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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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