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Tropical Cyclone 13S (Gael) Expected to Transition into Cold Core System

February 10th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclone 13S (Gael) - February 9th, 2009 © JTWC

Tropical Cyclone 13S (Gael) - February 9th, 2009

Locations of TC 13S and TC 14S © JTWC

Locations of TC 13S and TC 14S

Tropical Cyclone 13S (Gael), located approximately 720 nautical miles south-southeast of La Reunion, has tracked southeastward at 20 knots over the past six hours.

The image of the globe shows its position, southeast of Madagascar. Tropical Cyclone 14S (Freddy) is also visible to the right, west of Australia.

Maximum significant wave height of Gael is 20 feet.

Animated water vapor imagery shows TC13S has increased its forward motion and convection around the low level circulation center has significantly decreased.

Environmental analysis indicates the system has rapidly tracked into an area of strong vertical wind shear and cooler sea surface temperatures.

The cyclone is expected to transition into a cold core system over the next 12 hours as it gets absorbed into the baroclinic zone.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center will issue no further warnings on this system, though it will be closely monitored for signs of regeneration.

source JTWC

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