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Caribbean & Atlantic Tropical Storms & Hurricanes 2018

Name Start End Tropical Storm Hurricane
Subtropical Storm Alberto 5/25/2018 5/31/2018
Hurricane Beryl 7/5/2018 7/15/2018
Hurricane Chris 7/6/2018 7/12/2018
Tropical Storm Debby 8/7/2018 8/9/2018
Tropical Storm Ernesto 8/15/2018 8/18/2018
Hurricane Florence 8/30/2018
Tropical Storm Gordon 9/2/208
Hurricane Helene 9/7/2018
Tropical Storm Isaac 9/7/2018

Caribbean & Atlantic Tropical Storms & Hurricanes 2017

Name Start End Tropical Storm Hurricane
Tropical Storm Arlene 4/19/2017 4/21/2017
Tropical Storm Bret 6/18/2017 6/20/2017
Tropical Storm Cindy 6/19/2017 6/22/2017
Hurricane Harvey 8/17/2017 9/1/2017
Hurricane Irma 8/30/2017 9/11/2017
Hurricane Jose 9/5/2017 9/22/2017
Hurricane Katia 9/5/2017 9/9/2017
Hurricane Lee 9/14/2017 9/30/2017
Hurricane Maria 9/16/2017 9/30/2017
Hurricane Nate 10/4/2017

Caribbean & Atlantic Tropical Storms & Hurricanes 2016

Name Start End Tropical Storm Hurricane
Hurricane Alex 1/13/2015 1/15/2016
Tropical Storm Bonnie 5/27/206 6/4/2016
Tropical Storm Colin 6/5/2016 6/7/2016
Tropical Storm Danielle 6/19/2016 6/21/2016
Hurricane Earl 8/2/2016 8/6/2016
Tropical Storm Fiona 8/17/2016 8/23/2016
Hurricane Gaston 8/23/2016 9/3/2016
Hurricane Hermine 8/31/2016 9/6/2016
Tropical Storm Ian 9/12/2016 9/16/2016
Tropical Storm Julia 9/13/2016 9/19/2016
Tropical Storm Karl 9/14/2016 9/25/2016
Tropical Storm Lisa 9/19/2016 9/25/2016
Hurricane Matthew 9/28/2016 10/9/2016
Hurricane Nicole 10/4/2016
Otto (PDF) 11/20/2016 11/26/2016/td>

Caribbean & Atlantic Tropical Storms & Hurricanes 2015

Name Start End Tropical Storm Hurricane
Ana 5/8/2015 5/11/2015
Bill 6/16/2015 6/18/2015
Claudette 7/13/2015 7/14/2015
Danny 8/18/2015 8/24/2015
Erika 8/24/2015 8/28/2015
Fred 8/30/2015 9/6/2015
Grace 9/5/2015 9/9/2015
Henri 9/8/2015 9/11/2015
Ida 9/18/2015 9/27/2015
Joaquin 9/27/2015 10/7/2015
Kate 11/8/2015 11/11/2015

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Tropical Storm Isaac Discussion Number 17, Watched and Warnings

Published on September 11, 2018 8:20 PM | Comments

It is a weakening storm, but you should still be prepared - watches and warnings are up for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, Antigua, Montserrat
and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Tropical Storm Isaac Intermediate Advisory Number 17A NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092018 800 PM AST Tue Sep 11 2018


LOCATION...14.6N 52.2W




A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Guadeloupe
* Martinique
* Dominica

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Antigua
* Montserrat
* St. Kitts and Nevis

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area.

Interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands should monitor the
progress of Isaac as additional watches or warnings will likely be
issued tonight.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.

At 800 PM AST (0000 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was
located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 52.2 West. Isaac is
moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this general
motion is expected to continue for the next few days. On the
forecast track, Isaac is anticipated to move near or over the
central Lesser Antilles on Thursday, move into the eastern Caribbean
Sea Thursday night, and move into the central Caribbean Sea by the

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher
gusts. Isaac is expected to be near hurricane strength when it
moves through the central Lesser Antilles, with some weakening
forecast afterward on Friday and Saturday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km)
from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 996 mb (29.42 inches).

RAINFALL: Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations
of 3 to 5 inches with isolated amounts near 10 inches across
Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, with 1 to 2 inches anticipated
across the remaining Windward and Leeward Islands.

STORM SURGE: A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels
is possible near and to the north of where the center moves through
the Lesser Antilles. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied
by large and destructive waves.

WIND: Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch
area by Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions possible
overnight Wednesday in both the hurricane and tropical storm watch

SURF: Swells generated by Isaac will begin to affect portions
of the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday afternoon. These swells are
likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Please consult products from your local weather office.

Tropical Storm Isaac Discussion Number 17 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092018 500 PM AST Tue Sep 11 2018

Microwave and visible satellite data show that the center of Isaac
is partially exposed on the western edge of the central dense
overcast. Perhaps Isaac is a little weaker than earlier, but a
blend of the latest subjective and objective estimates still gives
an uncertain initial wind speed of about 60 kt. We should have a
better idea of the maximum winds by tomorrow morning when a NOAA
Hurricane Hunter enters the storm, or if we get lucky with a
scatterometer pass this evening.

Isaac is barely holding on in the face of increasing shear, which
is much more evident in the 300-500 mb layer than a conventional
analysis at 200 mb. However, convection could redevelop near the
center while the storm moves over warming SSTs into a more moist and
unstable environment east of the Lesser Antilles. These
conflicting factors lead to a forecast of little change in the winds
of Isaac until the cyclone moves into the eastern Caribbean. I
should mention that the short-term trend on satellite makes me think
the intensity forecast is too high over the next 36 hours. Yet,
given our limited skill in forecasting intensity changes in marginal
environments, plus the 5 or 10 kt of initial wind speed uncertainty,
this is the course of least regret. We can see if this trend
becomes more consistent before making substantial changes on the
next advisory. Model guidance is very divergent in the long range
for Isaac, with the regional hurricane and statistical models
showing intensification, while the global models show continued
weakening. The global models have done fairly well with this
cyclone, so the forecast will lean more heavily on their weaker

The latest initial motion estimate is 270/15, a little faster than
before. Isaac is forecast to move westward at roughly the same
speed for the next few days due to a mid-level ridge over the
central Atlantic Ocean. Model guidance is tightly clustered on this
cycle, with the UKMET now coming into good agreement with the rest
of the guidance. The only change to this forecast is to accelerate
Isaac roughly 1 kt over the course of the prediction, which over the
course of a 5-day forecast results in a sizable westward shift.
This forecast could still be too slow, since the GFS and ECMWF are
a bit ahead of the new NHC track prediction.

Key Messages:

1. Isaac is expected to be at or near hurricane intensity when it
approaches the Lesser Antilles on Thursday, and hurricane and
tropical storm watches have been issued for several islands.
Interests in those areas should follow any advice given by their
local officials, and warnings will likely be issued this evening.

2. Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should continue to
monitor Isaac during the next couple of days.

Tropical Tidbit for Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Published on September 11, 2018 8:18 PM | Comments

Florence Expected to Hit Southeast US, Isaac a Threat to Lesser Antilles

Published on September 9, 2018 5:51 PM | Comments

Tonight's update from Tropical Tidbits:

Florence and Isaac are threats to land

Published on September 9, 2018 5:16 PM | Comments

Hurricane Helene is no threat to the Caribbean

Published on September 9, 2018 5:10 PM | Comments

Hurricane Helene poses no threat to the Caribbean and we probably won't be saying much more about her.

Tropical Storm Issac 5 Day Cone

Published on September 9, 2018 5:06 PM | Comments

Issac forecast to become an hurricane...

Published on September 9, 2018 5:02 PM | Comments

... and come straight at the Leeward Islands Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean basin. The storm is a few days away but the region needs to be prepared:

Tropical Storm Isaac Discussion Number 9 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092018 500 PM AST Sun Sep 09 2018

Isaac is a tiny tropical cyclone, but even still, recent SSMIS
data showed that it has developed a mid-level microwave eye
feature. At the time of the pass (1800 UTC), the convection was a
little thin on the southern side, but geostationary satellite images
suggest that it has filled in since that time. Dvorak intensity
estimates are T4.0 from TAFB and T3.5 from SAB, so the maximum
winds are estimated to be 60 kt.

The intensity forecast philosophy has not changed since this
morning. Isaac is strengthening in an environment of low shear and
over warm sea surface temperatures, and for the next 36-48 hours,
the NHC intensity forecast is above the bulk of the intensity
models. The main reason for this is that Isaac's tiny size could
allow the intensity to increase quickly within the favorable
environment. However, the cyclone's tiny size will likely also be
to its detriment after 48 hours when northwesterly vertical shear is
expected to develop and increase to 20-30 kt. The shear will
probably easily decouple the small system, causing the intensity to
decrease much faster than suggested by most of the intensity models.
For that reason, the official NHC intensity forecast is below the
intensity consensus on days 3 through 5. It should be noted that
both the GFS and ECMWF models show a weakening cyclone moving into
the eastern Caribbean Sea by days 4 and 5, with the GFS even making
the system an open wave by the end of the forecast period. These
global model solutions lend credence to the belief that it may be
difficult for Isaac to maintain hurricane status while it approaches
the Lesser Antilles.

Isaac is accelerating toward the west with an initial motion of
275/10 kt. Ridging to the north is expected to keep the cyclone on
a westward trajectory for the entire forecast period, with
acceleration continuing for the next 36 hours. The UKMET remains
the biggest outlier, showing Isaac turning northwestward and
northward into the central Atlantic after 48 hours. That still
appears to be unlikely at this time, and the NHC track forecast is
still close to the center of the guidance envelope. Only a slight
northward shift was made to the new forecast based on the latest
model solutions.

Key Messages:

1. Isaac is expected to become a hurricane tonight or on Monday
while it moves westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

2. While Isaac is forecast to begin weakening by Tuesday while it
approaches the Lesser Antilles, it is still expected to be at or
near hurricane intensity when it reaches the islands, and the
uncertainty in the intensity forecast is higher than usual.
Interests in the Lesser Antilles should continue to monitor Isaac
during the next few days.

Florence is possible U.S. threat, but TD 9 could be a Caribbean storm

Published on September 7, 2018 9:30 PM | Comments

TD 9 could end up being a Caribbean hurricane or tropical storm in several days, but for now Florence is getting all the attention. Tropical Tidbits has a great video up explaining it all:

Tropical Depression Nine Discussion Number 1 Corrected
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092018
500 PM AST Fri Sep 07 2018

Corrected bin number from 2 to 4

Satellite images indicate that the low pressure system over the
eastern tropical Atlantic has developed a well-defined center and
sufficient deep convection to be classified a tropical depression,
the ninth one of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season and second one
of the day. The initial intensity is set to 30 kt based on a 2.0
Dvorak classification from TAFB and earlier ASCAT data.

The depression has not moved much today, and it has even wobbled a
bit to the east recently. This slow motion is a result of very
weak steering with broad troughing to the north and Tropical
Depression Eight to its east. Little motion is expected through
tonight, but a westward motion with a gradual increase in forward
speed is forecast thereafter as a subtropical ridge builds to the
north of the cyclone. The NHC track forecast lies closest to the
HCCA guidance and takes the system toward the Lesser Antilles by the
end of the forecast period.

The depression is experiencing some influences of easterly shear,
which is why the center is currently on the eastern edge of the
convection. Little change in intensity is expected during the next
12 to 24 hours since the cyclone is still in the developing stage
and because moderate shear is expected to continue. However, the
shear is expected to decrease to less than 10 kt in about 24 hours.
These more favorable winds aloft combined with relatively warm
waters and a fairly moist airmass should allow for steady
strengthening beginning later in the weekend. There is a large
spread in the intensity guidance, with the HWRF showing the system
becoming a major hurricane and HMON showing almost no strengthening.
The NHC intensity forecast lies a little below consensus models
since it appears that it will take some time for the system to

Tropical Storm Gordon

Published on September 3, 2018 9:18 PM | Comments

Tropical Storm Gordon is a gulf coast storm and no threat to the Caribbean - we won't be tracking it closely.

Tropical Storm Florence

Published on September 2, 2018 11:58 AM | Comments

Tropical Storm Florence is out there - way out there - in the eastern Atlantic. Right now it appears to be no threat to the Caribbean as forecast - but it could perhaps move towards Bermuda and the US east coast in time. We'll keep watching.

Subtropical Storm Alberto

Published on September 2, 2018 11:43 AM | Comments

Subtropical Storm Alberto was the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Alberto developed on May 25 from a tropical disturbance that had been drifting around near the YucatΓ‘n Peninsula. Strong wind shear limited strengthening as the storm meandered over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, where it passed close to the western end of Cuba. Alberto began to gradually strengthen under more favorable environmental conditions. Early on May 28, Alberto reached its peak intensity with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 km/h) and a minimum pressure of 990 mbar (hPa; 29.23 inHg). Afterwards, however, dry air caused Alberto to weaken before it made landfall near Laguna Beach, Florida, with winds of 45 mph (75 km/h). Alberto continued to weaken slowly while traversing Alabama, before leveling off in intensity and transitioning to a tropical depression over Tennessee. Eventually, Alberto weakened once again and became post-tropical over Michigan early on May 31.

Subtropical Storm Alberto

Tropical Storm Debby

Published on September 2, 2018 11:38 AM | Comments

Tropical Storm Debby was a mid-Atlantic storm and only a concern to cross Atlantic shipping.

Hurricane Beryl

Published on September 2, 2018 11:31 AM | Comments

Hurricane Beryl was a weakened wave/low when it finally got to the Caribbean basin, but was the first Hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

  • Beryl became the first Atlantic hurricane of 2018 and then quickly dissipated while tracking towards the northeastern Caribbean.

  • Heavy rain and gusty winds from Beryl's remnants impacted the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

  • Beryl reformed in the northwest Atlantic as a subtropical storm, but did not directly affect land.

Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic received more than 10 inches of rain:

Hurricane Chris

Published on September 2, 2018 11:27 AM | Comments

Hurricane Chris was a storm off the eastern US seaboard. It didn't affect land and we didn't do much reporting on it - as long time readers know, this blog focusses on the impact of tropical weather on the Caribbean region.

Invest #91L

Published on September 2, 2018 11:16 AM | Comments

The tropical wave in the Bahamas has been designated as Invest #91L and now has an 80% chance (high) of development the next 5 days.

Invest #91L