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Ophelia (16L) Becomes Post-tropical Cyclone

49.1N 51.7W

October 3rd, 2011 Category: Tropical Storms

Post-tropical Cyclone Ophelia (16L) - October 3rd, 2011

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Track of Post-tropical Cyclone Ophelia (16L) - October 3rd, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 16L

At 2:00 PM AST (1800 UTC) the center of Hurricane Ophelia (16L) At 11:00 AM AST (1500 UTC) the center of post-tropical cyclone Ophelia was located near latitude 48.1 north, longitude 52.0 west.

The cyclone is moving toward the east-northeast near 37 mph (59 km/h). This motion is expected to continue until dissipation in a day or so.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Weakening is forecast during the next 24 to 36 hours, and the cyclone is forecast to be absorbed by a cold front on Tuesday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 290 miles (465 km) primarily east through south of the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 996 mb (29.41 inches).

Hurricane Ophelia (16L) Nearing Newfoundland, Canada – October 2nd, 2011

47.3N 53.5W

October 2nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Storm Ophelia (16L) - October 2nd, 2011

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Track Tropical Storm Ophelia (16L) - October 2nd, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 16L

At 2:00 PM AST (1800 UTC) the center of Hurricane Ophelia (16L) was located near latitude 40.3 north, longitude 60.3 west. Ophelia is moving toward the north-northeast near 33 mph (54 km/h).

A turn toward the northeast is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the east-northeast on Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Ophelia is expected to pass near or over the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland late tonight or early Monday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts. Ophelia is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Steady weakening is forecast through Monday. However, Ophelia is expected to be near hurricane strength when it passes close to the Avalon Peninsula. Ophelia is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone shortly after passing southern Newfoundland.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). Estimated minimum central pressure is 960 mb (28.35 inches).

Tropical Storm Ophelia Could Become Hurricane by Friday

17.9N 60.9W

September 29th, 2011 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Ophelia (16L) - September 28th, 2011

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Track Tropical Storm Ophelia (16L) - September 28th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 16L

At 11:00 PM AST (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Ophelia was located near latitude 19.4 north, longitude 60.7 west. Ophelia is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h) and a track toward the north-northwest and north is expected over the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Ophelia could become a hurricane by Friday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.38 inches).