"Nadine" Has a Second Go as a Hurricane & Continues to be Studied by "Global Hawk"... Malfunctioning Atlantic Satellite... "Norman" between Baja & Mexico....
Take note of the ragged cut-off & bad data over the far E. Atlantic. The problem is that the GOES-13 satellite is malfunctioning. Work is ongoing but for the time being the satellite -- GOES-15 -- that usually covers the Western U.S. & parts of the Pacific has been moved east to cover more of the Atlantic Basin. Click here for info. from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Studies (CIMSS) & to view other satellite sectors.
"Nadine" is still in the far E. Atlantic & has become a hurricane for a second time. The storm could revisit or at least come fairly close to the Azores again sometime next week though the steering pattern is rather muddled & complicated near "Nadine". No threat to Bermuda or the U.S.
Global Hawk - the unmanned plane - flew around "Nadine" Tue.-Wed. Click here for a NASA story on the unmanned plane & its dropsondes.
Click here to see just how big the unmanned plane is.
The Atlantic is otherwise quiet but an area to watch will be the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean &/or SW Atlantic as an old frontal boundary/surface trough will set up shot in this region for an extended period occasionally reinforced by passing upper level troughs of low pressure. Surface pressures will be quite high across the Northern U.S. & NW Atlantic, so the atmosphere should respond by developing low pressure to the south. Forecast models are showing a cut off low developing near the Gulf Coast next week which should lead to gradual surface development in the Gulf, so we'll watch how that evolves in the coming days though early indications are that the low will be nontropical (at least initially).
"Norman" has quickly formed in the Pacific between the Baja Peninsula & Mexico. The storm will move ashore Fri. on the coast of Mexico Fri. night-Sat. then quickly weaken. Heavy rain & flooding will be the primary threats.