BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Ana is now a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center upgraded the disturbance to full “Tropical Storm” status in its 5 a.m. Sunday update.
The storm continues to be no immediate threat the U.S. Mainland, but is notable in that it’s still a week away from the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Bermuda spent much of Saturday under a tropical storm watch.
While its early tropical storm status is impressive, Ana, apparently, is not. Forecasters say the storm will likely dissipate at some point on Monday.
Here is the 5 a.m. update:
Satellite images indicate that Ana has contracted significantly since yesterday and now has a compact area of moderate convection around the center. Given the tight low-level circulation, small radius of maximum wind, and compact central convection, Ana is now estimated to have transitioned from a subtropical storm to a tropical storm. The initial intensity remains 40 kt for this advisory based on the earlier ASCAT data, which indicated that the tropical-storm-force winds were confined to the south side of the circulation. Ana is not expected to be around much longer. The storm is headed for an environment of lower SSTs, drier air, and increasing wind shear. All of these factors should cause the compact cyclone to lose strength and ultimately open into a trough in 24 to 36 hours. In fact, some of the models suggest that the storm could dissipate even sooner than that. The remnants of Ana will likely be absorbed by a cold front on Monday. The storm continues to increase its forward speed, and the initial motion is now estimated to be 045/10 kt. A faster motion to the northeast is expected until the cyclone dissipates.
Tropical Storm Ana is no threat to the U.S. Mainland as of early Sunday morning. The National Hurricane Center expects the storm to dissipate by late Monday night.
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