TD 2 nearly dead; African disturbance 90L gathering strength

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:38 PM GMT on August 13, 2009

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Tropical Depression Two is near death, but is still worth watching. The dry, Saharan air to the north and west of the depression, combined with moderately high levels of wind shear of 15 - 20 knots, have almost completely destroyed all of TD 2's heavy thunderstorms. Satellite loops of the storm show a well-formed circulation, but almost no heavy thunderstorm activity.

Wind shear over TD 2 is expected to remain in the modereate range, 10 - 20 knots, over the next five days. Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) are 27°C, but will warm to 28°C three days from now. There is plenty of dry, stable air from the Saharan Air Layer (SAL) to to TD 2's north and west that will continue to cause the storm problems. The relatively cool SSTs and dry air mean that TD 2 will not be able to intensify quickly, and some of the models indicate the TD 2 may get destroyed in the next day or two. However, several models still predict TD 2 will become a tropical storm. The HWRF model predicts TD 2 will become a hurricane five days from now, but this seems unlikely given the dry air and relatively high wind shear affecting the storm.


Figure 1. Tropical Depression Two (left side of image) and tropical wave 90L (right side of image).

African tropical wave 90L
A strong tropical wave with a large circulation and plenty of heavy thunderstorm activity is a few hundred miles south of the Cape Verdes Islands, off the coast of Africa. NHC dubbed this disturbance 90L this morning. This morning's QuikSCAT pass shows that 90L has a very large circulation, and top winds of about 30 mph. Satellite imagery from the European METEOSAT satellite show that the heavy thunderstorms associated with 90L are in two major bands, to the north and to the south of the center. There is no heavy thunderstorm activity near the center yet, and this would have to happen before 90L can be named Tropical Depression Three. Water vapor imagery shows that since 90L is forming several hundred miles south of the dry air of the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), the storm should not be affected by dry air and dust as much as Tropical Depression Two has been. Wind shear is about 20 knots over 90L, and is forecast to remain in the moderate range, 10 - 20 knots, over the next five days. Sea Surface Temperatures are about 28°C, and will remain in the 27 - 28°C range the next five days, which are high enough above the 26°C threshold for tropical cyclone formation to allow some slow development to occur. The GFS and ECMWF models continue to predict the development of this wave, though they are now less aggressive about intensifying it than they were in earlier runs. The consensus among the reliable HWRF, GFDL, GFS, and ECMWF models is to bring 90L to point near or just north of the northernmost Lesser Antilles Islands 6 - 8 days from now. The storm could be at hurricane strength by then, as forecast by the SHIPS intensity model.

I'll have an update Friday morning.

Jeff Masters

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3587. Patrap
Hurricane Preparation Entry
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Quoting StormW:


Again, the GOMEX scenario is one possibility. I want to point out...folks living on the Gulf coast shouldn't get uptight right now. We have time to watch this. A decent way to have a good idea about a GOMEX event will be to use the Lesser Antilles as a benchmark, as the system approaches. However, folks should take this quiet time to ensure they are prepared.


This is a very professional and responsible advise. Just go thru your list of things you need to have in the event that a major hurricane heads to your area, but do not panic yet there is plenty of time ... Prepare for the worst and wish for the best....
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Really dumb question but here goes...

Crowne Weather says, "The forecast guidance is still forecasting that a trough of low pressure will be in place over the eastern United States in the day 6 to 10 time period, so Invest 90L/Ana may be pulled northwestward towards the United States. Therefore, this system has the potential to threaten the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Florida and the East Coast."

1)If there is a trough of low pressure over the East Coast, why does the East coast have to monitor..other than the possiblity that anything can happen.

2)Is Mississippi Eastern Gulf Coast or more Central??

I know these are weird questions but I am lurker....a concerned yet confused lurker!

Thanks all...keep up the good work.
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NEW BLOG.
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I just come from the GOM spent two days there doing sea trials with the USCG. Heat content is so high you can feel the steam comming out and caused problem for us cooling water and other issues. If 90L comes to the GOM and shear is low the Gulf Coast will get a big one, believe me. The ev\nvironment in the GOM is very conducive of a major storm as far as SSTs is concerned, so all we can hope for is for high shear and perhaps we should concentrate on shear forecast for that region, because the models prediction is not good so far...
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3578. Greyelf
NEW BLOG.
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Quoting weatherboykris:
PErsonally, I think the remnant of 02L is likely a TD again...they shouldn't have discontinued advisories so quickly...


While they could have continued, I believe it was the right decision considering even the satellite estimates are still T1.0 which is below TD strength.
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3575. jipmg
Quoting canesrule1:
Stupid remnant low, tell her no one wants her and she could die already! sheesh, lol.


whats wrong with the remnant low, ever since yesterday it was like you had a grudge against it LOL
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Quoting WxLogic:


Morning...


Morning to you WxLogic.

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PErsonally, I think the remnant of 02L is likely a TD again...they shouldn't have discontinued advisories so quickly...
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Quoting CaneHunter031472:


I've been trying to call her all morning to her cell phone, but either she is in a dead zone ar she wount speak to me I'll keep on trying...

Nice helo...SH3?
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Quoting claimsadjuster:
StormW,at this point and I stress at this point it looks as though 90L will end up in the gulf...Am I reading this correct. And I know things can and will change but that is they way it looks at this point in time correct?


I wouldn't say with any degree of certainty that it will end up in the gulf - at this point looks like the gulf up to outer banks needs to keep an eye out:



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Quoting canesrule1:
Stupid remnant low, tell her no one wants her and she could die already! sheesh, lol.


I've been trying to call her all morning to her cell phone, but either she is in a dead zone ar she wount speak to me I'll keep on trying...
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Nonsensical blog tidbit of the day -

There were 25,350 posts in June
32,237 posts in July
and 27,231 posts so far in Aug.(approx)

For a total of 84,818 posts since the start of hurricane season.

All of that and not 1 name yet - LOL!!

Going to get that first name shortly, unfortunately. Keep up the good work everybody!!
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Quoting Elena85Vet:
Advantage 90L

Stupid remnant low, tell her no one wants her and she could die already! sheesh, lol.
Quoting weatherwatcher12:

So, those can change very quickly. I have seen that for my self.
i know i have seen them too, but they have been consistent with 90L being close to SFLA for the past 72 hours+.
I'm really surprised at the remarkable grouping of the forecast models this morning.
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Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:


I'm not seeing any of the hallmark arc clouds typically produced when battling dry air??


The dry air is really acting to keep the convection from expanding.
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Quoting RescueAFR:

Based on current forcast models, Herbet Box 1... for sure.. http://www.hurricanecity.com/hebertbox.htm
yup, which means SFLA is in big danger because most models have it as a CAT 3 or higher by the time it passes the Hebert Box.
Advantage 90L

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Nobody can say that with certainty, but prepare for the worst and wish for the best...
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Quoting canesrule1:
have you not seen the long range models? they have been very consistent with it very close to SFLA.

So, those can change very quickly. I have seen that for my self.
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StormW,at this point and I stress at this point it looks as though 90L will end up in the gulf...Am I reading this correct. And I know things can and will change but that is they way it looks at this point in time correct?
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Quoting BatTracker:


Hehe, I'm an accountant so I don't know what an anti-cyclone, an MJO, or a SAL (note the sarcasm) is, but ask me anything about stats (Hebert Box) and you're going down!

Based on current forcast models, Herbet Box 1... for sure.. http://www.hurricanecity.com/hebertbox.htm
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Quoting StormW:


Good point kman...the reason we see the flareup of convection is as the dry air is entrained at the lower levels, it cools the surounding atmosphere in the system, basically causing a temporary in crease in the lapse rate, allowing for colder cloud tops. If I'm correct, we should see this collapse soon.


Hey Storm-

I'm not sure about the adjustment in lapse rate schema you describe...

If dry air is entrained in the low levels, it lowers the the equivalent potential temperature of the air parcels - which quickly lowers CAPE and would weaken updrafts.

If dry air is entrained in the sides of a warm, moist updraft at the mid levels it cools the updraft/lowers its Theta-E making it more stable than it otherwise would be.

In order to change the lapse rates, you need to change the Ambient evironment, not the environment within the low/mid level circulation. Really you need cooler air moving in aloft, or higher Theta-E air moving it at the lower levels.

Within the tropical environment, you typically have a "trade wind inversion", but I can't figure out a situation where dryer air would help weaken this inversion.

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Quoting weatherwatcher12:
Why are we saying that it's going to hit SFLA as a major and it hasn't even past 35 degrees west?
have you not seen the long range models? they have been very consistent with it very close to SFLA.
Quoting BatTracker:


Hehe, I'm an accountant so I don't know what an anti-cyclone, an MJO, or a SAL (note the sarcasm) is, but ask me anything about stats (Hebert Box) and you're going down!
lmao.
Why are we saying that it's going to hit SFLA as a major and it hasn't even past 35 degrees west?
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Quoting BatTracker:
Good morning all!

Loooong time lurker, this place is where I go all the time for the latest and greatest info. Good stuff Storm, Tampa, Orca and the rest of the crew...

Got a question for you all, is it just me or are the models bringing 90L dangerously close to an Hebert box?
Quoting canesrule1:
lol, yes all models are taking it though the Hebert Box as a major hurricane, so SFLA must watch this very carefully.


Hehe, I'm an accountant so I don't know what an anti-cyclone, an MJO, or a SAL (note the sarcasm) is, but ask me anything about stats (Hebert Box) and you're going down!
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Quoting TampaSpin:


That makes Sence StormW but, Old TD2 has been fighting that and Shear for a long time now....Shear has dropped a ton on it now...will be interesting to see what happens when all it has to fight is just the dry air....


I'm not seeing any of the hallmark arc clouds typically produced when battling dry air??
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Historical Hurricane Tracks
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Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:


Surely not time to run for the hills but, this weekend would be a good time to double check your preparedness and make sure the generator is operable ect....
yes very true, I remember Katrina when it passed here as a weak cat 1 and al the trees in Coral Gables were down power was out for 5 days and there was roof damage, and I also remember seeing a large truck full of stolen generators several streets from where i live.
Quoting presslord:
there is a great deal of 'straight up and accurate' information on this site...but if you're depending on the Comments section of a blog for that then you deserve whatever misfortune befalls you...


Press, I saw this last night. Maybe my favorite comment ever. kudos.
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One other thing that was not helping old TD2 was it was over cooler waters.....it has now entered waters that are 2deg Celicus WARMER than it has been in before......big time difference....
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Quoting jasoniscoolman10:
red colors on ex tropical d two wow.. -60F CLOUD TOPS.


Red is -70 buddy
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Lets hope for High shear cause SSTS are high already.
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3544. WxLogic
Quoting nrtiwlnvragn:
000
NOUS42 KNHC 141400
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1000 AM EDT FRI 14 AUGUST 2009
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
VALID 15/1100Z TO 16/1100Z AUGUST 2009
TCPOD NUMBER.....09-078

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY: PSBL LOW LEVEL INVEST
FOR 16/1800Z NEAR 17.0N AND 55.0W ON THE REMNANTS
OF TD-02.
3. NOTE: 1- THE G-IV WILL FLY A RESEARCH MISSION AROUND
THE REMNANTS OF TD-02 TODAY DEPARTING TBPB 14/2000Z.
2- BOTH NOAA43 AND G-IV WILL FLY RESEARCH MISSIONS
IN AND AROUND THE REMNANTS OT TD-02 DEPARTING TBPB
15/2000Z.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK.....NEGATIVE.
WVW




Sweet!!! G-IV mission to sample the area close to the Leeward Islands... that should help a lot defining upcoming forecast models specially for the 00Z runs onward.
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Both satellite estimates were T1.5 for 90L so its getting close.
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Quoting chevycanes:

they won't issue advisories at starting at 2pm if the storm isn't close to land.

it would have to be 11am or 5pm for them to issue advisories if a depression forms.


Yes, usually, but they can issue advisories before. They issued the first TD2 advisory - if I'm remembering correctly - at 6am ET. Which is for neither the formal or the intermediate.

I've not seen any renumbering yet, and the circulation still isn't tight enough. Dvorak isn't yet strong enough, either. I'd be surprised if it's upgraded before tonight (unless things change rapidly) but tomorrow may be a surer bet.
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We cannot let our guard down never. Always prepare for the worst and wish for the best. If 90L fizzles good, but the models predict something different and the consensus is scary, It looks sorta like Georges to me and the GOM is boiling just too much heat accumulated and no significatnt storm this year to cool it down something gotta give....
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Quoting chevycanes:

they won't issue advisories at starting at 2pm if the storm isn't close to land.

it would have to be 11am or 5pm for them to issue advisories if a depression forms.
true, but maybe it could be one if those spontaneous advisories the NHC gives, and unless a renumber happens very close to now we will have no TD at 11.
Quoting canesrule1:
me either, now the biggest problem for us people that live in Florida is where it will make the curve, if it makes it early we are safe, it it makes it late then by the time it curves it will already be out in the gulf and that is a problem.


Surely not time to run for the hills but, this weekend would be a good time to double check your preparedness and make sure the generator is operable ect....
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000
NOUS42 KNHC 141400
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1000 AM EDT FRI 14 AUGUST 2009
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
VALID 15/1100Z TO 16/1100Z AUGUST 2009
TCPOD NUMBER.....09-078

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY: PSBL LOW LEVEL INVEST
FOR 16/1800Z NEAR 17.0N AND 55.0W ON THE REMNANTS
OF TD-02.
3. NOTE: 1- THE G-IV WILL FLY A RESEARCH MISSION AROUND
THE REMNANTS OF TD-02 TODAY DEPARTING TBPB 14/2000Z.
2- BOTH NOAA43 AND G-IV WILL FLY RESEARCH MISSIONS
IN AND AROUND THE REMNANTS OT TD-02 DEPARTING TBPB
15/2000Z.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK.....NEGATIVE.
WVW


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