Tracking Tropical Depression Julia’s Return to the Atlantic Coast (Credit: National Hurricane Center)
DISCUSSION: After maintaining a stationary position near the Carolinas, Tropical Depression Julia is now heading in a north-northwestward direction at 7 mph with 30 mph (25 knots) maximum sustained winds and gusts up to 40 mph. The minimum central pressure level of the tropical depression has deepened to 1010 mb (down from a minimum central pressure of 1020 mb as of later yesterday). Typically, a lower minimum central pressure observation is indicative of a period of strengthening occurring given conducive environmental conditions. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), global and regional model disagreements suggest that Julia could either weaken into a remnant low or deepen into a slightly stronger storm over the next 48 hours. The NHC concludes that Julia could actually migrate northward and approach the southeastern coast of North Carolina approximately between 2 p.m. EDT Monday and 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday. To learn more about other high-impact weather events from across North America, be sure to click here!
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