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I will reiterate, my forecasts are based on the available information at the time of analysis, and are only as accurate as the information analyzed and the solutions provided. Keep in mind, if a forecast doesn’t exactly pan out, remember, the atmosphere is fluid in motion. When models are being analyzed, that’s just one run, and I have to go with what is presented. After that, models don’t update again for another 4 – 6 hours, so, what happens between that time is unknown, and forecast conditions can change slightly, to greatly. This will have an effect on my actual forecast. Unless otherwise noted, satellite imagery is provided through Weathernerds.org
The following is my outlook forecast for the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season:
STORM W SEASONAL FORECAST
TOTAL NAMED STORMS: 14– 16
TOTAL HURRICANES : 5 – 7
MAJOR HURRICANES: 3 – 4
AVERAGE HURRICANE SEASON:
TOTAL NAMED STORMS: 14
TOTAL HURRICANES: 7
MAJOR HURRICANES: 3
NAMED STORMS: 17
MAJOR HURRICANES: 3
Given that the NHC has named at least 3, if not more, garbage systems, I had to increase my seasonal forecast slightly.
The following are the storm names for the 2023 hurricane season. As each storm is named, they will be colored in red in order to keep track of the used names in the list:
Arlene Bret Cindy Don Emily Franklin Gert Harold Idalia Jose Katia
Lee Margot Nigel Ophelia Philippe Rina Sean Tammy Vince Whitney
As a reminder, when forecasting tropical systems, if there are numerous systems to deal with, I always update on the systems that may present an impact or threat to either the U. S. or the Caribbean islands. Anything far out in the Atlantic or something that may re-curve, take a lower priority as there is more time to deal with them. Unless we have a system threatening any area, the forecast office will be closed on the weekends.
With RINA out of the picture, we can concentrate on Tropical Storm PHILIPPE.
Tropical Storm PHILIPPE is still a sheared system this morning, with visible satellite loop imagery showing the exposed LLC NW of the heavy convection.
PHILIPPE IR AND VISIBLE SATELLITE LOOPS
CARIBBEAN RADAR (CLICK IMAGE)
PHILIPPE is still undergoing some moderate NWLY wind shear of around 25 kts, and the upper level outflow at the moment is limited.
CIMSS WIND SHEAR AND UPPER LEVEL WIND PATTERN
As of the 11:00 a.m. EDT advisory from the NHC, The following information was available on PHILIPPE:
11:00 AM AST Mon Oct 2
Location: 17.1°N 60.7°W
Moving: WNW at 7 mph
Min pressure: 1000 mb / 29.53 in
Max sustained: 50 mph
Based on analysis of water vapor imagery and visible satellite loop imagery, PHILIPPE is taking in some slightly drier air at the moment, along with the shear. However based on my analysis of the ECMWF and GFS global models this morning, in about 48 hours or so, conditions are forecast to briefly become favorable for steady intensification based on mid level moisture, precipitable water, upper level pattern, and development of a radial shear pattern centered almost directly over the storm. Based on analysis of CHI200 anomalies, PHILIPPE will be under a divergent upper level pattern.
Given the OHC values in the projected path, should the other forecast conditions materialize, I do believe PHILIPPE should have a brief period of steady intensification. Based on this, PHILIPPE could become a category one hurricane in about 96 hours from 12z (8:00 a.m. EDT) this morning. This is reflected in the NHC intensity forecast, as well as the more accurate intensity guidance models:
NHC INTENSITY FORECAST
INIT 02/1500Z 17.1N 60.7W 45 KT 50 MPH
12H 03/0000Z 17.8N 61.5W 45 KT 50 MPH
24H 03/1200Z 18.9N 62.0W 50 KT 60 MPH
36H 04/0000Z 20.2N 62.4W 50 KT 60 MPH
48H 04/1200Z 21.8N 62.7W 50 KT 60 MPH
60H 05/0000Z 23.5N 62.8W 55 KT 65 MPH
72H 05/1200Z 25.3N 62.9W 60 KT 70 MPH
96H 06/1200Z 29.2N 61.5W 70 KT 80 MPH
120H 07/1200Z 32.5N 59.5W 75 KT 85 MPH
12Z INTENSITY GUIDANCE
Based on my analysis of forecast maps showing ridge and trough orientations, forecast steering, and guidance, I agree with the current NHC forecast track, which has shifted somewhat left, and I prefer the ECMWF EPS and TVCE consensus solutions
12Z TRACK GUIDANCE
NHC FORECAST TRACK
The following graphics are from the NHC:
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH AND WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED
Please refer the the following NHC Public Advisory for full information regarding this watch and warning:
NHC PUBLIC ADVISORY LINK
NHC GRAPHICS PAGE LINK
Elsewhere, the current 500 mb anomaly forecast still indicates the “ridge over troubled water” pattern, indicating there could be another development in the area north of the Bahamas, and I will be monitoring the area over the next days. We may also have to keep an eye on the GOMEX, as the Central American Gyre becomes active (product of the EPAC Monsoon). While the system shown with the 850 mb vorticity right against central America, the ECMWF EPS probability currently indicates a 20 – 25% probability of a Tropical Depression. Both ECMWF and GFS models show a lowering of pressure around that time. This cannot be ruled out right now given the MJO is supposed to go into phase 8, with 200 mb CHI anomalies indicating a very divergent pattern over the area.
GFS 850 MB FORECAST INDICATING CENTRAL AMERICAN GYRE
CHI200 ANOMALIES FORECAST
ECMWF EPS FORMATION PROBABILITY FORECAST
ECMWF AND GFS MSLP ANOMALY FORECAST
The following map will allow to get information from your NWS office.
NWS WATCH / WARNING DISPLAY (LINKED…CLICK MAP, THEN YOUR AREA)
NWS DOPPLER RADAR LOOP (LINKED, CLICK RADAR MAP)
RAP RADAR (CLICK IMAGE THEN RADAR SITE…ONCE YOU CLICK THE SITE, GO TO LOOP DURATION TO CREATE A LOOP)
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Have a blessed weekend!
T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST /SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST
MEMBER WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AMS
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