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Tropical Cyclone 26S (Jade) Regains Strength

April 8th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclone 26S (Jade) - April 8th, 2009

Tropical Cyclone 26S (Jade) - April 8th, 2009

TC 26S - enhanced image

TC 26S - enhanced image

Track of TC 26S © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 26S

Tropical Cyclone 26s (Jade), located approximately 370 nautical miles west of La Reunion, has tracked southwestward at 5 knots over the past 6 hours. Maximum significant wave height is 13 feet.

Current intensity is based on satellite intensity estimates ranging from 35 to 55 knots from PGTW, KNES and FMEE. System intensity is limited by its proximity to land, with convection weak and flaring on the northern semicircle.

TC 26S is tracking southward along the western periphery of a meridionally oriented subtropical
ridge to the east. Jade is expected to reach the ridge axis near TAU 48 and subsequently begin turning to a more southeasterly track.

The cyclone is forecast to slowly intensify through TAU 36 before encountering increasing vertical wind shear, resulting in a weakening trend after TAU 48.

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