DISCUSSION: Although it is clear that Hurricane Gert will not be any immediate threat to land, it still will continue to make at least some weather headlines. This is due to the fact that even as Gert continues heading farther out to sea with time, it has still continued to remain fairly well organized as time has moved along. In addition to remaining well-organized, relatively warmer sea-surface temperatures have also allowed the core cyclonic vortex circulation of Gert to further intensify as a result of a consistently effective net energy transfer from the surface to the low/mid-levels of this tropical cyclone. Hence, even as Hurricane Gert travels farther and farther into the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, it will likely retain its present intensity which currently stands as a Category 2 Hurricane. However, as Gert continues traveling into higher latitudes, there will be increasing cooler sea-surface temperatures which will not allow Gert to strengthen further or even maintain its present intensity since there will no longer be sufficient latent heat energy exchange between the cooler ocean and the northward-moving tropical cyclone. Thus, we will soon begin to observe the gradual demise of Hurricane Gert within the next 48 to 72 hours.
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