DISCUSSION: June 1st through November 30th is defined as the Atlantic hurricane season, with the busiest months being between mid-August and mid-September along the East Coast and in the Eastern Caribbean. In 2017, Hurricane Preparedness Week is from May 7th to May 13th , and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be holding hurricane awareness tours in April and May at select locations to teach visitors about weather preparedness and safety. The Caribbean Hurricane Tour will start April 24th and end April 29th. The East Coast Hurricane Tour begins May 7th and ends May 12th. Locations for each tour are as follows:
April 24 – Merida, Mexico
April 25 – San Pedro Sula, Honduras
April 26 – Cayman Islands
April 27 – Turks and Caicos
April 29 – Aquadilla, Puerto Rico
May 7 – Newfoundland, Canada (Gander International Airport)
May 8 – New York, New York (Long Island MacArthur Airport)
May 9 – Washington D.C. (Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport)
May 10 – Raleigh, North Carolina (Raleigh-Durham International Airport)
May 11 – Orlando, Florida (Orlando Executive Airport)
May 12 – Miami, Florida (Opa-Locka Executive Airport)
This year’s tours are brought by NOAA and some of its partnering agencies including FEMA, and the USAF Reserve. At each location, those interested will have the opportunity to meet the pilots who fly the aircraft into the storm to record the valuable data as well as look at one of the Hurricane Hunter airplanes used. More information about Hurricane Preparedness Week can be found here!
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©2017 Meteorologist Nicholas Quaglieri
Subtropical Depression One Forms in the Atlantic! (Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center)
Hurricane season is June 1st to November 30th, however, on April 19, 2017 Subtropical Depression One formed in the Atlantic Ocean. Maximum sustained winds of the system are at 35 mph located in the eastern Atlantic moving North at 12 mph.
Even though a subtropical depression looks like a typical tropical depression, the two are very different. Like a tropical cyclone, a subtropical cyclone is a closed, non-frontal low pressure system that forms over water. Unlike a tropical cyclone, subtropical cyclones lack a dense overcast and have a cold core. In a subtropical cyclone, the heaviest thunderstorm activity is away from the center of circulation unlike a tropical cyclone where the heaviest thunderstorm activity is circulating the center.
The National Hurricane Center is not expecting this system to intensify to a tropical storm. The subtropical depression is expected to stay over open water in the eastern Atlantic. The discussion from the National Hurricane Center is as follows:
At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Subtropical Depression One
was located near latitude 32.4 North, longitude 40.0 West. The
depression is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h), and
this motion is expected to continue tonight and early Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.
Little change in strength is anticipated tonight, and the
subtropical depression is forecast to become absorbed by an
approaching extratropical low on Thursday.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 996 mb (29.42 inches).
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ⓒ Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell