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cieldumort
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Bertha Strengthening but Forecast to Stay Away from Land Areas
      #95170 - Thu Jul 31 2014 11:21 PM

9:15 AM EDT 4 August 2014 Update

Tropical Storm Bertha is now a 70 MPH Storm, and forecast to become a hurricane later today or tomorrow. Beyond rip current and high waves along the coast, Bertha should stay offshore.

Bertha is forecast to remain away from land both the US and Bermuda. Toward the end of the forecast, parts of Newfoundland are in the Cone.

Models may drift a bit west today, but still should be well offshore.

Canadian Hurricane Centre

8:30 PM EDT 1 August 2014 Update



Bertha has pressed on through another day of marginal support, at best, during the day Friday, as a poorly organized tropical storm.

As of 8:30 PM EDT, recon has found just enough wind to support the current advisory of 50MPH. In addition, convection began firing right over the LLC late this afternoon, and continues to do so tonight, as Bertha finally appears to be traveling within a zone of at least temporarily lower wind shear, as well as traveling over warmer waters. Thus, it is possible that strengthening resumes overnight tonight.

Saturday, deteriorating conditions are expected in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, but this is not all bad. Much of the Antilles has been struggling with moderate to severe rainfall deficits.

Ciel


7:30 AM EDT 1 August 2014 Update
August begins with Bertha east of the Caribbean, but she is very sheared. The NHC's current forecast seems good. Bertha will likely stay a Tropical Storm (and fluctuate a bit up and down) over the next few days. The Watch/Warning areas should expect Tropical Storm conditions and rain.

The first areas to see gusts toward tropical storm force are in Martinique and St Lucia later this morning.



Beyond the islands Bertha may approach the eastern Bahamas, but eventually likely will curve out to sea.

French Antilles Radar Recording of Bertha Approach Alt player

Barbuda Radar Recording of Bertha Approach Alt player

Original Update
Just enough deep convection has developed just about atop of the low level circulation of 93L that NHC has concluded sufficient organization now warrants an upgrade of the system to Tropical Storm Bertha. Maximum sustained winds are estimated to be 45MPH, with higher gusts.

Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia & Dominica.

Tropical Storm Watches are now in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands, St Vincent & the Grenadines.

Ciel

Caribbean Islands Weather Reports

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StormCarib Reports from the Caribbean Islands

Caribbean Weather Observations

Barbados Brohav Weather Fax

Caribbean Broadcast Corporation (TV/Radio from Antilles)

San Juan, PR Radar Long Range Radar Loop (Latest Static) Base (Static) 1 HR Rainfall (Static) Storm Total Rainfall (Static)

Various Caribbean Radio Stations

DR1 Dominican Republic Hurricanes

Bertha Event Related Links


Animated Skeetobite Model Plot of Bertha


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SFWMD Model Plot (Animated Model Plot) SFWMD Hurricane Page
Clark Evans Track Model Plot of Bertha (Animated!) Model Plots in Google Earth - In Google Maps
Clark Evans Intensity Model Plot of Bertha (Animated!)

Clark Evans Track Plot of Bertha

Other Model Charts from Clark

Clark Evans Top 10 Analog Storms for Bertha
More model runs on from RAL/Jonathan Vigh's page
NRL Info on Bertha -- RAMMB Info

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Edited by MikeC (Mon Aug 04 2014 09:22 AM)


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Re: Invest 93L Becomes Tropical Storm Bertha [Re: cieldumort]
      #95172 - Fri Aug 01 2014 08:10 AM

Added two radar recordings for Bertha:


French Antilles Radar Recording of Bertha Approach Alt player

Barbuda Radar Recording of Bertha Approach Alt player


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Re: Invest 93L Becomes Tropical Storm Bertha [Re: cieldumort]
      #95175 - Fri Aug 01 2014 11:59 AM

Recon is currently finding both pressure and wind fluctuating. Bertha may have been a little stronger, certainly better organized, overnight, but the current operational advisory max sustained wind of 50 MPH looks good for now.

Mid-day, Bertha is barely holding on structurally. Between wrestling with an abundance of dry air - even SAL - her entire span, and the fact that she is now also racing headlong into moderate westerly shear, there is still probably about a 40% chance of her fully opening into a tropical wave by Monday night. Either way, locations along her path will experience blustery, squally, wet weather, and for many of the islands suffering from significant rain deficits, this will be welcome relief.

As of 11:45 AM EDT, the exposed center of Bertha is about 90 mi. east of Martinique, and booking WNW at around 20. Most of the storm's wind and rain may actually not be felt until the center passes, as the convection has been well displaced to the east.


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Re: Invest 93L Becomes Tropical Storm Bertha [Re: cieldumort]
      #95178 - Sat Aug 02 2014 07:27 AM

Bertha is moving south of the forecast model tracks. Interests in the Greater Antilles, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas should frequently check the current status and direction of movement of Tropical Storm Bertha.

Bertha is currently about 90 miles south of St Croix and moving just slightly north of due west. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph.


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Re: Bertha Approaching US Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico [Re: cieldumort]
      #95179 - Sat Aug 02 2014 08:43 AM

Looking at the visible loop this morning, it appears Bertha has lost the well-defined circulation. All I'm seeing is a sharp wave with broad rotation. Maybe recon can find a tiny spot of light west wind near the center, but even if they can it's barely hanging on as a tropical cyclone. The upcoming interaction with land won't help any.

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Re: Bertha Approaching US Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico [Re: cieldumort]
      #95180 - Sat Aug 02 2014 10:17 AM

In a mixed blessing, so much Bertha rain is occurring over Puerto Rico that Flash Flood Warnings are already going up.


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN JUAN HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
THE FOLLOWING MUNICIPALITIES

IN PUERTO RICO
CANOVANAS
CEIBA
NAGUABO
FAJARDO
LUQUILLO
RIO GRANDE

* UNTIL 1245 PM AST


As of 10 AM EDT, Bertha may or may not be devolving into a wet and windy open wave. A careful analysis of cloud, precip, ocean wave and wind data does suggest this as a strong possibility. It is also noteworthy that the strongest thunderstorms have been located about 100 miles to the SSE of Ponce, P.R., and within this cluster a mid-level rotation may be attempting to work its way to the surface, which might help reposition Bertha somewhat south and a little east of her extrapolated coordinates.

If either situation, or both, verifies (open wave/center relocation to the south), Bertha could end up tracking further west than presently forecast.


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