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The following are the storm names for the 2020 hurricane season. The names in bold red have already formed this season:
Arthur Bertha Cristobal Dolly Edouard Fay Gonzalo Hanna Isaias Josephine Kyle Laura Marco Nana Omar Paulette Rene Sally Teddy
We are now into the Greek alphabet as far as storm names. The following names in bold red have been used so far:
Alpha Beta Gamma Delta Epsilon Zeta Eta Theta Iota Kappa Lambda
STORMW’s SEASONAL FORECAST
TOTAL NAMED STORMS: 18 – 21
TOTAL HURRICANES : 7 – 10
MAJOR HURRICANES: 4 – 6
AVERAGE HURRICANE SEASON:
TOTAL NAMED STORMS: 12
TOTAL HURRICANES: 6
MAJOR HURRICANES: 2
2020 SEASON TOTAL:
NAMED STORMS: 26
MAJOR HURRICANES: 4
U.S. LANDFALLS: 10
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Satellite loop imagery this evening indicates the trof of low pressure in the W. Caribbean Sea has become much better consolidated with some convection over the center, and heavier convection near the center, along with what appears to be some minimal banding features. Based on this, and wind speeds reported by reconnaissance aircraft, the NHC has upgraded the system to Tropical Depression 28. Based on the 5:00 p.m. EDT advisory from the NHC, the following was available on T.D. 28:
5:00 PM EDT Sat Oct 24
Location: 18.7°N 83.0°W
Moving: NNW at 2 mph
Min pressure: 1005 mb / 29.68 in
Max sustained: 30 mph
The depression is almost stationary, with a reported motion of NNW at 2 mph. Based on analysis of forecast steering, a weak shortwave trof is is moving across the SE U.S. and steering currents are forecast to remain week for the next day or two. As stated in my synopsis yesterday evening, ridging is forecast to build in after that, however only for a breif period, when a strong upper trof is forecast to eject from the SW U.S. soon thereafter, which should begin the system moving toward the N and NNE. While guidance is not in total agreement, the dynamic and consensus models are fairly tight at the moment. It is noted the track has shifted considerably west since yesterday evening. Based on analysis of forecast steering and current model guidance, I have to concur with the NHC forecast track.
ATCF 18Z MODEL GUIDANCE
NHC FORECAST TRACK
Maximum sustained winds were reported to be 30 mph. Based on close analysis of satellite loop images, the LLC and mid level center are not exactly stacked at the moment, however given that wind shear is light, the presence of an upper level anti-cyclone over the center, high OHC and outflow pattern noted in the current upper level wind map, T.D. 28 should begin to consolidate a little faster, and this should allow for the depression to strengthen a little quicker in about 24 – 36 hours. Based on analysis of the wind shear forecast maps from the GFS and ECMWF, the upper level anticyclone should remain with the depression for around the next 72 – 96 hours as the depression ends up in the central GOMEX. The 200 mb streamline forecast pattern shows a decent outflow pattern through 48 – 72 hours. This, combined with OHC values of 50 – 70 kj/cm2 will most likley allow the depression to become Tropical Storm ZETA. In addition, based on analysis of just the shear forecast, 200 mb forecast, and moisture forecast (global model based), I cannot rule out at this time, of the system becoming a minimal CAT 1 hurricane after the system clears the NW tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. After 72 hours, the NHC shows the system weakening. This should be because of a combination of very low OHC at 25N latitude, and increasing shear. Though the NHC cites increasing shear, global models indicated the upper level anticyclone to remain over the center of the storm, but did show the outflow pattern displaced well to the east of the center, which you may note in the 200 mb maps. Based on this analysis, I am going to agree with the NHC intensity forecast right now, until I can see how T.D. 28 responds to the current favorable conditions, and what pans out during the next 48 hours in the upper level forecast.
CIMSS CURRENT WIND SHEAR
CIMSS UPPER LEVEL WINDS
ECMWF AND GFS 200 MB STREAMLINE FORECAST
A Tropical Storm Watch is issued for Pinar del Rio Cuba
I expect Tropical Storm Watches to be issued sometime on Tuesday for portions of the Gulf Coast states.
I will continue to monitor T. D. 28 for any (surprises) over the next 72 hours.
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Have a blessed evening!
T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST /SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST
MEMBER WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AMS