Sunday, July 31, 2011

Then came Emily

8:33 PM EDT 8/1/2011 | TROPICAL STORM EMILY, the 5th named storm of the 2011 season was confirmed at 7:30 PM EDT. Air Force reconnaissance confirmed a closed circulation center. Emily is currently located at 15.2N 62.0W with winds of 40mph and a central
pressure of 1006 mb, and is moving W at 17mph, as shown on this current NOAA satellite imagery loop. Tropical Storm Warnings have been posted for the Northern Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, with Tropical Storm Watches for the Virgin Islands, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. If you are in or heading to any of these regions, you are welcome to send us photos or videos of your experience during the storm:

Stay updated with the Foot's Forecast Tropical Zone for further updates as information on Emily's track and path become available. (Meteorologist/Tropical Forecaster Randall J.)

The Heat and humidity continue to bake the Mid-West and South. Temperatures are expected in the 100's with Heat Indices going to 115...or higher! Care should be taken in these extreme conditions.

For more details, go to Stormcast.

Enjoy the peace and quiet..for now

11:40 AM EDT 8/1/2011 | We ring in August heading into the traditional "dog days" period, featured by hot sunny days and warm breezy nights. The relative peace, heat and quiet of this vacation-heavy time frame has enabled many folks wracked by high impact weather this year a chance to get away. For others, believe it or not but August 1 marks the beginning of school for many folks in the Southeast. Meteorologist and Forecaster Daniel Ross of Georgia Tech has our metro Atlanta readers covered, if today marks that unavoidable end of summer: Check out and like our Foot's Forecast | Georgia page. Go the next step for us: Let your friends, family and colleagues in the Peach Tree State know they have a reliable local team covering the entire state, every day.

For those heading to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico or the Eastern Caribbean in the next week, we encourage you to like and monitor our Tropical Zone updates on facebook. This highly qualified, multi-state team of students and meteorologists alike is on constant monitoring of a growing system near the Windward Islands. The National Hurricane Center has pegged the tropical wave at a 90-100% probability of development for several days. However, recent investigation by NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft had trouble locating a circulation center. Our team will continue posting regular updates on this and other systems that develop in the Atlantic Basin.
(CEO & Lead Advisor Mr. Foot)

12:30 PM EDT 7/31/11 | As we bid goodbye to one of the hottest months in recent memory, our Long Range Team has prepared an analysis of what is on the horizon for August. We offer this preview of a a recent report published by Long Range Coordinator Nic Robeson of High Point NC and Forecaster Mintong Nan of Montgomery County, MD. Additional details will be posted later today this week's update of the Long Range Zone. From Coordinator Nic:
"Looking ahead to mid-month in the European model projections, we are seeing an interesting feature by August 15. It looks like a ridge is still out over the Atlantic, but a strong mid- to upper-level low is forecast to track across the Great Lakes, Northeast and even bring some jet energy as far south as the Tennessee Valley. I think if this comes true then a much bigger pattern change could happen as the European model shows a positive "Pacific North American" configuration correlation showing up along the west coast. This would in turn translate into major troughing along the eastern US... possibly leading to cooler weather, severe outbreaks, or both in that time period."
Tropics getting tricky
11am EDT 7.31.11 Report by Meteorologist Randall J. (St. Petersburg, FL)

An Air Force Reserve aircraft is scheduled to fly into I91L at 2pm EDT this aftenoon. The National Hurricane Center is most likely waiting for this recon flight's data before it will officially designate this a Tropical Depression or Storm. It also looks like it has split off into two systems over night, it will be interesting to watch this development. If this system is upgraded to Depression or Trop. Storm status, watches and warnings will be up for the Lesser Antilles, all interests in this area should continue to keep a close eye. Keep a close watch on the "FF Tropical Zone" for further updates.

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