Tropical Update: 9/14/18

While Hurricane Florence has weakened, it is still a dangerous storm.   Joyce and Helene have weakened to Tropical Storms, and Isaac has weakened to a Tropical Depression.  These systems will still need to be watched carefully.

Hurricane Florence is currently a Category 1 storm, with sustained winds of 70 kts (80 mph), and a central low pressure of 958 mb.  It is located at 34.0 N and 78.0 W and moving west southwest at 3 kts (3 mph).  The storm ran into a pocket of strong shear, which has weakened it significantly.

In the visible satellite image, you can see that the eye is barely visible as this storm weakens.

On the infrared image, you can see that the eye wall is still very strong, with high, cold cloud tops.  The eye is no longer cloud-free and has moved ashore, which will continue weakening the storm.

I will be thinking and praying for all of the folks in the paths of these storms.  Thankfully, this storm did run into some shear aloft before making landfall, which weakened it from a Category 4 to a Category 2.  Even so, it is still a serious situation in North Carolina this morning.

Thank you for reading my post.

References:
Satellite Imagery: College of Dupage – Next Generation Weather Lab
Hurricane Data:  National Hurricane Center, Central Pacific Hurricane Center, and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center

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This blog is about my tales in storm chasing. My name is Seth Price and I am an instrumentation instructor at New Mexico Tech. My amateur radio call sign is N3MRA.
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