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Here it is! Tropical Depression Twenty-Eight (future Zeta):

It's projected to become a hurricane, but to weaken back to a tropical storm before landfall along the central Gulf coast Wednesday afternoon or early evening.


From the NHC: While the large-scale shear is fairly light at the moment, the low-and mid-level circulations of the depression are not well-aligned. Thus, it might take some time for the system to strengthen despite low shear and very warm waters. In a day or two, the depression will likely have a structure that supports a faster rate of strengthening, and the intensification rate is increased while the cyclone is near the Yucatan. Although the forecast shows the system reaching hurricane strength in the southern Gulf of Mexico, this is rather uncertain given the potential land interaction and only a narrow area of favorable upper-level winds. A combination of cooler shelf waters and increasing shear will likely weaken the cyclone below hurricane strength as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast. However, strong tropical storms can still produce significant storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts, and residents in this region will yet again need to monitor another tropical cyclone moving northward across the Gulf.


FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS: INIT 24/2100Z 18.7N 83.0W 25 KT 30 MPH 12H 25/0600Z 19.0N 83.2W 30 KT 35 MPH 24H 25/1800Z 19.5N 83.5W 35 KT 40 MPH 36H 26/0600Z 20.1N 84.2W 40 KT 45 MPH 48H 26/1800Z 20.9N 85.6W 45 KT 50 MPH 60H 27/0600Z 22.0N 87.5W 55 KT 65 MPH 72H 27/1800Z 23.4N 89.4W 65 KT 75 MPH 96H 28/1800Z 27.5N 91.0W 55 KT 65 MPH 120H 29/1800Z 35.5N 84.5W 25 KT 30 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP






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