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Tropical Storm CLAUDETTE

Posted by feww on August 17, 2009

The Third Tropical Storm in Just Over a Day forms Off the Coast of Florida

After a slow start to the six-month Atlantic hurricane season,  CLAUDETTE, the third Atlantic tropical storm of the year formed just over a day after TS Ana and Bill, on Sunday.

TS CLAUDETTE, according to the US National Hurricane Center Intermediate Advisory 4A, as of 8:00 PM EDT was located at  29.7N 85.9W with Max.  sustained winds of 80km/h (50 MPH) moving northwest (310 degrees) at a cruising  speed of about 19km/h  (12 MPH) with a minimum central pressure of 1008MB.

TS force winds radiate outward up to about 110km from the center. Claudette is expected to dump up to 15cm of rain across Florida Panhandle, the big Bend region of Florida, Central and S. Alabama, and extreme SW Georgia, the NHC advisory said, with the storm tide rising to a maximum of 150cm.

How Ana and Bill are doing

Tropical Storm Ana collapsed into a tropical depression on Sunday, and could still be downgraded further and disappear altogether very soon

Bill is the guy to watch for. Some forecasts expect Bill to grow into a  Category 3 hurricane [cat 3  and stronger hurricanes are designated as a major categories,] with winds of more than 180 km/h in the next 3 to 4 days.

The Gulf of Mexico oil and gas operations are unaffected for now, however, they could be pummeled later in the season.

Meanwhile, hurricane Guillermo is about to cross into central Pacific.

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Claudette satellite image – rainbow enhancement curve – still frame as dated. To enlarge and update click on the image.

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Track Forecast Cone

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2 Responses to “Tropical Storm CLAUDETTE”

  1. feww said

    Tropical Storm CLAUDETTE Public Advisory

    PUBLIC ADVISORY NUMBER 09 FOR TROPICAL DEPRESSION CLAUDETTE
    NWS HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER CAMP SPRINGS MD AL042009
    1000 PM CDT MON AUG 17 2009

    MUCH OF THE SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY HAS SUBSIDED DURING
    THE PAST SIX HOURS. ONLY ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS
    REMAIN ACROSS GEORGIA.

    ALL FLOOD RELATED WATCHES AND WARNINGS HAVE EXPIRED WITH THIS SYSTEM.

    SELECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL IN INCHES THROUGH 900 PM CDT

    FLORIDA
    MILLIGAN 4.62
    CRESTVIEW 1.9 SE 4.49
    PORT ST. JOE 0.6 SE 3.90
    APALACHICOLA MUNI ARPT 3.69
    MIRAMAR BEACH 9.5 ESE 2.67
    TYNDALL AFB/PANAMA CITY 2.42
    PANAMA CITY/BAY CO. ARPT 2.15
    NICEVILLE 3.4 ESE 2.04
    CALLAWAY 0.3 W 1.90
    BAKER 8.2 NE 1.82

    ALABAMA
    BRADLEY 2.11
    MOBILE DOWNTOWN ARPT 1.21

    GEORGIA
    FORT BENNING -COLUMBUS 2.37
    COLUMBUS METRO ARPT 1.95

  2. feww said

    Tropical Storm CLAUDETTE Public Advisory

    WTNT34 KNHC 170545
    TCPAT4
    BULLETIN
    TROPICAL STORM CLAUDETTE INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 5A
    NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL042009
    100 AM CDT MON AUG 17 2009

    …CLAUDETTE MAKES LANDFALL NEAR FORT WALTON BEACH FLORIDA…

    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THE ALABAMA/FLORIDA
    BORDER EASTWARD TO THE AUCILLA RIVER FLORIDA.

    FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED
    STATES…INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE
    MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
    FORECAST OFFICE.

    AT 100 AM CDT…0600 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM CLAUDETTE
    WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.5 NORTH…LONGITUDE 86.6 WEST OR JUST
    INLAND NEAR FORT WALTON BEACH FLORIDA.

    CLAUDETTE IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH…19 KM/HR…
    AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO MONDAY. ON
    THIS TRACK…THE CENTER WILL CROSS THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE
    FLORIDA PANHANDLE EARLY THIS MORNING…AND MOVE INTO SOUTHERN
    ALABAMA LATER TODAY.

    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH…85 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER
    GUSTS. WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AS THE SYSTEM MOVES OVER LAND…AND
    CLAUDETTE WILL PROBABLY BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION LATER TODAY.

    TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES…110 KM
    FROM THE CENTER. AN OBSERVING SITE IN DESTIN FLORIDA RECENTLY
    REPORTED A WIND GUST TO 45 MPH…72 KM/HR.

    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1006 MB…29.71 INCHES.

    RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM
    AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE…
    THE BIG BEND REGION OF FLORIDA…CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ALABAMA…AND
    EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA.

    THE STORM TIDE IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE MAXIMUM WATER LEVELS OF 3 TO 5
    FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL ALONG PORTIONS OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND
    THE BIG BEND REGION OF FLORIDA.

    …SUMMARY OF 100 AM CDT INFORMATION…
    LOCATION…30.5N 86.6W
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH
    PRESENT MOVEMENT…NORTHWEST OR 315 DEGREES AT 12 MPH
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1006 MB

    THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
    400 AM CDT.

    $$
    FORECASTER BROWN

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