Tropical Cyclone 03L (Claudette) remains active in the Atlantic Ocean…it was located approximately 250 miles south-southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Tropical Cyclone 03L (Claudette) remains active as a tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean…although will be rapidly weakening
Tropical Cyclone 03L was located approximately 250 miles south-southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and moving northeast at 24 mph.
Here’s a real time wind profile of this tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Ocean
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Claudette’s cloud pattern is rapidly becoming less organized. Deep convection continues to pulse northeast of the low level center, with the latter becoming increasingly exposed and diffuse today.
The cyclone’s current structure is being decoupled from top to bottom…by strong southwesterly wind shear of over 30 knots (35 mph).
The initial intensity has been lowered to 35 knots, at the higher end of these estimates…due to the storm’s increasing forward speed. Claudette has already passed the northern wall of the Gulf Stream, and will be moving over cooler sea surface temperatures soon.
These cooler waters, a much more stable and drier atmosphere, and continued strong southwesterly wind shear should contribute to Claudette’s weakening. Global models suggest that extra-tropical transition should occur in about 24 hours, with the system opening up into a trough shortly after that.
The NHC latest advisory, number 5, shows that maximum winds are 35 knots, with gusts to near 45 knots.
Elsewhere across the Atlantic tropics, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico…conditions remain very unfavorable for tropical cyclone formation. A combination of cooler than normal sea surface temperatures, and strong wind shear aloft are the primary limiting factors.
Tropical Cyclone Claudette
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
There are no active tropical cyclones
WSI satellite image of the Caribbean Sea
Gulf of Mexico
Latest satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico