But It’s Early, Forecast Track Could Change.
BY: WEATHER TEAM | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The National Hurricane Center just elevated the tropical disturbance to “potential tropical cyclone six” status, and expects Tropical Storm Fred to continue on a path to South Florida for a potential weekend impact.
We note it’s still quite early in the forecast track and it could dramatically change.
This is the just updated forecast from the National Hurricane Center as of 8pm Monday, August 9, 2021:
Deep convection associated with the area of low pressure located
northeast of Barbados has continued to consolidate this afternoon,
with several bands noted in both satellite and radar data from
Barbados and Martinique. ASCAT data from this morning revealed a
sharp trough axis, but the system lacked a well-defined circulation.
However, recent visible satellite imagery hints that a better
defined center may be forming just southwest of the primary
convective mass. These trends suggest the system is likely to
become a tropical depression or storm tonight or Tuesday when it
moves near the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean.
Therefore, advisories are being initiated on the system in order to
issue Tropical Storm Watches for portions of the Lesser Antilles,
the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and parts of the Dominican
Since the system is still in its formative stage the initial motion
estimate is a somewhat uncertain 290/13 kt. A mid-tropospheric ridge
anchored over the western Atlantic should steer the system
west-northwestward through the forecast period. Although there is
high confidence in the overall steering pattern over the next
several days, there is lower than normal confidence in the details
of the track forecast, especially in the short-range due to the lack
of a well-defined center. Exactly where the center forms will have
some downstream implications on the exact forecast track, especially
across the eastern Caribbean. Regardless of the exact track,
locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected to spread across
portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico,
and the Dominican Republic over the next day or two, hence the need
for Tropical Storm Watches for portions of those areas.
The disturbance is embedded within an area of low vertical wind
shear and SSTs of around 28C. These conditions favor additional
development, but the occasional entrainment of dry mid-level air
located just west of the system is likely to prevent more rapid
organization. By Wednesday, the system is likely to be near
Hispaniola, where subtle differences in the forecast track could
have large implications on the intensity of the storm later this
week. A track directly over Hispaniola would likely significantly
disrupt the circulation, while a track more poleward of the island
could allow the system to stay more intact. An additional caveat
beyond 48 hours is that vertical wind shear out of the southwest may
also increase, which could limit the intensity after the system
moves past Hispaniola, although uncertainty exists in how much the
shear will increase given differences between the more favorable
ECMWF and less favorable GFS model solutions. The NHC intensity
forecast brings the system up to a 45 kt tropical storm before
potential land interaction with Hispaniola and afterwards is
conservative given the possibility of additional land interaction
and less favorable environmental conditions towards the end of the
- The system is forecast to become a tropical storm as it moves
through the Lesser Antilles tonight. Tropical storm conditions are
possible in portions of the southern Leeward Islands tonight and
Tuesday and in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico beginning Tuesday
afternoon, and in the Dominican Republic by Wednesday.
- Heavy rainfall could lead to flash, urban, and small stream
flooding and potential mudslides across the U.S. Virgin Islands and
Puerto Rico. The greatest threat for flooding impacts will be across
the eastern and southeastern portions of Puerto Rico.
- There is a risk of wind and rainfall impacts in portions of
Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, the southeastern Bahamas, and Cuba
later this week, although the forecast is more uncertain than usual
since the system is still in its formative stage. Interests in these
areas should monitor the system’s progress and updates to the
- Interests in the remainder of the Bahamas and Florida should
monitor updates to the forecast for this system, but it is too soon
to determine what if any impacts could occur there by late this week
or this weekend given the uncertainty in the long-range forecast.
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INIT 09/2100Z 14.2N 59.2W 30 KT 35 MPH…POTENTIAL TROP CYCLONE
12H 10/0600Z 15.4N 61.4W 35 KT 40 MPH…TROPICAL CYCLONE
24H 10/1800Z 16.8N 64.5W 40 KT 45 MPH
36H 11/0600Z 17.9N 67.3W 45 KT 50 MPH
48H 11/1800Z 19.2N 70.2W 35 KT 40 MPH…INLAND
60H 12/0600Z 20.3N 72.8W 35 KT 40 MPH…OVER WATER
72H 12/1800Z 21.1N 75.0W 35 KT 40 MPH
96H 13/1800Z 22.8N 78.8W 40 KT 45 MPH
120H 14/1800Z 24.5N 82.0W 40 KT 45 MPH
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