Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tropical Storm Nadine: September 26, Update A

Never-ending Nadine is still lurking around the Atlantic as a Tropical Storm. I was trying to ignore her over the past few days in the hopes that she’d just go away, but alas it isn’t to be. J

She’s currently at 30.2N, 30.8W, heading SSW at a whopping 5mph. Winds are estimated to be 50mph, central pressure is estimated to be 995mb. Although she’s heading SSW at the moment, the forecast has her curving to the right until she’s heading back northwards. Someone should tell her that it’s not Tropical Storm Playtime, it’s Tropical Storm Naptime (for 6 years).  I expect she’ll eventually loop back around and head back to the Azores (again). I think 50mph is not a bad guestimate at her winds – it means she’s a mid-to-weak tropical storm. She may be a little stronger (maybe 55-60mph) because the circulation is quite decent in the lower half of the troposphere and there is some convection, although it’s been an interesting week to look at satellite images. NOAA seems to be having a few problems with their satellites! Here is the infra-red satellite image of the Atlantic from the NHC...

It looks a bit wonky on the eastern side, doesn’t it? The GOES-13 satellite (that covered the western side of the Atlantic/eastern North America) developed a fault on Sept 24. They are working to fix this, but in the meantime they recruited GOES-14 to cover the gap and I think the satellite images flaw in the eastern Atlantic may be because of this glitch. Still, there are other places to look for fun images such as the Navy website ( which also uses the GOES satellites, but at least provides close-ups of Nadine:

That’s it for now. I had a lovely liquid dessert of Bourbon Cream this evening… I highly recommend it in lieu of ice cream (or in addition to!). ;-)

More tomorrow,

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DISCLAIMER: These remarks are just what I think/see regarding tropical storms - not the opinion of any organization I represent. If you are making an evacuation decision, please heed your local emergency management and the National Hurricane Center's official forecast and the National Weather Service announcements. This is not an official forecast. If I "run away, run away" (Monty Python), I'll let you know.

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