Invest 94L and the Lesser Antilles

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 9:51 AM GMT on August 30, 2009

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Hi, this is Dr. Rob Carver filling in for Dr. Masters. The convection associated with Invest 94L has intensified, prompting the NHC to issue an early Tropical Weather Outlook to update the situation. Essentially, people in the Lesser Antilles need to start paying attention to the seas and skies. Looking at the computer track models, the set of model solutions are fairly similar to the Saturday model runs. A set of dynamical models (GFDL, HWRF, NOGAPS) runs to the NE of the Antilles, while the simpler models (LBAR, BAM family) are more easterly and take 94L over the Antilles. I do not ascribe any significance to the 00Z GFS track following the simpler models over the dynamical models. From my examination of the 00Z GFS run, it looks like the simulated 94L weakens too much, so the automatic vortex tracker picks up another vorticity feature. As for the future of 94L, there is a large area of large wind shear to it's north. It will need to keep it's track at WNW-W for intensification.

Update at 6AM EDT
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the major hurricane in the Eastern Pacific, Jimena At this time, Jimena has a satellite-estimated maximum wind speed of 115 mph, making it a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Jimena has an impressive presentation in satellite imagery with a large area of cold anvil cirrus in the center of the storm. The following microwave imagery indicate the formation of a relatively potent central eyewall, which is responsible for intensification.


Fig. 1 SSMI 85 GHz PCT at 0244Z Aug 30. Image courtesy of NRL.


People along the western coast of Mexico and along along the Baja need to pay close attention to this dangerous storm. I emphasize that using the current track and intensity forecast, Jimena will be a Category 4 storm when it approaches the tip of Baja and a Category 3 storm when it makes landfall up the coast.

It is worth noting that if Jimena follows the more easterly tracks presented in the computer track forecasts, the remnants of Jimena could impact NM and western Texas.


I'll update this entry further in response to 94L's development.


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3258. IKE
12Z NOGAPS...
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3257. Hhunter

let there be life and there was...
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As predicted 94L is firing nice convection again. Now looks to be moving slighlt north of due west. JMO
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New blog up.
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Now were getting somewhere. FINALLY have some convection near the center of 94L. Now lets see if it can persist another 12 hours. The next 12 hours will tell if this is going to be the real deal or not.
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:


No doubt there... latidude, convection and organization have all been on the increase since last night.


yup
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Quoting bballerf50:
im just saying she gained some latitude yesterday...


No doubt there... latitude, convection and organization have all been on the increase since last night.
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im just saying she gained some latitude yesterday...
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It occurs to me that in order for me to wake up to an NHC special update, I must first go to sleep. 'Nite all. Keep the home fires burning...
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3248. Acorna
Quoting mikatnight:


Yeah, Ray's eyes ain't what they used to be...
It really shouldn't, but I had to stifle a laugh on that one.

Goodnight, all. 94's looking rather impressive now and I think I'll wake up to a TD or TS in the morning...
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3:41
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she ended up pretty far north
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:



Bet the next run for that has a red dot in it - but now I'm just being cocky...
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:


Stevie Wonder maybe...RC's dead...


Yeah, Ray's eyes ain't what they used to be...
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I expect to wake up and find NHC special update to TD at least, wouldn't be surprised if it went straight to TS. But I'm no expert, just stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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Quoting mikatnight:


You're probably right, but it seems to me even Ray Charles could see that's a tropical cyclone...


Stevie Wonder maybe...RC's dead...
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3237. Seastep
Goodnight. See if I can get a few more hours of shuteye.
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ok guys voting time
94L will become:
td-6
ts erika
in the next 24-48 hours
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will 94L become any of the above at:
11am
2pm
5pm
8pm
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And a rather large one at that.
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
Woke up and decided to check out what 94L is up to. Looks to be passing 14 N--and considerably better organized. However, the NHC will probably wait for good visible sat pics before upgrading. That means 11 am.


You're probably right, but it seems to me even Ray Charles could see that's a tropical cyclone...
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Looks like Erika to me...
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3230. Seastep
Blackout over on SSD:

removed. Now I see what happened to JLPR. It was there.
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3227. JLPR
im out too

I wonder what I will find tomorrow
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3222. Seastep
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This invest is looking really good, convection is blowing up near the center, all that we need now is an expansion and we have a depression!
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3220. Seastep
JLPR - see that now. :)
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3219. JLPR
Quoting Seastep:
JLPR - As sullivanweather showed on last page, Nasa sat has started back up here:

Link


I changed the picture
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3218. msphar
go North girl! g'nite
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3216. Seastep
JLPR - As sullivanweather showed on last page, Nasa sat has started back up here:

Link
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3214. JLPR
Quoting Seastep:


Actually looks better now at 2:51am EDT. That pic is from 11:45pm EDT yesterday. Blackout.


the image was updated but then it went back in time
sdd sucks lol xD
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3212. Seastep
Quoting JLPR:
much better

its better than yesterday's d-max since yesterday's d-max convection looked a bit ragged but this one is looking round and deep

I say TD if it maintains its convection till 11am


Actually looks better now at 2:51am EDT. That pic is from 11:45pm EDT yesterday. Blackout.
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Here's a look at the steering winds... if it stays weak...



Or if it gets up to hurricane strength...
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3208. JLPR
much better

its better than yesterday's d-max since yesterday's d-max convection looked a bit ragged but this one is looking round and deep

I say TD if it maintains its convection till 11am
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.