that the "Texas Blob" made it through the night and is barely hanging on this morning....
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526. AussieStorm
12:54 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting CycloneOz:
'morning all! :)

P'colaDoug and I have decided to extend the test of the XtremeHurricanes.com live webcam / remote hurricane weather station one more day.

We're continuing the test to determine how long the dual deep-cycle battery can continue to power the system. Right now, we're at 25-hours and counting!

We're also monitoring our usage with the VerizonWireless broadband card. Yesterday's 24-hour usage was just 1.62 gig [against the 5 gig limit per month].

All of this is really good news. We have "xtremely" fast and stable streaming being provided by Abacast.com, a stable Windows XP Dell Mini-9, and stable camera / microphone operations.

So you all get an opportunity to spend one more day with the birds!

Enjoy! I'd say we're more than ready to deploy the system when it's go-time.

CycloneOz---


That's live? what sorta bird is that? btw... nice back yard
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525. Orcasystems
12:53 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting RTLSNK:
Thats just what happens in Macon when you have 67*F and 99% humidity, the air shows up on the doppler!! LOL


Safe to assume that SB now consider mold to be a flower?
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524. RTLSNK
12:52 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Thats just what happens in Macon when you have 67*F and 99% humidity, the air shows up on the doppler!! LOL
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523. Orcasystems
12:51 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
How many "L"'s do you have to put on a low to make it a weather map???

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522. CycloneOz
12:49 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
'morning all! :)

P'colaDoug and I have decided to extend the test of the XtremeHurricanes.com live webcam / remote hurricane weather station one more day.

We're continuing the test to determine how long the dual deep-cycle battery can continue to power the system. Right now, we're at 25-hours and counting!

We're also monitoring our usage with the VerizonWireless broadband card. Yesterday's 24-hour usage was just 1.62 gig [against the 5 gig limit per month].

All of this is really good news. We have "xtremely" fast and stable streaming being provided by Abacast.com, a stable Windows XP Dell Mini-9, and stable camera / microphone operations.

So you all get an opportunity to spend one more day with the birds!

Enjoy! I'd say we're more than ready to deploy the system when it's go-time.

CycloneOz---
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521. Orcasystems
12:43 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting RTLSNK:
For the first time in a month my house is finally off of Orca's area of interest chart. Anyone want to buy some swampland in Central Georgia?


Look again big boy :)
Your name is under a Blob of rain.. still
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520. Orcasystems
12:43 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Blog Update
Reflector site for those at work, which now also includes Weather456, daily updates


AOI #1

AOI #2
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519. surfmom
12:42 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Good to see the shear..... just give us the RAIN W/OUT THE 'CANE
thx IKE
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517. surfmom
12:41 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting RTLSNK:
For the first time in a month my house is finally off of Orca's area of interest chart. Anyone want to buy some swampland in Central Georgia?

NOPE -- Got to have beach to tempt me & you're way too North.... although your flower gardens are tempting.......but not quite enough
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516. ycd0108
12:40 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Here's what the M = 7.4 earthquake off Honduras looked like on Vancouver Island Seismic:
http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/stndon/wf-fo/index-eng.php?day=28&filter=autoscaled&month=05&s tation=first&tpl_region=swbc&type=network&year=2009&hour=8#SECTION_1
One good reason to keep checking this blog is to find information about real time breaking news
Thanks to Aussiestorm and OrcaSystems
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515. K8eCane
12:40 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
ok thanks Ike
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514. IKE
12:40 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Shear in the GOM is high....

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513. surfmom
12:40 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Gonna be a LOOOONG day Orca... looks like you'll have some entertainment courtesy of the Gulf
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512. IKE
12:39 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting K8eCane:
ike
these things in the gulf, are they forecast by the models to form? i saw a suspicious looking gfs recently that had a couple storms coming from that direction hitting fla.


Tropically...I don't think so.

Rains for peninsula Florida? Yes.
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511. RTLSNK
12:38 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
For the first time in a month my house is finally off of Orca's area of interest chart. Anyone want to buy some swampland in Central Georgia?
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510. surfmom
12:38 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
MICAH WEAVER: swfl SURF REPORT
Gradient kinda flattened out so no surf for today although there is a massive blob offshore and 003 has had some 30knt W winds. The blob seems to be associated with the old frontal boundary and not a closed cell Low. Friday's looking to be the best shot at surf with waves in the waist high range from the SW at the best spots by afternoon. By Saturday it's just looking like knee high leftovers as the gradient flattens back out again. Although if a little southy gets going there may still be small surf on Saturday. Keep an eye on the wind in the bottom of the gulf.

Nice to see a little something for me and no hurricane guilt associated w/the waves.......
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509. K8eCane
12:37 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
ike
these things in the gulf, are they forecast by the models to form? i saw a suspicious looking gfs recently that had a couple storms coming from that direction hitting fla.
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508. Orcasystems
12:36 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting surfmom:
I like those boxes Orca.......they're very helpful...... : )


I figured it would give me something to do..and to save the life of a dog commonly referred to as Jackson.. who decided that I should be awake at 315 in the ummm morning.
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507. surfmom
12:34 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
I like those boxes Orca.......they're very helpful...... : )
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506. IKE
12:34 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting K8eCane:



they represent someone named Mr Hebert who had too much time on his hands


LOL.
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505. IKE
12:34 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:

Yup... and you don't want to know.. Hebert #1&2


Thanks. That clears up any remaining questions I had.
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504. K8eCane
12:29 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting IKE:


LOL.....can you explain exactly what those boxes represent?



they represent someone named Mr Hebert who had too much time on his hands
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503. Orcasystems
12:28 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting IKE:


LOL.....can you explain exactly what those boxes represent?

Yup... and you don't want to know.. Hebert #1&2
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502. CaneWarning
12:28 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting STORMT0P:
that is nothing in the gulf...and soon it will be dead...


It's the real STORMTOP!
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501. IKE
12:27 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:
Apparently I woke up way to early.. and have nothing better to do :(



LOL.....can you explain exactly what those boxes represent?
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500. Orcasystems
12:19 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Apparently I woke up way to early.. and have nothing better to do :(

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499. IKE
12:11 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
755 AM EDT THU MAY 28 2009

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

SHOWER ACTIVITY HAS INCREASED THIS MORNING IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE
AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 225 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF CAPE
HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA. THE LOW IS CURRENTLY MOVING TO THE
NORTHEAST AT 15 MPH ALONG THE RELATIVELY WARM WATERS OF THE GULF
STREAM. THIS SYSTEM STILL HAS SOME POTENTIAL TO BECOME A TROPICAL
CYCLONE OVER THE NEXT 12-24 HOURS BUT IS NOT EXPECTED TO THREATEN
ANY LAND AREAS. THERE IS A LOW CHANCE...LESS THAN 30 PERCENT...OF
THIS SYSTEM BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.
AN ADDITIONAL SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED AT 2
PM THIS AFTERNOON.

$$
FORECASTER FRANKLIN/BEVEN

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498. IKE
12:01 PM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:
So which Blob are we watching the most?
Blob #1 the first to leave Texas toward Florida.. or Blob #2, which appears to be doing the same thing?


AOI #1

AOI #2


Impressive blobs!
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497. BahaHurican
11:44 AM GMT on May 28, 2009
Morning all. My DSL is still down :o( so I am on dialup again. Weather here yesterday and today was the best it's been in ten days, due to 91L lifting north. It was mostly sunny, though with periods of threatening clouds that mostly didn't deliver any moisture. Basically it seems we are into our normal late May / early June pattern of sun early but possible afternoon thunderstorms.

Someone said last night about S FL going for a record number of days with rain. Somehow I would put the record at closer to 3 weeks than 12 days. . . . lol

Have a good one!
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496. TheCaneWhisperer
11:43 AM GMT on May 28, 2009
Quoting ChrisDcane:
Another more powerfull blob seems to be coming of texas!!!!!


Just as the GFS was showing yesterday. Nothing really organized though. The second one seemed to take a greater stab at it though, we'll see.
495. weathersp
11:32 AM GMT on May 28, 2009


Lots of winds.... no organised circulation..
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