Saturday, July 13, 2019

Hurricane Barry: July 13, Update A

Apparently Barry found a spot with great ice cream and has made landfall in what appears to be relatively sparsely populated and marshy area of Louisiana (very near/over Marsh Island... which is why I suspect it's a marshy area...;-)): 

This is slightly to the west of his track from a day or so ago. Although he was upgraded to a cat 1 hurricane just before landfall because data showed a few locations with winds near hurricane strength, he is a very weak cat 1 storm - a cat 1 hurricane has winds of 73-90mph; his maximum wind speed is around 75mph. 

The bigger thing to watch out for with Barry is not the wind but the water. LA is (as those of you know) fairly damp in general (marshes etc), so be watchful as he moves inland. At the moment most of his convective activity is offshore, which we can see in the infrared satellite imagery:

This also shows that he's still experiencing some wind shear because his center is north of most of the rainy stuff. Fortunately most of the really heavy rains are offshore and as he interacts with land, the convection will decrease. The other water-related thing to watch for is the storm surge. As I mentioned yesterday, you can look at the storm surge near you on At Eugene Island, which is just east of landfall, water levels are just over 5ft above normal at the moment: 

Good luck to all my fabulous readers in that part of the world! 

Stay safe out there! 

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These remarks are just what I think/see regarding tropical storms. If you are making an evacuation decision, please heed your local emergency management and the National Hurricane Center's official forecast. This is not an official forecast.

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