Bonnie barely alive

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 12:58 PM GMT on July 24, 2010

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Tropical Depression Bonnie is barely clinging to life. Wind shear of 25 knots and dry air from an upper-level low pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico are taking their toll on Bonnie, which is now just a swirl of low clouds accompanied by a small clump of heavy thunderstorms on the north side of the center of circulation. These thunderstorms are now visible on New Orleans long range radar, and will arrive in coastal Louisiana early this afternoon, well ahead of the center. The Hurricane Hunters are in Bonnie, and have found a much weaker storm with top winds of just 30 mph.


Figure 1. Morning satellite image of Tropical Depression Bonnie. At the time, Bonnie had sustained winds of 30 mph.

Forecast for Bonnie
The current NHC forecast for Bonnie looks good, with the storm making landfall in Louisiana near 9pm CDT Saturday night. According to the latest tide information, this will be near the time of low tide. This will result in much less oil entering the Louisiana marshlands than occurred during Hurricane Alex in June. That storm brought a storm surge of 2 - 4 feet and sustained winds of 20 - 30 mph that lasted for several days, including several high tide cycles. Bonnie will be lucky to be a tropical depression at landfall, and should only create a storm surge of 1 - 2 feet that will come at low tide. This will result in a storm tide level that will inundate land to at most one foot above ground level.

Resources for the BP oil disaster
Map of oil spill location from the NOAA Satellite Services Division
My post, What a hurricane would do the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
My post on the Southwest Florida "Forbidden Zone" where surface oil will rarely go
My post on what oil might do to a hurricane
NOAA's interactive mapping tool to overlay wind and ocean current forecasts, oil locations, etc.
Gulf Oil Blog from the UGA Department of Marine Sciences
Oil Spill Academic Task Force
University of South Florida Ocean Circulation Group oil spill forecasts
ROFFS Deepwater Horizon page
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery from the University of Miami

Elsewhere in the tropics
There are no other threat areas of concern today. The only model calling for possible tropical development in the next week is the NOGAPS model, which predicts a strong tropical disturbance could form off the coast of Nicaragua in the Southwest Caribbean about a week from now.

Next update
The next updates will be by wunderground meteorologists Rob Carver and Shaun Tanner. I'm taking advantage of a break in the tropical action to take a few days away. I'll be back blogging on Friday, at the latest.

Jeff Masters

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3731. InTheCone
11:34 AM GMT on July 31, 2010
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3730. aspectre
2:52 PM GMT on July 27, 2010
Mudslide in Shuanghe,Sichuan,China
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3729. beell
2:47 PM GMT on July 27, 2010
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3727. WandoMarsh
11:39 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting unf97:


Yeah, looking at satellite imagery, very impressive convective tops across South Carolina. Yeah, lots of severe weather today across that state.


It was pretty bad in the low country too... at one point, all the storm cells merged into one and it looked like an upside down letter "T" along 526 and up 26 toward Summerville. Visibility dropped to around 100 feet standing still due to the rain. Constant lightning and about a 30 minute period where the thunder never stopped, it just subsided to a low rumble and then would crack again.
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3726. TexasHurricane
11:38 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting StormW:


If we get an "established" upper level anticyclone over it and it maintains, and this gets out over the water, yes.


ok, have any models suggested something develop around there?
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3725. xcool
11:37 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
new blog
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3724. MiamiHurricanes09
11:37 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
NEW BLOG...about a book. LOL.
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3723. xcool
11:37 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Orcasystems
lmao
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3722. AllStar17
11:36 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
NEW BLOG
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3721. Orcasystems
11:36 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting xcool:
Humidity: 78%
Wind Speed: ESE 21 MPH
Barometer: 1010 mb


GASP... your a AOI :)
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3718. xcool
11:34 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Humidity: 78%
Wind Speed: ESE 21 MPH
Barometer: 1010 mb
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3717. truecajun
11:33 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
my town, brusly, LA got 4 inches.
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3714. MiamiHurricanes09
11:31 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting earthlydragonfly:


Wouldnt that be a incredibly strong low pressure system?
Nope. If 850mb were at the surface 900mb would be a very strong high pressure area. Just like the surface being at 1013mb and having a high pressure area of 1063mb.
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3713. AustinTXWeather
11:31 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting StormW:


If we get an "established" upper level anticyclone over it and it maintains, and this gets out over the water, yes.


StormW, really enjoyed the synopsis today. Very insightful -got a ton of insight out of it for this season.
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3712. AllStar17
11:31 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Yucatan and wave near 35 W need to be watched.
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3711. beell
11:30 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting KoritheMan:


My thoughts exactly. Hence my sarcasm.


Aw, c'mon, KoritheMan, give it a little cred!
: - )
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3710. xcool
11:30 PM GMT on July 26, 2010


WOW
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3709. earthlydragonfly
11:30 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Evening Senior Chief Caster!!
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3708. bakers
11:29 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
wow... not even one cyclone occuring anywhere in the entire world. agw alarmists might be a little down at the moment.
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3707. earthlydragonfly
11:29 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting SouthALWX:
1013.25 mb is standard
if 850 was very near the surface .. well a 900mb hurricane would be an incredibly strong high pressure system ...


Wouldnt that be a incredibly strong low pressure system?
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3705. truecajun
11:28 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting KoritheMan:


Somehow I doubt Bonnie produced anywhere near 7 inches of rain. 3 if we're lucky. More likely 1 to 2, and only in isolated areas.



Kori, i was too tired last night to post anymore, but below is an excerpt from the local news station. One entire neighborhood flooded. it was really weird because only a 1/4 mile area got the 7 inches. my neighborhood is two or 3 redlights from the area that flooded and we are fine. could be drainage issues too. but it really was 7 inches. the sugarcane looks like it took a good beating too, but only some of the crops.


PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - The storm once named Bonnie quickly weakened as it made its way through south Louisiana, but it did leave a mark in West Baton Rouge Parish by flooding homes and roadways.

The Lynndale Subdivision off LA 1 in Port Allen received up to 7 inches of rain, leaving homeowners to clean up Bonnie's mess.
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3704. Orcasystems
11:27 PM GMT on July 26, 2010


AOI

AOI

AOI

AOI

AOI

TS BUSTED FORECAST ALIBI
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3703. SouthALWX
11:27 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
1013.25 mb is standard
if 850 was very near the surface .. well a 900mb hurricane would be an incredibly strong high pressure system ...
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3702. TexasHurricane
11:26 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting StormW:


Oh...really?


Hi Storm,

what are your thoughts on this area by the Yucatan? Should this be watched?
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3701. AustinTXWeather
11:25 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Oh - ha - missed the sarcasm aspect. ;)

I see Miami has an update - guessing that will answer my question. Thx -
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3699. xcool
11:24 PM GMT on July 26, 2010


1009MB NOW

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3698. earthlydragonfly
11:22 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting xcool:
earthlydragonfly YES 850 mb 5,000 feet


Wow that is still pretty high.. I thought 850 was even closer to the surface.. So the surface would be at 1000mb?
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3697. MiamiHurricanes09
11:20 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Blog Update!

July 26, 2010 - 7:20 PM EDT - New Area Of Concern Near The Yucatan
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3696. KoritheMan
11:20 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting AustinTXWeather:
I thought so but reading quickly so maybe AOI is too strong of term --> referring to post 3647 :)


My thoughts exactly. Hence my sarcasm.
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3695. Dakster
11:20 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting FLdewey:
LOL... actually the wife has corn in her garden... been in a while.

But it's true that I are no farm guy.


I really don't need to know what you and the wife are doing in the garden...

Now what the weather is up to is another story...
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3694. xcool
11:20 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
NEXT 90L
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3692. xcool
11:19 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
YES
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3691. AustinTXWeather
11:19 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
I thought so but reading quickly so maybe AOI is too strong of term --> referring to post 3647 :)
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3690. Patrap
11:19 PM GMT on July 26, 2010

When is the GOES-13 Sat Eclipse Over Buck..?




Top her off with the LOX and lets roll
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3689. KoritheMan
11:17 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting AustinTXWeather:
Anyone have the coords on the AOI? :)


There's an AOI?
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3687. AustinTXWeather
11:16 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Anyone have the coords on the AOI? :)
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3686. StormGoddess
11:14 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
By Golly, it feels flat out suspicious out there! Ok, I'm gonna go read what ya'll have been saying now. lol
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3685. SouthALWX
11:14 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Um .... where, exactly .. does it say to plant corn at the start of August 0.o
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3684. WeatherNerdPR
11:14 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:
Good evening!

Good Evening.
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3683. ShenValleyFlyFish
11:13 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting FLdewey:


It says it's time to plant corn. ;-)

Obviously you're no farmer.
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3682. Dakster
11:13 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
Quoting FLdewey:


It says it's time to plant corn. ;-)


LOL...

Although not much help.
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3681. xcool
11:12 PM GMT on July 26, 2010
July 2010
24th-27th. Scattered showers, then clearing. Showery Texas east.
28th-31st. Hot. Widely scattered showers, thunderstorms.


August 2010
1st-3rd. Gusty winds, showery New Mexico, Texas, parts of Oklahoma.
4th-7th. Mostly fair, hot.
8th-11th. Rain Texas. Gusty winds Southern Plains.
12th-15th. Fair, turning unsettled.
16th-19th. Pleasant.
20th-23rd. Fair, then showers Southern Rockies east.
24th-27th. Fair weather gives way to unsettled conditions over Southern Rockies. Hurricane threat along Gulf Coast.
28th-31st. Thunderstorms move through Texas east.


September 2010
1st-3rd. Fair.
4th-7th. Mixed bag for holiday: Windy through New Mexico. Scattered showers from Texas east, then fair.
8th-11th. Severe thunderstorms extend from Southern Rockies through Southern Plains, tornadoes possible.
12th-15th. Clearing, pleasant.
16th-19th. Turning unsettled, showers over Southern Rockies, Southern Plains, then fair.
20th-23rd. Fair weather, then scattered showers, thunderstorms Southern Rockies.


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