DISCUSSION: Earlier this morning, as a strengthening Tropical Storm Georgette contined moving over warmer ocean water across the Central Pacific Ocean coupled with relatively weaker atmospheric vertical wind shear, there was a great opportunity for this tropical storm to blossom. Being over a region characterized by such favorable conditions, this tropical storm grew into an intense tropical cyclone which reached a maximum intensity of 135 MPH (i.e., a Category 4 Hurricane according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale). Despite the fact that a currently weakening Hurricane Georgette (which is still maintaining itself as a Category 2 Hurricane), this tropical cyclone is not any threat to land aside from some wave action along parts of Southern Cailfornia and the western side of the Baja Peninsula.
It is interesting to note the impressive storm-relative axisymmetry (i.e., the gorgeous structure associated with the spiraling of the coldest cloud tops as indicated by the infrared satellite image included below) despite its particularly small size. This is indicative of a very intense and tightly-wrapped core circulation which fortunately will not affect any land areas directly in any way. To learn more about other high-impact weather events from across the Central/Eastern Pacific Ocean, be sure to click here!
Meteorologist H. Michael Mogil goes on a Hawaiian vacation and then the weather heads south. Torrential thunderstorm rainfall, linked to a feeder band from Tropical Storm Darby, struck the Honolulu area last evening…To read the full story, click here - http://www.weatherworks.com/lifelong-learning-blog/?p=938
#TropicalStorm #Darby continues to plod along to the west coast of the #HawaiianIslands, refusing to make that anticipated turn to the northwest. However, winds are not really the big story about Darcy. Rather, #rainfall and #surf continue to offer the greatest threats…To read the full story, click here - http://www.weatherworks.com/lifelong-learning-blog/?p=938
Paradise To Be Slammed By Tropical Storm Darby (credit: US National Weather Service Honolulu & Central Pacific Hurricane Center)
DISCUSSION: Previously a hurricane near Baja California that has since weakened, Tropical Storm Darby is making its way to majorly disrupt paradise in the state of Hawaii this weekend and early next week. The center of this tropical storm is currently about 390 miles away from Hilo on the Big Island with maximum sustained winds near 60 mph. With the system moving westward at about 12 mph, Darby is expected to pass near the Big Island and Maui County Saturday and Saturday night, respectively, then move northwestward come Sunday. Consequently, the National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning (meaning tropical storm conditions are to be expected within 36 hours) for the Big Island and a Tropical Storm Watch (tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours) for Maui County, as shown in the graphic below (courtesy of US National Weather Service Honolulu & Central Pacific Hurricane Center).
While Darby’s center may not pass by the Big Island until Saturday, habitants of the Island and surrounding waters will face potentially damaging surf along the coastlines today, heavy rain that may result in flash floods and mud and rock slides as early as Friday evening, and tropical storm force winds (winds greater than 39 mph) Saturday. The tropical storm is not forecasted to weaken as it approaches Hawaii and throughout the weekend, so residents should prepare as soon as possible! To learn more about other high-impact weather events from across the Central and Eastern Pacific Ocean, be sure to click here!
Tropical Storm Darby, now in his 11th day, is on a westward course at 14 miles per hour toward the Aloha State. At 11:00 a.m. H.S.T. (5:00 p.m. E.D.T.) Darby, with sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, was located some 755 miles southeast of Honolulu, Oahu (and about 560 miles east of Hilo, Big Island). Forecasts keep Darby as a strong tropical storm…To read the full story, click here - http://bit.ly/29Ppluf
DISCUSSION: Across the Central and Eastern Pacific Ocean, there is currently a triple-play of tropical systems; namely, Tropical Storm Celia, Hurricane Darby, and a Tropical Disturbance located within the Eastern Pacific Ocean! Despite this currently being the heart of the Eastern Pacific Hurricane season, it is still fairly impressive to see three tropical systems at the same time. Note how Hurricane Darby is appearing to remain fairly organized at this time as it has sustained its intensity through the course of Thursday as a strong Category 1 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 MPH and a minimum central pressure of 982 mb. In addition, Tropical Storm Celia has weakened a lot; it is maintained its current status (from as of earlier today) as a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 50 MPH with a minimum central pressure of 1000 mb. As for the third tropical disturbance, it will continue to remain within a region which is particularly favorable for tropical development over the next few days. To learn more about other high-impact weather events from across the Central and Eastern Pacific Ocean, be sure to click here!
DISCUSSION: As Hurricane Blas quickly formed on July 3rd and then fairly quickly intensified throughout the course of yesterdya and into the early morning hours of today, it has now become a Major Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 MPH! Though it is not directly threatening any land to the west or east currently, there will be increased wave action across Southern California, Western Mexico, and eastern portions of Hawaii! This storm will remain a major danger for boating and shipping lanes across the Central to Eastern Pacific Ocean. For further updates on this hurricane and to learn more about other high-impact weather from across the Central and Eastern Pacific Ocean, be sure to click here!