Florida Appears To Be Out Of Cone As Peak Hurricane Season Approaches
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — As predicted, what will likely become Tropical Storm Josephine may be no big deal for Florida — but it’s a reminder that we are rapidly approaching “peak” hurricane season. NOAA says this will be an extremely active time period — a total of 25 named storms are now expected.
From the National Hurricane Center early Thursday morning:
Tropical Depression Eleven Discussion Number 7 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL112020 500 AM AST Thu Aug 13 2020 Proxy-visible GOES-16 satellite imagery and data from an earlier scatterometer pass indicated that the low-level center of the depression is displaced to the south of the main area of deep convection. Recently, however, some new convection is forming closer to the estimated center which suggests some re-organization of the system may be taking place. Dvorak T-numbers from TAFB and SAB are only 1.0, but the current intensity estimates from these agencies still support 30 kt. Since the shear is not expected to increase significantly for the next day or so, strengthening is still forecast in the short term. Beginning around 2-3 days, southwesterly shear associated with a large upper-level trough over the western Atlantic should cause the cyclone to weaken. The official intensity forecast remains close to the model consensus. The latest center fixes show that the cyclone is moving west-northwestward, or around 285/13 kt. There has been little change to the track forecast or reasoning from the previous advisory. The system should continue to move west-northwestward on the south side of the subtropical ridge into the weekend. By day 3 a turn toward the northwest is likely in response to weakness in the ridge followed by a turn toward the north-northwest as the cyclone moves through this weakness late in the period. The official track forecast is close to the latest NOAA corrected model consensus, or HCCA, prediction and not much different from the previous official forecast.
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