Talking the Tropics With Mike: Low pressure over the Caribbean

By: Michael Buresh

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Nov. 16, 2017 - Photos: Must-see photos of Irma damage in Jacksonville area .... hurricane Irma recap

The "Buresh Bottom Line": Always be prepared!..... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.  

Two weeks left in the 2017 hurricane season!.......

Weak low pressure has developed over the Caribbean on the southern end of an old stationary front.  Upper level winds are strong but some very slow tropical development is possible.  Future movement will likely be to the northeast so no threat to the U.S.

Images below from the Storm Prediction Center showing tornadoes (preliminary counts) spawned by U.S. landfalling tropical cyclones.  The great majority were associated with "Harvey" - 57.  The 119 for the year ranks 4th since 1995 only behind 2008, 2005 & 2004.

Interesting map below tweeted by Erik Pindrock shows virtually all of Fl. has experienced at least tropical storm force winds this year... as well as the entire Gulf Coast... & as far north as N. Carolina on the east coast:

Deep oceanic heat content continues to wane as we go deeper into fall.....

Sea surface temp. anomalies:

East Atlantic IR satellite:

Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). 

SE U.S. surface map:

Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic:

Surface analysis of the Gulf:

Caribbean:

Extensive hurricane Irma recap - click here.

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