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STORM WALSH PRE-SEASON FORECAST
TOTAL NAMED STORMS: 17 – 20
TOTAL HURRICANES : 7 – 9
MAJOR HURRICANES: 4 – 5
AVERAGE HURRICANE SEASON:
TOTAL NAMED STORMS: 14
TOTAL HURRICANES: 7
MAJOR HURRICANES: 3
2021 SEASON TOTALS:
TOTAL NAMED STORMS: 14
TOTAL HURRICANES: 6
MAJOR HURRICANES: 3
TOTAL U. S. LANDFALLS: 8
The following is the list of storm names for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season:
Ana Bill Claudette Danny Elsa Fred Grace Henri Ida Julian Kate Larry
Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda
As a storm becomes named, I will be marking it in bold red to keep track of the activity for this Atlantic season.
Please note..when we are dealing with multiple systems, they will be listed in order as to the greatest threat to land or the U. S. , to the least threat.
Good day everyone,
The following are satellite animations of the Atlantic basin and Africa
Today, I am beginning with INVEST 96L. Satellite images indicate INVEST 96L has not become any better organized. In fact, it appears that some earlier wind shear has pushed the convection toward the east, as the LLC can be seen exposed to the west in visible imagery.
INVEST 96L SATELLITE ANIMATION IMAGERY
The most recent shear map from CIMSS seems to indicate however, shear may be on the way to relaxing, as the “center” is in a low shear area. The upper level wind pattern hasn’t really changed since yesterday. Analysis of forecast wind shear, 200 mb streamline pattern, and 500 mb relative humidity indicates the wind shear pattern is forecast to slowly improve, and become more conducive for development as 96L approaches closer to the OBX of the Carolinas. The 200 mb pattern does not indciate radial outflow for the system, however a northern outflow channel will remain present, and the system will be under the effect of the right entrance region of the jet-streak to its north. The 500 mb RH forecast shows plenty of moisture present from now, until the system begins to move away from the U. S. coastline, where intermittent dry air intrusion may occur. Based on this, if forecast conditions pan out, I believe slow organization should occur during the next 5 days, and a depression could develop within the next 48 – 54 hours. I feel at the moment this may occur closer toward the OBX (Outer Banks). Analysis of the current intensity guidance models brings 96L to strong tropical storm status by day 4. However, given this is the initialization period, and there is lack of a well organized LLC, this should be considered low confidence until such a time we have a well organized entity. The NHC has designated a HIGH (70%) probability for cyclone development during the next 5 days.
CIMSS WIND SHEAR MAP
CIMSS UPPER LEVEL WIND MAP
WIND SHEAR FORECAST
Based on analysis of forecast steering layers over the next 5 days, it does appear that 96L will follow the NHC hatched track area, which is currently along with model guidance. Guidance has been consistent in this track, however slight changes could occur if and when 96L becomes organized.
ATCF 12Z TRACK GUIDANCE
NHC SPAGHETTI PLOTS
I will continue to monitor 96L during the next 48 hours for any significant changes.
Satellite loop imagery indicates INVEST 95L in the EATL has become a little more compact, and continues to slowly become better organized, and symmetric.
INVEST 95L SATELLITE ANIMATION
Analysis of current shear and upper level winds product from CIMSS indicates 95L is in a favorable environment of low shear. The upper level winds indicate the pattern noticed yesterday of possible start of radial outflow, has since disappeared, with winds now out of the east over the system. Given the system is moving west, this should nullify any adverse effects at the moment.
CIMSS WIND SHEAR AND UPPER LEVEL WINDS MAPS
Based on analysis of the shear forecast and 500 mb moisture forecast, conditions appear to remain favorable out to 120 – 138 hours in the forecast period. After this, both the GFS and ECMWF tend to dissipate the system. This is most likely due to forecast conditions showing an increase in dry air on the western portion of the system, with some intrusion, and the increase of wind shear. However, analysis today provide a monkey wrench in the works, with both global models indicating very different conditions after days 5 and 6. The ECMWF indicates a not as favorable shear pattern, while the GFS is forecasting conditions to improve, and becoming very favorable. Based on analysis of surface winds forecast from both models, 850 mb vorticity, and 500 mb vorticity, the ECMWF keeps a “remnant” on the map, while the GFS regenerates 95L, and introduces a 960 mb hurricane very late in the period, which comes close to the U.S. in the long range. As far as track and intensity that far out (I don’t like sticking my neck out beyond 5 – 7 days), it remains to be seen. However, with that said, although I would normally poo – poo the GFS, it DID nail hurricane NICHOLAS pretty much both on track, and nailed the intensity, as in its surface map forecast, indicated a pressure of 991 mb at the time of landfall. You will see the shear forecast and RH forecast in the following animations for the 5-6 day period. Thereafter, I have circled the areas where the differences occur between the ECMWF and GFS as far as the shear forecast. It is noted however, that the ECMWF does show a relaxation in wind shear intensity. Based on my analysis, 95L should continue to become better organized, and a Tropical Depression could form within the next 48 hours. Based on the forecast pattern, should it come to fruition, 95L could become a Tropical Storm soon thereafter. Current guidance does indicate a strong Tropical Storm at the moment, and I cannot rule this out.
GFS WIND SHEAR FORECAST ANIMATION (FOLLOW THE BOTTOM OF THE ANIMATION)
500 MB RH FORECAST
ECMWF AND GFS SHEAR FORECAST (LONG RANGE)
The NHC has designated a HIGH (90%) probability of cyclone development.
INVEST 95L continues to move toward the west. Based on my analysis of forecast steering, I expect this motion to continue for about the next 48 hours, before taking a more WNW motion. Guidance is in good agreement on this, and I prefer the southern most track guidance which includes the consensus models TVCA / TVCE. After the 5 day period, it will all depend on how strong the system may be, and the future state of the sub-tropical ridge. I do feel right now there is a good probability this system may move further west, via WNW motion, as analysis of the 500 mb heights map seems to forecast ridging (pink and red) to build on and off, not allowing for the weakness (brown) to protrude too far south. Again, this will remain to be seen, as beyond 5 days in the period, the pattern can change.
NHC SPAGHETTI PLOTS
ECMWF AND GFS 500 MB HEIGHTS ANIMATION
I will continue to monitor this system during the next 48 hours for any significant changes.
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Have a blessed day!
T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST /SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST
MEMBER WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AMS