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Remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) in Atlantic

34.3N 18.5W

August 21st, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Remnants of Gordon (08L) – August 20th, 2012

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Remnants of Gordon (08L) - August 20th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Remnants of Gordon (08L)

A tropical wave exited the coast of western Africa, initially with a 50% chance of tropical cyclone development, as predicted by NHC forecasters.

After passing over Cape Verde, it traveled in a general west-northwest direction, over colder waters, during which its development had been impeded and its shower and thunderstorm activity remained minimal.

As the low pressure system turned to a more northerly direction, it reentered warmer waters. The environment was favorable for cyclone genesis, and the system attained a better defined circulation.

On August 15, Tropical Depression Eight formed about 630 miles (about 1,000 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda, and strengthened to Tropical Storm Gordon in about 12 hours.

Gordon turned to the east and was expected to undergo extratropical transition upon passing over the Azores, where vertical shear is expected to increase. However, the wind shear remained relatively absent, and Gordon developed a more well-defined convection around its center; thus the system was upgraded to a hurricane on August 18.

Its eye becoming more visible, Gordon further intensified into a strong Category 2 hurricane. A weakening trend then occured, but the system was still a hurricane when it drifted over Santa Maria Island early on August 20.

Although Gordon passed directly over the easternmost islands in the Azores, little damage took place. Several homes had broken doors and windows and streets were littered with fallen trees. Some areas temporarily lost power when the storm moved over, though electricity was restored hours later. Torrential rains also triggered localized flooding. No injuries were reported in relation to the storm.

Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) Moving Eastward

35.6N 47.5W

August 17th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) – August 16th, 2012

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Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) - August 17th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Tropical Storm Gordon (08L)

As of 5 p.m. AST (2100 UTC) August 17, Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) is located within 20 nautical miles of 34.3°N 44°W, about 980 mi (1580 km) west of the Azores.

Maximum sustained winds are 55 knots (65 mph, 100 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 993 mbar (hPa; 29.32 InHg), and the system is moving east at 17 kt (20 mph, 32 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center of Gordon.

Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) in Atlantic Ocean

35.8N 54.6W

August 16th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) – August 16th, 2012

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Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) - August 16th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Tropical Storm Gordon (08L)

A low-pressure system exited the coast of western Africa, initially with a 50% chance of tropical cyclone development, as predicted by NHC forecasters.

After passing over Cape Verde, it traveled in a general west-northwest direction, over colder waters, during which its development had been impeded and its shower and thunderstorm activity was limited. As the system turned to a more northerly direction, it reentered warmer waters and on August 15 became Tropical Depression Eight about 630 miles (about 1,000 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda. It strengthened to Tropical Storm Gordon in about 12 hours.

As of 5 p.m. AST (2100 UTC) August 16, Tropical Storm Gordon is located within 20 nautical miles of 34.2°N 52.1°W, about 745 mi (1200 km) east-northeast of Bermuda and about 1420 mi (2285 km) west of The Azores. Maximum sustained winds are 55 knots (65 mph, 100 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 999 mbar (hPa; 29.50 InHg), and the system is moving east-northeast at 15 kt (17 mph, 28 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center of Gordon.

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