Tropical NamesSeptember 12th, 2013 at 8:34 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Back in the day, hurricanes were only given a number. Then eventually in the 1950s they were given names. I like the name Gabrielle. That is one of the tropical systems in the Atlantic that we’ll be talking about. Gabrielle is a french name. Humberto is commonly Spanish. One baby name site says that it stands for “strong warrior”. Hopefully, that one doesn’t live up to the name. Anyway, there have been some updates since yesterday. Humberto is still a hurricane this morning with winds of 85mph. You could see the eye at times on the satellite loop. However, the last couple of frames showed what looked like dry air trying to wrap into the system again on the western side.
The hurricane is on track with the forecast. It is moving north at 14mph. Over the next 24 hours it is forecast to weaken as it moves over cooler waters and the wind shear is expected to increase. A large area of high pressure to the north is expected to push Humberto west by tomorrow. The system should weaken down to a tropical depression by late Sunday into Monday.
It is still possible that Humberto may affect Bermuda, but it is still too early to tell. They will at least see some higher swells.
Gabrielle already passed Bermuda with little impacts. Last night the thunderstorms around the depression disappeared. Then they flared back up east of the storm this morning.
The system is moving generally northwest at 7mph. The storm is being impacted with some wind shear, but it is also going to be riding over part of the Gulf Stream soon. So it will be interesting to see which feature dominates. Basically, it could die out in 24 hours or restrengthen into a tropical storm in 36 hours.
The National Hurricane Center is mentioning both, but the official forecast is going with the latter scenario….for now.
Both systems may bring us some waves over the next few days, but no big impacts are expected.
In our region we have high pressure dominating, but there is also a weak non-tropical area of low pressure offshore.
We had some clouds from the low this morning, but then they scoured out. Later today clouds will build back in from the west. We could also see some isolated showers or storms late in the day coming in from the west. The chance for rain though is very low. High temperatures will be in the low 90s with the heat index up to 95 in several cities. The wind will be light again from the southwest.
Tonight a large cold front will move through the region. This will produce a few scattered showers, but it doesn’t look like much. The scattered showers will continue into Friday morning, but we are expecting drying and cooling into Friday afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s to near 80.
The really cool air sets in on Saturday. Lows will be in the mid-upper 50s. Highs will be near 70. That’s right. NEAR 70. Low 70s will follow on Sunday with a brief warmup on Monday.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler