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Tropical Storm Olivia (15E) Southwest of Baja California – October 7th, 2012

17.3N 117.1W

October 7th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Olivia (15E) – October 6th, 2012

Track of Tropical Storm Olivia (15E) - October 6th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 15E

As of 2 p.m. PDT (1500 UTC) October 6, Tropical Storm Olivia (15E) is located within 60 nautical miles of 14.0°N 118.7°W, about 890 mi (1430 km) SW of the southern tip of Baja California. Maximum sustained winds are 40 knots (45 mph, 75 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1004 mbar (hPa; 29.65 InHg), and the system is moving west at 8 kt (12 mph, 19 km/h).

Hurricane Omar moves Northeast

October 16th, 2008 Category: Tropical Storms

Hurricane Omar - October 15th, 2008Hurricane Omar

Hurricane Omar - October 15th, 2008

Hurricane Omar strenghtened into a Category 3 storm the evening of October 15th. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, as of 3:00A.M. AST on October 16th it was located approximately 90km (55mi) northwest of St. Martin. It is moving northeast at 32km/h (20mph) and is expected to continue in that direction over the next few days.

Hurricane Omar - enhanced image

Hurricane Omar - enhanced image

In the main image, we can see the eastern tips of Cuba and Jamaica, as well as the Turks and Caicos islands, and parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic as Omar moves northeast. Those islands are partially obscured by clouds due to the great amounts of precipitation still affecting the entire area. Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Anquilla, the Netherlands Antilles and the French West Indies, on the other hand, are completely obscured by the storm.

Omar’s maximum sustained winds are 205km/h (125mph), with higher gusts. It has hurricane-force winds extending outwards 55km (35mi) from its center, and tropical storm-force winds extending 185km (115mi) from the center.

A hurricane warning is currently in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Anquilla, the Netherlands Antilles and the French West Indies. A hurricane watch has been issued for St. Kitts and Nevis, and a tropical storm warning is in place for Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda.

Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the northern Leeward Islands could receive 125-250mm (5-10in) of rain, with a maximum amount of 500mm (20in) in some areas. Storm surges could also reach 0.6-1.8m (2-6ft).

Hurricane Omar (15E)

October 15th, 2008 Category: Tropical Storms

Hurricane Omar - October 15th, 2008

Hurricane Omar - October 15th, 2008

Hurricane Omar - Satellite Map

Hurricane Omar - Satellite Map

Tropical Depression 15 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Omar early on October 14th. It strengthened quickly during the afternoon to become Hurricane Omar later that evening. According to the U.S. Hurricane Center, as of 2:00A.M. AST, the hurricane was located about 495km (310mi) south-southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is moving northeast at 9km/h (6mph) with maximum sustained winds of 120km/h (75mph) and stronger gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 30km (15mi) from Omar’s center, and tropical storm-force winds reach out up to 150km (90mi) from its center. It has a minimum central pressure of 984 millibars.

In the image we can see Hurricane Omar, to the right, as well as Tropical Depression 16, to the left.

Omar is currently a Category One hurricane, though it is expected to strengthen over the next 24 hours. A hurricane warning has been issued for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barthelemy, Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis, Vieques and Culebra, while a tropical storm warning has been issued for Antigua, Barbuda and Montserrat.

The Netherlands Antilles and northern Venezuela could experience rainfall of 100 to 200 mm (4 to 8in), with up to 300 mm (12in) possible in isolated areas of the Netherlands Antilles. Puerto Rico and the northern Leeward Islands could receive 125 to 250mm (5 to 10in), with isolated amounts of up to 500mm (20in).

Hurricane Norbert (15E) approaches Baja California

October 8th, 2008 Category: Tropical Storms

Hurricane Norbert approaches Baja California - October 7th, 2008Norbert

Hurricane Norbert approaches Baja California - October 7th, 2008

Hurricane Norbert - enhanced image

Hurricane Norbert - enhanced image

On October 7th, Norbert was upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane. It is expected to turn into a major hurricane on October 8th.

As of 8:00PM PDT yesterday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, it was located about 500mi (805km) south of the southmost part of Baja California. It it is moving west-northwest at 9kt (10mph, 17km/h), and it is expected to continue along that path through Wednesday. On Thursday , however, it is forecasted to take a turn towards the northwest.

Norbert’s maximum sustained winds have increased to 90 knots (105 mph, 165 km/h), with stronger gusts. It has hurricane-force winds that extend 30 mi (45 km) from its center, and tropical storm-force winds that reach up to 105 mi (165 km) from its center. It’s minimum central pressure is 970 millibars (28.64 inches).

Tropical Storm Norbert (15E)

October 6th, 2008 Category: Tropical Storms

October 5th, 2008 - Tropical Storm Norbert (15E)Norbert

October 5th, 2008 - Tropical Storm Norbert (15E)

Tropical Storm Norbert - Enhanced Image

Tropical Storm Norbert - Enhanced Image

Tropical Storm Norbert is moving northwest towards Baja California, though it is not expected to hit the peninsula directly. As of 2:00AM PDT on October 6th, it was located about 340 mi (545 km) south of Manzanillo, Colima.

It has maximum sustained winds of 55knots (65 mph, 100km/h) with higher gusts. and a minimum central pressure of 993 mbar (29.32 inches). The U.S. National Hurricane Center has forecasted that it will become stronger over the next 24 hours and has said that it could become a hurricane by tomorrow.

Norbert formed from a broad low pressure system south of Southern Mexico. On October 3rd, after about 4 days, this low pressure system turned into Tropical Depression 15E. It was then designated Tropical Storm Norbert late October 4th.

JTWC Warning No.9

JTWC Warning No.9