Low Meets Ft. Pierce
06:24 AM EDT - 09 August 2000
9:45 AM Mini Update: The low still seems to be having problems getting wrapped around, but the Visible Satellite Imagery shows a definite low level circulation. Forward motion has slowed down, and it is entering a less hostile area. We'll have to watch this one all day. Landfall would be in the evening if the forward speed stays close to what it is now. Area between Ft. Pierce and Vero seems the most likely right now for the center to make landfall, but depending on how much it slows down, this could change. The east coast from Ft. Lauderdale on up to Jacksonville should be aware of it at least.
7:30 AM Mini Update: The last few frames of satellite imagery suggest that the convection around the low is trying to wrap around. If this continues expect the 11AM update to have TD#4 (or Beryl). This is preliminary speculation though.
It looks like the pesky almost-tropical depression will landfall around Ft. Pierce or just to the north of it. Expect some rain. It could strengthen into a Tropical Depression. The other wave still isn't organized, and the one mentioned in the Gulf is solidly over land now and has no chance to develop. Alberto is now a Tropical Storm, and may strengthen again later once the shear dies down. It is a fish spinner, and will not affect land.
The low approaching us now is moving over the gulf stream, which puts it in a position to slow down forward motion and possibly get a boost before landfall (Beryl still has a small chance to form here), but that won't be enough to cause much concern other than marine interests here.
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Satellite images at: [N.A. visible] (visible -- Daytime Only) [N.A. infrared] (infrared), and [N.A. water vapor] (water vapor)--Nasa source.Some Forecast models: (NGM, AVN, MRF, ECMWF, ETA)