Tropical Storm 01L (Alex) remains active in the Atlantic Ocean…located approximately 35 miles north of Terceira in the Azores
Tropical Storm Alex made landfall on the island of Terceira in the central Azores around 915am AST this morning…with maximum estimated sustained winds of 70 mph
Alex is not just the first named storm for the 2016 calendar year. It’s also the first named storm to form in the Atlantic in January since 1978, the first January hurricane (as of yesterday) since 1938…and just the fourth known storm to arrive in the month since records began in 1851.
Here’s a short youtube video of tropical cyclone Alex as it moved across the Atlantic Ocean
This tropical system is located about 35 miles north of Terceira in the Azores…moving north at a fast paced 28 mph.
According to the NHC, surface observations, scatterometer, and geostationary satellite data indicate that Alex has weakened, and the current intensity estimate is 60 knots.
Wind and pressure observations from Terceira, along with the scatterometer data indicate that the center is tilted north-northeastward with height, indicative of some south-southwesterly wind shear.
The global models show significant thermal advection developing over the eastern portion of the circulation very soon, and observation from the western Azores show cold air advection. These factors indicate that Alex will likely become an extra-tropical cyclone later today.
Some restrengthening is possible in the short term, but the post-tropical cyclone is forecast to merge with, or become absorbed by another extra-tropical low within 48 hours.
Alex continues to accelerate, and is now moving about 360/24 knots. A gradual turn to the northwest is expected as the system rotates around a broader cyclonic gyre over the northern Atlantic.
The Azores are about 900 miles from Europe and 2,300 miles from the United States. The archipelago is home to the U.S. air base at Lajes Field, has a subtropical climate, with temperatures hovering year-round between 57 and 71 degrees F. About 250,000 people live in the Azores.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND WIND: Tropical-storm-force wind gusts are still possible over portions of the Azores for the next few hours. Wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains are often up to 30 percent stronger than the near-surface winds indicated in this advisory, and in some elevated locations could be even greater. RAINFALL: Rainfall in association with Alex should diminish across the Azores this afternoon. STORM SURGE: Storm surge and waves should gradually diminish across the Azores today.
Tropical Cyclone Alex
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
WSI satellite image of the Caribbean Sea
Gulf of Mexico
Latest satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico