Having Respect for A Classic Gulf of Alaska Low (credit: NWS NOAA Satellite Division)
DISCUSSION: As of earlier in the day on Tuesday, there was a very impressive low- pressure system spinning over the northern parts of the Gulf of Alaska. It is worth noting that this majestic low-pressure system deepened fairly quickly as a result of a large region of very effective deep mass evacuation from the lower to the upper portions of the atmosphere. Hence, this very large low-pressure system was positioned in an ideal location for a prolific period of what was close was is typically considered to be rapid intensification (i.e., a minimum loss of 24 mb of central pressure within a 24-hour period). Nonetheless, despite coming in literally just short of bombogenesis or rapid intensification for an extra-tropical cyclone, it has still been impressive regardless to see such a large, majestic low pressure system make itself known across parts of the Northeast Pacific Ocean. It is also worth noting that this system will eventually indirectly deliver impacts to parts of Western North America in the coming days. Moving forward, be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook account for further updates on this incredible Pacific low-pressure system.
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