By: Civicane49 , 9:59 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Tropical Storm Barry has strengthened from a tropical depression over the Bay of Campeche based on the data from the Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane. Barry poses a threat for heavy rains and significant flooding to portions of southern Mexico in the next couple of days. The latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisory stated that the tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and minimum barometric pressure of 1005 mb. It is moving slowly westward at 6 mph. Visible satellite loop reveals that the cloud pattern of the system continues to improve considerably; well-defined curved bands are developing around the storm as well as a nice, distinct outflow on the northern semicircle of the cyclone.
Forecast for Barry
Barry should continue to move slowly westward until dissipation under the influence of the weakness in a high pressure ridge to the north of the storm. Further strengthening is likely in the next 12 hours before the storm makes landfall near Veracruz, Mexico by early tomorrow morning. Rapid weakening is expected after the system moves inland. The center of circulation will become severely disrupted by the high terrain. Barry will dissipate over the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico by early Friday. Heavy rain will be the primary threat of this system; this would cause significant flooding over portions of southern Mexico, especially the state of Veracruz, during the next couple of days.
Figure 1. GOES East visible satellite image of Tropical Storm Barry in the afternoon. Image credit: NASA/MSFC.
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